Women and Parkinson’s: Hormonal cycles and pregnancy for women with YOPD

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is about women with Parkinson’s who are diagnosed less often, less accurately and offered treatments that are less effective often because hormonal cycles play a role and it’s a rather unexplored area of the disease. We will hear from three women with Parkinson’s who also experienced pregnancy, giving birth and parenting with PD. All of their experiences were different, but certainly complicated by their Parkinson’s disease. And all three are now advocates for women like them. Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons Follow us, Larry a Rebecca Gifford  Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod Instagram: @parkinsonspod Thank you to the following people featured in this episode: Soania Mathur, MD - Sonia was a family physician and pregnant with her first child when she was diagnosed at 27. She is co-founder of PD Avengers, co-chair of The Michael J Fox Patient Council,  on the Board of Directors for the Davis Phinney Foundation, and the medical boards of the Brian Grant Foundation and Parkinson Canada. She and her two daughters have also written two Children’s books on Parkinson’s; My Grandpa’s Shaky Hand and Shaky Hands – A Kids Guide to Parkinson’s Disease. Caitlin Nagy – After denying and hiding her diagnosis for seven years, Caitlin, a 38-year-old mother, is sharing her story of Parkinson’s in Parkinson Canada’s April Awareness Campaign “Together: No Matter What.” Paola Celli - Paola was born in Ecuador and diagnosed at the age of 12. She was married and then moved to Texas where she gave birth to two children.   Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada. Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign    Thanks also to our content and promotional partners The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us. World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain. Credits Dila Velazquez – Story Producer Rob Johnson  – Sound Design   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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