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My Aloof Vagina, A Cheeky Guide to Perimenopause

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Unprepared for perimenopause? (Same!) Felt misunderstood or alone during it all? (Yup.) Feel too young for this? (Me, too!) So I'm on a quest with my friends (and my aloof vagina) to understand what other "surprises" to expect AND to get a handle on all this midlife stuff, from sex & relationships to the weird stuff happening to our bodies. (The stuff nobody wants to talk about.) Warning: Like to laugh and sometimes pee your pants when you do? This podcast was designed to serve you. Grab leakage protection & join us for some fun.

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Unprepared for perimenopause? (Same!) Felt misunderstood or alone during it all? (Yup.) Feel too young for this? (Me, too!) So I'm on a quest with my friends (and my aloof vagina) to understand what other "surprises" to expect AND to get a handle on all this midlife stuff, from sex & relationships to the weird stuff happening to our bodies. (The stuff nobody wants to talk about.) Warning: Like to laugh and sometimes pee your pants when you do? This podcast was designed to serve you. Grab leakage protection & join us for some fun.

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English


Episodes

Seizing and Navigating Joy in Midlife - Interview with guest Martha McBride with Host Lauren Raymond on the Navigating Joy Together Podcast - Season 1 BONUS Episode

5/31/2023
Choosing joy can be a practice. And in this Season 1 Bonus episode, Martha was a guest on the Navigating Joy Together podcast. In this conversation, Martha and pod host Lauren talk about: They touch briefly on the concept of "The Pain Body," which they both know about through Eckhart Tolle. And how some things in our lives that we think of as "chores" may be worth re-examining. You can listen to the full uncut interview and episode here or anywhere you listen to podcasts: Episode 27 of the Navigating Joy Together podcast "Sharing JOY through 'My Aloof Vagina' with Martha McBride" It's a sweet show with practical tips on how to stay connected to joy as a family. Definitely worth a listen if you're hoping to be more mindful about your mindset and want to cultivate and choose joy with your family. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:22

Broken Hips, Caregiving & the End of Season 1

5/24/2023
Martha shares the toll unexpected caregiving responsibilities have taken on the show and reveals the plan for going forward. Bonus episodes are on their way. And Season 2 episodes will begin showing up at the end of the summer. In the meantime, treats and updates will be shared via email to MAV Sisterhood members. (Free! So sign up today and don't miss a message!) My Aloof Vagina will remain active on social and welcomes your requests, suggestions, stories, ideas and even topic guest recommendations. Just reply to any MAV Sisterhood email and Martha will get your message. A request: Martha’s STILL looking for the right longevity expert to bring to you. DM her on Instagram or reply to any Sisterhood email to make suggestions. I’m looking for someone fun. May be too much to ask. Who knows? MAV TIP: Developing resilience will serve you throughout your life. Both the ability to roll with the punches when everything changes. (Humor helps!) AND physical resilience in the form of flexibility, strength & balance. You deserve a long, healthy less-physically-precarious life and NOW is the time to take those steps. (More on this in Season 2, I promise!) Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:18:52

HRT or the "Natural Route" for Perimenopause? With Hormone Replacement Therapy, Why Is Your Own Research Key? When Should You Give Up Alcohol? with Guest Deanna Boyd

5/17/2023
Martha is joined again by Deanna Boyd, Make Up Artist & Photographer, and they discuss the different paths. To HRT or Not to HRT? What is the outlook and perspective of a woman who has decided to manage all this “naturally” - without HRT and or even herbal HRT alternatives? How might someone end up on the HRT path in her early 50s? Which lifestyle change might you feel compelled to make during perimenopause? (Martha's margarita-loving self is resisting the news.) And why might reading up on things - step away from the Google first - help us ride this wave with more peace and bring our loved ones along for the ride? Find Deanna: Unfiltered and Evolving Beauty Instagram YouTube Important links - Dr. Christiane Northrup menopause book that Deanna said opened her eyes, gave her comfort, and informed her approach to this transitional season. - NYT Women Have Been Misled About Menopause - find a menopause practitioner MAV TIP: Whichever path you choose, get informed. Seek out information and support. Don't rely on your gynecologist to know how to guide you. It can be confusing, but you really do get to choose what's right for you and your particular circumstances. Read up on it so that YOU make the decision for yourself. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:44

