Like many women, I had always been told that periods were a monthly curse. But over the past few years, I began to question that belief. This process literally enables me to create life -- we all exist because of a period, after all -- and it unites me with women across the world. Why should I be ashamed of something so natural? Now, at 36, I've come to appreciate the many amazing things happening in my body throughout my menstrual cycle. I am inspired to learn more about my own cycle, listen to its messages, and be sure I'm staying healthy around my period.
Last year, inspired by my experience and stories from other women, I decided to create a period podcast with my friend, Stefanie, who is a menstrual health and fertility coach. We called it The Flow Down. On the show, we explore various facets of menstruation and seek to bust period stigma. So far, episodes have covered topics including: period pain, our first periods, menstrual history, PMS, the challenges faced by homeless and incarcerated menstruators, pre-menstrual disorders and more. And we have heard from countless women about how much they appreciate the information and stories we share in our episodes. (You can learn more at https://flowdownpod.com/)
We know that the experience of menstruation is very complicated and hard for many people, such as trans people who have periods, women in countries where menstruation is a deeply ingrained taboo, people who struggle with heavy and painful symptoms, and more. We are committed to supporting other women around the world in their goals to have better, more dignified experiences around their periods. The Flow Down aims to be a space for the range of voices to discuss periods and share our experiences. Come join us!