Rank #1: Menstrual cup curious? Kim & Amanda are here to help you ‘Put A Cup In It’
We’re dedicating this episode to one of our favorite period products: menstrual cups! To be sure you have all the best cup info out there, we asked the experts to help us create a little audio guide. Kim and Amanda are self-proclaimed “Vagangelists” who run the popular resource and community Put A Cup In It. In this episode, they cover cup basics and benefits, plus best practices for how to use and care for a menstrual cup. Whether you’re thinking of trying a cup or have been using one for years, you’ll come away with new tools and insights.
Rank #2: ‘No Period. Now What?’ with Dr. Nicola Rinaldi
Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) is one of the most common causes of missing periods, which occurs when the major control center in your brain, the hypothalamus, stops releasing the hormones needed for ovulation and menstruation. In this episode, Dr. Nicola Rinaldi, author of “No Period. Now What?,” talks to us about the common triggers of HA — dieting, overexercise and stress — and how to heal.
Rank #3: Listener shares! How to navigate that time of the month
Last time we established how much we appreciate our cyclical nature. But it’s not always easy to ebb and flow with it, given the demands of life. In this short episode, listeners Juliana, Ana Maria and Cinthia share their tips and insights on how to thrive during the second half of the cycle. And there’s just a week left to sign up for Stef’s Know Your Cycle Masterclass. Join us: stefaniekleinburd.com/knowyourcycle-flowdownpod.
Rank #4: How to live in alignment with your menstrual cycle
The menstrual cycle is a lot more than just a period. Just like the moon, the cycle can be broken down into phases, or seasons, that affect how we feel. And each one has its own special rhythm. Learn how you can adjust your food, exercise, to-dos, dating, work, self-care and more to align with your cycle. And, we share a special invitation to dive deeper in Stef's Know Your Cycle Masterclass at stefaniekleinburd.com/knowyourcycle-flowdownpod.
Rank #5: What it’s like to live with PMDD
For an estimated 1 in 20 menstruators, the premenstrual phase can be debilitating. PMDD is a mental disorder that severely affects sufferers’ ability to function. In honor of PMDD Awareness Month, we talk to Amanda LeFleur, the co-founder of the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders, who shares insights from her journey with PMDD and how IAPMD is a resource for those affected. And author Chloe Caldwell reads an excerpt from her essay “The Red Zone, A Love Story.”
Rank #6: Valencia Gunder is advocating for free period products in jails
We’re so happy to be back! We kick off Season 2 with an essential conversation about the unjust conditions many menstruators face in jail. Miami-based activist and organizer Valencia Gunder tells us why she decided to push for legislation in Florida to ensure incarcerated women have the menstrual hygiene supplies they need. The ‘Dignity for Incarcerated Women’ Act is currently making its way through the state legislature.
Rank #7: There’s a film about periods up for an Oscar!
This week we talk to Rayka Zehtabchi, the director of the short documentary “Period. End of Sentence.” The film follows a group of women in rural India, and documents what happens when a menstrual ‘pad machine’ arrives to their village. Rayka shares what it was like to witness the chipping away of centuries of period stigma that’s held women back. The idea for the pad machine and the documentary came from The Pad Project (thepadproject.org), a non-profit created by a group of teenage girls at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles. “Period. End of Sentence.” is coming soon to Netflix.
Rank #8: We’re here to validate your period pain
From cramps to fibroids to endometriosis, many women suffer from pain around their periods. And the typical response? “Just push through it.” After years of pain and trips to the doctor’s office, writer Britt Julious opens up about her journey to seek answers. And we speak to Dr. Eden Fromberg, a holistic gynecologist, who shares tips for at-home remedies to try now. The Flow Down is here to validate your pain and provide insight into ways we can better understand our bodies and find solutions.
Rank #9: Rituals, red rites and the divine feminine with Jacqueline Rolandelli
We start the year in reverence to our beautiful bleeding bodies. According to healer and shaman Jacqueline Rolandelli, our periods are not a burden − they're the key to our wisdom and our power. In this episode, we acknowledge how the patriarchy has disconnected women from their truth, and explore how to reconnect to our cycles, our wombs and Mother Earth. We hear about Jacqueline's "Red Rites" and "First Blood" ceremonies and learn rituals to practice in our own lives. Learn more about Jacqueline and her offerings at jacquelinerolandelli.com. This episode features music by our friend Kaleema. Here’s to making every day a ceremony in 2019!
Rank #10: Nadya Okamoto on becoming a 'Period Warrior'
For homeless people without access to menstrual hygiene products, getting a period is more than a monthly annoyance — it can be a desperate situation. Twenty-year-old Nadya Okamoto knows that firsthand. That’s why she founded the non-profit PERIOD in 2014, when she was just 16. PERIOD has since grown into a global community, which has served some 400,000 periods. We speak to Nadya about her goals for the so-called ‘Menstrual Movement,’ why Gen Z is at the forefront of the change and how to get involved. Follow @periodmovement on Instagram and purchase Nadya’s book "Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement.”