Episode 51 – Noa

Noa, a white woman in her 20s with shoulder length brown hair, is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a sleeveless blue dress and standing in front of of blurry tropical plants. There is a stylized purple hexagon framing the photo.

Noa Fleischacker talks pelvic pain, vaginismus, and hymenectomies.

I’m Brianne Benness and this is No End In Sight, a podcast about life with chronic illness.

Before we get started, I want to thank my early patreon supporters: Kat, Steve and the Helfcare blog. I am super super excited to have your support! These folks have signed up to give a few bucks to No End In Sight each month to help me get all caught up on transcripts. If you’ve been enjoying the show and have just a few dollars to spare each month, you can also sign up to support me at patreon.com/noendinsight.

This week I’m talking to Noa Fleischacker about pelvic pain and vaginismus and hymenectomies. It feels like a lot of people are talking about hymens this week because of an awful statement that the rapper TI made, but we won’t be talking about that in this episode because we recorded long before it hit the news.

Before we start, here’s my disclaimer:

This podcast is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Make sure you talk to your practitioner about any questions or symptoms.

[interview transcript coming soon]

Thank you for listening to episode 51 of No End In Sight!

You can learn more about Noa’s podcast by heading to tightlippedpod.squarespace.com or by following them on instagram @tightlippedpod. You can find me on instagram and twitter @bennessb and of course you can find this show on instagram @no.end.in.sight.pod. As I keep saying, I’ve been posting each episode as a story but haven’t posted to the main feed in a while because I’m so behind on transcripts – as you know. But of course, the whole reason that I’ve started a patreon account is to help with those transcripts, so I’ll go ahead and plug that again: it’s patreon.com/noendinsight.

I’m in the middle of another round of interviews for the podcast, so if you’ve been thinking about sharing your story then now’s the time! Just head to noendinsight.co and click Share Your Story. It still says I’m on hiatus, but that’s a lie, so if you fill out the interest form then I’ll send you an email with booking details. On this show I’ve talked to a lot of white cis women in their 20s and 30s who don’t have children, so I’d particularly love to hear from people with other perspectives.

As usual, don’t forget that I have a small Facebook Group called Chronic Hustlers for people living with chronic conditions who are self employed. It’s quiet but growing, and you’ll even find a few podcast guests in the group.

And finally:

This podcast is supported by my cross stitch company, Digital Artisanal. When I’m up for it, I make simple modern patterns that you’ll actually want to hang in your home. I’ve got some fun fall patterns in the shop, and dozens of very simple icons that you can customize to your heart’s delight. I’d love it if you checked us out at digitalartisanal.com