Clitoral Atrophy: What Is It & What Causes It? Plus What Do Make-Up Artists Know About the Aging Perimenopausal Face That We Don't? And How Are Our Sleeping Habits Related? With Guest & Make-Up Artist Deanna Boyd

5/10/2023
Martha is joined by her friend Deanna Boyd, a longtime make-up artist and photographer who, through her work & her brand, encourages women to embrace their unique look. Find Deanna: Unfiltered and Evolving Beauty Instagram YouTube In this conversation recorded before the podcast even launched, they compare notes on aging and discuss: A request: Martha’s STILL looking for the right longevity expert to bring to you. DM her on Instagram or reply to any Sisterhood email to make suggestions. I’m looking for someone fun. May be too much to ask. Who knows? Important links Nurse Jamie pillow to help you avoid scrunching your face while you sleep. Affordable Mulberry silk pillow cases Martha uses to reduce wear and tear on her hair and her facial skin. Meno belly. Dr. Christiane Northrup menopause book that Deanna said opened her eyes, gave her comfort, and informed her approach to this transitional season. MAV TIP: Love yourself as you are. Wear the bright lipstick. Keep your hair long if you want. Take the trip because you deserve it. Having fun and seizing our moments are important to healthy aging! Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:41

Why Is Pelvic-Floor Health So Important? What Makes Minor Urine Leakage Worsen? What Are Urinary Urgency Triggers? How Can You Avoid Them? Does Peeing When You Sneeze Lead to Bigger Issues? With Guest & Pelvic-Floor Specialist Dr. Wendy Chorny

4/26/2023
Dr. Wendy Chorny is back after What Happens to Our Vaginas As They Age & What Does Estrogen Have To Do With It? Pavlov’s dogsDr. Wendy is a doctor of physical therapy specializing in the treatment of pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, perimenopause, and more. She is an educator and author, affiliated with the University of Dayton Doctor of Physical Therapy Program & currently doing research on Diastasis Recti in Women. https://www.wendychorny.com/ Disclaimer: Though she is a doctor she is not YOUR doctor. As always, please consult a local professional for your particular medical and legal needs and circumstances - Huberman Lab Podcast with guest Dr. Sara Gottfried - NYT Mag HRT Story - Stress Urinary Incontinence - Detrusor & trigone bladder muscles - Interstitial cystitis MAV Tip: You're not alone. There is help available. And hiding or feeling shame (or taking "logical" steps to reduce the frequency of your urinary urges) will only make it worse. Seek support, even if it's just plugging into an anonymous community to learn (like the MAV Sisterhood) or following VETTED pelvic-floor experts on social to get a feel for the things nobody very taught us! Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:34

What Happens to Our Vaginas As We Age & What's Estrogen Got To Do (Got To Do) With It? What Happens To Our Vagina & Our Skin If We Don't Stay Hydrated? Why Is Good Circulation Essential To Our Vulva? With Guest & Pelvic-Floor Specialist Dr. Wendy Chorny

4/19/2023
Martha talks with the informative & entertaining Dr. Wendy Chorny about the aging vagina, what that means, why it happens & how you can sustain the hydration & health of those delicate tissues, and: really importantDr. Wendy is a doctor of physical therapy specializing in the treatment of pelvic pain, pelvic-floor dysfunction, perimenopause, and other disorders. She is an educator and author, affiliated with the University of Dayton & currently doing research on Diastasis Recti in Women. She uses visceral manipulation, nutritional education, and an integrated exercise approach in her physical therapy practice. https://www.tiktok.com/@drwendy_physicaltherapy https://www.youtube.com/@Dr.WendyPhysicalTherapist https://www.instagram.com/dr.wendychorny/ Disclaimer: Though she is a doctor she is not YOUR doctor. As always, please consult a local professional for your particular medical and legal needs and circumstances - NYT Women Have Been Misled About Menopause - find a menopause practitioner - What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You - Clinical Prediction Rule - Lichen Sclerosus - Bunnicula - 1982 TV Special MAV TIP: Hydration is more than just drinking water. As we lose estrogen, we lose moisture! Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:28:43

Ducky DooLittle on Intimacy After Hysterectomy - How Can You Have Good Sex After Major Surgery? What Makes Colonoscopy Prep Easier? What Are Signs of Uterine Cancer? Why is the Right Partner in Midlife Crucial?

