27 episodes

We ask the taboo health and wellbeing questions so you don’t have to.
 
Taboo Talk is a brand new podcast series by Boots hosted by Vogue Williams that cuts through the jargon to provide real health and wellbeing advice in an accessible and entertaining way. Each episode will focus on one aspect of physical or mental health, providing personal insights as well as expert takeaways. Taboo Talk won’t shy away from tackling the more awkward, embarrassing or serious parts of everyday life.

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Boots presents Taboo Talk Boots

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 121 Ratings

We ask the taboo health and wellbeing questions so you don’t have to.
 
Taboo Talk is a brand new podcast series by Boots hosted by Vogue Williams that cuts through the jargon to provide real health and wellbeing advice in an accessible and entertaining way. Each episode will focus on one aspect of physical or mental health, providing personal insights as well as expert takeaways. Taboo Talk won’t shy away from tackling the more awkward, embarrassing or serious parts of everyday life.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    BONUS EPISODE: Menopause, finding the funny in the hot flushes, featuring Shaparak Khorsandi, Sally Phillips and Andrea McLean

    BONUS EPISODE: Menopause, finding the funny in the hot flushes, featuring Shaparak Khorsandi, Sally Phillips and Andrea McLean

    To celebrate October being Menopause Awareness Month, Boots presents Taboo Talk hosted a one-off special featuring three incredible guests: Shaparak ‘Shappi’ Khorsandi, Sally Phillips and Andrea McLean. Together with Vogue, they discussed their own personal experiences of perimenopause and menopause, covering everything from night sweats, fatigue and forgetfulness, to gaining immense wisdom, buying a puppy and taking up whittling. Tune in to learn all about the signs, symptoms and ways to help manage them, as well as how to find support when you need it. It’s time to destigmatise this totally natural biological process – and have some laughs along the way. 
    RESOURCES 
    Boots has products, services and advice for over 40 menopause signs and symptoms. Visit our award winning Menopause support hub at boots.com/menopause-support. 
    Boots Online Doctor menopause and HRT treatment*
    Boots Online Doctor vaginal dryness treatment*
    *Access to prescription-only medicine is subject to an online consultation with a clinician to assess suitability. Subject to availability. Eligibility criteria and charges apply.
    PRODUCTS 
    Gina 10 Micrograms Vaginal Tablets (local oestrogen Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) without a prescription): contain estradiol to treat and relieve vaginal symptoms post menopause. Always read the label. Supply is subject to a suitability assessment and approval by a pharmacist. 
    Boots Skin:Edit range for menopausal skin 
    No7 Menopause Skincare range 

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    • 53 min
    Losing it: Is there a perfect way to lose your virginity?, featuring Russell Kane and Desiree Burch

    Losing it: Is there a perfect way to lose your virginity?, featuring Russell Kane and Desiree Burch

    Losing your virginity is a momentous moment in anyone’s life – a milestone, the importance of which is ramped up through pop culture, peer pressure, and historical, societal and religious connotations. Some people want it to be special, some want to get it over with, while others don’t know what all the fuss is about. In this episode, comedians Russell Kane and Desiree Burch will discuss their first times and what they wish they’d known. This no-holds-barred, hilarious conversation covers everything from navigating awkward encounters, contraception and the influence of porn, to establishing boundaries, being a virgin-dominatrix (yes, really) and whether it’s ever possible for someone’s first time to be a great experience. It promises to be an eventful ride (see what we did there?).
     
    RESOURCES:
     
    Boots Sexual Health Advice
    Boots Online Doctor Sexual Health Services
    Boots Health Hub
    NHS common sexual health questions
    NHS ‘Are you ready for sex?’
    NHS contraception guide
    Healthier Together: sex advice and information
     
    ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS:
    Boots Ultra-Safe Condoms 12 Pack            
    Boots Aloe Vera Moisturising Pleasure Lubricant
    Durex Thin-Feel Condoms 12 Pack
    Durex Extra-Safe Condoms 12 Pack
    Durex Play Water-Based Feel Lubricant Gel

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    • 53 min
    The Vulva Bible, featuring Anna Richardson and Dr Dawn Harper

    The Vulva Bible, featuring Anna Richardson and Dr Dawn Harper

    How often do we all discuss vulvas and vaginas? Answer: not nearly enough – a problem this episode hopes to rectify. What is and is not ‘normal’ when it comes to our genitals is a subject steeped in secrecy, leaving many too embarrassed to ask questions about which bits do what, what they’re called, and what they ‘should’ look like. In this episode, Vogue is joined by Naked Attraction host Anna Richardson and Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr Dawn Harper, for an open, honest and truly taboo-busting conversation about all things vulva – from the impact of waxing, types of menstrual products, excessive cleaning, and contraception, to vaginal thrush, painful sex, and changes in discharge. 
     
