Period Story is a podcast that features Le'Nise Brothers, a nutritionist @eatlovemove, having conversations about periods, breaking taboos and getting behind the menstrual health myths that hold us back.Each episode features a notable and interesting woman talking about her first period, the way she learned about periods and menstrual health, wh
We've been nominated for Best Podcast in the Creative Impact Awards! To vote for Period Story, go to www.creativeimpact.group/awards/On today’s episode, I’m happy to share my conversation with Camilla Hansson, the founder of the CBD brand, Camilla Organics. Camilla shared the story of her diagnosis with endometriosis, her healing journey and what led her to launch her CBD business. And of course, we talked about her first period!Camilla says that she looked forward to her first period because she felt that it would mean that she was nearly a woman. She said when it finally happened, she was quite excited about it!All the way through her teens and into her mid 20s, Camilla had what she called perfect periods: no pain, no mood swings. In her mid 20s, she says she started to get excruciating, painful periods that sent her to A&E on several occasions.Camilla says that she started to become afraid of each of her periods and she felt she couldn’t live her life fully because of the pain. Listen to hear how Camilla found a path to healing.Camilla says her experience led her to an exploration of CBD and then to eventually found her own company so that she could help other women in the same way that CBD helped her.Camilla says that it’s important for anyone suffering from period pain and endometriosis to not give up hope and to keep educating yourself and trying new things. Thank you for coming on the show, Camilla!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Camilla:WebsiteInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I’m so happy to share my conversation with Kaysha Thomas, the nutritionist and Pilates teacher. Kaysha has a special focus on eating disorder recovery, body image and diversity, all of which we talked about in this episode.Kaysha says she got her first period at around 9 or 10 and she took it all in her stride as she had already learned so much about it in school. She said that going to an all girls secondary school made conversations around periods and body changes easier and normalised.We talked about Kaysha’s work with eating disorder recovery clients. She says there’s a whole group of men, women and children out who need to hear a different narrative about eating and body image, where the focus is on health, not weight loss.Kaysha says that feeding ourselves is the ultimate form of self-care. I love that! We also talked about diet culture, the anti-diet movement and how the messages from both camps can be very inflammatory. We also dove into emotional eating and some of the cultural messages we receive about this.We talked about the rise in people not wanting to talk about weight loss for fear of being attacked for not loving their bodies. Kaysha says that there’s a culture of toxic positivity, especially on social media and that we need to remember that there are people with individual experiences behind each post.Kaysha says that you don’t have to love your body all the time, it’s okay to feel neutral and indifferent or not even focus on your body at all! Thank you for coming on the show, Kaysha!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Kaysha:WebsiteInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I’m so happy to share my conversation with Mika Simmons, the award winning filmmaker, actress and founder of the Lady Garden Foundations and the Happy Vagina. Listen to hear a really tender conversation about navigating trauma and loss, and of course, the story of Mika’s first period.Mika says that her mum was so excited when she first got her period and threw her a little party to celebrate. This lovely start was unfortunately not mirrored at school, where she was teased and bullied for getting her period. Listen to hear Mika talk about how this led to a time of confusion and pain.In time for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, Mika shares the story of losing her beloved mother to ovarian cancer. Mika very poignantly talks about how she was able to heal after this seismic experience and how starting the Lady Garden Foundation was a part of this healing. Listen to hear about the incredible work the foundation is doing to raise awareness about gynaecological cancers.We talked about body image, self-pleasure, orgasms and the importance of female desire. Mika says that it’s important to get past the discomfort of having these conversations and that by starting small or what feels comfortable for you, we can start to find a vocabulary that feels right for us. Thank you so much for coming on the show, Mika!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Mika:InstagramLady Garden FoundationThe Happy Vagina Photo credit: Ruth Crafer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Maria Purcell, the co-founder of the Hood, who recently launched their teen wellness journal (a period and mood tracker!), Girlhood: The Story. Listen to hear our conversation about Maria’s experience navigating her period as an athlete, her decision to come off the pill, how she used tracking to help her better understand her body as she was trying to get pregnant and of course, the story of her first period! Maria says she hid her period from her mum for a few months, because she felt that she could deal with it all herself and thought it was no big deal. Listen to hear how often Maria first thought she was going to have a period!Maria’s experience as a student athlete shaped the way she thought about her body and her belief that periods were something that needed to be ‘dealt with’. She says that when she stopped taking the pill, she finally began to tune into her body and said that it was challenging because as an athlete, she was so used to being in control of her body.We talked about how Maria started tracking what was happening to her body and how this helped during her fertility journey. She says that all the planning and tracking came naturally to her and helped her feel more confident and better about herself.Maria shares how she lost her period at one point and what she did to get it back. She says that all the tracking and learning she did around her menstrual cycle and fertility eventually led to the idea to launch a journal for teens to help them understand their moods and eventually their periods, when they arrive. Listen to hear how she was inspired by her niece and how the journal helped them connect.Maria says we need to learn about our menstrual health from a young age, so that we feel empowered and we understand our bodies. She says this will change the narrative and reduce the stigma around female health issues. Thank you for coming on the show, Maria!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Maria:WebsiteInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Trisha Barker, a life coach who helps people manage and overcome imposter syndrome. Listen to hear our conversation about Trisha’s endometriosis journey, how she fought for a diagnosis, how she manages the endometriosis pain, how she’s incorporated menstrual cycle awareness into her day to day work life and of course, her first period.Trisha says that when she was shocked when she first got her period. She had a stomachache and thought to herself: “Am I dying?”