4/12/2023
In this episode, Martha is joined by her friend Certified Sex Educator Ducky DooLittle. They explore important health issues: (Hint! It’s using a common sex accessory you may already have in a drawer in your bedroom!)Ducky DooLittle is a Certified Sex Educator, former Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Counselor, Author of Sex with the Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered. (One of the first “sexuality” books I ever bought!) And the the owner of Enchantasys, which she opened in 2022 in Conway, Arkansas near Little Rock. You can find Ducky on Facebook and Instagram Other links: The dilators Ducky developedthe vaginal cuffNOT just for colonoscopy prep! These lubes are good skincare and come highly recommended.ÜberlubeWicked SiliconeSwiss NavyPjur MAV Tip: Reduce the agony of colonoscopy prep by protecting your anus! Ducky's Pro-tip is to protect that delicate skin with silicone lube BEFORE your prep starts to kicks in and sends you to the toilet. She recommended a few good brands which are linked above, alongside the dilators she developed. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:30:56

How Does Sex Change in Midlife? What Are the Best Toys for Avoiding Clitoral & Vaginal Atrophy? What Body & Sex Changes Do Men Go Through? What's a Kink Coach? And Why Did Martha Have One Help With Her Podcast Launch? (Season 1 BONUS Episode)

4/5/2023
In this Bonus Episode from the Galentine's Day Livestream - the day before Valentine's - or V-day - for VAGINA which was the official launch day of My Aloof Vagina - Martha is joined by Tara, a kink coach she's known for almost 20 years, to celebrate the long-awaited launch of this way overdue podcast. Tara, a favorite guest from episode 2, returned to talk about the ways our desires and experiences change as we age, her top recommended adult toys for women & some fun tips on things you can do to spice things up with things from around your house. You'll never look at a spatula quite the same way again. Join us to see what's cooking! Tara also shared: As promised during the show, here are the best-selling and highly recommended vibrators she shared: A FAVE This is the one. Clitorally mindblowing!Tara's very favorite toy! MAV Tip: Everything is pervertable! Sex is really just adults at play. If you can maintain a playful outlook you can ride the waves of midlife change, evolving and adapting as you go. And if you MUST role play, remember: do it with enthusiasm and play along as if it's improve. Over act if you must! Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:23

How Can I Tell If I'm in Perimenopause? What Are the Symptoms of Menopause or Almost Menopause? What Surgeries Are Sometimes Unnecessary? What Alternatives Are There for Hysterectomy? And What If I'm Not Ready to Give Up Sex?

3/29/2023
Martha & Sally talk about the collection of changes that made Sally realize she was in perimenopause, even as her doctors continued to claim that her hormones “looked fine” and they didn’t “think” she was in it yet. We explore these questions and more and arrive at some answers in this episode. We START this conversation talking about how we’re targeted — solutions-peddlers are leveraging our pain points to make the sale! And we're not loving that that makes the product sellers our main source of information. We END this episode talking about how I HAPPILY spent hundreds of dollars on a vFit - a medical red-light therapy device for my vagina that two years later I still love! (You can save 10% with the link below.) And, because my friends see me wearing them all the time (along with the eye gels) Frownies facial patches come up once again. You can save 10% with code MAV10 or by using the link below. MAV TIP: If any medical professional (or friend giving you "medical advice") suggests a surgery or procedure, do your homework. Research it a little! Just because someone else is happy they did something, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours, doesn't mean their solution is the most up-to-date one or even appropriate for your particular situation. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:53

What's the Deal With Phantom Smells & Heart Palpitations in my 40s and 50s? Are They Dangerous? Should I Be Consulting Dr. Google? Why Do I Have to Self Diagnose to Be Taken Seriously? And What If the Only Doctors Who Seem to Listen to Me Are The Quacks?

