Update! Because it’s always time for an entertaining podcast. There are lots of other brilliant podcasts about the menstrual cycle. So, enjoy our special selection and listen up!
A focus on the entire menstrual cycle
Menstruation is more than just a week of bleeding. These podcasts focus on the entire menstrual cycle, including fertility, the impact of hormones and women’s health.
A feminist, body positive podcast about periods, reproductive health, and health & wellness. Each week, Amanda Laird interviews a guest about a different topic, ranging from the period taboo in the black community to why health care needs a feminist revolution. Heavy flow has over 80 episodes. Apart from hosting this podcast, Laird has also written a book about the subject. Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation is part anatomy lesson, part feminist theory and part self-care guide.
Period Power with Maisie Hill
Maisie Hill wants you to go from hormone hell to harmony. The menstrual health expert, acupuncturist, life coach and author of the book Period Power has recently started a weekly podcast to help you discover the power of your cycle. Each episode offers insights and strategies based around a theme, such as productivity, tiredness or positivity pressure. Feeling a (PMS) rage about the fact that female reproductive health is underfunded and under-researched? Listen to episode 4: Patriarchy F*cks Up Your Cycle.
The Period Party
Women’s health experts Nicole Jardim and Nat Kringoudis aim for women to have a better understanding of their bodies. Interviewing other experts, Nat and Nicole talk about hormones in their weekly ‘girl talk gone menstrual’. The Period Party has almost 200 episodes, ranging from ‘Flower essences for problem-free periods with Katie Hess’ to ‘Going keto for menopause with Dr. Anna Cabeca’.
Lisa Hendrickson-Jack is the woman behind Fertility Friday. Apart from hosting the podcast, the holistic reproductive health practitioner and fertility awareness educator has also written a book, The Fifth Vital Sign, about mastering your cycles and optimising your fertility. The Fertility Friday podcast has more than 350 episodes about everything that’s related to your cycle. Some of them, like Overcoming Period Pain, Period Power and Using The Menstrual Cycle As A Vital Sign are specifically about menstruation, while others cover topics like conceiving, egg freezing and post-partum care.
Reclaim your period power
Moon time is a special time. Embrace your inner goddess and reclaim your period power by listening to podcasts with a holistic and alternative take on menstruation.
Period is Power
Hannah Grasso and Sam Rea of the Yoni Temple School want to awaken the power of your womb, body and earth connection. Their Period is Power podcast has a spiritual perspective on menstruation and aims to radically shift the conversation around women’s menstrual cycles. Some of the themes that are featured on this podcast: shamanic womb healing and symbolism (episode 4), yoni steaming (episode 2), the bleeding times (episode 11), and womb wisdom belly dance (episode 21).
The Sacred Womb
Through The Sacred Womb, therapist Melanie Swan guides women on how to use the menstrual cycle as a natural spiritual pathway to personal growth, self-care and empowerment. This podcast offers everything from poems to interviews. Themes range from womb yoga and full moon rituals, to toxic tampons and how to chart your menstrual cycle. However, each of the currently 50 episodes is about feeling safe and valued as a woman.
Mediatrix Wellness Podcast
The Mediatrix Wellness Podcast is made by Australia-based naturopath, herbalist and natural fertility educator Clara Bitcon Bailey. She aims for a holistic and alternative approach to healthcare. Of the 25 episodes on the podcast, many cover menstruation and fertility. A small selection: Decoding your Crazy Period with Root Cause Medicine (Episode 17), Navigating Chaos & Surrender Through Your Menstrual Cycle (Episode 9), A Naturopath’s Guide for Coming off the Pill (Episode 15) and The essentials of easing period pain naturally (Episode 3).
This is NOT a normal period…
What when something is wrong? The following podcasts give insight, strategies and solutions for menstrual disorders.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
This podcast is all about PMDD. Host Cristina V, who suffers from premenstrual dysphoric disorder herself, talks about symptoms, treatment, news, research and personal experience. It’s Not You, It’s Me also includes PMDD book reviews and game plans. Want to learn more about the hormone-based mood disorder that affects between 2 and 10% of women of reproductive age? Listen up.
This Endo Life
What’s it like living with endometriosis? Well, you’ll have a pretty good idea after listening to this podcast. Host Jessica Duffin, who was finally diagnosed at 24 and is now a women’s health coach specialised in endometriosis, shares her journey, strategy and solutions. This extensive podcast covers everything from 7 foods to alleviate PMS with endometriosis (episode 106) and 10 strategies for painful sex with endometriosis (episode 118) to the answer to the question Is endo really to blame for clots on your period (episode 124).
Enjoy a good period talk
In these podcasts, different guests discuss menstruation. Whether it’s by sharing their own experiences or by giving their opinion as experts, this is proper period talk!
Tampon Talk With Mary
Just like your period, this podcast only airs once a month. Various actors, musicians and other guests tall openly about menstruation with Mary Flynn. Subjects on Tampon Talk With Mary, which describes itself as ‘a neutral, comedic forum that aims to remove the negative taboo and stigma around the discussion of menstruation and reproductive health’ range from having your period in jail to pap smears and London’s Vagina Museum.
The Flow Down
A podcast all about periods, that’s The Flow Down. Creators Stef and Jess break the mentrual silence to have fun, deep, insightful conversations about cycles – plus interviews with special guests. After 21 episodes, The Flow Down ended in September 2020. Still, it’s worth a listen if you want to know more about menstrual cups (episode 15), menstruating in jail (episode 11), period warrior Nadya Okamoto (episode 7) or the free bleeding marathon runner Kiran Gandhi (episode 3).