. Her mum was there to reassure her and explain to her what happened. Trisha says that she felt really embarrassed and ashamed about what was happening to her and it took her until her forties to get past the shame.Trisha went on a long journey of trying to deal with her heavy and painful periods, for years using the pill to do this. She eventually decided that she didn’t want to be on the pill because she didn’t believe it was good for her health. After she came off the pill, her period pain boomeranged back.Listen to hear what happened when Trisha tried to get the bottom of what was behind her excruciating period pain and the moment where she refused to leave her GP’s office until he gave her a solution that didn’t involve more pills.Trisha explains that coming off the pill helped her connect with her menstrual cycle. She says she wanted to be back in tune with her own body. Trisha shares how she was able to spot patterns through her menstrual cycles and adapt her work accordingly.Trisha shares some advice for people struggling with imposter syndrome and the key questions they need to ask themselves to move past it. She says that we can ask ourselves better questions and start to find evidence to prove that our imposter doesn’t know everything. Trisha says that when you change what you believe about yourself, you change how you show up in the world. Thank you, Trisha!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Trisha:WebsiteInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Sabi Kerr, a self-love coach and yoga teach. We had a beautiful conversation that got me a bit emotional at one point! We talked about Sabi’s journey on and off the contraceptive pill, the importance of accepting and sitting with ALL the emotions you feel, toxic positivity and moving away from positive vibes only and of course, Sabi’s first period!Sabi shared the pride she felt when she got her period and how grown up she felt. She says that the conversations she had with her mum and her friends about periods were really open and accepting. How great is that!We spent time talking about Sabi’s journey with the pill. She went on the pill when she was around 17, 18 years old and only came off it in January this year. She says she was sure that there was a bit of disconnect between her and her period and coming off the pill was her way of changing thatSabi had never had any issues or side effects from taking the pill. When she deciding whether to come off the pill, Sabi says she asked herself if she still wanted to be putting it in her body. She was moving back to London from Bali and felt it was the right time to make this transition.Listen to hear about Sabi’s transition off the pill and what she learned about her menstrual cycle, including how she was able to make space for her emotions and find the permission to accept herself as she is. I confess that I got a bit emotional when we talked about this!Sabi shared some beautiful affirmations and a mini practice to help name the emotions you feel. Sabi says that to truly love ourselves, we need to start where we’re at. Thank you, Sabi!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Sabi:WebsiteInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode, I am so pleased to share my conversation with Natalie Costa. We talked about the importance of identifying which thoughts you choose to believe, managing pre-menstrual anxiety, and of course Natalie’s first period!Natalie shared that her first period was a shock and something she wasn’t ready for. She says that slowly she started to become more accepting of it, but it wasn’t something she looked forward to (I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this!).Natalie talks about growing in South Africa and how the conservative culture affected how she learnt about her period. She says it’s taken her time to become more open about talking about menstruation and that her former job as a teacher helped with this.We talked about how Natalie learned to tune into her menstrual cycle more and how she connected this with work and the way she exercises. She says that she really has to listen to her body and resist doing high impact exercise when her body is craving something slow and steady.Natalie says she asks herself: what can I do to be gentle with myself. She says she’s more aware of negative chatter that happens before her period and is able to manage it and work with it. Listen to hear the morning rituals Natalie uses to quieten down and centre her mind.We talk about Natalie’s brilliant work supporting children by helping them tap into the power of their thoughts and recognise they don’t have to believe everything they think or respond to every feeling. Natalie shares some brilliant tips and I’ve been using them with my son!Natalie says that as adults, we need to remember that we don’t need to believe every thought we think and that it’s so important to be gentle with ourselves and I completely agree!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Natalie:WebsiteInstagramFacebook See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode, I am so pleased to share my conversation with Leeanne Young, who bravely shares her health journey from fibroids to hyperthyroidism and a thyroidectomy to an ice crunching obsession. Leeanne’s story is really powerful and I really encourage you all to have a listen.Leanne shares her matter of fact approach to her first period and how she learned about what was happening to her body. We talked about the classic Judy Blume book, Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and Leeanne talked about the impact it had on her.We talked about Leeanne’s very early endometriosis diagnosis and after a laparoscopy and medication didn’t work for her, she was given the choice of having a hysterectomy at 25 years old. She opted against this and said this taught her how to really listen to her body and tune into the signals it was giving her.Leeanne bravely shared how she first discovered she had a 10cm fibroid after a miscarriage and how she was led to believe that it would be difficult for her to have more children. Leeanne went on to have a daughter, who is now 12.Leeanne become unwell again and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and eventually went on to have a thyroidectomy. Listen to hear the symptoms that made Leeanne realise that something was wrong. Fast forward a few years, Leeanne felt that everything was going fine. She had started a new job and life was good. Her periods starting getting so heavy that she became scared to leave the house. Listen to hear how Leeanne was able to persevere and get a diagnosis of more fibroids after everyone kept telling her everything was fine.Leeanne says that we know our bodies best. Our bodies are whispering to us, giving us signs that we need to listen to and I completely agree!Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I’m pleased to share the wonderful and very expansive conversation I had with Allysa Rochelle, the Vulnerability Queen and founder of TING. We talked about trauma and its effect on menstrual health, the vulnerability spectrum, why Black women need to embrace softness and of course, Rochelle shared the story of her first period.Rochelle says that after she got her first period, she kept it secret for 4 months. Eventually, pain become a big part of her period life and she learnt to just get on with it, which she says was part of the negative programming she had around her period quite early on.Listen to hear about the pivotal moment where Rochelle changed her perspective on the pain she was experiencing and the role trauma played in this.Rochelle talks about a light bulb moment when she realised that she had been ignoring her needs because she had always been in service to other people. She says that she had to get really still and ask herself: ‘what do you need? what are your needs?’We had a fascinating discussion about the stereotype of the strong Black woman and how important it is for Black women to embrace softness too and let themselves be vulnerable. Finally, we talked about Rochelle’s self-styled title, ‘The Vulnerability Queen’ and how important it is to lean into vulnerability in a very intentional way.Rochelle says that we need to hold space for ourselves and never ignore what we’re feeling. I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Rochelle:Website: https://tingonline.uk and https://www.allysarochelle.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allysarochelleFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/AllysaRochelle/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I’m so happy to share my conversation with Jasmin Thomas, the founder of Ohana CBD.Jasmin and I had a wide ranging conversation, including discussing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Rastafarianism, medicinal cannabis, Jasmin’s decision to start Ohana CBD, being Black and female in the cannabis industry and of course, the story of her first period.Jasmin says she felt quite isolated and uncomfortable when she got her first period. She says that as she was growing up her period was okay and that as she got older, she started to tune into her body more, understand her menstrual cycles, track her menstrual cycles.Jasmin shares her story of coming off the pill. She says she didn’t feel as though she felt real emotions whilst on it and when she came off the pill, she started to feel everything a lot more.Listen to hear about Jasmin talk about multiple sclerosis and the symptoms that led her to seek out a diagnosis, the support networks she leant on and how she explored natural medicinal options to manage the condition.We talk about Jasmin’s family links to Rastafarianism and medical cannabis and how this led to the birth of her company, Ohana CBD. She said that she had a desire to live her most authentic life and starting her own company was a part of this.We talk about Jasmin being a Black female in the cannabis industry and what Jasmin has done to hold others in the industry accountable. Jasmin says that we should have confidence in our voices and live as our most authentic selves and I completely agree! Get in touch:Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Jasmin: WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to season 3 of the Period Story podcast. I'm so pleased to start the new season with Sarah Greenidge, the founder of WellSpoken.We had a wide ranging conversation about tracking menstrual cycles and symptoms, the important of credible content in the health and wellbeing sector, the value of anecdotal evidence and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the wellbeing sector. Sarah discussed the launch of the WellSpoken diversity charter. And of course, Sarah shared the story of her first period!Sarah shares the very vivid memory of her first period, her shock, overwhelm and shame. She talks about how these feelings changed as she went into high school and having a period became an empowering thing.Listen to hear what triggered Sarah to learn more about her period and start tracking her menstrual cycle. She says that become knowledgeable about her body has made her more cognisant of how others could be feeling.Sarah talks about her periods in lockdown and how she saw a shift from what’s normal for her. In the episode, Sarah goes into detail into the symptoms she tracks (with a massive Excel spreadsheet!) and the cues she pays attention to that tell her period is about to start. Listen to hear her top tips on how to start tracking your menstrual cycle. We talk about why Sarah founded her company, WellSpoken and the importance of health literacy. Sarah says that in the UK, consumer ability to understand health information and then make an informed decision is quite low. We talk about the importance of diversity in wellness and the health implications of lack of diversity in wellness. Sarah says that race and discrimination play a part in the way people can receive health information and how and if they seek help. Go to the link below to find out more about the diversity charter, which asks brands to commit to improving diversity in the wellness industry.Sarah says that we need to think of health literacy as a core skill so that we can more informed decisions about our health. I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Sarah: Website: www.wearewellspoken.comInstagram: www.instagram.com/wellspokenmarkDiversity in Wellness Charter: https://www.wellnessdiversitycharter.com/signup See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode, I was so pleased to speak with Valentina Milanova, the founder of Daye, the women's healthcare brand. We had a wide ranging discussion talking about period pain, the role of CBD and the endocannabinoid system, female entrepreneurship and of course, Valentina shared her own period story.Valentina shared the story of getting her period at just 9 years old. Listen to hear why she hid her period for a year and what happened when she told her father.The gender pain gap is a very real issue and Valentina talked about the debilitating cramps she used to experience, which caused her to miss school and have difficulty concentrating. Valentina talks about what inspired her to start her company, Daye. She says that the idea that menstruation could be made easier was always in the back of her mind. She came up with resistance but persevered, making the first tampons herself on a 3D printer and injecting the CBD extract with a syringe.Valentina talks about the benefits of CBD and the effects it’s had on her period pain. She says it’s made a massive impact on her productivity and her happiness levels and says that she no longer dreads her period.Finally, we had an interesting discussion about female entrepreneurship. Valentina says that you need to be comfortable making a fool of yourself and making mistakes. She says that imposter syndrome keeps you humble. I agree! et in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Valentina: Website: https://www.yourdaye.comInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/meetdayeTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/meetdayeFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/meetdaye See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I spoke with Elaine dela Cruz, the co-founder of Project 23, a culture and performance consultancy. Elaine and I had a great conversation about teaching her daughters about periods, how culture affected how she learnt about periods and sex and of course, her first period.Elaine shares the memory of getting her period during a much anticipated family vacation and how she cringed at the way her mum and aunties were discussing it.Elaine talks about how culture likely affected the way she learned about sex and period, saying that her family was not one to talk about these things. She says that she learned from this experience and it made her want to be more informed for the conversation with her daughters.We talk about being laissez-faire about periods in your 20s, the change that can happen after childbirth and what happens when you ovulate.Listen to hear what happens when Elaine decides to have the first conversation about periods with her daughters and why she had to have a re-do! She says these conversations made her more open about her period.Elaine says it’s so important for us to have uncomfortable conversations and if we push the conversation and push through the discomfort, we’ll get to the other side and learn and connect in a different way. I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Elaine: Website: https://www.project23works.