Period Chats - A hormone wellness podcast.
By Kate Morton
This podcast is produced/provided with the understanding that it does not constitute professional medical advice. The information presented on this website and affiliated podcast are my own personal view, opinions, and summaries of research. Always consult your physician regarding any medical concerns, conditions, or treatments.
Period Chats - A hormone wellness podcast.Nov 23, 2020
Seasonal Wellness: Balancing Work, Health, and Happiness Through the Year w/ guest Taylor Camille
Hey there, wellness enthusiasts! In this episode, our fabulous host Kate Morton chats with the ever-inspiring Taylor about something we've all thought about but rarely discussed: syncing our work life with the rhythm of the seasons. Trust us, this conversation is a game-changer!
Embracing Seasonal Work Schedules (20:49.698)
- Kate kicks things off with a wish we all share: what if our work hours flexed with the seasons? Imagine more sun in your day and a schedule that actually fits your life!
Taylor's Bold 2024 Vision (20:58.061)
- Taylor's not just dreaming about it – she's planning to make it happen in 2024. Seasonal work hours, here we come!
Changing How We Work with the Weather (21:02.41)
- This isn’t just chit-chat. Kate and Taylor are serious about this revolutionary idea. Adjusting work schedules seasonally could be a wellness breakthrough.
Seeking Sunlight in the Workday (21:11.69)
- Both Kate and Taylor agree: working when it's dark outside is a no-go. They're all for soaking up the sun, even suggesting a 9-to-3 workday in winter.
Link Between Light, Productivity, and Mood (21:17.789)
- Could shifting our work hours make us happier and more productive? Taylor thinks so, and she's on the hunt for studies to back it up.
Seasons and Health: More Than Just a Feeling (21:28.622)
- Kate shares a fascinating tidbit about how the lack of sunlight in winter can impact our health, even affecting menstrual cycles.
The Sunlight-Menstrual Cycle Connection (21:46.102)
- Dive deeper with Kate into how our bodies react to seasonal changes, especially in terms of menstrual health.
Winter Blues and Personal Choices (22:08.658)
- Taylor and Kate get real about their winter preferences – less partying, more cozy nights in. Can anyone relate?
A Heartfelt Thank You (22:29.086)
- Wrapping up, Kate expresses her gratitude to Taylor for this enlightening conversation.
Stay Connected and Share Your Stories (22:29.086)
- Kate will link to Taylor's socials, podcasts, and articles in the show notes. And she's curious – have you noticed changes in your health with the seasons? Share your story in the Spotify comments or the poll!
Connect with Us:
- Check out more episodes on the Period Chats Podcast.
- Follow Taylor on Instagram!
Research backed vitamins & nutrition for hormonal acne
If you are looking for holistic ways to address hormonal acne this is for you. In these episode we talk about the nutritional elements of hormonal acne and to address them!
Summary of Nutrition and Hormonal Acne
Vitamins: Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B are significant in the treatment of acne vulgaris (AV) and hormonal acne. These vitamins can help in preventing or alleviating acne, as well as enhancing the effectiveness of treatments.
Mineral Elements: Zinc and selenium are important mineral elements that can aid in the treatment of acne. Their role in skin health, particularly in the context of acne, is well-recognized.
Glycemic Index: Foods with a high glycemic index can exacerbate acne. This suggests that a diet lower in sugar and refined carbohydrates might be beneficial for those suffering from acne.
Dairy Content: The consumption of dairy products has been weakly associated with acne. While the connection is not as strong as other factors, reducing dairy intake might help some individuals manage their acne.
Probiotics and Fish Oil: Probiotics and fish oil supplements are recommended for managing hormonal acne. Probiotics can aid in maintaining gut health, which is linked to skin health, while fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, may help in reducing inflammation associated with acne.
It's important to note that while these nutritional elements can influence acne, they should be part of a holistic approach to acne management, including skincare routines and possibly medical treatments.
Each individual's response to dietary changes can vary, so it may be beneficial to consult a healthcare provider or a dermatologist for personalized advice.
Creating a wellness routine with intention - w/ Guest Cami Sophia
In this enlightening episode of Period Chats Podcast, join us as we delve into the world of holistic wellness with the incredible Cami Sophia. Discover the transformative power of intention in creating a wellness routine that nurtures your mind, body, and spirit.
🌿 Episode Highlights:
- Meet our special guest, Cami Sophia, a seasoned wellness expert, and hear her inspiring journey towards holistic living.
- Explore the significance of intention in your wellness journey and learn how to infuse it into your daily routine.
- Cami Sophia shares practical tips and strategies for crafting a personalized wellness routine that aligns with your goals and values.
- Dive into the world of mindfulness, meditation, and self-care practices that can elevate your overall well-being.
- Gain insights into the role of nutrition, fitness, and self-compassion in maintaining a balanced and purposeful life.
Whether you're just starting your wellness journey or looking to enhance your existing routine, this episode offers valuable guidance and inspiration to help you thrive. Join us on this enlightening conversation with Cami Sophia and embark on your path to intentional wellness.
For more incredible insights and resources, visit Cami Sophia's + follow her on https://www.instagram.com/camisophiaaaaa/?hl=en.
🎧 Tune in now and start crafting a wellness routine that truly serves your mind, body, and soul.
What do balanced hormones look and feel like?
Balanced hormones can have a positive impact on your overall well-being, and they can make you feel:
Stable Mood: Balanced hormones often result in a more stable and positive mood. You may experience fewer mood swings, reduced irritability, and a general sense of emotional well-being.
Energy and Vitality: Hormonal balance can lead to increased energy levels and vitality. You may feel more motivated, alert, and capable of handling daily tasks and challenges.
Better Sleep: Balanced hormones can improve the quality of your sleep. You may find it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed.
Healthy Libido: Hormonal balance is often associated with a healthy sex drive (libido). You may experience improved sexual desire and performance.
Healthy Skin: Hormonal balance can lead to clearer and healthier skin. Skin issues like acne may improve, and your complexion may look more radiant.
Stable Weight: Hormonal balance can support weight management. You may find it easier to maintain a healthy weight FOR YOU. This is so individual!
Regular Menstrual Cycles (for Women): In women, balanced hormones can result in regular and less painful menstrual cycles. It can also reduce the severity of premenstrual symptoms.
Improved Cognitive Function: Hormonal balance may enhance cognitive function, including better concentration, memory, and mental clarity.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Hormones play a role in regulating stress and anxiety levels. Balanced hormones can lead to a greater sense of calm and reduced anxiety.
Better Muscle and Bone Health: Balanced hormones can support muscle strength and bone density, which is particularly important as you age.
NOTE: It's important to note that the specific effects of balanced hormones can vary from person to person, as individual hormone levels and needs differ. Achieving hormonal balance often requires addressing underlying health issues and may involve lifestyle changes, dietary adjustments, or medical interventions. If you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and guidance. This is not medical advice.
What is bovine colostrum and why is everyone taking it?
Certainly, here are the show notes with the addition of research studies:
Review of Bovine Colostrum:
Let's begin by delving into what bovine colostrum (BC) is all about:
Bovine colostrum is the initial milk produced immediately after birth, brimming with essential macro- and micro-nutrients, immunoglobulins, and peptides boasting antimicrobial properties and growth factors.
Now, let's explore the potential advantages:
Immune Support: Colostrum is abundant in immunoglobulins, particularly IgG, IgM, and IgA, which can fortify the immune system. Additionally, it contains lactoferrin, lysozyme, and other immune components that might aid in enhancing immunity.
Gut Health: Colostrum is said to assist in maintaining a healthy gut lining. Its growth factors could contribute to the repair of damaged intestinal tissue and play a role in preserving gut permeability.
Nutritional Content: Bovine colostrum is replete with proteins, vitamins, and minerals that can contribute to overall nutrition.
Growth Factors: It encompasses various growth factors such as insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1 and IGF-2), transforming growth factors (TGF-alpha and TGF-beta), and epithelial growth factor (EGF), potentially promoting tissue growth and healing.
Antimicrobial Properties: The presence of lactoferrin, lysozyme, and immunoglobulins in colostrum imparts antimicrobial properties, which may combat harmful bacteria and viruses.
Athletic Performance and Recovery: Some athletes turn to colostrum supplements with the belief that it aids in recovery and enhances performance, although scientific evidence in this area is still evolving.
Anti-inflammatory: Colostrum has been suggested to possess anti-inflammatory properties, potentially benefiting conditions involving inflammation.
May reduce the risk of upper respiratory infections: Studies have indicated that athletes who consumed colostrum had fewer instances of upper respiratory infections compared to those who received a placebo.
So, what does the research reveal?
Processing and Heat Treatment: Processing and heat treatment, necessary for safety, can diminish the bioactive composition and the inhibitory and immunomodulatory capabilities of colostrum.
Rich in Bioactive Components: Bovine colostrum is notably rich in biologically active peptides, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and growth-promoting factors, distinguishing it from mature milk.
Intestinal Permeability Study: One study involving 12 athletes vulnerable to intestinal permeability due to intense exercise found that daily consumption of 20 grams of bovine colostrum prevented 80% of the increase in intestinal permeability experienced by those who received a placebo. (Reference: Trusted Source)
Saliva IgA Antibodies Study: In a 12-week study with 35 adult distance runners, taking a daily bovine colostrum supplement increased saliva IgA antibodies by 79% compared to baseline levels. (Reference: Trusted Source)
It's important to keep in mind that bovine colostrum supplements and powders can be relatively costly, ranging from $50 to $100 per 16 ounces (450 grams), with a typical daily dosage of half a teaspoon (1.5 grams). Additionally, the composition of bovine colostrum may vary depending on how the cows are raised, potentially containing antibiotics, pesticides, or synthetic hormones.
Should I start prepping for menopause in my 20's and 30's?
How to Prepare for Menopause Naturally: A Decade-by-Decade Guide
Menopause is a natural phase in every woman and menstruators life, marking the end of her reproductive years. Navigating the myriad changes that accompany this transition can be challenging. If you've wondered, "How can I prepare for menopause naturally?" you're in the right place. In this guide, we'll detail steps you can take in each decade of your life to ensure a smoother, more natural transition into menopause.
Your 20s & 30s: Lay the Foundations
Educate Yourself: Start by learning about your hormones. The sooner you become attuned to your body, the earlier you can establish a baseline for what's normal for you. This can help identify potential hormonal imbalances. Familiarize yourself with menopause to support the women around you.
Exercise for Bone Health: Research shows that weight-bearing exercises like weightlifting, yoga, and other resistance training can help build strong bones and increase muscle mass.
Dietary Considerations: Embrace a nutrient-rich diet focusing on whole foods and blood sugar balance through fats, fiber, and protein. Ensure adequate intake of vitamin D and calcium for bone strength. CycleBites can be a nutritional addition to your diet.
Avoid Smoking & Vaping: Research suggests smoking might hasten the onset of menopause.
