Rank #1: 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 #2: There’s a film about periods up for an Oscar!
This week we talk to Rayka Zehtabchi, the director of the 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. The idea for the pad machine and film came from ThePadProject.org, created by a group of teenage girls at the Oakwood School in L.A. “Period. End of Sentence.” is coming soon to Ne
Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 "Red Rites" and "First Blood" ceremonies and learn rituals to practice in our own lives. Here's to making everyday a ceremony in 2019!
Rank #5: 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.org 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 i
Rank #6: Bonus: Five minutes for self-care
Last week we explored why short doses of self-care matter for our menstrual health. Here’s a tool to help you practice. Join us for this 5-minute meditation to help you relax and recharge.
Rank #7: How to make self-care simple. Period.
We admit we’ve been feeling a wee bit stretched thin lately. That’s why we’re recommitting to self-care. We explore how simple acts of R&R can aid in our menstrual cycles and overall well-being. And we give you plenty of ideas and inspiration to up your self-care game now — just in time for the holidays. Plus, we invite you to join us. Tag us in your self-care posts on Instagram @flowdownpod.
Rank #8: Menstrual history with Lara Freidenfelds
Just 100 years ago, getting a period often meant shock, bewilderment and an old rag in your panties. From pads to tampons to the pill, we’ve come a long way. Historian Lara Freidenfelds joins us to discuss how industrialization changed periods, spurring the advent of menstrual pads and tampons and a new realm of menstrual education. And we explore a growing movement to embrace periods in a whole new way.
Rank #9: Bonus: A very merry first period story
We asked for your first period stories, and you delivered! In the spirit of the upcoming season, we share one holiday-inspired story from a listener in New York. Thanks to all who sent us your special memories!
Rank #10: How to be the boss of your PMS cravings
When a listener asks us for advice on how to handle a voracious appetite and sugar cravings before her period, we roll up our sleeves. Stef gives us the sex ed we never had and explains how our hormones change throughout the month. Then we talk about what to eat to help tame the cravings. And we share some of our favorite pre-period treats.