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What do you really know about the menstrual cycle? India Rakusen explores the whole bloody story, discovering facts that could change your life. Periods are just the beginning.

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What do you really know about the menstrual cycle? India Rakusen explores the whole bloody story, discovering facts that could change your life. Periods are just the beginning.

    Day Twenty-Eight: New Power

    Day Twenty-Eight: New Power

    Through this series we have demonstrated how inequalities in research and persistent myths about women's bodies have led to inequalities in healthcare. In this episode, India talks to someone who has the power to influence change. Dame Professor Lesley Regan has dedicated the last decade of her career to fighting for better health outcomes for women all over the world.

    Credits:
    Presented by India Rakusen.
    Producer: Ellie Sans.
    Assistant Producer: Jorja McAndrew.
    Executive Producer: Suzy Grant.
    Original music composed and performed by Rebekah Reid.
    Sound Design by Charlie Brandon-King.

    Special thanks to all contributors and audio diarists.

    A Listen production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 14 min
    Day Twenty-Seven: The Lessons We Learn

    Day Twenty-Seven: The Lessons We Learn

    India travels back to the Victorian Age to probe at the use of the vaginal speculum and considers its link to menstrual shame and embarrassment, particularly in education. India then meets Chella Quint, founder of the Period Positive Movement, and also Professor Chris Bobel, who are the women at the forefront of revolutionising menstrual education both within school and the home.


    Credits:
    Presented by India Rakusen.
    Producer: Ellie Sans.
    Assistant Producer: Jorja McAndrew.
    Executive Producer: Suzy Grant.
    Original music composed and performed by Rebekah Reid.
    Sound Design by Charlie Brandon-King.

    Special thanks to all contributors and audio diarists.

    A Listen production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 14 min
    Day Twenty-Six: The Shock

    Day Twenty-Six: The Shock

    India considers the role of the femcare industry in perpetuating menstrual stigma and single use products with Chris Bobel, an Associate Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Co-Editor of the Critical Guide to Menstruation.

    We also meet Dr Sharra Vostral, a Professor of History at Purdue University in Indiana, to discuss the rise of Toxic Shock Syndrome in the 1970s and 80s and how this healthcare event shaped the tampon industry today.

    Later India considers the rise of reusable products with Alec Mills, the founder of the sustainable period product brand, DAME.

    Credits:
    Presented by India Rakusen.
    Producer: Ellie Sans.
    Assistant Producer: Jorja McAndrew.
    Executive Producer: Suzy Grant.
    Original music composed and performed by Rebekah Reid.
    Sound Design by Charlie Brandon-King.

    Special thanks to all contributors and audio diarists.

    A Listen production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 14 min
    Day Twenty Five: Why 28 Days?

    Day Twenty Five: Why 28 Days?

    How long is too long for a menstrual cycle? And what can be the causes of irregular periods? India talks to Dr Anita Mitra and Dr Dornu Lebari about what's 'normal' as well as the hormonal imbalance that arises from the condition polycystic ovary syndrome. India also finds out about some unusual animal cycles.

    Credits:
    Presented by India Rakusen.
    Producer: Ellie Sans.
    Assistant Producer: Jorja McAndrew.
    Executive Producer: Suzy Grant.
    Original music composed and performed by Rebekah Reid.
    Sound Design by Charlie Brandon-King.

    Special thanks to all contributors and audio diarists.

    A Listen production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 14 min
    Day Twenty Four: To Bleed or Not to Bleed

    Day Twenty Four: To Bleed or Not to Bleed

    Millions of women across the world take hormonal contraception either as birth control or to help with problem periods - but do we know how much they might be affecting our brains?

    In this episode India asks Dr Jackie Maybin from the University of Edinburgh, whether there is a physiological need for women to have their periods whilst on the contraceptive pill. Dr Katy Vincent explains how women today have far more periods than our recent ancestors ever did and Dr Sarah Hill, author of How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control, joins to discuss the effect of the pill on women’s brains.

    Credits:
    Presented by India Rakusen.
    Producer: Ellie Sans.
    Assistant Producer: Jorja McAndrew.
    Executive Producer: Suzy Grant.
    Original music composed and performed by Rebekah Reid.
    Sound Design by Charlie Brandon-King.

    Special thanks to all contributors and audio diarists.

    A Listen production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 14 min
    Day Twenty Three: Exercycle

    Day Twenty Three: Exercycle

    India meets performance physiologist Dr Stacy Sims who offers key advice on how best to tailor your eating and exercise routine to certain points of your cycle whether you’re a regular cycling women, experiencing the menopause or on hormonal contraception. They also discuss data bias in the diet and exercise world.


    Credits:
    Presented by India Rakusen.
    Producer: Ellie Sans.
    Assistant Producer: Jorja McAndrew.
    Executive Producer: Suzy Grant.
    Original music composed and performed by Rebekah Reid.
    Sound Design by Charlie Brandon-King.

    Special thanks to all contributors and audio diarists.

    A Listen production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 14 min

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