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Each week Amanda Laird, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, has casual conversations with guests about the health and wellness topics we’re not supposed to talk about: menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, birth control, sexuality, mental health, hormonal health and reproductive health, through the lenses of feminism and body politics. We are not truly empowered until we all understand the bodies we live in.

Each week Amanda Laird, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, has casual conversations with guests about the health and wellness topics we’re not supposed to talk about: menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, birth control, sexuality, mental health, hormonal health and reproductive health, through the lenses of feminism and body politics. We are not truly empowered until we all understand the bodies we live in.
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Each week Amanda Laird, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, has casual conversations with guests about the health and wellness topics we’re not supposed to talk about: menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, birth control, sexuality, mental health, hormonal health and reproductive health, through the lenses of feminism and body politics. We are not truly empowered until we all understand the bodies we live in.

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Episodes

Mapping the menstrualome with Ridhi Tariyal

12/6/2018
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This week I'm talking to Ridhi Tariyal, CEO & Co-founder of Nextgen Jane. We discuss how Ridhi's experience managing her reproductive health sparked her interest and passion for this field, the incredible information our menstrual blood contains and how Nextgen Jane is working on putting it to work, and what it's like to work on periods in Silicon Valley. Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Heavy Flow is produced by: TK Matunda Music...

Duration:01:10:00

Investing in Menstrual Equity with Jonathan Hera

11/29/2018
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This week on the podcast I'm speaking with Jonathan Hera, founder and Managing Partner of Marigold Capital. We are discussing the one topic more taboo then periods: money! Jonathan shares his incredible knowledge on impact investing through a gender lens, making investments in menstrual hygiene management (MHM), microfinancing and so much more. Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Heavy Flow is produced by: TK Matunda Music credit: Julia...

Duration:01:09:03

Reproductive Health in the Workplace with Clare Knox

11/21/2018
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This week I'm talking to Clare Knox, founder of See Her Thrive. Clare and I discuss her experience with PMDD and how it affected her work, how reproductive health is a barrier in the workplace, menstrual leave and how getting to know our cycles and honouring our hormones can actually help to optimize our productivity. CW: Suicide This episode is supported by LunaPads, makers of smart, sustainable alternatives to disposable menstrual products. Visit Lunapads.com to find out why we love them...

Duration:01:06:55

Question Period: What does it mean to be a feminist nutritionist?

11/20/2018
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This week on Question Period I'm talking about why I added "feminist" to my job title and what it means to be a feminist nutritionist. This episode is supported by LunaPads, makers of smart, sustainable alternatives to disposable menstrual products. Visit Lunapads.com to find out why we love them and use code HEAVYFLOW for 15% off any order. Full Shownotes Period nutrition coaching Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Music credit: Julia and Bradley...

Duration:00:15:24

Birth Work is Feminist Work with Bianca Sprague

11/15/2018
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This week I'm talking to Bianca Sprague, co-founder and CEO of bebo mia inc. We discuss why birth work is feminist work, the role of a doula at a birth, how birth is getting riskier in North America particularly for marginalized communities, making maternal support more applicable and how using our voices to advocate for ourselves is an act of resistance. CW: birth trauma This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by bebo mia inc, a training and mentorship organization for women in the...

Duration:01:07:47

Question Period: Do menstrual products expire?

11/12/2018
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This week a listener asks if menstrual products expire. We discuss the shelf-life of disposable pads and tampons, as well as how long reusable products such as menstrual cups, cloth pads and period underwear will last. This episode is supported by bebo mia inc, a training and mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field. Get 40% off all courses, including payment plans, this Black Friday, Nov. 23-25, 2018. Full Shownotes Register for my free workshop Breaking the Curse...

Duration:00:08:34

Vaginal Steaming with Keli Garza

11/8/2018
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This week I'm talking to Keli Garza, the owner of Steamy Chick, all about vaginal steaming. We discuss how Keli discovered vaginal steaming, how her business got started, why and how to use vaginal steaming for period issues, why steam is so powerful and how misogyny has shaped modern gynaecology and why we discount traditional remedies like steaming. This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by my one-on-one period coaching and holistic nutrition services. Understand your menstrual cycle....

Duration:01:06:29

Visual representations of menstruation & the history of sanitary bins with Camilla Mørk Røstvik

11/1/2018
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This week I'm talking to Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews. We discuss the history of the sanitary bin in the UK, visual representations of menstruation and how big businesses are profiting from menstrual equity. Register for my free online workshop Breaking the Curse of Menstruation Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Heavy Flow is produced by: TK...

Duration:00:49:17

Question Period: How can I induce menstruation?

