15 episodes

A podcast about the period BEFORE you stop getting your period. 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
    • 4.9 • 20 Ratings

A podcast about the period BEFORE you stop getting your period. 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.

    Who is Mary Penomause?

    Who is Mary Penomause?

    Did you know that hormonal changes affect the sound of your voice? Did you know that the vagina and the throat are structurally similar? Did you know that the speculum your gyno uses was invented as a result of experiments done on enslaved Black women? Are we starting to sound like the little boy from Jerry Maguire? Is that an outdated reference, or is it the perfect reference for our target demographic? Don't answer any of that. Instead, listen to us chat with Cate Frazier-Neely and Alison Crockett, both singers and vocal teachers who have fascinating things to teach us about how our throats are affected by this party we call peri.

    Cate Frazier-Neely
    Alison Crockett
    Alison's facebook
    Singing Through Change book
    Singing Through Change website
    Singing Through Change facebook group
    Singing Through Change Instagram
    The Vocal Vaginal Connection
    5 Ways Your Body is Telling You Your Cortisol is High
    What is Cortisol?
    Stress and the HPA Axis



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    • 1 hr 8 min
    How to Pinch a Loaf

    How to Pinch a Loaf

    We thought we were going to talk to Kelly Kane about her 20+ years as a Pilates trainer and ease into a discussion about her new courses in female sexuality and aging, and while we did talk about these things, the conversation took twists and turns we never could have foreseen. We touched on topics such as crystals for the vagina, fishing rubber tires out of the rivers of Vermont, and Ellie and Julia's shared history of nakedness. What better way to start 2022? We're already calling it The Year of the C-Spot. (You'll have to listen to find out exactly what that means.)

    Kelly Kane website
    Kelly's Facebook
    Kelly's Instagram
    Kinected Center
    Gil Hedley
    Chakrubs jade eggs
    Predicting your menopause
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Sex in the Empire State Building and Poop in the Closet

    Sex in the Empire State Building and Poop in the Closet

    We've been podcasting for 6 months now, so we decided to use this final episode of 2021 to review our primary perimenopausal complaints  and discuss what remedies we have tried, what has worked, and what has not. We also have FUN, surprising each other with questions and divulging dirty secrets that we didn't know about each other, even after 27 years of friendship. Tune in to learn things about Ellie and Julia that you never knew. Naughty things. Blackmail-worthy things.



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    • 49 min
    Crowd Pleasers

    Crowd Pleasers

    Ophira Eisenberg is super famous, y'all. She hosts NPR's Ask Me Another, she is a panelist on Hulu's Up Early Tonight, and her comedic memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy has been optioned for a feature film. We manage not to drool on ourselves while interviewing her, and instead get cozy about warm and fuzzy topics like geriatric pregnancy, breastfeeding shame, and weighted blankets. You'll even get a free lesson in Judaica. Teaser: a hamentashen is a vagina-shaped cookie. Regardless of your beliefs, treat yourself to a free Hanukkah gift and listen.

    All things Ophira

    Ophira's Insta and Facebook and Twitter

    NPR's Ask Me Another

    Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy

    Menopause Myths

    Dancing Dreidels

    Don't Pee in Your Eye

    Check out our website



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Cancer Classes at Kellerman's

    Cancer Classes at Kellerman's

    Stephanie Kilroy and Nancy Ellwood are badass b*tches who have overcome breast cancer and rectal cancer, and who are determined to laugh about the good ("We were surrounded by family and friends"), the bad ("I went through menopause twice!"), and the ugly ("I had a bag of liquid poop hanging off my body"). Tune in for a candid chat about doodies, doobies, dildos, and how it always comes back to Dirty Dancing.

    Steph: Valley Forge and Montgomery County, PA

    Nancy: Arcadia Publishing

    Chick Mission

    Breastcancer.org: Effexor for treatment of hot flashes

    NY Times: Should Your Cocktail Carry a Cancer Warning?

    The Body Keeps the Score

    Heal Documentary

    What can I do to reduce my odds of being diagnosed with breast cancer?

    Most common cancers in women and how to detect them early

    Vessel Health

    Check out our website
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    HTML: How to Make a Life

    HTML: How to Make a Life

    Talking to Confidence Coach and DEI Consultant Yvonne Davenport made such an impression on us that we have not stopped asking ourselves the question "Am I making a living, or am I making a life?" Yvonne speaks with infectious enthusiasm about how to redefine what success looks like, how to make diversity and inclusion a priority, and how to give birth in a car without making a mess.
    (Spoiler alert: her husband helped.)

    Life Code

    LENS Diversity

    Menopause Myths

    Visit OUR website
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Eewilli ,

Needed Conversations!

I love how honest & funny Ellie & Julia. I think all women should listen so they know what’s happening in their bodies and men should listen so they can understand what’s happening in said women’s bodies - it will serve everyone! Love these ladies!

OutlookGood ,

Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman

Cis male of a certain age here. Listen up bruhs, put down the Old School DVD and subscribe to this podcast! The two hosts explore a world that you are blissfully unaware of. But don’t be afraid! Shocking, funny, and a little smelly, Julia and Ellie will be your guide.

Armed with what you learn, you’ll be better equipped to guide your partner through this point in their life. Just don’t try to have sex with her! Have you learned nothing??

castjoy ,

Frank & funny

Looking for a no holds barred discussion about a women's health issue that no one seems to talk about? If so, join the hosts to explore their uncharted paths into perimenopause! They grapple with ineffective doctors and the frustration that comes from the unknown, understudied “lady problems”. Full of feelings and rage, tell everyone you know or those that need to know.

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