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Ilana Glazer Joins Origin as an Advisor

Jul 19, 20222 MIN
Origin advisor Ilana Glazer taking a selfie as she rubs her postpartum belly

We’re all about smashing taboos at Origin. We aim to normalize real talk about the pelvic floor, sex, vaginal health, maternity, menopause, and even, dare we say it, poop. And we draw inspiration from strong voices in the arts, medicine, and politics — folks who are famous for calling it like it is. 

Since breaking onto the scene with her trailblazing Broad City in 2014, Ilana Glazer has cemented herself as a comedian who takes stigmatized subjects — from female masturbation to mental health to pregnancy — and puts them front and center in her work. Her art is an act of resistance against systems that diminish female pleasure and normalize pain.

Ilana is one of the most influential voices of the millennial generation, and we are so excited to announce her new role as an Advisor to Origin.

Ilana is one of the most influential voices of the millennial generation, and we are so excited to announce her new role as an Advisor to Origin. As an activist and advocate for health equity, Ilana's work with Origin will focus on reducing stigma around common but overlooked pelvic floor health issues — issues that impact 1 in 3 people with vaginal anatomy each year.

Ilana’s own journey with pelvic health started at age four, as she recently shared for the first time in Vogue. For years, she was ignored and dismissed by the medical community despite chronic and debilitating pain. She was finally diagnosed at age 19, and introduced to pelvic floor therapy at age 22. By her mid-20s,  through her work with pelvic floor therapy, she was pain-free for the first time in her life. 

As someone who has struggled with pelvic pain at multiple points in her life, Ilana seized on Origin’s mission to help women and people with vaginal anatomy feel their best at every stage of life.

She discovered Origin and returned to pelvic floor therapy during her pregnancy, crediting her experience with Dr. Emma Kaeser, PT, DPT and the Origin team as the key to her “joyful” experience. As someone who has struggled with pelvic pain at multiple points in her life, Ilana seized on Origin’s mission to help women and people with vaginal anatomy feel their best at every stage of life. She understands first-hand the sad reality that most doctors aren’t trained to recognize pelvic floor dysfunction.

Ilana brings both the perspective of patient and advocate to her role as an advisor with Origin. “I was 34 and I was pregnant for the first time, and while I mentally and professionally felt really in such a secure place to have this baby—physically, it was not ideal!” she said, laughing.  “It’s time for women and individuals with vaginal anatomy who are in a safe & confident place in their life to start talking honestly and openly about our experiences with our bodies so we can normalize our health needs.”

Carine Carmy, Origin Co-founder and CEO shares, “Ilana exemplifies our brand in so many ways, from her work destigmatizing sexuality on Broad City, to writing and starring in a horror movie about how pregnant women are treated in the medical system. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Origin family and hope our work together helps many more people understand that there’s a way out from pelvic pain.”

Together, Ilana and Origin will work to normalize pelvic health and build a more accessible and equitable healthcare system nationwide.

Origin is the largest in-network, dedicated provider of pelvic floor physical therapy in the US where nearly 80% of private pelvic floor PT practices are not covered by insurance. Together, Ilana and Origin will work to normalize pelvic health and build a more accessible and equitable healthcare system nationwide.

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