Sex, Lies and Hormones: The Truth About Women’s Health

A conversation with Dr. Jen Gunter and special guests

Don’t get caught in the trap of hormone hype.
Join us for a fact-filled journey where no topic is too taboo.

Dr. Jen Gunter

The internationally renowned, New York Times bestselling author of The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto, Dr. Jen Gunter has been called “the world’s most famous–and outspoken–gynecologist” (The Guardian), the internet’s OB/GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health.

Board-certified in OB/GYN and pain medicine, Dr. Jen Gunter cuts through stubborn myths and misunderstandings about women’s health with hard facts, real science, fascinating historical perspective, and expert advice. She believes an empowered patient requires facts and is here to fix the medical Internet and smash the patriarchy.

Dr. Esther Odekunle

Esther Odekunle, PhD is a Research Scientist at the antibody discovery and development company AbCellera in Vancouver, Canada. She received her BSc in Biochemistry and PhD in Biological Sciences (within the area of neurobiology and animal physiology) from Queen Mary University of London. Outside of her work, she is best known for using social media platforms to engage with the scientific community, communicate science, and advocate for diverse representation and inclusivity in STEM.

Additionally, she has published opinion articles and spoken on podcasts referencing ways we can create a community that embraces, supports, and celebrates scientists from all backgrounds. She also serves as an editorial board member for the Royal Society of Biology’s magazine “The Biologist”.

Dr. Lori Brotto

Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She has been the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute of BC located at BC Women’s Hospital since 2016. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health.

She is the author of Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire (2018) and The Better Sex Through Mindfulness Workbook (October 2022).

Dr. Melissa Lem

Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and northern communities within Canada. President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and Director of PaRx, Canada’s national nature prescription program powered by the BC Parks Foundation, she is an internationally recognized leader in the field of nature and health. She has also engaged in advocacy and policy work on a broad range of other issues, from climate change and hydraulic fracturing to sustainable health care and low-carbon transportation.

A widely published writer, her work has appeared in media including the CBC, Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, The Narwhal, and National Observer. As a climate change panelist on CBC Radio’s Early Edition and in-house medical columnist for CBC TV Vancouver, one of her major priorities is knowledge translation.

Dr. Lem was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto, winner of the 2022 Adult Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature, a 2021 World Parks Week Ambassador, sits on the Advisory Committee of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Health and Well-being Specialist Group, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.