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VAGINAL Health in midlife and beyond: Let’s start a conversation with Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison

VAGINAL Health in midlife and beyond: Let’s start a conversation with Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison

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VAGINAL Health in midlife and beyond: Let’s start a conversation with Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison
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In this podcast episode, host Shelley Craft speaks with gynaecologist,Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison, shedding light on the importance of women’s health and vaginal care.

Here are the key points discussed:

Introduction:

Dr. Fariba Behnia-Willison, founder of FBW Gynaecology Plus in South Australia. – Recently won two national Telstra Best of Business Awards: “Championing Health” and “Accelerating Women.”  Aims to reduce the stigma around female gynaecological issues and raise awareness among the medical community about the need for better treatment of prolapse. – Passionate about breaking down taboos surrounding women’s health.

Breaking Taboos through Open Conversations: 

-The taboo surrounding women’s health topics is discussed, emphasising the need for open dialogue. – Recognising that common experiences don’t equate to normalcy, seeking help and support is encouraged.

Common Women’s Health Issues:

– Menopause-related symptoms, such as hot flashes, low libido, vaginal dryness, incontinence, and prolapse, are addressed. – Fariba stresses the importance of proactive care, providing practical tips for maintaining vaginal health.

Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM): 

Affects 50% of women by age 60 and 75% by age 70. GSM refers to vaginal, bladder, and pelvic floor symptoms associated with low estrogen levels. Symptoms include vaginal dryness, loss of lubrication, burning, pain, irritation, fissuring in the vulva, pain or bleeding during sex, painful urination, recurrent urinary tract infections, bladder urgency, stress incontinence, loss of libido, arousal, or orgasm, and vaginal wall prolapse.

Taking Charge of Vaginal Health:

– Fariba provides important recommendations for self-care, including avoiding harmful practices like wearing G-strings and polyester pants. – Chemical exposure reduction and adopting a healthy diet are also key factors in maintaining vaginal health. – Proper use of antibiotics and the significance of probiotics for a balanced vaginal microbiome are highlighted.

PRP in Gynaecology

– Fariba shares her first encounter with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in gynaecology and its use in various specialties. – The controversy surrounding PRP is highlighted, emphasising the need for further research. – Patient education is essential, providing them with the pros and cons to make informed decisions.

Desert Flower South Australia:

– Fariba discusses her involvement with Desert Flower South Australia, a charity supporting women who have experienced genital mutilation. – The holistic care provided to these women, both physically and emotionally, is emphasised.

In conclusion, this podcast episode serves as a valuable resource for understanding the significance of women’s health and vaginal care. Fariba insights and expertise shed light on important topics such as PRP in gynaecology, supporting women affected by genital mutilation, common women’s health issues, breaking taboos through open conversations, and taking charge of vaginal health. Listeners are encouraged to prioritise their well-being, engage in open discussions, and seek professional help when needed.

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Producer and Co-founder: Amanda Attwood, founder of The Aging Project

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