Establish a Baseline: Understand your hormonal norms. While you don’t need all the tests, consider discussing these baseline labs with your doctor: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Lipid Profile, Vitamin D Test, Gut Health Assessment, Thyroid Function Tests, FSH & AMH Test, Micronutrient Assessment, and DUTCH Test
Monitor Menstrual Regularity: In the late 30s, some begin to notice menstrual cycle changes, which might signal perimenopause.
Past episode on perimenopause (lol the quality is not great this was when I was recoding in my closet):
Listen here -> https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/perimenopause-explained-featuring-certified-nurse-midwife/id1541720489?i=1000508264048
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Vitamins to Balance Hormones (my top 5 favorites)!
Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast - today we are going to be exploring vitamins and minerals that are important for hormone balance!
Scientific Explanation: Vitamin D can influence the synthesis of estrogen and progesterone, two primary female sex hormones. Adequate levels of vitamin D are associated with improved fertility and a reduced risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Moreover, vitamin D receptors are found in various body tissues, indicating its role in overall hormonal balance.
Food Examples: Fatty fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel, and sardines), fortified dairy and non-dairy products, egg yolks, and beef liver.
B Vitamins (especially B6, B9, and B12)
Scientific Explanation: B vitamins play a pivotal role in hormone production and balance. Vitamin B6, for instance, is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which can influence mood and menstrual cycle regulation. Vitamin B9 (folate) is crucial for DNA synthesis and repair, and vitamin B12 supports nerve function and energy production.
Food Examples: Whole grains, legumes, eggs, meat, leafy green vegetables, bananas, and fortified cereals.
Scientific Explanation: Iron is essential for the synthesis of estrogen and progesterone. It also helps in the formation of red blood cells, which transport oxygen throughout the body. For menstruating women, adequate iron intake is especially important to compensate for blood loss during periods.
Food Examples: Red meat, poultry, seafood, lentils, beans, tofu, spinach, fortified cereals, and pumpkin seeds.
Scientific Explanation: Magnesium supports the enzymatic reactions involved in hormone synthesis. It can also help alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as bloating, insomnia, and mood swings, by promoting muscle relaxation and improving mood-regulating neurotransmitter function.
Food Examples: Leafy green vegetables (e.g., spinach, kale), nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin seeds), whole grains, and dark chocolate.
Scientific Explanation: Zinc plays a role in the production and release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation). It's also involved in the synthesis of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Furthermore, zinc has antioxidant properties, helping protect cells from damage.
Food Examples: Oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains, dairy products, and fortified cereals.
An honest conversation about having Hashimoto's with two dietitians.
Welcome back to the Period Chats podcast! My friend Katie Bressack joins me today to chat about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Katie coaches and empowers women to eat for their hormones, support healthy energy levels, and boost moods.
We’re both dietitians with Hashimoto’s diagnoses, and some of the symptoms that we both remember experiencing are: being chronically cold, low basal body temp, dry and thinning hair, brain fog, substantial energy dips, body fatigue, gut issues, food intolerances like gluten and dairy, and joint pain.
Personally, my doctor estimates that I probably had it for three years before receiving the diagnosis earlier this year.
Katie shares how the experience of several pregnancies effected her thyroid-related blood panel tests, and interacted with a range of symptoms over the years.
She also gives a great tip for anyone that might be preparing to try and get pregnant: if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above and you’ve never had a full thyroid panel done, make sure you request a FULL thyroid bloodwork panel from your doctor (as opposed to just TSH). If you suspect any kind of thyroid issue, you’ll want to look at TSH, T3 and T4, and thyroid antibodies at a minimum.
Katie and I talk about how stressful seasons of life often precede and even trigger the onset of auto-immune pathology, even if symptoms may have been developing sub-clinically prior to that.
We’ve both opted for desiccated thyroid instead of synthetic thyroid, Katie’s reason being that she didn’t do well on Synthroid.
Common foods that can make Hashimoto’s flair up are: gluten, dairy, soy, and too much salt. It’s also important to discover any other possible intolerances and keep track of your own trigger foods, because each one of our immune systems is different and unique.
Many dietitians believe that animal protein is important for your thyroid, and every professional will agree that getting plenty of protein from varied sources is a must.
I asked Katie, how does someone with a food intolerance balance avoiding unhelpful ingredients and being overly restrictive? She shares the mentality and language she uses to avoid both gutters in her approach, as she eats in the way that her body needs right now.
Lastly, we discuss finding a great doctor, self-advocacy in restaurants, remembering to drink enough water, and in general how to care well for ourselves and support our own health journeys, because it’s worth it!
Visit Katie’s website: www.KatieBressack.com
Follow her on Insta: @KatieBressack
Learning to tune in and say no - is being a people pleaser hindering your wellness journey?
Today on the Period Chats podcast, we’re talking about making sure the wellness journey stays FUN.
Today’s guests are sisters Alli Bridgers and Sara (Bird) Caroline, the hosts of Go Call Your Sister podcast.
We’ll be discussing health, wellness, creating a realistic and un-complicated morning routine, and the importance of having fun while being well.
We chat about staying healthy during a move or relocation, while on vacation or away from home, or during even scary or chaotic new seasons.
Routines work differently for different people, and I love how this conversation gives each of us full permission to tune in and listen to what our hearts and bodies need individually.
Adulting and being in charge of ourselves is a learning curve, and Alli and Sara share about how silence, movement, spiritual music, journaling and self-friendship are all tools that can guide us in creating and designing the life that feels right.
We also talk about trusting ourselves and listening to our intuition. We look back at times we haven’t known how to do that, and how we’re growing in this skill.
We look at things like shedding people-pleasing, harshness with ourselves, and the previous bad boundaries we may have had at times with our entrepreneur schedules. We also touch on the idea of letting our personalities morph and change as we grow.
I love what Alli and Sara have to share about caring for ourselves as well as other people; you are your own first and last best friend, and your health and wellness is directly tied to knowing how to do what’s best for YOU first and foremost.
Check out their podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/go-call-your-sister/id1592498609
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Can you use intermittent fasting for hormone balance?
Join us today for an eye-opening discussion on intermittent fasting with Dr. Danielle. We dig deep into the effects of fasting, especially on individuals with periods. While it's gaining popularity, is it truly beneficial for everyone?
- Intermittent Fasting Types: From alternate day to 16-8 fasting, there's a range of fasting techniques.
- Hunger Hormones: Fasting can spike hunger signals by increasing hunger hormones.
- Menstrual Cycle Disruption: Regular intermittent fasting might alter menstrual cycle hormone levels, even potentially disrupting once-regular cycles.
- Acne Outbreaks: An unexpected side effect? Increased occurrences of acne in some individuals.
- Gender Differences: Males and females have different energy needs and hormonal responses. For instance, females possess higher levels of kisspeptin, influencing reproduction, and hunger.
- Fertility Concerns: Research suggests fasting might affect fertility, evident from animal tests where it led to decreased fertility and shrunken ovaries.
- Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Dr. Danielle’s patients have experienced this condition due to intermittent fasting. It occurs when one eats too little or exercises excessively.
- The Impact of Starvation: Denying food can lead to decreased energy, potentially causing fatigue and a lack of wellness.
- Cortisol Spikes: Excessive fasting might lead to stress responses, elevating cortisol, causing symptoms like brain fog, fatigue, and anxiety.
- Thyroid Connection: Dr. Danielle's diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis at 19 brings attention to the potential connection between fasting and thyroid function. Prolonged fasting can negatively impact those with thyroid issues.
Before you dive into any trending health topics, always ensure you consult with healthcare professionals, and stay informed with credible research. Prioritize your well-being and ensure your body receives the nourishment it needs.
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Looking to balance your hormones naturally? Funk It Wellness pioneers a new era in hormone health, providing menstrual and hormone support through wholesome food based supplements and educating to eliminate stigma.
REAL CHAT: Rebalancing Hormones: A Journey to Wellness with Shakira Victoria
Welcome back to the Period Chats podcast! I’m here to help you find your way when it comes to hormones, and today our guest Shakira Victoria shares about her journey rebalancing her hormones naturally.
Shakira (like many of us) spent years on birth control before ultimately making the decision to stop taking it. She’s now a certified holistic health coach who shares tips on Tik Tok and Instagram on hormone regulation, clean nutrition and getting rid of toxins.
So, when is it time to consider coming off of birth control? Shakira shares that when she first got on birth control at age 16, she experienced unwanted weight gain. In doing more research on how birth control effects the body and its common side effects, and upon learning about her family history of infertility, she made the decision to go a different route.
In both of our experiences getting off birth control, our natural periods waited months to return. So Shakira researched and experimented with supplements and healthy eating to support her body as it got back on track.
She also came across Alisa Vitti’s book “Woman Code: Perfect You Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source” and began implementing seed cycling from there.
In this episode we discuss undoing diet culture and rediscovering that real foods (like natural fats) are actually good. We also talk about what the phases look like for each of us and the subtle ways our cycles effect our communication styles and interactions.
Shakira describes her journey towards prioritizing rest during her period, how she spends the luteal phase tying up loose ends, and how she looks at PMS as a report card that gives insightful feedback about how well she’s supporting her body.
Follow Shakira on Tik Tok and Insta: @BeingWellisHot
Empowering Your Journey To Wellness: Navigating Hormones, Health, and Happiness with Hannah Heidel
Welcome back to another episode of the Period Chats podcast!
Our guest today is Hannah Heidel. Hannah is a nutritionist and owner of Nourished Girl, which is an awesome company that has been a long-time partner of Funk It Wellness.
Today’s episode contains such a meaningful and impactful conversation. Hannah and I dive in to some of the ways that the wellness journey isn’t always easy or linear, and also how hormone and period health can effect many people’s experience of adolescence and early adulthood in pretty profound ways.
We also talk about how the little changes we make in life can add up over time to create big health improvements, and about the many, many connections between synthetic hormones and certain mental health side effects.
Hannah first reached out to Funk It when she was getting off of birth control pills, so we start our chat with her back-story. Hannah dealt with PCOS and cystic acne from an early age, and was prescribed birth control. While it helped her feel more social and normal, she eventually learned about its possible interplay with things like anxiety and some types of weigh gain.
Hannah and I talk about our experiences of feeling different, out-of-body, or not quite ourselves when we were on the pill, and how one might determine if they absolutely need birth control, or if there might be other options.
She is now managing her health, hormones, and blood sugar in more holistic ways (including seed cycling!), and is not only experiencing a lot of improvements personally, but is sharing her knowledge and wisdom with her online community.
We talk about what it’s like to first discover that things like testosterone and progesterone levels can effect our life experiences so profoundly, and how we’ve learned over the years to embrace the ways that our bodies operate, and work with them to feel our best.
We also chat about how it feels to be less of a partier as well as being more self-aware than average, and how our natural leadership qualities and callings in the wellness space also create some loneliness at times.
Hannah shares some incredible soul wisdom about how happiness is an inside job, and how cultivating joy through movement, nutrition, doing things you love and building something valuable can help your physical and mental health.