3/22/2023
Martha is joined by her friend Kristen who shares a back-to-back series of alarming symptoms she had. These questions and more are covered in this episode. Products & details mentioned The iron supplement and blood builder that finally reversed Martha's anemia. She was able to tolerate it and stay on it long enough to increase her ferritin and blood iron. She buys the 180-count bottle and that last 6 months, but it's available in 30 -count to try. Before that she had success and results with this liquid iron, a similar nutritional profile, but stopped using it because it stained her teeth unless she drank it with a straw in some orange juice...and that just wasn't sustainable with her routine (plus hard to travel with) Kristen is using these raw iron tablets. MAV Tip: This too shall pass! But in the meantime, if you’re concerned, seek medical attention. And if the medical personnel you seek attention from don’t seem to “get it” consider seeking practitioners who understand perimenopause and menopause and will work with you to find you some relief. (Even if that means you end up with some quacks in your life.) Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:39

How Does Viagra Change Sex After 50? How Can I Tell If My Man Is Using It? And What's the Deal Marathon Men in Bed As We Get Older? Why Does Midlife Sex Seem to Take So Long?

3/15/2023
Martha's friend "Jen" joins her to talk about things she's learned about sex with men as they age. “Jen” blew Martha's mind last fall with her insights about sex with guys after they're 50. That led to this recorded conversation revisiting the revelations and exploring what may be driving the changes we’re noticing in our sexual encounters in the over-50 dating world. What’s the deal with these marathon love-making sessions guys are serving up to us as we get older? What’s a sure sign your man is using Viagra and not telling you? And what’s the way forward, navigating our aging sexual organs together? The answers to these questions and more are in this episode. MAV Tip: Communicate. It's basic, I know. And doesn't JUST apply to aging members, but it sure does make everything in the bedroom better. So, if you're not communicating, learn from my mistake and avoid my oblivious situation by being open about what's going on with you and trusting that the GROWN UP you are getting naked with can deal with life. No pussy footing around - leave that over-accommodation to yours truly. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:33

Flooding periods, IUDs and IUD Removal and Progesterone the HRT "Gateway Drug" - BONUS

3/8/2023
In this NSFM* ladies-only episode, Martha's friend returns to talk about midlife issues that are top of mind. This shorter episode contains just one side of the conversation about flooding periods during perimenopause, IUDs and IUD removal, and how progesterone is often the first HRT intervention suggested and the first "needed" (by those who choose to go that route) What are some doctors using to manage perimenopause symptoms? Why is being drunk in love dangerous when middle-age is bearing down on you? Get the answers to these questions in this episode. * Are you one of my male listeners? This episode is marked NSFM (NOT suitable for men) due to menstruation stories you DEFINITELY don’t want to hear. 😂 Instead, please listen skip to the Viagra episode for some all-gender commiseration and laughs. It's a “sexier” less-likely-to-traumatize-you episode. You’re welcome! And get your own deck of Martha's inappropriate affirmation cards. MAV Tip: There are many ways to navigate the hormonal roller coaster of perimenopause, from diet, exercise, and other lifestyle habits to hormonal interventions, natural and pharmaceutical. If you need birth control in your forties, maybe a hormonal IUD could be right for you. Vasectomies, of course, are also useful. :) Even if you don't go the IUD route, if you're experiencing flooding periods your doctor can explore options with you. If they don't take your heavy periods (or excessive breast tenderness) seriously, seek out other medical opinions - even if it means finding a non-gyno menopause practitioner. NAMS (the North American Menopause Society) offers a searchable directory of Menopause Practitioners they certify. *Unnecessary is in the eye of the beholder. You do you, boo. You get to choose. How Can I Tell If I'm In Perimenopause If I Have A Mirena? Can IUDs Help With Menopause? And That One Time Martha Almost Removed Her IUD Herself (With A Little Help From Her Drunk Boyfriend) Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:28:55

Why So Many Uninformed Hysterectomies in Midlife? How Did YOU Know You Were in Perimenopause? What Was Your First Menopause Symptom? What’s the Deal with Younger Guys Hitting on Older Women? Ladies Only NSFM