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I’m very happy to share a very candid conversation with Katy Lindemann, the founder of Uber Barrens Club. Katy is a writer and patient advocate in addition to her day job as a digital strategist.Katy shared her journey through infertility and pregnancy loss, what she learned about her body, her inspiration for Uber Barrens Club and of course, the story of her first period.Katy talks about reading the fabulous Judy Bloom book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret? as a period rite of passage. She also shares the moment at the school gate that prompted her mum to make sure she understood the birds and bees 😄Katy says that she went on the pill because she wanted to control her period and talks about what prompted her to eventually come off the pill and get diagnosed with lean PCOS.We had a very candid discussion about what this diagnosis meant for her fertility journey at the time, what happened next and why Katy wishes she had paid more attention to her menstrual cycles when she was younger.Katy says that she started Uber Barrens Club because she only ever saw one narrative of infertility, after people have been successful. She says that she wanted to write a different story and take back the word barren, reclaim it and make this silent sisterhood more visible.Katy says that you don’t have to do this alone. She believes we should reach out, read up, learn about our bodies and not be afraid to ask questions. I love that!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Katy: Website: https://uberbarrens.club/Share Your Story: https://uberbarrens.club/shareTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/uberbarrensclubInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/uberbarrensclub See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of sharing a wonderful conversation I had with Estelle Bingham last week. Estelle is a healer and psychic, as well as a former travel presenter for Lonely Planet.Estelle and I had a wonderful conversation (her words gave me chills at one point!) about intuition, the importance of boundaries, what manifestation actually is, connecting with the cycles of the moon and of course, the story of Estelle’s first period.Estelle says that she was very excited for her first period. She talks about the two truths that many of us continue to hold about menstruation: the internal excitement of being part of something bigger and general negativity that society gives menstruation, calling it ‘the curse’.Estelle says it’s so important that we understand our menstrual cycle so that we can recognise and listen to the internal workings of who we are. She says this part of us gets really demonised and that we need to be kind and find a way to come back to ourselves.Estelle talked about her experience as a travel presenter and how she felt her period never got into the way or held her back when she was doing things like trekking up K2, climbing down the Karijini Gorges in Australia or speaking to Kenyan tribes. She says it was really empowering not to feel like she had to worry about her period.Listen to hear Estelle talk about how to notice the connection between our menstrual cycle and the moon cycle. She says that we start to notice how we can feel during full moons and where we’re at in our menstrual cycle. She talks about the effects last Thursday’s super moon in Scorpio may have had on some of us.I asked Estelle about manifestation, this word I see thrown around a lot and she broke it down in a practical way, saying that you can put things out there, but you also have to show up to those things everyday and do the work.Estelle says that we should choose to listen to ourselves, gently and lovingly so that we are able to love ourselves more and come home to ourselves. I love that!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Estelle: Website: http://www.estellebingham.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/estelle.bingham See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of Period Story podcast, I’m so pleased to share my conversation with Amy Peake, the founder of the charity Loving Humanity, which she founded in 2014 with the aim of helping women in war zones by alleviating the health problems associated with a lack of good quality and affordable menstrual pads. Since then, her work has helped to restore dignity and create social uplift for thousands of women in some of the most war-ravaged parts of the world. And crucially, allowed thousands of menstruating girls who would not normally have access to school to receive an education.Amy and I had a wonderful conversation about the cultural impact of menstruation, disposable vs reusable menstrual pads, how Amy has been educating herself about her menstrual cycle and hormones and of course, Amy also shared the story of her first period.Amy shares what made her decide to come off the pill and the changes she’s seen in her body. She says having a period without any pain was a revelation!Amy talks about the importance of menstrual health education and awareness and the impact this is having on her 3 daughters and also how this extends to Loving Humanity.We talked about Amy’s charity Loving Humanity and the powerful work it is doing in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe to make and distribute menstrual pads and nappies to women and girls. Amy shares the story of what inspired her to start this charity and shares some of ways the charity has been able to empower women through employment, menstrual health education and support.We had a very candid discussion about the impact access to menstrual pads can have on girls and their ability to stay in education. Amy also talked about disposable vs reusable menstrual pads and how access to water and lack of privacy makes reusables mostly a non-starter.Amy says that she feels passionate about what she does because she wants women and girls to rise up and realise their power 💪🏽Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Amy: Website: http://lovinghumanity.org.uk/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loving_humanityTwitter: https://twitter.com/Loving_HumanityFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LovingHumanityUK See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of Period Story podcast, I was so pleased to speak with Mandy Manners. Mandy is a mindset and recovery coach who coaches women to harness their decision to go sober, to