10/29/2018
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The Cuntsultant Vienna Farlow joins me to answer a listener question about inducing menstruation to avoid having their period on a camping trip. Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios Graphic design: Rachel Laird

Duration:00:20:31

Acupuncture + TCM for Reproductive Wellness with Tanya Smith

10/25/2018
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This week I'm talking to Tanya Smith, Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practioner. We discuss how menstruation has been used as a vital sign in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries, how TCM can support reproductive wellness and why you don't have to live a perfect lifestyle to have good health. CW: Miscarriage This episode is supported by LunaPads, makers of smart, sustainable alternatives to disposable menstrual products. Visit Lunapads.com to find out why we...

Duration:01:05:09

Question Period: What are my favourite menstruation books?

10/22/2018
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This week on Question Period I'm sharing my favourite books about menstruation from the practical to the poetic to the political. This episode is supported by LunaPads, makers of smart, sustainable alternatives to disposable menstrual products. Visit Lunapads.com to find out why we love them and use code HEAVYFLOW for 15% off any order. Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios Graphic design:...

Duration:00:10:38

Episode 42: #periodpositive with Chella Quint

10/18/2018
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This week I'm talking to Chella Quint, a comedian, artist, writer, teacher and founder of #periodpositive. Chella and I discuss the importance of positive menstrual education, our first period stories, the origins of period positive, why the goal is truly period neutral and what that would mean in our culture and the case for taxing tampons. This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by Let's Get Checked, makers of personal, at-home health tests. Visit letsgetchecked.com and use Amanda15 for...

Duration:01:18:53

Question Period: Why Don't You Just Give Out Cups?

10/15/2018
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When it comes to ending period poverty, a common question is "why don't you just give out menstrual cups?" Jana Girdauskas, the founder of The Period Purse, joins me to talk about why menstrual equity isn't that simple. This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by Let's Get Checked, makers of personal, at-home health tests. Visit letsgetchecked.com and use Amanda15 for 15% off any order. Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Music credit:...

Duration:00:12:22

Miscarriage, Infertility & Periods After Trauma with Allison McDonald Ace

10/11/2018
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CW: miscarriage, pregnancy loss, birth trauma This week I'm talking to Allison McDonald Ace, a writer and co-founder of The 16 Percent. In this episode, Allison shares the story of losing her baby at 19 weeks, her journey to healing and how she copes with her period after trauma. This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by bebo mia inc, a training and mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field. Register for their new Fertility Specialist Certification and support the 1...

Duration:01:13:22

Question Period: How I talked to my doctor about my period concerns

10/8/2018
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This week on Question Period I'm sharing a bit about recent struggles with my own cycle and how I talked to my doctor about my period concerns, including tips for how you can bring them up to your healthcare provider. This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by bebo mia inc, a training and mentorship organization for women in the maternal health field. Register for their new Fertility Specialist Certification and support the 1 in 10 that struggles with fertility. Full Shownotes Subscribe...

Duration:00:15:36

Fat, feminist fertility with Nicola Salmon

10/4/2018
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This week I'm talking to Nicola Salmon of Fertility Freedom. Nicola supports women to reclaim their health and fertility, regardless of age, size, sexuality or ability. In this episode, Nicola and I discuss her PCOS diagnosis at age 16, how diet culture ruins lives, fat-phobia in medicine and fertility, body literacy beyond fertility awareness and using food to support your health without dieting. What we discussed: This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by bebo mia inc, a training and...

Duration:01:03:11

The one about PCOS with Amy Medling

9/27/2018
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This week I'm talking to Amy Medling, aka PCOS Diva, the best-selling author of Healing PCOS and a certified health coach. What we discussed: This episode is supported by LunaPads, makers of smart, sustainable alternatives to disposable menstrual products. Visit Lunapads.com to find out why we love them and use code HEAVYFLOW for 15% off any order. Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Heavy Flow is produced by: TK Matunda Music credit:...

Duration:01:01:40

Question Period: What are fibroids?

9/26/2018
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This week on Question Period a listener asks what are fibroids? What we discussed: This episode is supported by LunaPads, makers of smart, sustainable alternatives to disposable menstrual products. Visit Lunapads.com to find out why we love them and use code HEAVYFLOW for 15% off any order. Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios Graphic design: Rachel Laird

Duration:00:10:06

Self Intimacy with Kelly Swartz

9/20/2018
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This week I'm talking to Kelly Swartz. Kelly is a holistic erotic expert and founder of Awoken Beauty. We discuss the importance of self-intimacy and discovering the erotic self, sex after motherhood, feminist porn and expanding the definition of sex beyond intercourse. What we discussed: Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Heavy Flow is produced by: TK Matunda Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios Graphic design: Rachel...

Duration:01:04:08

Question Period: Why does menstrual blood smell?

9/20/2018
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This week on Question Period a listener asks why does menstrual blood smell? What we discussed: Full Shownotes Subscribe to the Heavy Flow email list Follow @amandalaird on Instagram Music credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios Graphic design: Rachel Laird

Duration:00:10:27