3/1/2023
Warning: NSFM* What it’s like to wait for “the menopause symptoms” to show up & then have your “big sign” be your period shifting a little at 55 and just *poof* ending in a span of less than 3 months? Oh. AND mood swings? JUST crazy mood swings! And what ABOUT those periods? What drastic intervention are some doctors offering as a “solution” to heavy periods in our 40s or early 50s? It’s upsetting, but it’s something you should know. In this NSFM* ladies-only episode, Martha & Stacy talk about unnecessary hysterectomies, the canaries in the coal mine that tip you off that you’re in perimenopause, and flooding periods. Related: Here's Martha's TikTok from the "Convention Incident" (Men...be forewarned...this story isn't really for you!) And finally - what’s a surefire way to make 30-year-old guys realize you’re more than old enough to be their mom? And will that stop them from hitting on you? Get the answers to these questions on this episode with Martha and Stacy. * Are you one of my male listeners? This episode is marked NSFM (NOT suitable for men) due to menstruation stories you DEFINITELY don’t want to hear. 😂 Instead, please listen to one of my other “sexier” less-likely-to-traumatize-you episodes, like the one right before this focused on Happy Endings. You’re welcome! Martha's Botox alternative: Frownies (Save 10% with MAV discount link or by using discount code MAV10) MAV Tip: Get a second opinion if a hysterectomy is suggested and a) you're not already seeking it for your own reasons and b) there isn't a pathology or serious issue that makes removing your uterus urgent. A lot of the perimenopausal conditions that lead to "unnecessary"* hysterectomies can be handled pretty effectively with HRT, natural remedies, and other treatments like ablation. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:29:20

How Do Happy Endings Work? Is It Cheating to Get a Happy Ending? And What Do Guys Already Know About How They Work? (That They Don't Want to Tell Us!)

2/22/2023
Martha visits her friend Dr. K who's moved to Arizona and found the desert energy has led to an influx of interested men in her life. This Part 1 episode from their conversation touches on dating in your 50s, learning to trust your instincts, and provides a sneak peek into how massage "Happy Endings" work. This felt like inner-sanctum dude intel and Martha and Dr. K report back breathlessly (and sometimes in hysterics) after getting the 411 from one of their guy friends. He didn't hold back, so they don't either. Outsourcing My Orgasm: An Erotic Massage Gave Me Back the Body I Thought I'd Lost - by Jenny Powers for New York Magazine - a first-person essay about a married woman booking a "Happy Ending" Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:27:17

What Does It Mean if You Pee When You Cough, Laugh, Sneeze or Jump in Your 40s or 50s? Why Do Midlife & Senior Women Get Dehydrated So Easily? Plus Martha's Bladder Emergency in a Cockpit

2/15/2023
Martha recalls a harrowing incident with a dangerously full bladder in the cockpit of a tiny plane mid flight. And she and her friends drive themselves to distraction about their over-50 bladder habits & the "easy-peasy" procedure that helped their friend KK with her stress incontinence. Imaginations run wild with the idea that you could go in for a full tune up! Get Bulkamid injections, some Botox, a little filler for your nasolabial folds! Top it all off with the pleasure-boosting O Shot! (...which Martha was thisclose to getting in 2021. Phew!) KK's procedure: Bulkamid (she says it worked well for her) Martha's Botox alternative: Frownies (Save 10% with MAV discount link.) Photos from the fateful cockpit emergency are on Instagram here, including the screenshot of the note she wrote to her colleague. Video from the flight coming soon. We explore pelvic health more thoroughly and learn more about the aging vagina and the typical path to incontinence later in Season 1 with Dr. Wendy Chorny: What Happens to Our Vaginas As We Age & What's Estrogen Got To Do (Got To Do) With It? Why Is Pelvic-Floor Health So Important? What Makes Minor Urine Leakage Worsen? Does Peeing When You Sneeze Lead to Bigger Issues? MAV Tip: Hydrate. We know you hear it everywhere; you already know! But between kidney stones, UTIs, and crepey-looking skin, letting yourself get dehydrated in midlife is just asking for trouble. Hate the taste of water? Add some salt, lemon or cucumber and make it "spa"-gua. Trying drinking 12 oz as soon as you wake up and 12 more 20 minutes later and you'll get ahead for the day. Thank you for listening! Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:25:46

How Does Intimacy & Sex Evolve As We Age? And What Do Sex Educators & Adult Toy Sellers Know That We Don't About Acceptance & Going With the Flow in the Bedroom in Midlife?