pivot from surviving to thriving in all areas of their lives. She's also a co-founder of Love Sober, a hub for one to one coaching, workshops and community, and hosts The Love Sober podcast with Kate Baily.Mandy and I had a wonderful conversation about the impact of alcohol on women, the role the menstrual cycle plays in alcohol addiction, and of course, Mandy also shared the story of her first period.Mandy shared the moment in her thirties when she felt she really learned about her period and the effect this change had on her.Mandy talked candidly about the impact going sober had on her period and menstrual cycle. She also shared fascinating research around the points in our menstrual cycle where we will potentially be more triggered to drink alcohol. Have a listen to hear Mandy talk through an insightful example of a woman who planned her alcohol recovery treatment around her menstrual cycle.Mandy talks about the steps women who are struggling with their alcohol consumption can take to get a better sense of control. She says that support and community is so important, as well as having an open mind about changing their habits and I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Mandy:Website: https://www.lovesober.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandy.lovesober.coach/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovesoberpodcastTwitter: https://twitter.com/lovesoberpod See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's episode of Period Story Podcast, I was so pleased to speak with Zachi Brewster. Zachi is a sex & pleasure educator, abortion & miscarriage doula and a freelance community manager for reproductive wellbeing organisations.We had a wonderful conversation about Zachi’s work, her first period story and how she learned about what is normal for her when it comes to her period.She says that tracking and sharing about her period and menstrual cycle on Instagram has opened up her understanding. She says that IG’s the first app she’s used to diligently track her period, which she found very surprising.Zachi says that she’s reduced her resistance to herself and the friction she felt towards her period. She says her doula training helped her drop this resistance and change her mindset around her period.Zachi talks about her work as an abortion and miscarriage doula, which is so fascinating. She says these experiences can impact us years down the line and it’s so important to talk and get support so you can move forwards.Finally, Zachi talks about her work as a sex and pleasure educator. She says that pleasure is a huge part of sex and that we need to talk about this more. She believes we’re doing young people a disservice by not talking about pleasure during sex education lessons.Zachi says that it’s so important to take the time to understand yourself and how you can apply this understanding into different areas of your life: your menstrual cycle, your diet, your mood, your energy and I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Zachi: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zaz.brw See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Lina Chan, the founder and CEO of Adia, a digital health platform empowering women through their fertility journey. Lina shared her fertility journey which led to three children and two angel babies and said this is what inspired her to start her company. We discussed the story of Lina’s first period, with Lina explaining that because she comes from a conservative Asian family, nobody had talked to her about what to expect. She said found her period embarrassing and shocking, especially growing up in Brazil, where swim classes were held year round in school.Lina describes the life changing moment when she discovered how she could hide her period. She says now this is one of the taboos she aims to break down with her company, Adia. We had a very honest discussion about breaking down the taboo of discussing miscarriage. Lina says that women shouldn’t underestimate the impact that miscarriage can have emotionally and that it’s very important to talk about it and seek the support you think you need.Lina says that we should celebrate our bodies and I completely agree! Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Lina:Website: https://adiahealth.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adia_health/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/adiahealth/Twitter: https://twitter.com/adia_health See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On today's episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Shiona Redmond, the founder and CEO of Graces London, a CBD cannabinoid skin care and wellness brand. April is Adenomyosis awareness month, and I'm so happy that Shiona was able to share her journey to getting diagnosed and what she does to manage this condition, alongside running a business and raising two daughters.Shiona shares the story of her first period at 12 years old. She talks about how disappointing it was and how it didn’t compare to what her friends were experiencing. She says that she was really lucky that her mum and school were really good about talking to her about the changes that were happening to her body. Shiona talks about her journey to getting diagnosed with adenomyosis, after years of heavy, painful periods and digestive issues. She said that she spent years thinking that her period was supposed to be like that and she just needed to cope. It was only after a trip to A&E with breakthrough pain that Shiona realised that her periods weren’t supposed to be so painful. Listen to hear the moment where she decided she wasn’t going to be fobbed off by doctors any longer and how she advocated for herself to get a proper diagnosis.Shiona talks about her passion for CBD and the power of the endocannabinoid system in promoting internal balance and how she’s used this as a tool, alongside healthy eating and lifestyle to manage adenomyosis. Shiona is very kindly offering listeners a free sample of the CBD oil to try for yourselves. Go to http://www.graceslondon.com to get your sample. Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Shiona: Website: http://www.graceslondon.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/graceslondon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On the latest episode of Period Story podcast, I was so pleased to speak to Molly Fenton, the 17 year old Welsh campaigner who started a movement to help people love periods, called aptly, the Love Your Period campaign.Molly shares the story of her first period at just 8 years old in year 4. She said because she was so young, she didn’t really understand what was happening and wasn’t prepared.Molly says that starting the Love Your Period campaign motivated her to better educate herself about periods and menstrual health. Listen to hear what Molly was surprised to learn is and isn’t normal.Molly talks about the work she’s been in doing in schools in Cardiff to educate different year groups on menstrual health. Molly also shares how she been campaigning the Welsh government to improve menstrual health education in schools across Wales.Inspired by the work of Amika George campaigning for free periods in England, we talked about how Molly started a campaign asking menstrual product companies to remove the plastic in their products.Molly talks about the change in her periods after she switched to plastic free products from brands like Time of The Month and Hey Girls. She says that her allergic reactions stopped and her period pain drastically reduced.Molly says everyone should know that periods are normal and that no matter how much we try to ignore them, they are always going to be there, so the best thing that we can do is accept them and learn to love them. I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Molly: Petition: https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-make-period-product-manufacturers-put-ingredients-on-product-packaging-when-being-sold-in-the-uk?Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveyourperiod/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loveyourperiod/Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveyourperiod1 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s Endometriosis Awareness Month and for the 13th episode of Period Story, I was so pleased to speak to Jasmin Harsono, a reiki master and teacher, sonic artist, intuitive wellbeing guide and founder of Emerald and Tiger. Jasmin shares her 20 year journey to getting an endometriosis diagnosis.Jasmin talked about feeling like her first period was very strange and unnatural. She said that she was able to piece together what was happening to her from conversations with friends and then just got on with it.Jasmin shares the journey she’s been on with her period, menstrual health and wellbeing. She says that she now feels very empowered by her period and feels the wisdom and power in it.Jasmin says that it took her over 20 years of tests, back and forth with her doctors and a trip to A&E to get a formal endometriosis diagnosis. She says this has empowered her to share her period story so that others don’t have to go through what she did.She says that sharing her story has helped others, when they’ve discovered their symptoms are similar to hers, to reach out to their GP and get help. Jasmin says that anyone with period problems needs to keep going back to their GPs until they get referred or the support they deserve.Finally, Jasmin talks about her work as a reiki master and how this has affected her relationship with her period. She says that having awareness of universal energy within has helped her get unstuck emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. Listen to hear the beautiful reiki treatments Jasmin gives herself everyday.Jasmin says that we should share our period stories to help empower others and help break taboos around menstrual health and I completely agree!#periodstory #periodstorypodcastGet in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Jasmin: Website: https://www.emeraldandtiger.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/emeraldandtigerFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/emeraldandtiger See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the 12th episode of Period Story Podcast, I was honoured to speak with Toral Shah. Toral is a nutritional scientist, functional medicine practitioner, food & health writer & consultant and the founder of The Urban Kitchen.Toral shared how a family holiday to Egypt ended in a surprise from her first period and how supportive her mum was. She says her mum had made sure to educate her about menstruation beforehand, so when it arrived, it wasn’t a complete shock. She said her mum’s openness helped her see her period and menstrual health in a matter of fact way, which was quite different to her friends.Toral shared her experience of medical menopause after her breast cancer treatment. She shared the side effects she experienced and how she believes more needs to be done to help women with the side effects of breast cancer drugs.Toral says that more women need proper education on what menopause and perimenopause actually is and how it can affect them. She says that many doctors aren’t educated in menopause, unless they have specialist menopause certification and believes this needs to change.We also had a great discussion about the lack of diversity in healthcare, health and wellbeing. Toral talked through research by Dr. Adrienne Milner that shows that BAME community isn’t being represented effectively at consultant levels, which means that they aren’t necessarily being reflected in policies and structures. Toral says that we need to listen to ourselves, our bodies and give ourselves what we need and I completely agree! Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Toral: Website: https://www.theurbankitchen.co.ukInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theurbankitchenFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/urbankitchenlondonTwitter: https://twitter.com/urbankitchen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to season 2 of Period Story podcast! For the 11th episode of Period Story Podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with Angelica Malin, the editor in chief of About Time magazine and the founder of About Time Academy.Angelica talks about why she was so shocked and appalled by her first period and how poorly prepared she felt for it. She says for her, getting her period signalled the start of a horrible time of discomfort.We discussed the shame Angelica attached to her period and how talking about periods at school almost felt like a curse word. She says that in her mixed sixth-form college, women’s hormones were used against them as a way to call them out as crazy and this created a lot of stigma and shame around periods. Angelica says that the real turning point in her being comfortable talking about her period and menstrual cycle was in her last long term relationship. Have a listen to hear the very funny term her ex gave her period and how having a laugh about it made her feel much more at ease.We also talked about creating safe spaces in the workplace and the need to have more senior women to help make decisions that are made with women in mind. Angelica says that she’s created a culture in her business and team where they can talk openly about periods and how they’re feeling. Angelica says that big companies could do a lot more to make women feel comfortable at work and to encourage a happier workplace culture, like providing free tampons and pads at work and menstrual leave. We chatted about all the innovation in femtech, including brands like Moody, Ohne, Daye, Freda and Elvie that are creating high quality female focused products. Angelica talked about her experience speaking to female founders who are trying to raise investment and the trouble they have when speaking to male VCs. She says we need more women to be starting businesses and more female VC. Angelica says that it’s so important for us to define our own version of what success looks like.Angelica says that it’s important for us to be a friend to ourselves and speak to yourself as you would a friend and I completely agree! If you want to hear more from Angelica, check out her event, She Started It Live, the 13th and 14th March in London.Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcripts can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Angelica: Website: https://www.abouttimemagazine.co.ukInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/abouttimemag/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/abouttimemagTwitter: https://twitter.com/abouttimemag See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the tenth episode of Period Story Podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with Lauren Derrett, the founder of Wear ‘Em Out reusable period pads.Lauren shared the shame she felt about her first period and why she kept it a secret. She shares a funny song her friends used to sing and says that her friends used to joke about periods, but that she couldn’t remember any proper menstrual health education.Lauren credits her 15 year old daughter for giving her the impetus to learn more about menstrual health. She says that she knew that her daughter needed to be better educated than her in this area and more equipped to deal with her period when it arrived.We talked about periods as a feminist issue and Lauren says that we are duty bound to educate and support each other in order to make this a normal conversation and share our knowledge.Lauren talks about how she tracks her menstrual cycle, notices the shifts in her energy and how she’s got her husband to pay attention to where she is in her cycle. Wonderful!Lauren uses a powerful mantra, that she’s passed on to her daughter, that helps her reconnect with her body and feel more grounded. She says that she maximises her self-care right before her period and allows herself a timeout.We discuss Lauren’s new reusable menstrual pad company, @wearemout and she shares some powerful statistics about disposable menstrual waste and the chemicals in them.She says that each year, over 200,000 tonnes of menstrual waste is sitting in landfills, each disposable pad has the equivalent plastic of 4 carrier bags and 4.8 pieces of menstrual waste is being found in every 100 metres of beaches. Don’t flush your pads and tampons!Lauren says it’s so important for us to educate ourselves on the menstrual health products we’re using and I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comShow notes and transcript can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Lauren: Website: https://www.wearemout.co.uk/Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/wearemoutFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearemoutpadsTwitter: https://twitter.com/Wearemoutpads See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the ninth episode of Period Story Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Susan Sheehan, the founder and CEO of Back Yourself Mentoring, a women's circle and network of women backing themselves and each other.Susan shared the story of the tough first few years of her period and what she did to cope with the pain and migraines she used to have. She says that this was her normal and considered this her normal until it changed. Susan says she had to work around her menstrual flow, under it, over it and it was something she had to tolerate. At the time, she accepted that this was part of being a woman, but definitely didn’t embrace the pain she was experiencing.It took a pivotal moment for her to realise things needed to change. Susan talks about waking up in the middle of the night and being in such agony that she spent hours on the bathroom floor. It was there and then, Susan decided she never wanted to go through that again. Susan embarked upon a journey of educating herself about her period and using journalling as a tool to understand what she was experiencing in each phase of her menstrual cycle. She says she started to see patterns in the foods she was craving, the emotions she was experiencing and how certain things such as stress affected her period. Susan says that journalling has helped her find a deeper understanding of her body, her period and her menstrual cycle. She says the biggest learning is how to let go, especially during her period and how this is critical for avoiding burnout. The patterns she was able to spot through journallling helped her change her nutrition and lifestyle and she no longer has migraines, cramps or PMS. Susan shares the journalling techniques that worked for her to change her period for the better. She says that this is such an important way for us to find our own rhythm and I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.orgShow notes and transcript can be found at http://www.periodstorypod.comGet in touch with Susan: Website: http://www.backyourselfmentoring.com/Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/_susansheehan_ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the eighth episode of Period Story podcast, I spoke with Kat Horrocks, a women’s life coach and fellow podcast host.Kat shared the impact of getting her first period at 10 years old and how by default, she became the one that all her classmates went to for advice and with their questions. Kat says that even now she’s the person in her friend group that gets asked all the period questions.Kat talked about her journey with hormonal contraception and why she decided to come off of it after 7 years. She says that a conversation with her partner about the impact the pill was having on her emotions and their relationship was the wake up call she needed to make changes.Kat says she wanted to have a period and now that it has returned, she knows her body is healthy and operating in a natural way. Kat uses her period as a marker of where she’s at, physically and mentally and says it keeps her in check to make sure she’s looking after herself.Kat discusses the research she did when she decided to come off hormonal contraception and how she geeked out on all the new information.Kat says that we shouldn’t underestimate our bodies; they’re amazing and they work. She says that listening to our bodies and learning what our bodies are saying is really powerful and I completely agree!Get in touch Tweet and IG: @periodstorypodEmail email@example.comGet in touch with Kat:Website: http://www.kathorrocks.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kat_horrocks/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the seventh episode of the Period Story Podcast, I spoke with Karen Arthur, the fashion designer, sewing tutor, stylist, speaker and model.We talked about a first period that felt really frightening at the time, but in retrospect, was quite funny. Karen talked about learning about periods and sex through conversations with friends, feeling squeamish and embarrassed and learning that having a period didn’t mean she was pregnant.Karen says that having a preacher for a father meant that conversations about most things to do with women, and anything to do with bodily fluids were taboo. She had been brought to believe that bleeding was bad and the Problem page in Jackie magazine was how she mostly learned about sex, relationships and periods.We talked about what Karen felt she should have known about her body and how becoming a teacher and head of year made her determined to learn as much as she could, in order to teach her students and her daughters. Karen shares how her daughters have educated her the most on periods and sex through their openness and willingness to have frank conversations.She says it’s taken her time to unlearn her feelings of shame and recognise that the more people talk about these things, the better it is. This has helped her talk about menopause as well. Karen talks about the events she’s run to help open up conversations around menopause and how they’ve help women feel less alone.Karen says that menopause is a transition to another life and we need to think about how we can thrive, rather than how we can just get through