71 episodes

A podcast about the period BEFORE you stop getting your period. The concept of a woman "circling the drain" conjures up negative imagery for some, but the origin of this as the name of the podcast has a story. A friend, in her 30's at the time, was listing her ailments to a male physician who clearly had a terrible bedside manner, because he responded to her complaints by shrugging his shoulders in a dismissive fashion and saying something like, "I don't know what to tell you. From now on, you're basically just circling the drain!" Co-hosts Ellie and Julia have been laughing at the audacity of this tone-deaf interaction ever since, and when they decided to start this podcast about the plight of the aging woman, they chose to reclaim and repurpose the phrase in the spirit of humor. Every human on the planet is circling the drain from the moment we are born. The question is, how slowly and gracefully can we spiral? And can we minimize the discomfort while we whirl? Perimenopausal co-hosts Ellie and Julia take a deep dive into the sometimes embarrassing, often hilarious, and always bewildering issues of the hormonal changes that take place in midlife. Through honest accounts, thoughtful interviews, and group panel discussions, their mission is to make you chuckle, make you nod your head in recognition, and hopefully make some scientific progress.

Circling the Drain Ellie Dvorkin Dunn & Julia Granacki

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 60 Ratings

A podcast about the period BEFORE you stop getting your period. The concept of a woman "circling the drain" conjures up negative imagery for some, but the origin of this as the name of the podcast has a story. A friend, in her 30's at the time, was listing her ailments to a male physician who clearly had a terrible bedside manner, because he responded to her complaints by shrugging his shoulders in a dismissive fashion and saying something like, "I don't know what to tell you. From now on, you're basically just circling the drain!" Co-hosts Ellie and Julia have been laughing at the audacity of this tone-deaf interaction ever since, and when they decided to start this podcast about the plight of the aging woman, they chose to reclaim and repurpose the phrase in the spirit of humor. Every human on the planet is circling the drain from the moment we are born. The question is, how slowly and gracefully can we spiral? And can we minimize the discomfort while we whirl? Perimenopausal co-hosts Ellie and Julia take a deep dive into the sometimes embarrassing, often hilarious, and always bewildering issues of the hormonal changes that take place in midlife. Through honest accounts, thoughtful interviews, and group panel discussions, their mission is to make you chuckle, make you nod your head in recognition, and hopefully make some scientific progress.

    Bad Fish and Good Farts (pilot episode of our brand new podcast, Open Up and Say HA!)

    Bad Fish and Good Farts (pilot episode of our brand new podcast, Open Up and Say HA!)

    Send us a Text Message.It's the very first episode of our brand new podcast, Open Up and Say HA!: Stories from Underneath the Paper Gown. Have you ever had a bizarre encounter with a medical practitioner? An ER visit gone awry? A weird thing you found on your foot that turned out to be a rare species of parasitic insect? Welcome to Open Up and Say Ha! - Stories from Underneath the Paper Gown. Medical mishaps, misunderstandings, weird bodily functions... our guests are sharing it all. So get r...

    • 30 min
    Life in the Pause with Monique Cupid and Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

    Life in the Pause with Monique Cupid and Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

    Send us a Text Message.Monique Cupid and Dixie Lincoln-Nichols are menopausal women who met up during the pandemic to talk about work for a project. Without fail, at every weekly meeting, the conversation drifted to menopause, the symptoms each of them was experiencing, and the frustrations they felt about the lack of support, resources, equity, and community. Together, they formed Life in the Pause, with the mission of transforming the menopause journey into an empowered and celebrated exper...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Ambassador of Fun with Robin Gelfenbien

    The Ambassador of Fun with Robin Gelfenbien

    Send us a Text Message.Lately, as we have gotten older and our preferences have changed, we have been wondering, "What is fun?" Robin Gelfenbien, the self-proclaimed Ambassador of Fun, is the perfect person to answer that question. Right out of college, Robin was chosen out of thousands of people to drive the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, and her experience provided excellent fodder for her acclaimed solo show "My Salvation Has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey”. She has had several other fun ...

    • 1 hr
    Age Out Loud with Katie Fogarty

    Age Out Loud with Katie Fogarty

    Send us a Text Message.Katie Fogarty will make you feel like turning 50 is the best thing that could ever happen to you. She is the host of A Certain Age, an age-positive podcast that helps you live your best evolving midlife—loud and proud. She is also the creator of the Age Out Loud movement, a platform which aims to spotlight as many stories of midlife awesomeness as possible. On top of all that, she is the founder and CEO of The Reboot Group, helping professionals build great careers, whi...

    • 44 min
    Life's Tough. Laugh More. with Kambri Crews

    Life's Tough. Laugh More. with Kambri Crews

    Send us a Text Message.How does a child of deaf adults who grew up in a tin shed with no running water or electricity witness her father commit a violent crime and then grow up to be the joyful owner of a comedy venue? Kambri Crews will tell you how! Author of the acclaimed New York Times best selling book Burn Down the Ground and sole owner and operator of Q.E.D. which was voted #1 comedy club in NYC by Time Out NY, Kambri is a damn delight. Her message, "Life's Tough. Laugh More." is eviden...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    ENCORE: Twice a Week Until Death Do You Part with Dr. Rachel Rubin

    ENCORE: Twice a Week Until Death Do You Part with Dr. Rachel Rubin

    Send us a Text Message.We chose this episode with Dr. Rachel Rubin as our final encore of the year because she is the person who has given us the most practical, valuable, and easily shareable information to help women with their genitourinary functions as they age. Dr. Rubin is a board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist who dropped so much knowledge and helpful information into one conversation that our puny little brain-sponges got super-soaked. Listen to learn about the two...

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

SilvieSF ,

Omg - I love this podcast so much!

It has humor and hormonal education all in one! Love it!

Jamie_HomoMeno ,

Hilarious, informative

Turn to them as you would to your best friends, and laugh together at the inevitable changes that come along with peri and menopause. It’s easy to get into a tizzy about how our bodies change during perimenopause and menopause — but Julia and Ellie make it better! They emphatically validate the challenges and then get you laughing about it. As a guest on on their show, I felt this completely! I’m a big fan! I also have a hand fan with me at all times. Because hot flashes.

Nkatelynn ,

Interesting, informative, and—best of all—entertaining

As someone who is always on the lookout for thought-provoking content, I cannot recommend this podcast enough. Ellie and Julie's candid conversations about women's health issues are incredibly necessary, as they tackle topics that are often swept under the rug or ignored altogether. Through their discussions, they normalize conversations around premenopause, menopause, and other taboo topics, making listeners and panelists feel comfortable engaging in a dialogue that helps reduce stigma and increase awareness.

The dynamic duo's humor also made the podcast enjoyable, and I found myself laughing along with them as they shared their witty observations on life experiences.

Overall, I cannot recommend this podcast enough. It provides a refreshing perspective on topics that are rarely discussed with such openness. Kudos to Ellie and Julie for creating such an informative and entertaining show. Highly recommend!

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