1/18/2023
Martha talks to her friend Tara, with whom she was a "sex-toy lady" about 20 years ago. They discuss how many of "the ladies" evolved into sex educators and some, like Tara, went on to work more seriously as sexologists later. Tara spills some tea about the life of a dominatrix, fetish parties, and how sex changes as we age. And, with her help, Martha has an epiphany about her journey with (and worries about) her aloof vagina. Other things discussed: Betty DodsonBodysex WorkshopsHitachi Magic WandA more ELEGANT toy optionWondrous Vulva Puppet"those" partiesCoochy Shave CreamWhat it's like to attend a fetish party Andropause: The Male MenopauseMAV Tip: Accept the sexual changes perimenopause and menopause brings and adapt. What you like can shift and what works for your pleasure can evolve. Ride the wave and explore and enjoy your new experience. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:37:57

What Are the Dangers of Midlife Celibacy? What Happens to MY Clitoris If I Don't Have Sex? And What If I Want to Avoid Botox?

1/4/2023
Martha & a longtime friend got silly talking about: Sight gags in expanded YouTube version on the MAVPod channel. Note: Editing was tough due to having to remove my guest 🤦🏼‍♀️, mic issues & excessive laughter. C.A. info: NIH Study of treatments ABC Australia on "Use it or Lose it" hysteria Healthline C.A.'s symptoms & causes Frownies = Save 10% with code MAV10 and get rid of those 11 wrinkles between your brows. (And NEVER look like Spock!) 🍌 Vfit = this medical device helped my vagina (use this link or code MAV10 for 10% off) Perricone MD SubD/Cold Plasma smells fishy Got kit from the company, but replenish at Ulta (Use & you may smell vaguely vaginal or, as Gillian Flynn put it in Gone Girl, "vaginal and strangely lewd." At least you'll know why) 2023 Bonus MAV Tip: Relationships and friendships matter. A lot. ESPECIALLY at this stage of our lives. EVEN when preserving them means butchering your “art.” Thank you for your understanding on the disjointed clips style of this episode. I promise: The episodes get better! 🙏🏼 🎉 MAV Tip: Set up triggers that remind you how you REALLY feel. A note to yourself, voice message, or video you make of a loved one. Be prepared for emotional swings with reminders for when you think your life is terrible, can't stand someone you love, or you're hating your job. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:31:22

Introduction: What is My Aloof Vagina?

1/4/2023
Martha explains why she is talking PUBLICLY (!!) about perimenopause symptoms and a "malfunctioning" vagina. "A midlife hookup surprised me! Nobody warned me to expect THAT at this age. The first thing I did when my vagina let me down was start talking to my friends about it. And, just as important, LAUGHING about it. My lackadaisical labia and clitoris was my 'Canary in the Coal Mine,' my alert that something was up and that something was perimenopause. What was YOUR Canary?" So, if you, too... ♥️ Are experiencing changes you'd never heard about ♥️ Are frantically searching online for menopause symptoms ♥️ Wonder where your libido has gone ♥️ Have felt ambushed the doctor's office or the bedroom or ♥️ Took years to connect the dots on what the hell is going on with your brain and body. YOU may find humor and comfort here. Listen to this introduction to learn how that midlife surprise turned into THIS. Take care of yourself. And take care of your vagina! Everything show related at MyAloofVagina.com Discounts on faves: 😃Frownies Save 10% via link (or code MAV10) 🍌 vFit < 10% off the Medical Device That Helped Martha's Vagina. (Code MAV10. Discount applied in cart.) 🍎 Limited-time-offer- vFit Starter Kit deal less than vFit alone! (>$50 value bonus) Code MAVKIT while supplies last. Loved this episode? Enjoy the show? Please share with a friend. Bonus video & more fun on YouTube & Instagram. I'm always up to something. Stay in the know with the free MAV Sisterhood. (Reply to any Sisterhood email & land in Martha's actual inbox. Really.) Affiliate links above, meaning I earn a small commission if you purchase through them. I ONLY partner with products when I'm ALREADY a happy customer who was talking them up. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Duration:00:05:59