Piloting Your Life: In-Flight Entertainment (Being a Woman is Not a Negative Condition)(Jan 29, 2019)
Welcome Back My Human Conditional Passengers:
I recall reading somewhere that being a woman was a condition, but not a good condition. As I reflect on my interview with this week’s guest and the topic of stress incontinence (and other issues that we girls and women have), it feels like we have equated these negative conditions to being a woman.
I looked up the definition of human condition and got the following:
The human condition is “the characteristics, key events, and situations which compose the essentials of human existence, such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality”.
This definition doesn’t imply anything negative or positive; just that it is these things. It feels like that in our society there is the perception that being a woman means we are less than our male counterparts and these various ‘conditions’ that we have that are part of being female like periods, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, are somehow negative when, really, if you think about it, they should be celebrated.
We are seen as more complicated in a way that has made researchers decide we were too hard to deal with (or not worth acknowledging), which is why we don’t have as much data (and in some cases, no data) around how the female body reacts to, metabolizes, and responds to various medications. This doesn’t even take into account how our body structures are ignored in the design and development of products and tests. Boobs? Smaller chest cavities? Who cares!
In a conversation with Kerry Rupp (next week’s guest), she mentioned cardiovascular disease being the number one killer of women and yet many health practitioners aren’t aware of how heart attacks present themselves in women. There’s a reason it’s called the silent killer.
I think it was my guest from last week, Katie McMillan, who talked about the seasons of a woman’s life. There is something very beautiful about this as I visualize it. We don’t celebrate and revere these seasons as we should. I remember breastfeeding my daughter thinking that if we chose not to have anymore children, that this very special and powerful activity was going to end when I stopped pumping and she decided she was done. I remember grieving over this chapter closing especially after we decided to not have anymore children and my husband got a vasectomy. I also remember grieving privately as this wasn’t something that we talked about as women. And I think that we should.
One of the goals of this podcast this season is to get us talking about things that we are uncomfortable talking about. We need not be ashamed of our bodies, our hormones, aging, and change. We should be celebrating our magical and amazing nature.
In-Flight Entertainment (Allison Conti of Watkins-Conti Products)
This week’s guest, Allison Conti, has developed and patented a product to help women suffering from stress incontinence, something that we women do not like or want to talk about or acknowledge. I didn’t realize that over 489 million worldwide suffer from this condition and it isn’t always related to pregnancy, age, or menopause. She has a website called LeakyLady.com where she has a few stories shared by women; one of these women started suffering from this at the age of 7. She wants to normalize the conversation about this topic and remove the stigmas as she works towards helping those of us afflicted by the condition. Are you brave enough to share your story? If so, go to the website and submit it! In the meantime, enjoy my conversation with Allison as we talk about her personal journey that led to the creation of the YoniFit device that she is working towards making available over the counter at a reasonable price point.