Finally, we talk about enjoying and sharing the small things, creating community online, and inspiring others to find self-love!
So fam, be easy on yourself, take the pressure off, and take it one day at a time. We’re all on this wellness path together!
Follow Hannah on Insta: @NourishedGirl
Upgrading Your Pleasure Routine with Guest Tatiana Fogt: Healing Hormones, Unraveling Shame and Discovering You
Tatiana Fogt from the Bedside Podcast is our guest today!
We’ll be talking all about healing hormones, unraveling shame and upgrading sexual pleasure.
Tatiana shares about her own hormone journey, which started with a bad experience on Yas. She saw first-hand in her early 20’s that not all prescription synthetic hormones will work with every body.
Tatiana then experienced hormonal acne after coming off of Yas, and developed a desire to learn how to manage hormones in natural non-prescription ways.
After this extensive, self-led learning journey, she decided that the topic of sexual health needed a rebrand - one that she could offer because of her background in marketing and design.
Now, she hosts an incredible platform where people can find the information they’ve been looking for around sexual health and wellness. Her podcast has recently discussed everything from relationship attachment styles to reducing cortisol levels to defining sensuality, and she’s helping her audience grow their knowledge and confidence around relationships and sex.
On this episode we discuss common misconceptions around libido, desire, and the diverse, natural ebb and flow of what turns each individual human on or off.
Tatiana also shares some good insight about how we can communicate with our partners without hurting feelings, and about cultivating different types intimacy within our relationships. We discuss how to open up better communication with a partner.
Then, we share some tips on how to re-write old shame scripts. We talk about how we learned to be in charge of our own destinies, become who we want to be, and feel more secure in our own bodies. We describe what good communication might look like for us in our respective relationships, and we express our gratitude that we’ve been able to to step in to our true, loving, wild selves and live fuller lives.
We talk about how pleasure can be defined more broadly to include play, rest, enjoyment and fulfillment.
Then, we end the episode on the topic of shifting generational habits and hangups, and the importance of creating space in our lives for what we truly want and desire. I love what Tatiana has to share about deciding she was done waiting on anything or anyone, and just making moves in her own life, career and calling.
Follow Bedside on Insta: @thebedside
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Listen to Tatiana’s podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0xsw6xZmMn63WzZTzB3jOI
Unlocking Wellness and Balance: Dive into Self-Care Secrets with Holistic Health Coach Lilly Rakow and Registered Dietitian Kate Morton
Today on the Period Chats podcast we’re joined by Lilly Rakow.
Lilly is a certified holistic health coach and digital marketing pro, as well as the host of the 80/20 Podcast where she explores topics like balance, health, relationships, and navigating life as a twenty-something in our day and age.
Lilly loves sharing knowledge, reading, doing yoga and chilling at the beach.
I know you’re going to love this episode because we discuss our personal health and wellness routines. We’re both recovering hustle-culture addicts, so our personal routines include purposeful calming and slowing for the sake of helping our bodies and boosting happiness.
Lilly drops so much wisdom on this episode, like how if we don’t pick a day for our bodies to rest, our bodies will eventually pick it for us (how true is that), and she draws connections between things like stress, inflammation and hormone imbalance in ways that will make you want to finally give yourself permission to do more self-care.
Currently, both of us have more success with being consistent on morning routines that night-time routines. I personally give myself a quiet hour for me in the mornings, and Lilly shares how her morning routine includes journaling, stretching, movement, and drinking plenty of water.
We also both see the value of spending time with good friends, which takes time and effort, as well as intentional boundaries to allow for sleep, so it’s important to plan ahead and know what you need socially.
A big part of creating your own personal morning routine is going to be self-awareness. Learn from your own heart what pace works best for you, how much flexibility you need to factor in for life, and your cycle fluctuations, and notice what brings you happiness.
Many people find waking up at a consistent time every day helpful, not only for their circadian rhythm, but for their productivity and happiness.
We also chat about how content consumption can effect you more, positively or negatively, in the first 90 minutes you’re awake than in any other part of the day, so it’s smart to set limits on the type of info you’re letting your brain absorb in the mornings.
The main theme of this episode is loving and caring for yourself in smart, fun, and effective ways.
Most of us do better with a certain amount of routine, especially in the early part of the day, so I encourage you to take some time to discover what works for you.
Follow Lilly on Insta: @lilyrakow
And check out her website: www.LilyRakow.com
Navigating Holistic Summertime Vaginal Health with Dr. Jessica Nazareth, ND
In this episode, Dr. Jess is back!! Dr. Jess is a naturopathic doctor in Ontario, who is going to help us zoom in to the topic of vaginal health in warm weather from a holistic approach.
We’ll address some listener questions about reproductive and vulval/vaginal health, and chat about how the products we use and the weather outside can affect our skin and hormones. Our most-asked question was: “What does someone need to do to keep everything clean in the summer?” First, Dr. Jess helps us deep dive into the products we’re using, so we can know how to avoid toxins and pH-altering ingredients. Some common problematic ingredients in lotions, wipes and lubes are glycerin (which can cause yeast overgrowth), chemical fragrances (which may damage the vaginal mucosa), parabens, and other endocrine disruptors (which can mess with out hormone levels). “Less is more” when it comes to taking care of our vulvas. Past marketing gimmicks like douching are not helpful or necessary, and the labia minora usually only need to be washed with water. Vaginal deodorants are very, very rarely needed for anyone. Warmer weather can lead to more showers, more shaving, and more wipes, so Dr. Jess suggests that this might be one of the reasons some people see eczema, dermatitis and other irritation on their skin in sensitive areas during the hotter months. We also talk about how to be intentional around our clothing. Organic cotton underwear is usually a healthier choice than sporting spandex, lacy undies and super tight shorts non-stop. Plus, swapping out wet swimsuit bottoms for something dry as soon as you can may help reduce your change of yeast infection. Another question that came in was: “Can you get sunburnt in that area, and what should you do to avoid that?” Dr. Jess teaches us that for those of us removing hair, we do need to keep in mind that the skin is thinner there, and way more sensitive than other skin. So make sure you look for a natural sunscreen (they’re usually zinc-oxide based), and don’t over-do it with the sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm. Finally, we look at this question: “When do I need to go to the doctor, and when is it ok to self-diagnose?” Research shows that candida albicans (a common yeast) is growing a resistance to over-the-counter anti-yeast treatments, and that around 75% of people who self-conclude they’re dealing primarily with a yeast infection are incorrect. So, Dr. Jess recommends reaching out to a practitioner that you can trust whenever that’s possible.
Connect with Dr. Jess:
IG --> @drjessnd
Website --> https://jessicanazareth.com/
Revolutionizing the Period Care Industry: Insights from the Period Chats Podcast with Katie & Kate
Episode Summary: Learn about Katie Diasti's inspiring journey as the founder of Viv For You V, a company revolutionizing the period care industry. Discover the meticulous research and development process behind their highly absorbable organic cotton tampons. Explore Katie's commitment to continuous product improvement and raising the bar in sustainable period products. Gain insights into the lack of menstrual health education in society and how Viv is filling that gap through educational content. Dive into the shared experiences and passion of Katie and the podcast hosts, including their first periods, product confusion, and navigating social situations. Join us in celebrating the growth, learning, and community-building inherent in building something from scratch.
Keywords: period care industry, owning a company, sustainability, toxin-free products, brand building, material selection, plastic waste reduction, FDA interactions, absorbable organic cotton tampons, sustainable period products, menstrual health education, educational content, shared experiences, growth, learning, community-building.
Podcast Guest: Katie Diasti, Founder of Viv For You V
Connect with Katie:
- Instagram and TikTok: @VivforyourV
- Website: VivforyourV.com
Breaking down hormone testing and hormone imbalance with Dr. Kela Smith | Period Chats Podcast
Welcome back to the Period Chats podcast! In today's episode, we explore the topic of hormone testing and how it can help identify hormonal imbalances. Our guest, Dr. Kela Smith from the Hormone Puzzle Society, is a renowned Holistic-Integrative Fertility and Hormone Doctor with expertise in Natural and Holistic Medicine. Join us as we uncover the importance of hormone testing and its impact on overall health and well-being.
Understanding Hormone Testing:
- Dr. Kela recommends the use of "dried urine hormone tests" for comprehensive hormone analysis.
- Unlike blood tests, these tests provide a broader view of hormone levels and their utilization in the body.
- The Hormone Puzzle Society offers this test, which has proven effective in addressing patient issues.
Timing and Benefits of Dried Urine Hormone Testing:
- While blood tests offer a snapshot of hormone levels, dried urine tests capture a more accurate representation.
- Dr. Kela suggests taking the dried urine hormone test around 5 days post ovulation for a comprehensive evaluation of estrogen, progesterone, and stress hormones.
- This test helps uncover underlying hormone imbalances that may contribute to various symptoms.
Personal Testimonial and Deeper Insights:
- The host shares a personal experience of how dried urine hormone testing positively impacted her own health journey.
- Dr. Kela dives deeper into stress hormones and thyroid issues, shedding light on their connection to hormonal health.
Listening to Our Bodies and Lifestyle Shifts:
- Dr. Kela emphasizes the importance of paying attention to frequent or uncomfortable symptoms as crucial signals from our bodies.
- The conversation touches on the significance of adopting a holistic approach to wellness and making lifestyle changes instead of solely focusing on sickness and health issues.
- Healing is portrayed as a lifelong journey that extends beyond a single doctor's visit.
Resources and Contact Information:
- Explore Dr. Kela's online courses: Visit www.coachkela.com
- Listen to Dr. Kela's Podcast: The Hormone P-U-Z-Z-L-E Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hormone-p-u-z-z-l-e-podcast/id1528318781
- Follow Dr. Kela on Instagram: @kela_healthcoach @hormonepuzzlemethod
By delving into the world of hormone testing with Dr. Kela Smith, this episode provides invaluable insights for individuals seeking to understand their hormonal health better. Discover the power of dried urine hormone tests, gain knowledge about timing, and learn how to listen to your body for optimal wellness. Join us on this enlightening journey!
Understanding Bladder Health and Interstitial Cystitis: Bladder Health with Callie Krajcir - Interstitial Cystitis Dietitian
Understanding Interstitial Cystitis: Bladder Health with Callie Krajcir - Interstitial Cystitis Dietitian
Description: Explore the world of interstitial cystitis with expert dietician Callie as she shares her personal experience and valuable insights. Discover the symptoms, treatment options, and the crucial role of diet in managing this chronic condition. Gain a comprehensive understanding of interstitial cystitis and its impact on bladder health.
Learn about interstitial cystitis, a chronic condition affecting millions of individuals.
Understand the challenges in diagnosing interstitial cystitis and differentiating it from urinary tract infections.
Discover effective treatment paths and multidisciplinary approaches for managing interstitial cystitis.
Explore the role of diet in interstitial cystitis and how to identify dietary triggers.
Gain insights into the hormone component of interstitial cystitis, particularly its fluctuation during the menstrual cycle.
