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Happy Vagina for a Happy Life

It's time to talk about our happy places - our vaginas! On this episode of The Hormone Prescription Podcast, host Dr. Kyrin Dunston is joined by special guest Dr. Betsy Greenleaf, an OBGYN and pelvic floor physical therapist, premier womens health expert, a best-selling author, entrepreneur, inventor, and business leader specializing in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery for over 20 years, to talk all things vagina. Dr. Greenleaf, is a trailblazer as the first female in the United States to become board certified in Urogynecology, CEO of The Pelvic Floor Store, a blog at, and she is the host of Some Of Your Parts Podcast, and host of the happy vagina rally summit.

She dedicated to women's wellness and the notion that you are greater than the sum of your parts. and BODY MIND SPIRIT podcast that focuses on the trinity of total health. She is the best-selling co-author of You Were Made To Be Unstoppable.

In this episode you will learn:

-How your vagina changes throughout your life

-Pelvic floor physical therapy and how it can help with things like incontinence, pain during intercourse, and more

-The importance of self-care for your vagina

-And much more!

So whether you're dealing with the changes that come with menopause, are concerned about your pelvic health, or just want to learn more about taking care of your vagina, this episode is for you! Tune in now and let's get started on having a happy vagina for a happy life.

[01:15] Hey everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the hormone prescription with Dr. Kyrin. Thank you so much for joining me today. Today. We are gonna talk about vaginas. Yes, I know this is probably something that you don't hear talked about that much, but the truth is you have one, you take it with you everywhere, and it's a big part of what makes you a healthy woman. And my expert today knows this better than anyone. She is an expert in vagina house. She has a great event coming up. We're gonna tell you about, and she has a voice and she's not gonna be silent. And you shouldn't be silent either about what's going on for you. I'm gonna tell you a little bit about her and then we will get started. Premier women's health expert, a bestselling author, entrepreneur inventor, and business leader, specializing in female, pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery for over 20 years.

[02:14] Dr. Betsy Greenleaf is a trailblazer as the first female in the us to become a board certified Euro gynecologist. Yay, Betsy. She is the CEO of the pelvic floor store. She has a blog at Dr. Betsy She's the host of some of your parts podcast, and also she hosts the happy vagina rally summit. We're gonna tell you about she's dedicated to women's wellness and the notion that you are greater than the sum of your parts and body mind spirit podcast that focuses on the Trinity of total health. She's the best selling co-author of you are made to be unstoppable. Welcome Dr. Betsy Greenleaf.

[02:55] You so much, Dr. Kirin for having me here. I'm so excited. I love talking to you. So this is gonna be great.

[03:00] <laugh> yes. Betsy is so much fun. Not only is she brilliant, uh, when it comes to women's health and special, especially vaginal ecology and pelvic floor things, but just such a free thinker and out very outspoken. She shared the quote from Alan Albright with me before this episode, and I said this so speaks to who she is in the world. And I think who I am too, right. It took me quite a long time to develop a voice. And now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. So did you used to, to not have a voice on important matters?

[03:37] You know, I, unfortunately I think I've always just kind of not had a filter, just spoke my mind, but I did find very quickly that especially in traditional medicine, especially in, in, unfortunately the time that I did my training being in a male dominant field, that people did not wanna hear me. And it did get me in trouble, especially my first, my actually very first job. I came out in the early two thousands thinking, come on, it's two thousands. Like, you know, this is crazy. Like how bad can, you know, medicine be? And I'm going into a hospital where it was like stuck in the 1950s. And so they were not used to having somebody that spoke up.

[04:42] Later on, I spoke to some of my family colleagues and they're like, you, what is the doctor's lounge? And I was like, uh, last time I looked, I do have a degree. They're like, oh, we don't go in there. Only the men go in there. So yeah. So unfortunately I kind of learned the hard way that people don't always wanna hear what you have to say. So I do have a tendency to rock the boat, but I just, you know, as much as they've tried to squelch me over the years, I still haven't learned to shut up and I'm just gonna keep talking.

[05:12] oh my gosh. You just brought back so many memories from when I first came out of residency and went to work in this hospital and the doctor's lounge. Oh my gosh. Yes. You were like an anomaly. You were like a rare bird walking into the Seren Getty <laugh> and they would look at you like they were like lions you're doing here. And do you know what? I even remember that in the, so in the surgical suite, they didn't even have a female doctor's locker room. Yes. The only doctor's locker room, they said, this is the doctor's locker room was for males and females. So they would tell us, you have to go in there and change. I'm just remembering this. And of course, none of us wanted to, so we didn't.

[06:05] I think it's still like that in some of the hospitals I go to, it says like doctors' locker room and then there's the nurses' locker room. And I'm like, but there's a lot of male nurses. And obviously there's a lot of female doctors. So, but you know, the, the men go into the doctors when the female go into the nurses.

[06:21] and God forbid, you would, you would raise your hand or say something at the, you know, the OB GYN staff meeting. They really would look at you like with these daggers, like, are you real? Like, it's enough that we gave you a seat at the table, but you're gonna open your mouth and say something <laugh> really

[06:38] It's actually, you know, it's funny too. Cause I actually even started out in general surgery before I switched to OB G a N. And I remember walking into the operating rooms and like the doctors would look up and they'd be like, uh, you, what am I gonna talk to you about? And I would go home and study the sports page. Everybody else was study like surgery, textbooks. I was studying the sports page. So I had something I could walk in