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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

REPLAY - Making Informed Choices About Hormonal Birth Control with Holly Grigg-Spall

8/16/2018
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We're replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we're on hiatus over the summer! Hit subscribe to get new episodes in the fall. This week I'm chatting with Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control. In this episode Holly gives us a 101 about how hormonal birth control really works and some of the common misconceptions we're often told about the pill; the importance of fertility awareness education in making truly informed birth control...

Duration:01:11:49

REPLAY - Using Fertility Awareness to Claim the Power of the Menstrual Cycle with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

8/9/2018
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We're replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we're on hiatus over the summer! Hit subscribe to get new episodes in the fall. Today I’m talking to Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, Fertility Awareness Educator, Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner and host of the Fertility Friday podcast. In this episode, we talk about the fertility awareness method, how hormonal birth control really affects our hormonal health, the long history of suppressing the feminine and how reclaiming the power of our...

Duration:01:12:29

REPLAY - The Normalization of Women's Pain with Abby Norman

8/2/2018
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We're replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we're on hiatus over the summer! Hit subscribe to get new episodes in the fall. Today I'm talking to Abby Norman, author of Ask Me About My Uterus. We discuss Abby's experience with painful periods and endometriosis, how women's pain has been normalized in our culture, and the changing period narrative and why pain needs to be a part of that conversation. What we discussed: Connect with Abby: Website Instagram Twitter Facebook Resources...

Duration:01:00:04

REPLAY - Creating Inclusive and Accessible Wellness Spaces with Dianne Bondy

7/26/2018
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We're replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we're on hiatus over the summer! Hit subscribe to get new episodes in the fall. This week I'm talking to Dianne Bondy, yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. We're taking a break from talking about periods to discuss creating brave spaces, inclusivity and accessibility in the wellness community, how mainstream media and marketing has distorted wellness as something to be bought and sold, body...

Duration:01:03:35

REPLAY - What does a normal period look like with Dr. Lara Briden

7/19/2018
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We're replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we're on hiatus over the summer! Hit subscribe to get new episodes in the fall. Today I’m talking to Dr. Lara Briden, naturopathic doctor and author of the Period Repair Manual. We are going back to basics and learning all the things we didn’t back in health class: what a normal menstrual cycle and period is like, the importance of ovulation, using your period as a monthly health report card and why you should care about your ovulatory health...

Duration:01:06:28

REPLAY - Holistic Abortion Care, Saying No to Say Yes and the Womb Continuum with Samantha Zipporah

7/12/2018
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We're replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we're on hiatus over the summer! Hit subscribe to get new episodes in the fall. Today I’m talking to Samantha Zipporah, a holistic sexual health educator, activist, & advocate. We talk about holistic abortion care, the value of the uterus beyond childbearing, saying no to say yes and the healing power of orgasm. CW: abortion, miscarriage This episode was supported by Know Your Endo. What we discussed: and Connect with...

Duration:01:02:05

REPLAY - Menstruating While Homeless with Jana Girdauskas of The Period Purse

7/5/2018
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We're replaying the Best of Heavy Flow while we're on hiatus over the summer! Hit subscribe to get new episodes in the fall. This week I'm talking to Jana Girdauskas of The Period Purse about menstruating while homeless, the changing period conversation, making menstrual products more accessible and how you can help, and why we love our cups! Listen now Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Email | RSS Connect with The Period Purse: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Donate to...

Duration:00:47:42

Episode 36 - The Politics of Periods with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

6/21/2018
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Today I'm talking to Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, menstrual activist, author of Periods Gone Public and a contributor to Periods: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth, about the politics of periods. This is the last episode of Heavy Flow for this season! We'll be taking a hiatus over the summer and replaying some of our favourite episodes while we're away. Subscribe to my newsletter to get updates on book news, the new season of the pod and other exclusive content I only share in email. See you...

Duration:00:52:08

Episode 35 - Body Literacy & DIY Gynaecology as an Act of Resistance with Vienna Farlow, the Cuntsultant

6/13/2018
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Today on the show I'm talking to Vienna Farlow, a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner intern, aka The Cuntsultant. We talk about healing the wound of internalized misogyny, getting in tune with our bodies as an act of resistance and the tools in Vienna's DIY gynaecology kitbag including fertility awareness, cervical self-exams and menstrual extraction. What we discussed: Connect with Vienna: Website Instagram Facebook Resources mentioned in this episode: Sister Zeus Taking...

Duration:01:15:39

Episode 34 - Understanding Your Blood Work with Josh Gitalis

6/7/2018
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Today I'm talking to Josh Gitalis, a clinical nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner, about how to understand our own blood work and why it's important. What we discussed: Connect with Josh: Website Instagram Twitter Facebook Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for the Magic of Menstruation Workshop – June 20th Why You Should Own Copies of Your Blood Work And How to Read The Results Lab Tests Online Your Blood Never Lies Grain Brain Brain...

