podcast

August 18, 2021

An Honest Conversation with an OB-GYN

with podcast guest

Heather Irobunda

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Dr. Heather Irobunda is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist currently practicing at NYC Health and Hospitals. Heather serves as the Medical Director for We Are Robyn, a service to connect new parents with specialists to find support for their unique parenthood journeys, and also serves as the Maternal Health advisor for Peloton, helping plan fitness content for pregnant and postpartum people.

This episode was inspired by the hundreds of conversations I’ve had over the years about uncomfortable gynecologic visits. I wanted to talk to an OB-GYN about ways to feel more comfortable and safe at these appointments. When you’ve listened, come find me on Instagram (@NicoleMJardim) – I’d love to hear your takeaways.

In this episode, we talk about how you can get to know your body, taking control of your OB-GYN visits, how to advocate for yourself, why you should be selective when choosing your OB-GYN, the systemic issues that perpetuate a lower standard of care for Black and brown people, and so much more!

Highlights

  • How the pandemic has impacted our collective menstrual cycles
  • The most common reasons patients visit their OB-GYN
  • Our counterproductive obsession with being super “clean”
  • Factors that change the smell of your vagina
  • Dr. Irobunda’s tips for keeping your vagina healthy
  • Figuring out what your body is telling you
  • The surprising impact of your partner’s microbiome
  • Our fears around OB-GYN visits
  • What Dr. Irobunda wants you to know before your next OB-GYN visit
  • Communicating with your provider about anxiety or trauma
  • Dismantling problematic power dynamics with your healthcare providers
  • Choosing the right OB-GYN
  • Healthcare disparities experienced by Black people and people of color
  • Systemic racism issues within the medical field
  • The importance of advocating for yourself
  • Dr. Irobunda’s work in patient advocacy and improving patient experiences
  • Dr. Irobunda’s experience with racism and sexism both as a patient and in medical school

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