What’s explored in PERIOD podcast? Anything and everything to do with the menstrual cycle, most especially the bloody bits. Biological anthropologist and period enthusiast Kate Clancy interviews scholars and people with relevant lived experiences. This podcast currently has 41 episodes and mixes science with period jokes. Want to learn more about the biology and culture of the menstrual cycle? Then this is the podcast for you.
Feeling My Flo
Menstruation happens to all kinds of bodies. That’s the thought behind the Feeling My Flo podcast. Athletes, late bloomers, trans men, non-binary people: they all talk about menstruation. There are even special episodes for people who don’t menstruate, but who are in desperate need of some knowledge and understanding about the subject (brothers, dads), plus some episodes in which menstruators of different generations share their period stories.
Laugh about periods
Cramps and a leakage stain on your favourite pants: hahaha. Not. For most women, menstruation isn’t exactly a fun topic. Make it a bit more enjoyable by listening to these hilarious podcasts.
‘It’s time to talk about the good, the bad, and the bloody…’ In Vicious Cycle, comedians and friends Kate Elston, Meg Hayes and Meg Trowbridge cover all things menstruation and cycles. Yes, all things. That includes smells, period sex, PMDD and vagina candles. The Vicious Cycle podcast has over 75 fun & funky episodes, many of them featuring interviews with comedians, activists and experts.
The Crimson Wave
Canadian comedians Natalie Norman and Jess Beaulieu want to eliminate the shame associated with menstruation while telling jokes about leaking through white jeans. Very relatable indeed. In their feminist podcast – which is called The Crimson Wave, just like their video series – they talk about periods, vaginas and astrology. Expect lots of guests and hilarious anecdotes about Aunt Flo.
News from the menstrual movement
Whether it’s period poverty, the menstrual taboo, or the fact that in some countries you can’t even talk about your monthly bleeding: there’s a lot that needs improving when it comes to the subject of menstruation. These podcasts inspire a change.
A creative project that gets people to experience periods differently, that’s The Blobcast. This project is co-founded by Period!-contributor Hannah Whelan. Blobcast episodes show perspectives on menstruation from across society and culture, like Experiencing menstruation with autism and Menstrual transactivism and empowerment. Apart from the podcast, Blobcast also organises events and has even created a white swimsuit (with -yes, you guessed right- a red period stain).
The movie Pandora’s Box has just started a podcast. Pandora’s Box aims to lift the lid on menstruation and uncover how periods affect the lives of those that experience them. Filmmakers Aine Corby and Cait Martin Newnham travel the world to find real stories by real people who are championing change and bringing light to the global impact of menstruation.
Combine menstruation with leadership and social change and you get Empower Period. This podcast aims to empower young people across the UK to lead their own advocacy projects with the overall goal of ending period shame and transferring period fear into freedom. Subjects range from menstrual tracking apps and data security (Episode 3 – How private is your period?) to managing periods alongside chronic illness (Episode 1 – Menstruation and Invisible Disability). Empower Period is a campaign led by the non-profit organisation Irise International.
The Period Place
Are you from New Zealand? Then there’s a chance you already know The Period Place. This initiative wants Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand) to be the first country in the world to achieve period equity by 2030. This podcast currently has eight episodes, each one featuring different guests. The focus, of course, is on New Zealand: episode 5 looks at Kiwi initiatives against period poverty, episode 6 is about menstruation and te ao Māori, and episode 7 introduces some of the people around Aotearoa and their periods.
More than just periods
Yes, of course they’re about periods. (Otherwise they wouldn’t be in this list, duh!). But these podcasts cover more than just the menstrual cycle. Apart from the monthly bleeding, expect a whole lot of other women’s things, from feelings to femtech.
Feeling Female AF
In Feeling Female AF this new podcast, Kate and Vicky guide you through all the feelings that come with being female. Like self-care, staying healthy, and of course: menstruation. In episode 2, The first period with special guests, Vicky and Kate interview their own mothers about the menarche. What was period education like in their youth? In episode 4, The period pants review, they navigate through the world of period pants and of course also test some themselves.
In the women’s health podcast FemTech Focus, host Dr. Brittany Barreto talks with a whole range of femtech experts. From doctors to scientists and from inventors to founders, they all discuss how technology can help improve women’s health. Some of the episodes cover periods, like Menstrual Mates Dispelling the taboo of menstruation – Episode 24, Period Health & Gender Equality with Menstrual Health Hub – Episode 23 and the most recent Flushable eco-conscious femcare products with Planera – Episode 91.
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Hosts Anney and Samantha talk in this podcast about what it is to identify as female and how it impacts everyday life. Logically, periods are mentioned more than once. Like PTSD (23 June 2020), Supernatural Menstruation Horror (14 October 2020) and the Scottish Period Products Act (4 January 2021). More than just menstruation, this podcast also features themes such as Women and the Nobel Peace Prize and The Legacy of Lolita. New episodes every Wednesday and Friday.
Call Your Girlfriend
It started off as a phone call between long-distance best friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. Over time, Call Your Girlfriend has turned into a podcast with more than 300 episodes that cover everything from friendship and dating to racism, sexism and indigenous rights. For menstruation, listen to episode 42 (weed against cramps), 32 (free bleeding and period feminism), 24 (period panty hacks) and Pooptactular (about indeed: pooping on your period).
The Happy Vagina
The Happy Vagina celebrates pioneers who’ve made a difference in women’s health, equality and relationships. Each week, host Mika Simmons interviews her guests – who range from burlesque star Dita Von Teese to erotic film director Erika Lust – about an experience that completely changed their outlook. Apart from periods, expect subjects like body confidence, libido, consent and the future of sex.
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Visit our overview on the Dutch edition (and listen to Period’s founder Paula Kragten in at least three of them).
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