Uncover the impact of interstitial cystitis on pregnancy and fertility.
Key Talking Points:
[00:25] What is interstitial cystitis and its characteristic symptoms.
[03:07] Callies's personal journey of discovering she had interstitial cystitis.
[08:43] Understanding the causes and potential triggers of interstitial cystitis.
[10:22] Exploring the treatment path for interstitial cystitis.
[14:06] The role of diet in interstitial cystitis and strategies for identifying dietary triggers.
[21:44] Exploring the hormone component of interstitial cystitis and its relationship with the menstrual cycle.
[25:02] Addressing the impact of interstitial cystitis on pregnancy and fertility.
"Don't feel compelled to follow the IC diet forever. Discovering your limits can improve confidence with eating and overcome food fear."
"Understanding the role of food and identifying triggers is crucial for our population."
Understanding PCOS and learning about Fertility with Dr. Danielle
In this episode of the Period Chats Podcast, the Kate introduces Dr. Danielle, an expert naturopathic doctor, and co-owner of a pate studio in Atlanta called The Studio. The episode focuses on discussing PCOS, fertility, and pregnancy.
Dr. Danielle shares her expertise on PCOS, its causes, symptoms, and how it can affect fertility. She talks about the importance of understanding the underlying causes of PCOS and the different treatment options available, including lifestyle changes and medication.
The conversation also dives into how PCOS can impact pregnancy and the risks associated with it. Dr. Danielle provides insights into how to manage PCOS during pregnancy, the importance of prenatal care, and the potential complications that women with PCOS may face.
Throughout the episode, the host and Dr. Danielle provide practical advice and tips for managing PCOS and improving fertility. They also discuss the role of nutrition, exercise, and stress management in managing PCOS.
Listeners who are interested in learning more about PCOS, fertility, and pregnancy will find this episode informative and helpful. Dr. Danielle's expertise and the host's engaging interviewing style make for an enjoyable and educational listening experience.
Connect with Dr. Danielle:
Cycle Syncing: How to Optimize Your Workouts for Your Menstrual Cycle with Callie Jardine, Certified Pilates Instructor
Welcome to the Period Chats Podcast! In this episode, we discuss how to tailor your workouts to your menstrual cycle with our guest, Callie Jardine. Callie is a former competitive figure skater turned flow-workout lover and certified Pilates instructor who has her own online Pilates platform called Sweaty Studio.
We dive into the benefits of cycle syncing and using variations like light workouts, stretching, sculpting, cardio, dynamic movement, and more for the four phases of the menstrual cycle. By observing your energy levels and cooperating with your body's natural ebb and flow, you can optimize your workout routine for better results.
We also touch on the importance of working out for yourself and practicing wisdom in approaching your exercise routine to prevent injury. This intuitive approach to exercise can increase your enjoyment and positivity towards your workout goals.
Don't forget to check out the book "Women Are Not Small Men" by Dr. Stacy Sims and follow Callie on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/imsweatyandiknowit/. For more information, visit Sweaty Studio's website use code FUNK.
What to learn more about eating with your cycle? Head over to Callie's podcast "Healthy but Human" where Callie and Kate talk food and nutrition!
How to Sync Your Cycle and Support Hormone Health with Meghan Swidler & Kate Morton
Welcome back to the Period Chats podcast!
We all know how important it is to pay attention to our cycles. This can often include tracking, seed cycling, cycle-sync, and more - but it can feel overwhelming, and sometimes we don’t know where to start!
So, today I’ve brought on Meghan Swidler (aka “That Plant-Based Gal”), a holistic health coach and wellness consultant that focuses on gut health, hormone health, cleansing and cellular regeneration. She’ll be teaching us some helpful routines around our cycles.
She experienced first-hand the power of cleansing and applying healthy habits in her own life after seeing a naturopath for energy issues. Learning these helpful habits has improved her focus and emotional well-being, so I’m excited to have her on today to share this knowledge with all of us.
Meghan shares that a lot of symptoms can be caused by accumulated waste in the liver, the colon and other detox organs and pathways, and gives us some simple tips that we can incorporate into our lives to allow our bodies to detox. Cleansing is such a powerful part of restoring health, and can have a major positive impact on our cycles.
We walk through each phase of the cycle and what types of rituals can support our bodies during those phases. We touch on sleep routines, changes in our social needs, movement, being outdoors, and even how we batch the different tasks in our jobs to maximize the different strengths of our phases.
Finally, we talk about the topic of taking action, and making changes in our lives. Meghan shares about the huge leap she took when she made a career change to pursue her passion for health and coaching, and how she’s now gotten to help her clients and audience even more by writing her new wonderful book!
Follow Meghan on Instagram: @thatplantbasedgal
Meghan's amazing book: https://meghanswidler.com/products/from-within-book
Read more about her coaching services: www.MeghanSwidler.com
Protecting Yourself from Hazardous Chemicals in Period Products & Underwear with Dr. Yvonne Burkart
Description: In this episode of the Period Chats podcast, Board-certified Toxicologist Dr. Yvonne Burkart shares her expertise on hazardous chemicals that may be present in period products, underwear, water, and other everyday items. Learn how to protect yourself from endocrine disruptors and toxins, and what common chemicals to avoid. Discover practical tips for lowering your exposure and buying safer products, such as applicator-free organic tampons, medical-grade silicone menstrual cups, and PFAS-free period underwear. Follow Dr. Burkart on Twitter and Instagram, sign up for her Low-Tox Tuesdays emails, and check out the undies she recommends at GetCares.com. Visit her website, thetoxicologymama.com, for more information.
Follow Dr. Burkart on Twitter and Insta: @dryvonneburkart
Sign up for her Low-Tox Tuesdays emails here: https://safeingredientacademy.com/email
Check out the undies she mentioned: GetCares.com
Learn more from her website: thetoxicologymama.com
Important Keywords: hazardous chemicals, period products, endocrine disruptors, toxins, common chemicals, avoid, lower exposure, safer products, organic tampons, menstrual cups, period underwear, PFAS-free, Twitter, Instagram, Low-Tox Tuesdays, undies, GetCares.com, website, thetoxicologymama.com
Cyclical Routines and Fibroid Awareness with Lindley Wells, LD
Lindley is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, and holds a Masters in nutrition and integrative health where she trained in functional and integrative nutrition.
Lindley also volunteers with the Fibroid Foundation, an amazing resource for women’s health education.
We discuss our cyclical routines and the non-negotiable habits each of us have implemented in our daily lives to cultivate health.
We touch on: staying hydrated (especially in the late luteal phase and early days of menstruation), getting rest, switching to warmer cooked food near the cycle as opposed to eating raw foods during the other phases, proper seed cycling, utilizing magnesium baths, and using only pH-balanced lubes.
Lindley has also studied environmental policy in depth, and has a holistic understanding of the macro effects of food regulation. So, we chat about the differences between European food regulation rules and those in the U.S. and discuss how dyes, additives, warning labels and overall quality of food products differ.
On this very insightful episode, Lindley shares her personal experience with uterine fibroids. She had two fibroid surgeries after being diagnosed at age 17 through MRI. Her main symptoms before the diagnosis were periods that were too heavy and lasting too long, with clotting and then eventually having some visible shape changes in her lower abdomen.
A uterine fibroid is a benign muscular growth within or on the uterus. Some smaller fibroids (which are pretty common) can be asymptomatic. Larger fibroids, or clusters of fibroids, can cause changes in discharge, digestive complications, pain and increased bleeding.
We’ll learn what types of lifestyle changes and treatment options may help reduce symptoms and even lower recurrences of fibroids. Lindley mentions new research that suggests ECGC (an extract of green tea) may shrink fibroids, and that vitamin D deficiency is being studied as well. She also teaches us how hormonal imbalance may contribute to fibroids.
We also talk about fibroids and fertility, and when C-sections might come in to the picture.
The end of this podcast has such a hopeful tone as we touch on the myriad of informed treatment choices that are available for fibroids, give a shout out to our awesome support systems, and even hear how Kamala Harris is championing legislation that will further fibroid awareness and research.
Learn more about Lindley and Dr. Lana’s practice at:
Boosting Fertility and Hormonal Balance through Acupuncture: Insights from Women's Health Acupuncturist Dr. Dawn Garrison
March is all about ovulation, fertility and hormones on the Period Chats podcast!
Today we get to hear from Women’s Health Acupuncturist Dr. Dawn Garrison, who is a wealth of knowledge about supporting the body to heal.
Fertility is a state of vitality, so even if you’re not trying to get pregnant there is plenty to glean from this episode.
My personal experience with acupuncture has been positive and healing, so I’m excited for you to hear about how it works. Dr. Dawn dispels some myths about acupuncture, including the idea that they have to use tons of needles (she usually uses 10-12 super thin ones that people mostly don’t feel).
She also explains how acupuncture is cumulative, and how her plan of care for her patients builds on itself and includes many facets.
We chat about the meridians and chi, and how these ancient concepts have helped countless people find relief from severe period pain, get rid of migraines, get pregnant and more.
Dr. Dawn explains how western and eastern medicine approach health differently, and how the approach of acupuncture looks at the “12 “rivers” of our bodies and stimulates points along the flow.
And in case you’re someone who’s skeptical, we talk about the plethora of research behind the modalities used in acupuncture, and how many pain clinics and mainstream fertility clinics now refer patients out to trusted acupuncturists, with great results.
Studies show that acupuncture supports the body’s endocrine system, releases beta endorphins, de-swells nerves that are aggravated, and can help people move from operating in the sympathetic nervous system to parasympathetic.
Dr. Dawn also shares about her in-depth experience of learning Chinese herbal medicines, and how the board tests for an acupuncture license are no joke!
I know you’ll learn a ton from this conversation about fertility, vitality and acupuncture.
Connect with Dawn on Instagram: @DrDawnGarrison
Learn more from her site: www.drdawngarrison.com
Rebuilding Your Relationship with Your Body to Thrive with guest Alison Acerra, RDN.
Do you ever feel like you have to push your body past what it wants to do, or ignore symptoms to get through? Do you feel burnt out, anxious or exhausted?
We all know what it’s like to wish we didn’t have limits, but today on the Period Chats podcast, we’re chatting with a coach who helps people reconcile their relationship with their bodies in order to thrive within their human capacity. I’m so excited for you to learn from all of the wisdom and insight that my guest shares on this episode.
Alison Acerra MS, RDN has been a functional and integrative registered dietician-nutritionist for almost 20 years. She founded her consulting and coaching agency, Strategic Nutrition Design, to help brands develop high quality health products and individuals balance their nutrition.
Her one-on-one consulting focuses on hormone health, gut flora and restoring energy levels, and she loves working with women in all phases of the life cycle, helping them restore balance so they can live the life they love.
We can get so busy in life that we ignore our bodies when they begin to tell us they need something. In this episode, Alison shares how she’s learned to tune in to her body and support it, practicing cyclical self-care and holistic nutrition. These practices helped her recover and rebuild after some serious health issues, so don’t be afraid to feel a little hope if you’re experiencing a health setback in this season.
