We created a podcast to bust period stigma

Jessica Weiss
Posted May 14, 2019 from United States
The Flow Down podcast
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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!  

 

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Lisbeth
May 14
May 14

I am getting ready to join you "the flow down" watch out for me. Since I have a similar goal I will be glad to learn from you.

Well, at least for the start we can start with the campaign in Ghana especially about reusable pads. I hope you agree with me, the need for Africa as a whole to turn to reusable pads?

Pls inbox me if we can partner somehow. Thanks for sharing your story "the flow down".

Jessica Weiss
May 16
May 16

Thank you for your reply! The campaign for reusable pads sounds wonderful. Would love to support you.

Lisbeth
May 16
May 16

Splendid with your reply. I have send you a long message in your inbox :-).
Hugs

Dawn Arteaga
May 15
May 15

Yay Jess!! So amazed by all you have accomplished and can’t wait to celebrate you in DC SOON! Xoxox

Jessica Weiss
May 15
May 15

Oh thank you, Dawn. Likewise! I am so looking forward to reconnecting and spending time together! xoxo

Jill Langhus
May 16
May 16

Hi Jessica,

Welcome back to the forum, and what a great idea! I'm definitely going to check this out. Thanks for sharing:-)

Jessica Weiss
May 20
May 20

Hi, Jill! Thank you for the warm welcome back :)

Wonderful! Hope you enjoy The Flow Down.

Jill Langhus
May 21
May 21

Hello there:-)

You're very welcome! Thank you!

Hope you're having a great day!

ARREY- ECHI
May 29
May 29

This is a beautiful concept.
Thank you for sharing. Wishing you and your team more successes as you continue to explore avenues to bust the myths around periods.

Hello, Jessica,

What a wonderful idea and I love it! it's very important for women to discuss issues about menstruation. It's also good for men to listen to this because they could understand what's going on in a woman's body. This podcast is for everyone! Including young girls , so they will be educated before their period arrives; for older women, too, on what are the symptoms on menapausal stage. I hope you will increase your listeners through time. Thank you for sharing.

Rahmana Karuna
Jun 01
Jun 01

great name and idea for your podcast!!!!

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