it.Karen says that no one should suffer this alone and I completely agree!Tweet @periodstorypodEmail firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more about Karen:Her website: https://www.reddskin.co.uk/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekarenarthur/Twitter: https://twitter.com/reddskinukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReddskinUK/Craft Moves: https://www.instagram.com/craftmoves/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the sixth episode of Period Story Podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with Esther Zimmer, a writer and strategist. We talked about how the impact of a culture of shame and secrecy around menstruation and sex and she’s learned to move beyond this. Esther talked about the exploration she’s been doing over the few years around her body and understanding its natural rhythms. Esther shared how being child-free by choice has changed the way she thinks about her period and menstrual cycle. She says that understanding her menstrual cycle has helped her understand how to manage her energy in the best way. She plans her project work, writing and running around her menstrual cycle and says it’s an amazing way to work. Esther Zimmer is an Australian communications strategist, online course creator and writer living in London. She writes a regular essay series called ‘Truth & Clues’ where she shares the truth about her life as a woman in her 40s who’s still figuring out her place in the world. She’s currently writing her first book, a travel memoir, having recently completed a 12-month cross-continental cycling expedition with her husband.Esther has an unhealthy obsession with words: Writing them, reading them and exchanging them via deep conversations. She created her own self-directed recovery from disordered eating, but still considers herself to be very much a work-in-progress. A part-time adventurer and full-time dreamer, Esther loves all animals, most humans and the infinite possibilities that a blank page holds.Find Esther:Website: www.estherzimmer.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esther_zimmer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On the fifth episode of the Period Story podcast, I had a wonderful conversation with Tamu Thomas, the founder of Three Sixty. We talked about Tamu's first period and how this rite of passage was celebrated by her family and how she tracks her energy levels along with her menstrual cycle and uses this to plan how much work she'll take on. Tamu and I also talked about how she's talking to her daughter about periods and menstrual health and how she's moved past the secrecy around menstruation she grew up with to now having a very open and free attitude. E-mail email@example.comTweet @periodstorypodTamu Thomas is founder of Three Sixty; a brand she created for women in their late 30s and 40s that want to simplify life and create space for everyday joy. Tamu created the brand as a response to her own emotional and physical situation. At the age of 40, and after years of compromising her health, joy and pleasure to meet the demands of her career as a social worker and her role as a mother, she realised that feeling emotionally and physically depleted was not a necessity, or a given.Find Tamu Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/livethreesixtyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/LIVE-THREE-SIXTY-1839145456379400/Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/livethreesixty_ Live Three Sixty Website: https://www.livethreesixty.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On the fourth episode of the Period Story podcast, I had a wonderful wide-ranging conversation with Deborah Campbell, the founder of Future Fe+Male and the Deborah Campbell Atelier. We talked about Deborah's feelings about her first period and not being quite emotionally ready to cope with it, being forced to grow up quite quickly, fibroids, educating boys about periods and navigating her way through early menopause. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgTweet @periodstorypodLinksFind Deborah on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearefuturefemale/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearefuturefemale/The Future Fe+Male website: https://futurefemale.org.uk The Menopause Doctor: https://www.instagram.com/menopause_doctor/The Born Equal Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-born-equal-podcast/id1469626675 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the third episode of the Period Story Podcast, I was honoured to speak with Sharon Walters, the London Artist. We spoke about shame and cleanliness, learning about periods and menstrual health in a family where children were seen and not heard, hiding her sanitary towels from her father, the effects of feeling disconnected from yourself and how Sharon learned that she didn't need to live with a heavy period. Sharon also shared how her collage series, Seeing Ourselves, has allowed her to feel strong, confident and connected with herself and her body. Sharon says that understanding her body has helped improve her confidence and self-esteem and how believing in herself has opened up so many opportunities for her.Find Sharon on Instagram @london_artist1 and at her website www.londonartist1.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For the second episode of the Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Fiona Grayson, the founder of She can. She Did. She can. She did. is a platform that puts the spotlight on women in their teens, twenties and thirties who've dared to go solo and launch their own businesses throughout the UK. Praised for its honest, raw and often amusing account of what it takes to launch a business as a female founder in the UK today, She can. She did. champions female business owners and encourages aspiring female entrepreneurs through a combination of down to earth interviews, the candid She can. She did. podcast and its informal event series, She can. She did. - The Midweek Mingle! which takes place in cities around the UK.We talked about periods as a sign of good health, the way Fiona looks at her health holistically, stress and how it can affect female entrepreneurs. Fiona says periods don't have to be painful and that's definitely a message I agree with! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ateh Jewel, the multi award winning beauty journalist, blogger, director and producer. She’s been in the industry for 18 years writing for titles such as Vogue, Tatler, Sunday Times Style, The Telegraph, Allure, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Glamour, Grazia, Red Magazine Stylist and Get The Gloss.Ateh is a huge believer in diversity and launched her own award- winning blog for women with darker skin tones called http://www.jeweltonesbeauty.com, which has featured “Black Panther” Academy Award and Emmy Nominated actress Angela Bassett.Ateh sits down with our host, Le'Nise Brothers and talks about her dramatic first period, having very open minded conversations with her mother about her period, women as superheroes and periods being part of the divine. Other things mentioned on the show:Beauty Banks by Sali HughesFor more on Ateh Jewel, be sure to follow her on Instagram @atehjewel and @atehjewelbeauty and on Facebook @jeweltonesbeauty See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.