Alison had to adjust her relationship to movement, food, and her schedule in order to support her body’s recovery. We talk about why that’s hard to do, how society doesn’t teach us to heal intuitively, and how to reconnect with our whole selves.
Alison also describes her use of Internal Family Systems theory to get in touch with her own needs, and the benefits of this method in her healing process.
We chat about rest, routines, lifestyle, and intuitive eating during different parts of our cycle, and Alison shares some of her more recent scheduling and eating practices now that she’s recovered.
Syncing Your Pleasure With Your Menstrual Cycle: A Conversation with Blaire Horton
Today’s episode of the Period Chats podcast is all about matching your pleasure with your menstrual cycle.
We’re chatting with Blaire Horton from Holistic Rendezvous, who is a certified Nutrition Educator, certified Natural Chef, and a Holistic Nutrition Consultant.
Blaire shares insights on the effects of hormone level changes on our libido and pleasure.
Many people struggle with the topic of pleasure in general, and it may be the case that we don’t take the time to explore the interplay between our moods, interest in sex, and needs in general with our menstrual cycles.
This episode will give you tips on a myriad of ways you can find pleasure in each phase of your cycle, so you can work with your natural rhythms instead of being eluded or even frustrated by them.
And, it will help shatter whatever taboos may be present for you around the topics of libido, the menstrual cycle, pleasure, and sex.
Blaire explains that the follicular phase is like spring and tends to make us more adventurous. Ovulation usually increases sex drive as well as self esteem in general, so we brainstorm how to channel that to our advantage.
The early luteal phase is sometimes known as the “romantic” phase, so we talk about what interpersonal interactions look like during that week.
Then in the later luteal phase many of us transition into nesting and organizing. Many people get more introverted, and some of us have more negative self-talk compared to other phases, so we share tips for how to get rest and good nutrition during that part of the cycle.
We also talk a lot about what self-care looks like, and how it may change throughout the menstrual cycle as well.
The main point is that pleasure is personal. It doesn’t necessarily mean sex with a partner, or anything sexual at all. It’s what feels good to you. We hope everyone can have a pleasure routine because it’s an important part of empowerment in our lives.
Connect with Blaire:
Hormone-Friendly Lubricant aka Lube: Understanding the Chemicals and Toxins in Your Lube and Body Care Products
Today’s topic has been MUCH requested!
What’s in your lube, and is it hormone-friendly? This episode is all about lubrication.
We’ll learn about what ingredients to avoid, what kind of lubrication is best for what purposes, and we’ll once again ask the existential question: why the hell didn’t they teach us this in health class?
Meet the co-founders of Personal Fave, Hannah Hutton and Stephanie Elias, who are here to teach us all the info we need to know about healthy lubrication.
A few episodes ago, we talked about the importance of clean, non-endocrine-disrupting ingredients that respect your body’s natural pH levels. Well, that’s exactly what Personal Fave offers in their plant-powered lubrication products that optimize pleasure, confidence and health.
We’ll hear about the different types of products they’ve created and all the intentionality that went into their formulas, design, and presentation. We’ll also learn what inspired and motivated them to start their business.
In the U.S. there are only about 12 ingredients banned on the personal care ingredient list, compared to hundreds in the E.U. So, many health and beauty products can have parabens, fillers, and unregulated fragrance soups. When those ingredients are in lubricants, it can lead to UTI’s and other health issues.
We also talk about fertility and how sperm motility is optimized in a pH-matched lubricant. One of Personal Fave’s products is even mentioned in a study from Texas Tech because it out-performed the leading doctor-recommended lubricant on the market in the category of sperm motility.
Then, we all join forces to un-stigmatize the whole subject of lubrication, including stats about usage and benefits.
Libido, sex drive and pleasure can look different in every phase of your cycle, plus cervical mucous comes and goes, so having some Personal Fave products on-hand is probably a great idea :)
Check them out at: www.personalfav.co
Want a refresher on how absorbant the vulva and vagina are? Check out this episode from a few weeks ago!
The Effects of an Early Menarche: Understanding How Starting Your Period Young Impacts You in Adulthood w/ Guest Avocado Allie
our early period stories, the state of modern sex ed, and how winter can effect our menstrual cycles.
As you may know, Allie is a social media influencer, yoga instructor, model, and overall inspiring person. She and I share the life experience of starting our periods super young, and we each discuss what that was like for us as kids.
The average age to have a first menstrual cycle is around 12 years old, and many kids that age don’t quite know what to expect! Some adolescents can even internalize shame, like if parents’ responses don’t match what they’re needing or if peers react in unkind ways.
We discuss what it was like getting boobs early, being overly sexualized by our culture, and feeling like our bodies were somehow different than our friends’.
I look back at things like lying to my mom unnecessarily about my periods, and misleading my peers about my level of sexual activity, and I realize there was way too much shame going on.
Allie shares her thoughts on public school and how separating boys and girls might make certain aspects of sex ed more confusing and weird than it needs to be.
We look back on whether our guy friends handled “girl” topics well when they were brought up, and why it was considered cool to be on birth control.
I also recall the challenges that led to my decision to have breast reduction surgery at a young-ish age.
And of course, we once again lament the lack of research, resources and conversations around period and cycle health.
Then we talk about this younger generation, who thankfully acts more open to things like trying period underwear, acknowledging diverse bodies and validating others’ experiences, but who still have to walk through the awkwardness of adolescence and shifting social norms.
Then, the final topic in this episode is: Seasonal Affective Disorder effects periods! AND, you’re 4x more likely to experience S.A.D. if you’re a person who has periods.
We share some very interesting and little-known facts about how periods can get worse in winter months, as well as touch on the PMDD diagnosis and its treatment options.
Allie shares how her psychiatrist responded well to these topics wen she brought them up, as well as her thoughts on PMDD, S.A.D., SSRI’s and probably some other acronyms as well.
If you have more hormone, mood or physical challenges in the winter months, you’re far from alone.
Allie and I love and appreciate you! And we hope that this fun conversation spreads knowledge and encouragement.
Check out my TED talk that we mentioned:
For more info on winter and periods:
Mindful Drinking/ Alcohol consumption and your Hormones
Welcome back to the Period Chats podcast. I’m so excited about today’s guest, Talia Bennick!
Talia is the founder of Crisp and Crude, a non-alcoholic botanical mock-tails brand. Her amazing drinks are filled with mood-lifting ingredients that also taste delicious, and look chic.
Talia went to business school at Yale, where alcohol was a common part of networking and social events. But during her last semester, she began to suffer from alcohol-related migraines.
So she started experimenting mixing hemp extract with terpenes, and began to her inventive non-alcoholic drinks with friends. It proved to be a hit.
Many of her mock-tails are also CBD-infused, so instead of wreaking havoc on alcohol-intolerant or sensitive systems, these drinks can actually support better health.
Her drinks went to production this past August, and they’ve been a fun new part of my personal journey since then.
We all have different, nuanced relationships with alcohol, and this can evolve throughout our adult years. Many can mindfully consume, and we talk about what that can look like, but many others abstain for various reasons.
Personally, I’ve moved from having a party girl mentality to a greater understanding of my hormones and desire to optimize my health naturally. So I’ve been experimenting with abstaining from alcohol for the past 12 weeks, and plan to continue for the next 12 months.
I still plan to hang out with friends and go out, but alcohol causes my anxiety to spike for way too long. So we discuss how to cope with social settings when you’re planning to abstain from drinking, about the pro’s and con’s of sharing our reasons for not drinking, and share some of the reactions we’ve gotten from people over the years.
Talia also gives us some good tips on non-alcoholic drinks to order at a bar, to equip us to always feel confident that we fit in and belong.
If you want to explore syncing your life with your cycle more intentionally in this area, Talia and I geek out on how to do just that. We discuss the interaction of alcohol with our hormones and brain chemicals, and how liver function comes into play.
Talia shares her insight on the advantages of planning some of our personal goals and schedules around our cycles, as well as just our alcohol consumption.
Your body can process alcohol more efficiently during the follicular phase (after your period, before ovulation). In the menstrual and luteal phase, you may notice more symptoms after drinking alcohol. This is because estrogen also has to get processed through the liver.
People that drink socially tend to get an initial dopamine release, but later suffer a cortisol rebound effect. Talia’s drinks have different plant extracts and botanical terpene blends that can help us relax, like citrus, marigold, and broad spectrum non-TCH CBD.
I know you’ll love this conversation with the scientific, creative and very cool Talia Bennick.
Check out her drinks at: www.crispandcrude.com. Use code FUNKIT15 to save 15% off your first order!
Egg Freezing: Madeline Hollern's Personal Story and Experience
Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast! Today we talk with Madeline Hollern about her experience with egg-freezing.
Madeline is the Executive Director and Brand Ambassador at Austin Monthly, and I had the privilege of meeting her at a Free People Movement event where we struck up a conversation about fertility and egg-freezing.
Madeline has known for a long time that she wants kids. After a recent break-up, she began to look in to the science behind egg-freezing.
Egg-freezing is also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, and is a method that’s usually used to preserve a person’s ability to become pregnant in the future. Eggs are harvested from the ovaries so they can later be used in the process of in vitro fertilization as needed.
I was interested to hear the details of how Madeline’s journey was emotionally, financially (her health insurance didn’t cover any of it) and physically. She shares that in some of these ways it was taxing, but that she would absolutely do it again.
First, she was tested for her AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) levels, then given an ultrasound, and eventually given the opportunity to sign up when she was ready.
Madeline had a best friend that had just gone through the process, and some chips seemed to be falling in to place, so on 2-22-22 she felt like it was the perfect time to sign up and get started.
People born with eggs have a set amount of them for life. They usually release once a month, and things like being on birth control don’t preserve them. While we can support the health of the eggs we have by nutrition and lifestyle, we can’t add to the specific number our bodies have.
Ever the journalist, Madeline audio recorded the instructions during her visits to make sure she was doing her self-administration correctly. This included shots in the stomach area twice a day. She also went in for blood testing every 3 days and ultrasounds to check the follicles (eggs) which have to be the right size to be used in the freezing process.
Madeline ended up having to go through the preparatory stage twice, because the first time only 2 retrievable eggs were visible in the ultrasounds.
The second attempt included pre-treating with estrogen, and the day of the procedure they ended up with 8 eggs.
In this episode, we also touch on the topics of bedside manner, the importance of having community and support, and the dedication and schedule diligence it takes to keep up with having your eggs frozen.
Madeline shares that she now has more peace of mind knowing she has more options for the future.
I’m super thankful for this educational and inspiring conversation!
Make sure to follow Madeline on Instagram: @madelinehollern
Vaginas, Vulvas, Discharge and all things Vaginal health w/ Special Guest Jessica Nazareth
Hi everyone! Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast. Today we’re talking with Jessica Nazareth, a holistic sex coach who is also in training to become a naturopathic doctor.