    RESOURCES:
    Boots Online Doctor: Women’s Health Services
    My Menopause Centre on Boots Health Hub
    NHS ‘So what is a vulva anyway?’ info pack
    NHS vagina and vulva information
    NHS vaginal discharge information
    NHS vaginal hygiene information
     
    SHOP INTIMATE HEALTH:
    Boots Dual Action Thrush & BV Pessaries        
    Boots Vaginal Moisturiser Gel 
    Canescool® Intimate Care Soothing Cream Gel
    Canestest® Self-Test for Vaginal Infections     


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    • 49 min
    Body acceptance and the journey to self love, featuring Iskra Lawrence

    Body acceptance and the journey to self love, featuring Iskra Lawrence

    Body positivity, body neutrality and body acceptance are all terms that will be familiar to any active users of social media, especially those suffering from self-esteem issues. They are movements that have been formed in direct response to the explosion of body-image related mental-health problems affecting the nation (many of which may have been exacerbated by social media itself). In this episode, body-acceptance advocate Iskra Lawrence discusses her own journey to self-love, the role of social media in both helping and harming self-esteem, and how we can learn to respect our bodies rather than punishing them.
     
    Please be aware that this episode includes open and honest discussions of body shaming, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and unrealistic beauty standards, which some listeners may find upsetting. If you are affected by what you hear and would like further information on available support, please see the list of resources below.    
     
    RESOURCES:
    Boots Online Doctor mental health support
    Mental Health Support Services (available on Boots Health Hub)
    NHS: The Body Image Treatment Clinic
    NHS eating disorders overview
    National Centre for Eating Disorders
    NHS body dysmorphic disorder information
    Samaritans
    Shout
    Anti-Bullying Alliance
     
     
    SELF-CARE PRODUCTS:
    Boots Vanilla & Cedarwood Calm Candle
    Boots Sleepeaze Pillow Mist Lavender
    Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash
    Dove Body Love Essentials Body Lotion     

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    • 37 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Expert skincare Q&A, featuring Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme

    BONUS EPISODE: Expert skincare Q&A, featuring Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme

    This bonus episode was inspired by the huge listener response to our previously-released show, “Why acne is more than skin deep”, featuring Scott McGlynn and Izzie Rodgers. We knew we had to dive deeper into the subject of skincare and so called on Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme for an expert Q&A session. The founder and director of Adonia Medical Clinic in London, Dr Ejikeme is a medical consultant, advanced cosmetic doctor and passionate skin expert. Here she answers questions sent in by Taboo Talk listeners on everything from redness, rosacea and red veins, to blackheads, pores, age spots and dark circles.    
     
    RESOURCES:
    Boots Online Doctor: acne treatment
    Skin Scanning Service at Boots[1] 
    Mental Health Support Services (available on Boots Health Hub)[2] 
    NHS acne information [3] 
    NHS information on common skin, hair and nail conditions [4] 
    NHS skin conditions information pack[5] 
     
    SHOP EXPERT SKIN:
    Boots Skin-Clear Cleanser with salicylic acid[6]        
    Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser SPF50[7] 
    Eucerin DermoPurifyer Triple Effect Serum[8]           
    Eucerin DermoPurifier Face-Cleansing Gel for Blemish Prone Skin 200ml[9]          
    Eucerin DermoPurifyer Protective Fluid SPF30[10] 

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    • 39 min
    Why acne is more than skin deep, featuring Scott McGlynn and Izzie Rodgers

    Why acne is more than skin deep, featuring Scott McGlynn and Izzie Rodgers

    About 95% of people in England will be affected by acne at some point in their lives, and yet discussing it and its effects is still considered taboo by many. With symptoms ranging from mild to severe, acne is caused when hair follicles become blocked, resulting in spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch. It can be both physically painful and emotionally distressing, and may lead to a loss of confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. In this episode, online creators Scott McGlynn and Izzie Rodgers reveal their personal experiences of acne, including how they manage it, how they feel about it, and why they believe it’s so important to normalise conversations about it. 
    Please be aware that this episode includes open and honest discussions around mental-health issues including anxiety, depression, and self-harm, which some listeners may find upsetting. If you are affected by what you hear, and would like further information on available support, please see the list of resources below.  
    RESOURCES: 
    Boots Online Doctor: prescription acne treatment
    Mental Health Support Services (available on Boots Health Hub) 
    Skin Scanning Service at Boots
    NHS acne information 
    NHS information on common skin, hair and nail conditions  
    Samaritans
    Shout 
    Anti-Bullying Alliance

    SHOP EXPERT SKIN:
    Boots Skin-Clear Cleanser with salicylic acid
    Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser SPF50
    Eucerin DermoPurifyer Triple-Effect Serum
    Eucerin DermoPurifier Face-Cleansing Gel for Blemish Prone Skin
    Eucerin DermoPurifyer Protective Fluid SPF30

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

candrews13 ,

Loving it!!

Love listening to this podcast - I love how open and honest both Vogue as the host and the guests are about their real experiences!
I’ve come away from many of the episodes with some great tips to help me!

123CLW ,

Great podcast

Love this pod, great guests and can’t believe how open and honest everyone is!

Booked and feeling fabulous ,

My fave podcast right now

This is one of my favourite podcast to put on weekly the guests are amazing Vogue is a great host it’s easy listening but really informative.I actually feel like I take something out of every episode plus I have a giggle It doesn’t feel like a product ad it gives real information and expert advice.Love love love Keep it up Boots

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