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Tight Lipped is a storytelling podcast that makes public what is often thought of as “private pain.” We ask big questions about female chronic pain. We explore how gender, race, sexual orientation and class impact women and non-binary folks' experiences of healthcare and of their own bodies. Our show focuses on conditions that are extremely common (like vestibulodynia, vaginismus and endometriosis), yet carry with them a social stigma and often impact mental health, identity and intimate rel ...
 
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Today, we’re bringing you a story of change. One that gives a glimpse of what’s possible when patients, researchers, and policy makers come together to fight for a healthier, more hopeful future. In 1994, Phyllis Mate led a small, dedicated group of women to found the National Vulvodynia Association, the NVA. Their mission was to be the central des…
 
After nearly a decade of ER visits and dismissal from doctors, Samantha Denae was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. But then, she needed to figure out how to treat it. Over and over again she was told to get a hysterectomy. Black patients like Samantha are much more likely to receive a hysterectomy than white patients. But, why is that? This is…
 
The myth that Black women don't develop endometriosis is almost a century old and yet it still persists to this day. Where did this idea come from? How did endometriosis come to be labeled the "career woman's disease"? And, why is it harder for Black patients, and working class patients, to get diagnosed? Today's episode is the first in a two-part …
 
Today we're sharing an episode from another podcast we love, The Secret Lives of Black Women - a show about everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. In this episode, Dr. Debra Hardy-Cartwright shares her own story navigating the medical world as a Black OBGYN and her perspective on how race and class influence the kind of care we rece…
 
Today we're sharing an episode from another podcast we love, Call Your Girlfriend. CYG is a podcast for long-distance besties about feminism, politics, health, pop culture, and friendship. This episode features an interview with author Maya Dusenbery and explores the research behind why medical institutions frequently dismiss and underestimate chro…
 
Today we're sharing an episode from another podcast we love, NATAL - a docuseries about having a baby while Black. The show highlights the voices of Black parents, birthworkers, medical professionals, researchers, and advocates. This episode takes us on a deep dive into the roots of racism in obstetrics and gynecology.…
 
Today we're sharing an episode from another podcast we love, Bodies. The show is about medical mysteries - and the questions that emerge when trying to understand what's happening inside your own body. This episode follows Allison's journey to find out why sex suddenly became painful.Tight Lipped
 
In the late 1960s, it was difficult to access basic information about women's health. Jane, frustrated by her doctors' paternalistic attitude, decided to do more research about her own body so she could advocate for herself. With a group of activists in Boston, Jane and 11 others began taking matters into their own hands and went on to write the gr…
 
What happens when a doctor's dismissal leads you to question your own sanity? This is what patient advocates call "medical gaslighting." Lara Parker knows all about the consequences of not being believed. She lives with pain all over her body. She's passed out from the pain multiple times. She's constantly nauseous, has horrible cramps, and has chr…
 
Sex hurts the first time, but then it gets better. Right? This is the message so many of us grew up with. We saw it in movies and heard it from friends. But what if sex isn’t supposed to hurt? How much pain is too much pain? When is pain “normal” and when does it require medical attention? These are questions that Maura, a teacher and dancer, has s…
 
By the time Shelby was 22 years old, she'd seen not one, not two, not three, but twelve different doctors in search of a diagnosis. And this is not an uncommon experience for people with vaginismus, vulvodynia, and other vulvar pain conditions. In today’s episode, we’re taking a look inside the exam room to try to understand why so many people with…
 
For as long as Noa can remember, penetrative sex -- actually any kind of penetration (tampons, pelvic exams, etc.) -- has been so painful it’s physically impossible. And, until very recently, she kept it secret from almost everyone she knew. Where and how do women like Noa learn to keep their pain secret? Sign up for our newsletter at http://tightl…
 
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