Today’s topic is vaginal health, and Jess is literally the perfect expert to enlighten us about this important aspect of wellness. She started her undergrad in health sciences, and soon delved into holistic medicine.
Jess grew up familiar with nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine because her family of origin utilized its principles in their own lives.
So when she was diagnosed with PCOS, she found these practices helpful in balancing her own hormones and successfully managing the condition.
Jess has been studying biomedical sciences in Toronto, and her passion for sharing her extensive knowledge, empowering others and treating each individual from the root cause is so refreshing.
Her focus on reproductive health and vaginal and sexual wellness has led her to develop her own courses on the topics. As we all know, sex ed sucked. And on top of that, many medical and health care professionals still lack training in vaginal and sexual wellness.
Jessica and I believe that holistic and naturopathic medicine can contribute some much-needed insight and wisdom to the medical field, and all of our wellness journeys.
One thing that has slowed down awareness about - and love for - our bodies is the shame that society has historically placed on the topics of vaginal health and sexual wellness.
At one point Lysol was even recommended to people with vaginas to use in order to prevent their partner from leaving them (excuse me?!?) and, also problematically, to change natural bodily odor with its ammonium hydroxide and synthetic fragrance. Yikes.
But in the Period Chats community, we know that vaginal health includes our own natural self-cleaning eco-system, and that the vulva even changes and evolves because of time, hormones, and other factors.
In preparation for this episode, we got TONS of questions around discharge, mucous, vaginal health, appearance, cyclical changes, and bacterial balance (flora).
Jessica explains the difference between discharge and mucous, and how it all works. Plus she addresses the existence of “cross talk” with our blood stream (very cool).
We touch on allergies and immune considerations, and how chemicals can be easily absorbed through the skin in this area.
We also address questions about menstrual cups, the over-marketing of wipes, and reconsidering some habits and routines to support our bodies.
Moral of the story: our vaginas aren’t flawed, they have reasons for everything they do, and we can celebrate our awesome bodies.
I can’t wait to have Jess back on another episode soon; she is a wealth of fascinating and helpful info.
Check out Jess’s free resource about mindset and pleasure:
Follow her on instagram: @jessicaanazareth
Exploring Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy w/ Special Guest Dr. Amanda Olson
On today’s episode of the Period Chats Podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Amanda Olson! Amanda is a dedicated physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor disorders including pelvic pain, incontinence and pregnancy related issues, as well as the cofounder of the Intimate Rose product line.
Amanda finished her doctorate degree in physical therapy and then found herself severely injured from a bad cliff jumping incident. With injuries on her pelvic floor, hips, back and more, she experienced relief from PT, and now she’s been focusing on pelvic floor PT for 14 years and counting.
One in three vagina owners will struggle with pelvic floor issues, so it’s very common. And people with penises can experience pelvic floor dysfunction as well, because certain cancers, traumas or injuries can effect the muscular structure.
So what exactly is the pelvic floor? It’s a group of muscles that support certain organs, for example someone’s bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. These muscles form a sling at the very base of your pelvis, and also include tendons, nerves, blood vessels and fascia. When they’re functioning well, they relax at appropriate times, and close and contract at other times.
This complex group of muscles needs to be strong, but also well-coordinated and flexible. Unfortunately, life can sometimes throw this coordination off. For example: giving birth, trauma, stress, injuries, accidents, and disease processes like that of endometriosis.
And when the coordination is thrown off, occupational therapy can really help retrain this muscle group and alleviate a myriad of issues.
Amanda and I talk about common misconceptions about pelvic floor therapy, what healthy goals might look like for someone who is experiencing pelvic floor pain, what health insurance plans typically do for this type of treatment, and a pretty huge list of conditions it can help.
Amanda also gives us some examples of what sessions at her clinic often look like, which may put some of us who are considering it at ease.
I was so grateful to have this conversation with Amanda and hear about more ways that our community can take care of ourselves, and nurture health and healing in our bodies.
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Intimacy, PCOS and taking back your sexuality w/ special guest Catherine Drysdale
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains topics that may be triggering including sexual assault
Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast!
Today we’re talking about all things relationships, sex, and being a cyclical person.
Our guest is my friend Catherine Drysdale, a sex and relationship coach who teaches about pleasure, intimacy, communication, and enhancing love.
Catherine explains her journey with PCOS, pain, being mis-diagnosed for years, taking progesterone-based birth control, having IUD struggles, and finally getting her hormones tested (her progesterone and testosterone were high). She’s been off birth control for 8 years and managing her symptoms successfully through diet, proper exercise for her body, and seed cycling.
We also talk about sex education reform, and how people’s views on sex are shaped by their early education. Many states don’t even require sex ed to be medically accurate, and a lot of education curriculum and videos are basically abstinence-based scare tactics. It’s so inspiring to hear how Catherine is working to change this, and her passion for implementing more emotionally intelligent and well-rounded education for kids.
We also talk about the journey of learning to be more present during sexual experiences, creating good communication with our partners, and taking the time to heal from the past.
She explains the spectrum of “consensual” and what it takes to cultivate fully consensual relationships. And, she shares where to begin to heal if you’ve had experiences that were not fully consensual.
Catherine shares about the sexual assault she experienced in her college years, how it felt to be invalidated while taking the right steps to report the crime (even with physical proof, and arrest and detainment of her abusers, her school denied the fact that it was rape), and what has helped her heal from the trauma and depression that resulted after this injustice.
I’m so inspired and amazed as I look at Catherine’s journey and how even the shitty experiences we have to work through can become part of how we help the world, use our voices, and let others know that what they feel is real and right.
Read the Vice article:
Follow Catherine on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@iamcatherinedrysdale
Understanding organic food and the organic process w/ special guest Sandi Kronick CEO of Happy Dirt
Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast!
Today we get to hear from Sandi Kronick, the CEO of Happy Dirt.
Based in Durham, Happy Dirt is an organic wholesale and distribution company. Ever since Sandi started it in 2004, they’ve been supporting local farmers who grow organic food. They do this by building up infrastructures like trucking and marketing, so that farmers can focus on their soil, and crops, and build a future for themselves and their families.
So many questions have come my way about organic food, so today you’ve come to the right place; we’re about to learn SO MUCH from Sandi.
The term “Organic” is legally regulated through the federal government. In the food and agriculture space, this single word means that a farm is adhering to hundred of pages of regulatory work that includes disallowing most synthetic products, as well as disallowed non-synthetic products in growing their crops (they still may use natural pesticides like garlic).
The National Organic Standards Board oversees this and shows zero tolerance for things like harmful conventional pesticides and GMO’s, so consumers can rest assured that organic food has been through the relevant inspections. They also have a commitment to wholistic practices like crop rotation.
Some people think that organic and conventional foods are the same, and that the label is kinda BS… and maybe cheaper price motivates this convenient belief! I used to be one of those people - but it turns out I felt better when I switched to organic, and it also turns out there’s science behind why.
Our bodies don’t process certain synthetic pesticides well. Plus, many of the conventional pesticides that farmers are allowed to use in the U.S. can kill our off our gut microbiomes.
We all know Preventative health is more efficient and less stressful than having to treat illnesses that could have been prevented upstream. So, as more and more data accumulates on the matter, a growing number of doctors believe that eating organic is a worthwhile preventative health measure.
We talk about how Sandi’s company contributes to the world of organics, cares about maintaining consumer trust, and ensures that the principles of organic farming stay intact.
We also talk about regenerative farming, which is a different but related thing to organic farming, and how some farms are doing both. Currently, there isn’t a certification program for regenerative farming, or a set definition yet, but that may be coming soon.
Sandi reminds us why it’s important to go to our local farmer’s markets, and how not everyone there is an organic farmer but they’re all still heroes. She suggests some questions might be helpful to ask while there. Most states have an umbrella non-profit that connects citizens to farmers and farmers markets, so make sure you check for your state’s local food finder.
I LOVED hearing about all the work that goes into organic food, and I know we’ll all feel more connected to our food and our bodies after this episode!
Learn More Happy Dirt’s https://happydirt.com/
Learning about Vaginismus and pelvic floor disfunction w/ special guest Shelby Hadden
On this episode of the Period Chats Podcast, documentary film maker Shelby Hadden joins us to talk about her wildly wonderful, impactful documentary: Tightly Wound.
Based on an essay she published in Bust Magazine, the animated short film chronicles her experiences with vaginismus and pelvic floor pain.
After a kickstarter shout-out in Cosmo, an article in Media Wire and much more, the film has 4 million views and has been all over the world.
Shelby and I talk about how sharing your story publicly can be so many different things. It can be freeing and liberating to share, super helpful to others to hear, and a powerful influence on culture - but it can simultaneously be intimidating and unpredictable to post your life’s details on the internet.
She explains that creating the film was a coming out type of experience for her, because there were many family members and friends who still didn’t know about her health journey.
Shelby shares how she couldn’t use a tampon as an adolescent, but didn’t find pelvic floor physical therapy (the treatment that has helped her the most) until age 21.
She then found herself at the forefront of a decade-long rise in awareness on the topic, in a culture that’s moving from young women like her taking 7 years plus to get an accurate diagnosis, to an internet-connected world where pelvic floor physical therapists are posting on Tik Tok and Instagram helping people learn the basics about the disorder.
Shelby tells us what the process looked like to create the film, and what her network, team and community looked like during the process.
It’s so beautiful that people with vaginismus and other pelvic floor issues can now point to this well-made film and say to their family, friends, or potential romantic partners, “This is what I have.”
Insurance doesn’t always cover pelvic floor therapy, and there are different rules in different states about referrals and the number of sessions that may get approved, but Shelby leaves us with this wise advice: don’t give up finding the great treatment that you deserve.
We talk about other treatments such as Botox, which some people have had results with for vaginismus, and of course a good therapist should be part of your team as well.
I’m thankful for this conversation and for a chance to disarm the shame and secrecy some people feel in their experiences. Whatever your hopes are with regards to pelvic floor dysfunction of any kind, they are completely valid; none of those things are wrong to want and feel, so don’t give up fighting for your desires and goals.
Read Shelby’s article:
Check out the film:
Should you get pain medication for a cervical biopsy? w/ special guest Avocado Allie
Avocado Allie is back!!
On this episode of the Period Chats Podcast, I reconnect with the amazing Allie, our PCOS “cyst”er, who also happens to be a social media influencer, yoga instructor and model.
Today we’re talking about going to the gynecologist - the good, the bad, and the uncomfortable. We’ve all had different experiences with gyno’s, and it doesn’t get talked about enough in general, so today we’re sitting down for some relatable real talk about it.
In this episode, Allie and I exchange a few stories of experiences with different gynecologists and what those visits did to our overall emotional state around the topic.
A lot of gynecologists still approach the conversation of birth control by touting old-school beliefs, and this can cause a negative experience for patients who may feel gaslighted or judged.
On the other hand, for some reason our conversations with almost all of our on-call nurses have ROCKED.