Duration:01:07:28

Question Period - How do I manage the stress of making positive changes?

6/4/2018
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Today on Question Period Amy Sutherland, founder of Harlot, joins me to answer a listener question about how to manage the stress of making positive changes to support your hormonal health and fertility when stress is so detrimental to hormonal health and fertility. What we discussed: Connect with Amy: Website Harlot Instagram Facebook Twitter Resources mentioned in this episode: The Period Repair Manual WomanCode Subscribe & leave a review: If you're into Heavy Flow, please...

Duration:00:30:18

Episode 33 - Making Menstrual Cups Mainstream with Carinne Chambers-Saini

5/31/2018
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Today I'm talking to Carinne Chambers-Saini, CEO and co-founder of Diva International. We talk about the business of menstruation, the challenges Carinne and her team faced growing Diva Cup, why mainstream distribution was so important to their vision and the role menstrual product manufacturers play in menstrual equity. What we discussed: Connect with Carinne + Diva Cup: Website Diva Cup on Twitter Carinne Chambers-Saini on Twitter Diva Cup on Instagram Diva Cup on...

Duration:00:39:01

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018

5/28/2018
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Today on Question Period we're talking about Menstrual Hygiene Day and why simply handing out pads isn't enough when it comes to menstrual equity. Resources mentioned in this episode: Menstrual Hygiene Day Episode 2 - Menstruating while homeless with Jana Girdauskas Episode 14 - Breaking Down India's Period Taboos with Aditi Gupta Episode 30 - Smashing Menstrual Stigma at Home and Abroad with Sabrina Rubli Menstruators need more than something to bleed on PeriodEquity.org Femme...

Duration:00:08:59

Episode 32 - MRKH + What makes a woman? with Tasha Jade

5/24/2018
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Today I’m talking to Tasha Jade, founder of Daily Magic, about her experience with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a condition that causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or absent. We discuss Tasha's MRKH experience, gender identity and wax on "what makes a woman?" Listen now: [powerpress] Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Email | RSS What we discussed: Connect with Tasha: Website Instagram Twitter Facebook Resources mentioned in this...

Duration:01:04:59

Question Period: WTF are adaptogens?

5/21/2018
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Jessica Dixon, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, joins me to share what the hell adaptogens are and how we can use them to support our hormonal health. Plus Jessica shares a recipe for energy bites for happy hormones. What we discussed: supportive Connect with Jessica: Website Instagram Resources mentioned in this episode: Sun Potion Foursigmatic Moon Juice Health Hut Harmonic Arts Selected studies: ashwagandha, adaptogens + stress, ashwagandha + anxiety, maca, schisandra +...

Duration:00:26:41

Integrating Conventional and Holistic Approaches to Fertility with Mary Wong

5/17/2018
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This week on the show I’m talking to Mary Wong, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and author of Pathways to Pregnancy. We talk about fertility, integrating conventional and holistic fertility treatments, the importance of being open and why Mary is a fierce advocate for fertility awareness. 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...

Duration:00:56:17

Question Period: What is a fertility doula?

5/14/2018
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This week I'm joined by Natasha Marchand, COO of bebo mia inc and Baby & Me Fitness, to tell us what a fertility doula is. 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 save 25% when you use promo code HEAVYFLOW before May 30. What we discussed: Connect with Natasha: Website Instagram Twitter Facebook Resources mentioned in this...

Duration:00:19:11

Smashing menstrual stigma at home and abroad with Sabrina Rubli

5/10/2018
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Today I’m talking to Sabrina Rubli, founder and executive director of Femme International, about menstrual health management in East Africa, and smashing stigma at home and abroad. This episode of Heavy Flow 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. What we discussed: Connect with Sabrina + Femme...

Duration:00:58:03

Question Period: How do I know when I'm ovulating?

5/7/2018
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This week on Question Period, how to tell when you're in your fertile phase and ovulating. This episode of Heavy Flow 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. What we discussed: Resources mentioned in this episode: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler Fertility Awareness Method Workbook, Ashley Hartman Annis (she'll teach...

Duration:00:10:15

Episode 29 - Menstruating with a bleeding disorder with Jenna Lovell

5/3/2018
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This week I’m talking to Jenna Lovell, founder of My Missing Factor, about her experience with Von Willebrand disease, how it affects her menstrual and overall health, and the gender disparity in bleeding disorder treatment. This episode of Heavy Flow is supported by Diva Cup, a sustainable, easy-to-use, cost-effective and eco-friendly menstrual cup. What we discussed: Connect with Jenna: Website Facebook Instagram Resources mentioned in this episode: Heavy Flow Episode 6 with...

Duration:01:09:09