3 Period Podcasts to Add to Your Playlist
Podcasts are gaining popularity as an easily accessible form of learning. They also provide the opportunity to connect with the experience of others. There are informational and dynamic podcasts about all kinds of topics, including menstruation! Before you adopt any practices suggested by a podcast, talk with your Women’s Health CT provider about making adjustments to your reproductive health routine to be sure the change is right for you. Here a few period-focused podcasts that aim to educate, support and empower women:
1. Period Podcast
Dr. Kathryn B.H. Clancy is a former writer for Scientific American and specializes in biological anthropology and reproductive health. She is known for studying the experience of women scientifically. This podcast talks about menstruation in a combination of medical and historical topics and presents the information in an interesting and approachable way. A self-proclaimed “period nerd,” Dr. Clancy features academics, activists, and inventors that want to talk period science. The series, unfortunately, ended after season 2, but you can listen to archived episodes that covered topics about getting your period at work, PMS, PMDD, PCOS menstrual hygiene and pelvic floor health.
2. Shh Periods!
The winner of NPR’s first student podcast challenge was a group of girls that wanted to talk about menstruation taboos and how it affects them. Eighth graders at Bronx Prep Middle School wanted to talk about a topic that even their teachers don’t want to talk about and created code words for. To destigmatize a natural process that many students experience, Shhh! Periods took top prize out of 31,000 student and teacher entries. "This is a subject that affects everybody in the school because we want to have a comfortable environment for all of us girls," they said in the podcast.
3. The Heavy Flow Podcast
The Heavy Flow podcast has a large episode catalog that covers a multitude of topics related to periods, reproductive health and wellness topics. The host Amanda Laird is a nutritionist that focuses on menstrual health for cis women and gender-nonconforming people. While the focus of the show is periods, they’ve also discussed pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, birth control, mental health, and miscarriage.
Many podcasts do offer a video version of their episode. Women’s Health CT developed a Teen GYN video series that has doctors address common questions to help navigate their reproductive development. In the premiere episode, “Are My Periods Normal?” adolescent gynecologists Drs. Kelley Sturrock and Frederick Rau of Gynecology & Obstetrics talk about what you might experience in your first few periods, what you might experience in your cycle and what symptoms would encourage a call the doctor.