Allie shares about her recent male gynecologist staring off their visit by mansplaining PCOS, and then suggesting that there are two camps of PCOS patients - those who are trying to get pregnant and those who are on birth control - and that there shouldn’t be anyone else. (Effectively putting the somewhere between 1-in-10 and 1-in-5 people that get periods who have PCOS into two broad boxes).
This doctor performed an extra painful biopsy, and later sent her for an ultrasound that she should have gotten first. The horrible experience caused her to research other people’s stories about excessive pain after endometrial biopsies.
She dealt with heavy emotions caused by the poor treatment and unexpected pain, and posted on her media outlets. The response was copious - which feels so normalizing, but also upsetting that so many people experience similar things!
And it may make many of ya’ll feel less alone as we unpack why these types of procedures are often rushed, under-explained, not accompanied by any pain mitigation - and how all that is somehow still considered normal in most gynecology offices.
Allie also shares about how Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and doctor visits sometimes interact, and once again I feel way less alone as I recount phone calls for cleanliness reassurance and anxiety spikes around doctor visits as well.
In this episode, I also recount the time when the gynecologist told me I had an STI when it was really an autoimmune stress response after a yeast infection.
We know these are frustrations that many of us can relate to regarding the medical system, but the vibe of this episode is definitely not a gripe-filled complaint sesh; it’s a relatable and relieving conversation about the wisdom we’ve gained during the imperfect treatment we’ve survived, and how it has added to our passion to invite others further into the world of holistic physical and mental health.
Painful Sex and Endometriosis with guest Lara Parker
Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast!
We have Lara Parker here today, author of the book “Vagina Problems.” Laura has experience with endometriosis, adenomyosis, vaginismus, and vulvar vestibulitis, and began to write about the topic because it was so underrepresented in literature and she didn’t want people to feel alone.
Indicators that you might be suffering with pelvic pain or a related condition are: pain during sex and/or orgasm, super heavy periods, skin irritation and redness, digestive symptoms like bloating or IBS-type issues, or tenderness to touch.
Sometimes doctor visits and the nature of the issue can make people feel more isolated in the experience, and Lara gives some great examples of ways we can humanize and de-stigmatize the topic, and by extension many other issues that our society would do well to further normalize.
As we all continue to advocate for ourselves, and move toward the place where we can “act like a white man,” aka confident communication without apology or other self-shrinking verbiage, we need to remember that our health issues aren’t something we need to apologize for, over-explain, or minimize.
Lara shares about her experience with a surgery for endometriosis, how that particular surgery interacts with most insurance plans, and what her recovery and ongoing health journey has looked like since.
Her modalities of care currently include physical therapy for pelvic pain, chiropractic care, therapy, acupuncture and others.
We also talk about how the conversation around chronic illness needs to shift towards quality of life. Sometimes in our culture there can be a false dichotomy where you’re either dying or you’re fine, but focusing on quality of life gives the conversation more much-needed nuance, and can help outsiders empathize with where each of us are on the health spectrum.
If you need a good reminder to take care of yourself, advocate for your own recovery and health, and leave behind the habit of apologizing for existing, Lara’s wisdom and honesty will point you in that direction today.
Do Very Low Carb Diets Mess Up our Hormones and Fertility?
In today's episode of period chats, we are talking about low carbs diets and how they can impact hormones and fertility. Before we get started here is the bottom line extreme dieting is not good for your mental or physical health and that has been proven time and time again by research. Creating balance in your body is the key! Also losing weight is not the same thing as being healthy each and every one of us is different and we have to nurture our bodies accordingly.
Spoiler alter --> the research says that extreme low carb and restrictive diets can negatively impact your hormones and menstrual cycle -
Important terms to know for the episode:
- Hypothalamus: a region of the forebrain below the thalamus which coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity.
- Pituitary: the major endocrine gland. A pea-sized body attached to the base of the brain, the pituitary is important in controlling growth and development and the functioning of the other endocrine glands.
- Adrenals: relating to or denoting a pair of ductless glands situated above the kidneys. Each consists of a core region ( adrenal medulla ) secreting epinephrine and norepinephrine, and an outer region ( adrenal cortex ) secreting corticosteroids.
- Carbohydrate: Any of a large group of organic compounds occurring in foods and living tissues and including sugars, starch, and cellulose. They contain hydrogen and oxygen in the same ratio as water (2:1) and typically can be broken down to release energy in the animal body.
- Anovulatory Cycle: An anovulatory cycle, also referred to as anovulation, refers to a menstrual cycle in which the release of an egg from the ovaries does not occur. Chronic anovulation, or anovulation that persists for a year or longer, can be a common cause of infertility.
- Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Functional hypothalamic amenorrhea is a form of amenorrhea and chronic anovulation and is one of the most common types of secondary amenorrhea. It is classified as hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.
- Blood Sugar: Glycaemia, also known as blood sugar level, blood sugar concentration, or blood glucose level is the measure of glucose concentration in the blood of humans or other animals.
Research to read for yourself:
Talking nutrition, wellness and Life with Eliza G
On this episode, I sat down with Eliza G, holistic nutritionist and host of the Hotter than Health Podcast. We talked about all things real life, trama, food, periods, and more. This episode gives you a glimpse into the raw and unfiltered view of how Eliza lives her life and what has shaped her love for wellness and nutrition after losing her mother. More than anything this episode is real and I hope you enjoy it!
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) + Menopause - hear what a Naturopathic Doctor has to say!
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice and we always recommend that you talk to your doctor and do your own research on what is best for your body. Similar to Birth Control, Hormone Replacement Therapy is a hormonal medication and has risks that you should explore before making any decisions.
Today on the Period Chats podcast, Kate talks with Dr. Ashley Alexis, naturopathic practitioner and owner of Golden Leaf Health Center in San Diego, California.
Dr. Alexis breaks down the slightly complex and very important topic of hormone replacement therapy for us.
Biological women with menstrual cycles are producing estrogen and progesterone in alternate peaks throughout each cycle. After menopause, whether it has occurred on the common timeline or after a hysterectomy, chemo treatments, or early menopause, these and other hormone levels drop.
Hormone replacement therapy brings those hormones back into the system after they’ve waned (and can also include thyroid hormones and others when they’re found to be insufficient).
When Dr. Alexis opened her practice, she discovered that many women had experienced a gap in the traditional medical system in the area of hormone health - some given birth control without being informed of other options, some being prescribed anti-depressants before exploring hormone solutions, and some even being told it was all in their head.
She decided to focus on helping these patients, many of whom were in perimenopause or menopause, to explore bio-identical hormone therapy which uses naturally-sourced hormones as opposed to synthetic. Many patients experience relief from insomnia, brain fog, anxiety, and digestive issues.
Dr. Alexis breaks down what the research has to say about the safety of long-term hormone use, and it’s different than you might have heard. Supplementing hormone levels after menopause has even been shown to REDUCE certain risks, including cancer.
Kate and Dr. Alexis touch on gender bias, aging stigma, the lack of adequate education around hormones, and why hormone replacement therapy got stigmatized for a while.
We’re so stoked to share this honest and insightful conversation with you; let’s get empowered as we learn from the best!
Check out Dr. Ashley Alexis’s clinic here: www.GoldenLeafHC.com
If you have any questions you’d like Kate to ask Dr. Alexis in a future episode, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sex Education and Abortion Data Deep Dive
This episode is 18+
Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast! Today Danielle Bezalel joins us to chat about abortion.
Danielle is a host of the Sex Education with DB podcast, a feminist podcast that centers LGBTQ and BIPOC experts in sex ed. She has her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and currently lives in Brooklyn.
With the national conversation turning to Roe v. Wade’s potential overturn, we want to bring you medically accurate information about abortion. There is so much misinformation and confusion out there right now, so let’s take a deep breath and focus on the facts.
Danielle starts us out by reviewing the types of abortion: at-home (medication-based abortion), and in-clinic (early term which is done by suction, and later-term which is done with dilation and evacuation).
Politico recently leaked a draft from the Supreme Court that stated intent to overturn Roe v. Wade and “return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” While we can’t predict exactly what the final draft will say, we should assume the overturn will be happening in June.
Of course, during the past almost-50 years, abortion has not been equally accessible to everyone in the US, and this upcoming disruption will not put everyone at equal risk. Danielle walks us through how abortion access has always been unjust and biased, and how that will likely become increasingly disproportionate again after June.
Danielle reminds us of the research that shows abortion access is a necessary and effective part of public health and explains the data linking abortion access to well-being.
We walk through the average medical costs of giving birth, having an abortion, and more.
Finally, we touch on what comes next, and Danielle encourages us to join the fight to bring medically accurate sex education into each and every state, and to stand for reproductive justice in our communities.
READ: Turn Away One Pager
Recommended follows if you want to learn more:
Their official TikTok: @sexedwithdb
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Is my period tracking app stealing my data?! w/ Stardust founder Rachel Moranis
**Warning as info changes we will do our best to record new episodes and update info**
On today’s episode, we chat with Rachel Moranis, the CEO of Stardust Period Tracker.
Rachel explains app data sharing, encryption, and everything we need to know about being able to track our cycles without our information being shared.
We won’t mention any names but… (throat-clearing cough that sounds suspiciously like the word “flo”) some apps sell your personal data for advertising reasons.
On the contrary, The Stardust app never sells your data, and it keeps you anonymous through encryption. It’s also female-owned, compared to some period tracking apps that are owned by men and large companies.
Besides the fact that advertisers creepily want to know when we’re ovulating because marketing research has shown that people tend to buy more during those days, it also may be important to keep your health data inaccessible for legal reasons.
It’s crazy to think about, but there may be a day in the near future where someone’s cycle information could get subpoenaed in a court of law - potentially to try and incriminate someone in a state where abortion may soon become illegal. Hopefully not, but doesn’t it make sense to track your data in an encrypted and private way, just in case?
Check out Stardust here --> https://www.thestardustapp.com/
Here is a list of period tracking apps that are not selling your data:
2. The Agenda Period
Body Hair, PCOS, TikTok & life with special guest Avocado Allie
On today’s episode of the Period Chats podcast, we talk with Avocado Allie! Allie is a content creator, model and certified yoga instructor, who works with size-inclusive brands and artists around the world to promote self-love and celebrate authenticity.
Kate met Allie through TikTok and was immediately inspired by how she uses her platform for healing. Allie shares about her experience with OCD and PCOS, and brings her followers alongside her on the journey. Her presence online fosters a much-needed community of body acceptance and natural health wisdom.
We all know social media can be a bit of a two-edged sword - connecting us with like-minded communities, but also exposing content creators to the more closed-minded troll types. Allie’s positive outlook is evident as she shares how even negative comments can help her go viral and spread love.
Ally went to school for art and spent time in figure-drawing classes, and she now poses online for similar classes at universities all over the UK. She shares with Kate how this has become a practice in confidence, patience and authenticity.
