Today’s episode is new territory for this podcast, but it’s a topic that I think is really important for women. I’m talking with Priyanka Jain, the co-founder and CEO of Evy whose mission is to close the gender health data gap. Priyanka takes her background in data and applies it to women’s health, especially our understanding of the vaginal microbiome.
You’re probably familiar with the gut microbiome, and even our oral microbiome, but vaginas have one too! Many people (practitioners included) aren’t familiar with how it really works or how it affects our health, yet vaginal discomfort is the leading reason women seek medical help in the US. And 30% of women have some form of vaginal dysbiosis at any given moment.
Even more shocking, women weren’t even included in clinical research until 1993 and researchers assumed they were just smaller versions of men. Priyanka is out to change all that with the first ever precision vaginal healthcare platform and the world’s largest data set on the vaginal microbiome. We talk about what her data set is showing and what we can learn from it.
There is a huge gap between women’s symptoms and actually getting diagnosed and treated. The more we can take charge of our own health and understand what’s going on in our bodies through improved testing and data, the better we’ll be able to partner with our healthcare practitioners. Priyanka also talks about the research on boric acid, vaginal probiotics, fertility, pregnancy, and birth, and how to optimize all this to your advantage.
This episode is such an important one for women and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Episode Highlights With Priyanka
- How her own health journey led to her helping women with health using her background in the data world
- Why were women not included in clinical research until 1993, and why are women diagnosed years later than men for the same conditions
- How to actually make the best use of data that we now have access to
- Vaginal discomfort is the leading reason women seek medical help in the US
- At any given moment, 30% of women have some form of vaginal dysbiosis
- The reason the vagina is meant to be acidic
- What her data set on the vaginal microbiome is showing and what we can learn from it
- The most common vaginal dysbiosis and what we can learn from it
- 84% of people with vaginal dysbiosis have no symptoms and get no treatment
- 66% of people who have a yeast infection actually have something else
- The role sex plays in the vaginal microbiome
- What boric acid is and the real data on the research here
- Do vaginal probiotics work? And what to know about them
- How vaginal health affects fertility, pregnancy, and birth and what to know to optimize this
Resources We Mention
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