Updated: Dec 15, 2019
A Message From Our Chief Executive Officer
“I think it may have been the fifth conversation about uterine health that convinced me that there was a serious problem going on that wasn't being addressed. My network was small, and to have so many friends and colleagues share the details of their monthly woes with me exposed me to the jarring reality that uterine conditions were prevalent and the treatment options were scant.
After doing a little research and having several additional conversations, I began to understand just how common it was for women to have a uterine health condition. I was shocked until I realized that the research was reflected in my real life. I remember my classmate in college who threw up on the first day of every period, and the colleague who called in sick every month to manage the debilitating pain that no amount of pain killers could alleviate, and the pregnant woman from a house party who was scheduled to be induced 4 weeks early out of fear that she would rupture a cyst during her delivery.
I figured the research was accurate, and while the numbers were there, the conversation about its implications was missing. So, a few friends and I decided to introduce the conversation where we could, and that is how Femme and Flora was born.
Femme & Flora aims to foster dialogue punctuated by action, and as such, we have developed workshops, material, and events to empower you to act on your own behalf. We are proud of the groundwork that we have done and can’t wait to share what we have planned for the new year!”
// YOU ARE NOT ALONE. //
PCOS - Polycystic ovary syndrome affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.
Endometriosis - At least 11% of women, or more than 6 ½ million women in the United States, have endometriosis. It may affect more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44.
Uterine Fibroids - It is estimated 20 percent to 80 percent of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors in women of childbearing age.
Gynecologic Cancer - There were an estimated 110,070 new cases diagnosed and approximately 32,120 deaths from gynecologic cancers in the U.S. in 2018.
Interstitial cystitis (IC) or Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS) - 3 to 8 million women in the United States may have IC. 9 out of 10 people who suffer from IC will be female. That is about 3 to 6% of all women in the US.
Improving body literacy and uterine health outcomes through service, education, and advocacy.
We Serve. The seal that binds sustainable change and community outreach is our grassroots approach to helping women in need of dietary resources and safe feminine hygiene products. It is our devout goal for women to receive access to materials and services that may reduce the prevalence of uterine health conditions.
Femme & Flora partners with local gardens and neighboring organizations as an inclusive method to a public need. Our team devotes its time and vast expertise to help those who feel helpless.
We Educate. The gap in the understanding of the female body is, on its own, a public health crisis. The call for more research in this arena has long been dismissed under the idea that our suffering is simply the consequence of bearing a uterus. Additionally, the health of the uterus has long been tethered to its ability to perform relative to another, either sexually or reproductively. Its ability to perform in its own right to support the physical, emotional, and mental health of its owner, is often neglected.
Our team of professionals has poured several hours into understanding how behavioral change and nutrition can promote healing. We share that knowledge by facilitating workshops, training, and other community-based events.
We Advocate. Femme & Flora is reclaiming the podium and speaking out for all women who feel silenced, hopeless, mislead, and uninformed. Far too often, women feel trapped in their bodies because the knowledge of the function and power of the female body has long been withheld. There simply aren’t enough safe spaces to share and discuss the woman experience, isolating the dire need for real conversations that impact the victim and their loved ones.
Truth is, while the incidence of uterine conditions is astonishingly high (as many as 1 in 4 women in the US will experience a uterine health condition in her lifetime), the options for treatment and prevention remain scant. We use our platform to share honest compelling stories of real women. Emotional, physical, and mental healing can begin when these conversations are rooted in truth and transparency.
"We aspire to inspire women to own these conversations that encompass uterine health and body literacy. Knowledge of self is a superpower that ignites an internal evolution, and an outward expression of women empowerment."