Episode 5: Interview with Dr. Samantha Butts on Digital Health and Fertility

Jul 15, 2023 | Podcast

Do you have a reproductive life plan? Don’t worry if you don’t! I certainly didn’t when I first heard the term. However, by the end of this episode, you should have more of an idea of what one is and why you should at least have a conversation with your health provider about getting one.

Dr. Samantha Butts, MD received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She is the current Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Penn State. In this role, she specializes in treating individuals and couples who require fertility treatments in order to achieve pregnancy.

Dr. Butts has extensive experience providing the full spectrum of infertility treatment services to meet the needs of those seeking care who are single, coupled, LGBTQ, and those whose complex medical histories impact their reproductive health.
I could not have had a better guest for this topic!

In this conversation, we talk about the range of fertility issues that people can face, and how digital health can show up in relation to these issues. What tools exist, and how do doctors view them?

Time Stamp

[00:01:57] Fertility and reproductive health

[00:05:29] Femtech and women’s health.

[00:08:05] Fertility challenges and barriers.

[00:14:39] Normalizing abnormal periods for women.

[00:18:29] Reproductive health and fertility.

[00:23:11] Digital health technologies for women.

[00:26:08] Home testing and expert engagement.

[00:32:07] Polycystic ovary syndrome and fertility.

[00:37:23] Preconception evaluation.

[00:41:49] Reproductive Life Plan.

[00:44:00] Fertility preservation services

Previous Interview Mentioned in the podcast:

Interview with Adrianna Hopkins on Uterine Fibroids and the White Dress Project


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  • Brandi Sinkfield

    Dr. Brandi, is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, who was inspired by her mother, a registered nurse who graduated with a degree in information technology. Through tough love and support from her father, extended family, and friends she attended Case Western Medical School and received her M.D. She completed residency training at Cleveland Clinic and dual fellowship training at Stanford Anesthesiology in Perioperative Management and Digital Health. Growing up she experienced the lack of transparency, shame and secrecy surrounding women’s health and body confidence driving her to imagine a pathway for her own daughter and other women to access information that empowers them and inspires confidence.