By Leah Wald, Tales From the Front Lines: Stories of innovators and how to be one.
Vagina. Menstruation. Incontinence.
Many people get uncomfortable even thinking about these terms, let alone saying them out loud, even to doctors. Yet sexual health is just another part of being healthy and goes far beyond sexual behavior. Nonetheless, women feel societal pressure to not speak openly about their sexuality or their intimate health problems, which can be potentially damaging their health in the long-term.
The IE Alumni Estrella Jaramillo learned quickly to get over that discomfort. Jaramillo is the cofounder of B-wom, a digital coach focused on women’s health that creates a personalized self-care plan to help manage and prevent symptoms of incontinence and sexual pain or discomfort. “[We are] building a culture around communication and sexual education,” Jaramillo said. “We need to be able to communicate about our sexual health with others.”
Jaramillo explained that despite their discomfort, most women see the need for reducing the stigma surrounding these issues. According to her, discussing words and topics that affect our health and well-being should never feel taboo. “It’s about taking charge of all the changes that your body experiences as a female, about not being afraid or ashamed to discuss them with whoever can support you, and take action so that you can feel at your best.”
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