Episode 4: Beyond Kegels — What Does Reproductive Health Really Mean? with Elise Maxwell from Ova Woman

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Episode 4 — Beyond Kegels: What Does Reproductive Health Really Mean?

Today we talk with Elise Maxwell from OVA Woman, a hub for women to find the most innovative women's intimate health products, such as menstrual cups and absorbent underwear.

We talk about:

-How did Elise become interested in reproductive health?

-How Elise started OVA Woman.

-What’s the lowdown on pelvic floor health and why it is important.

-What are kegels and why you need to do more than just those to strengthen the pelvic floor.

-How a lot of women are impacted by pelvic floor health but they don’t know.

-Are men impacted by pelvic floor health as well?

-What are long-term implications for ignoring your pelvic floor health?

-How practicing good pelvic health can prevent surgery later on.

-What are the regulations around feminine hygiene products and why should you care?

-How the ingredients in feminine hygiene products could be affecting you.

-Tips for how you can change your feminine hygiene routine if you’re having issues with dryness, irritability, etc.

-What are alternatives to tampons and maxi pads?

-What are the best feminine hygiene products on the market?

-How can you try a new feminine hygiene routine without feeling intimidated or scared?

-What feminine hygiene products Elise recommends.

-What are the best brands of menstrual cups?

-How to bring up feminine hygiene routines with your friends to get the conversation going.

-Who Elise looks up to in business.

-What one health habit Elise could never give up.

-What Elise would tell her 20-year-old self.

-What Elise hopes her 50-year-old self tells her.

Links:The Healthy Maven Tribe: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thmtribe/

Season 1 Survery (and win a $50 Amazon gift card): https://goo.gl/forms/hqeole4xczau1jNX2

BWOM App: https://www.b-wom.com/en/

FDA regulation on tampons and their verdict on asbestos and dixoin: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/PatientAlerts/ucm070003.htm

Protest for more transparency on ingredients: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/business/under-pressure-feminine-product-makers-disclose-ingredients.html

Ova article on LENA cup: http://ovawoman.com/blogs/ova-stories/115131334-two-thumbs-up-for-the-lena-cup

Ova article on tips for trying the cup for the first time: http://ovawoman.com/blogs/ova-stories/89731846-5-tips-for-trying-the-menstrual-cup

Follow Elise and OVA Woman:Elise’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elise.maxwell.1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OVAWoman

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