She also explains why she moved away from the term “body positivity” to “body neutrality” and “body acceptance,” and why she feels that these can be more helpful terms.
Allie and Kate talk about the high prevalence of PCOS and why better education about it is needed in the medical community, and in pop culture. They brainstorm how doctors might stop equivocating weight and health, and how western, functional, and alternative practitioners all have a place.
Today’s chat ends with a shout-out to Allie’s very meaningful and beautiful social media community, where you can find some PCOS “cyst”ers, check out Ally’s partnerships with conscious brands, and join her on the continuing journey of flourishing!
Make sure you follow Avocado Ally and join in on the conversation:
[Fertility Chat] - MEET MY AUNTS as they share their fertility journey with us!
Our audio cuts out a little here but it's worth it to listen!!
On this very special episode of the Period Chats podcast, Kate sheds a few tears of joy talking with her aunts about their new baby girl, and the fertility journey that they walked through together to get her.
Abbie and Trisha, with their daughter Landry in arm, open up about their journey to motherhood. They started out by researching donors, fertility clinics, and the process of pregnancy. They spoke with others who had experienced and ended up with an amazing team of doctors, who helped them get pregnant, be pregnant, and give birth.
These now new moms walked through an emotional 2 years of trying to get pregnant, and they share how their fertility team was beside them every step of the way. They express their gratitude not only for the doctors that helped them grow their family but for each other as they grew closer and supported each other in new ways during each season of the experience.
Abbie and Trisha also chat about what it’s like to choose a donor, the advantages of knowing about health history, and their plan to always share the details that formed their family with Landry.
Of course, anyone who has been pregnant, been on a fertility journey, or been through the process of improving their own hormone health knows that there is much to learn about our own bodies and reproductive systems along the way.
Trisha ended up having a few hiccups in the fertility process that needed to be worked out, including some uniquely shaped anatomy that resulted in more difficulty during fertility procedures.
When she got pregnant, she experienced a tricky first two trimesters, with a hospital visit to curb extreme morning sickness. Then, Abbie and Trisha recall what a 30 hour labor was like, and how longer labors take not only physical strength but some definite mental strength as well. Trisha used a sonogram picture of Landry as her focal point on the wall, and it came in clutch during those exhausting last few hours of her labor.
This heart-warming episode will remind us all to listen to our bodies, trust our processes, and cherish the people that walk alongside us on our journeys.
What is Femtech and how are you using it everyday? w/ Special Guest Brittany Barreto, Ph.D.
On today’s episode, we chat with Dr. Brittany Barreto on FEM Tech Focus
Dr. Brittany Barreto is a scientist and entrepreneur turned investor. She thrives on activism, primarily for underrepresented people, and she is passionate about science.
According to Dr. Brittany, historically and systemically, females have been excluded from medicine, healthcare research, and innovation. The backdrop to medicine is male-based, and women suffer the consequences because we are not little men. Our brains are different, and our hearts are different. We cannot just make drugs, devices, and solutions for males and expect them to be great for women.
Many people think that FEM tech is about applications related to women’s health. FEM tech is products, solutions, and services that address conditions that solely disproportionately or differently affect women and girls. Unfortunately, getting into a FEM tech business is difficult because when it comes to raising money, people are not always willing to invest in this industry.
Another challenge in the FEM tech industry is the policies that we have. Most of these bills do not come from an informed point of reference. There is a massive disconnect between them and how the woman biology works. We end up having bills that do not address our concerns as women.
According to Dr. Brittany, there are over 1000 FEM Tech start-ups worldwide. 50% of them work in four categories. They work on menstruation, maternal health, fertility, and sexual wellness. We are also seeing people go into pelvic floor health, breastfeeding solutions, breast health, and autoimmune diseases that affect women. Dr. Brittany wishes to see more innovations around heart health and pubic hair.
When it comes to research and data, we all get scared because we have seen people selling our data. For instance, look at Facebook and other applications we have out there. People are making money from our data. Dr. Brittany thinks the solution to this data issue lies in blockchain and having women get paid for their data.
Listen in to hear more.
Learn More about Brittany Barreto:
Fem Tech Focus: https://femtechfocus.org/
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How to find balance and FUN in your health journey w/ Paige Lindgren aka Turmeric and Tequila
Today on the Period Chats Podcast we get to meet certified hormone specialist and pilates instructor Paige Lindgren.
Paige’s online presence is nutrition-rich, fun, and inspiring, and in this episode, we get to hear the story behind her decision to begin posting about health and healing. She became a hormone specialist after having an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) since elementary school and finally figured out that hormone levels were a huge key to recovering her health.
The endocrine system affects so many functions within our body, and Paige’s story of waiting too many years and making too many visits to specialists before getting thoroughly tested for hormone imbalances sounds way too familiar to many of us, too. Walking through depression, fatigue, and severe digestive issues gave Paige ample opportunity to learn about the interplay of hormones with numerous systems in the body, and gave her empathy for others who are experiencing similar struggles.
Finally discovering that low estrogen and other imbalances were playing a role gave Paige a sense of hope and a path to recovery. Eating nutrient-dense whole foods was a huge part of her journey (hence all the delicious paleo posts on her socials).
Kate and Paige talk about how hormone imbalances can affect mental health, mood, sex drive, and self-esteem by impacting GABA and serotonin levels - one of the many topics we all wonder why they don’t address in health class growing up - and how understanding that can be such a relief.
On this holistic health journey, we all know what it feels like to get a little too rigid about what we’re learning. Paige reminds us that we all have to live too, and that balance IS healthier. Clean eating can be a little addicting sometimes, so we need to remember being able to break the routine and eat with friends at restaurants is worth the risk when possible.
Paige reminds us that while some science-based restrictions are helpful in certain seasons of the healing journey, it’s always with the goal of more overall freedom in the future, in our lives, AND in our food choices.
Kate and Paige also chat about socialization, doing fun things, and other stress-relievers to lower cortisol.
Make sure you give Paige a following:
Coming off brith control, starting seed cycling and learning to love my period
Welcome back to the Period Chats Podcast!
Today is a solo episode where we hear from Kate Morton, our host. Kate is a dietician that specializes in hormone health and the founder of Funk It Wellness. Kate shares why she started the podcast, why she’s so passionate about women’s health, and gives us a must-know run down on the topic of seed cycling.
Kate carries a passion for educating her community about the menstrual cycle, correcting common misconceptions about periods, talking about society’s impact on our health, and championing effective holistic options.
Her own life experience led her into this passion: she suffered from hormonal imbalance for years, experienced adverse effects from coming off birth control, and then finally came to a place of recovery and healing when she learned the important health principles that she now shares on this podcast.
One key component of what Kate learned was that exercise and nutrition can play a huge role in recovering from hormone-related issues. She began to track her cycle and learn more about the four phases of the cycle. She was doubtful when a friend first introduced her to seed cycling, but it ended up helping her a ton.
Seed cycling is using nutrient-rich foods (like organic pumpkin seeds, sesame, and flax for instance - btw these need to be seeds that are processed correctly and close to the date of consumption to avoid rancidity issues!) to support your body’s production of the right hormones at the right times during your menstrual cycle.
Everyone should have free access to information about maximizing their nutrition and hormone health. This podcast exists to make helpful knowledge like this more common through Kate’s interviews with expert guests, key conversations, and data-backed information. It’s all the stuff Kate wishes someone would have broken down for her earlier, and she’s excited and grateful for the chance to pass it along to you!
Connect with Kate --> https://www.instagram.com/carbsandkate/
Learn more about Funk It --> https://www.instagram.com/funk.it.wellness/
Start Seed Cycling --> https://funkitwellness.com/
PCOS Lifestyle Tips with Hannah Muehl, MS, RDN, PA-C, A.K.A. “The Conscious Nutritionist”
Welcome back to the Period Chats podcast, your resource for helpful lifestyle tips on managing PCOS. Hannah Muehl, MS, RDN, PA-C, A.K.A. “The Conscious Nutritionist” joins us on this episode to share her expertise as a dietitan and physician associate.
Many of us will agree that it can be frustrating to get a diagnosis, and sometimes even harder to find correct diet and lifestyle information afterward. But combining her personal experience having PCOS with her vocational training, Hannah is here to share her wealth of information with us.
We discuss the process of coming off the pill and the journey of balancing one’s hormones more holistically, after being on a medication that stops natural ovulation. Initial symptoms can often include hair loss, acne, weight changes, and of course: cysts. If you’ve experienced any of these, we know you’ll appreciate hearing from someone who gets it.
Hannah tells us how one of the biggest misconceptions in the PCOS world is that all of us have to be absolutely gluten and dairy-free. She explains how some people may see improvements on a diet that omits these ingredients simply because they have a measure of related insulin resistance, and eating less gluten often means eating less processed carbs and sugars in general.
Here’s a quick tip to balance your blood sugar, whether you have an insulin resistance diagnosis or just suspect that you’d feel better with fewer glucose spikes: fat and fiber slow down carbohydrate absorption, so make sure you pair carbs with one or both (ideally consume them right BEFORE the carbs).
She also addresses the misconception that there’s one magic supplement for PCOS, or that supplements themselves will be the complete answer.
After that, we dive into the topic of environmental toxins (but in a balanced, you don’t have to feel totally overwhelmed sort of way).
You may have heard Hannah dropping knowledge about hormones and PCOS on her Instagram or TikTok: @TheConsciousNutritionist. But if you haven’t yet, go give her a follow and fill your mind with her nutritional knowledge.
SIDECHAT: Irregular cycles, stress and enneagrams
You asked, we found the answers. What is the funking deal with irregular periods? According to recent research between 14-25% of menstruators have an irregular cycle. In this episode we see what the internet has to say about irregular cycles.
Around minute 14 we take a slight detour and talk about our enneagrams + asana tasks so feel free to skip that if that does not intrest you.
Heavy periods - getting to the root of heavy periods w/ special guest Dr. Saru Bala
Did you know that constantly needing to change your tampon and heavy menstrual bleeding are not normal? In this episode, we dive into what heavy period bleeding is, why it can happen and how we can move forward and have a happier cycle.
In this episode we will cover:
- Intro/ Tell us a little about yourself - it’s been a while since you were on here last! What’s new?
- Okay, so today we are going to be talking about heavy bleeding/ heavy periods. What is considered heavy?
- What can be a sign you are losing too much blood during your period?
- What are the common causes of heavy periods/ bleeding?
- What might be other signs of those conditions?
- Is it more common for teens to have heavier periods?
- What about perimenopause/ menopause and heavy bleeding?
- How can you talk to your doctor about heavy bleeding?
- Are there diet/ lifestyle changes that can help with heavy bleeding?
- Anything else related to heavy bleeding?
About Dr. Bala:
Dr. Bala is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Prior to attending medical school, she received her Bachelor's degree in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has done extra training in the areas of women’s health and naturopathic endocrinology. Currently, her primary focus is on managing chronic hormonal issues such as PCOS, period pain, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, Hashimoto's, fertility, and other women's hormonal health concerns.