Hormones affect everyone and everything: from our skin, to stress, to sports. But for most of us, they're still a mystery. Even the way we talk about hormones makes no sense. ("She's hormonal.")
So let's clear some things up. Each week, Rhea Ramjohn is asking scientists, doctors, and experts to break it all down for us. And this season? We're talking about birth control.
Season 2 launches Oct 13 with eight weekly episodes.
Who you gonna call? Mythbusters!
This season on Hormonal we’ve learned a lot about birth control. From the origin of the pill, to how side effects can be beneficial, to the history and future of Reproductive Justice. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to learn, especially when it comes to those pesky myths that just never seem to completely disappear.
This week on the Hormonal podcast, we are assembling a super squad of science-backed Mythbusters. They’re ready to tackle questions from real users like you.
Risky business: Birth Control during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended healthcare systems around the world, especially reproductive healthcare. People who relied on face-to-face visits with their doctor or timely appointments are now facing cancellations and rescheduling, are now asking themselves, “What now?”
For more, we’re joined by Gillian Sealy. She's the interim CEO of Power to Decide–a nonprofit in the U.S. focused on preventing unplanned pregnancy and helping young people find a birth control option that works for them.
Bringing sexy back
Nothing quite brings your fertility front and center like a pregnancy. Hormonal changes, like an increase in estrogen and prolactin, can cause or are directly related to physical changes, such as breast and milk duct growth. So what do people who’ve just had a pregnancy, need to know about their birth control options afterwards?
Happy Birthday, birth control!
The birth control pill, which many of us just call ”the pill,” officially turns 60 years old this year. Instead of just breaking out the cake and candles, we’re telling you the story of the pill. Where did this remarkable invention even come from? And what doors did it open up for our parents and grandparents?
Today we're joined by Jonathan Eig, he's the author of Birth of the Pill to delve into this fascinating, amazing, and shadowy story.
Reproductive choice & reproductive justice
Inequality is all around us and manifests in tricky ways. When it comes to healthcare in particular, for many of us, reproductive care is a large part of how we interact with the healthcare system. But what about reproductive care?
For this episode, we talk to Dr. Loretta Ross. She's one of the co-originators of the concept of reproductive justice and a co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.
The many sides of side effects
Most people take birth control because they want to avoid getting pregnant. As many of us find out after starting the pill, the shot or getting a device inserted, avoiding pregnancy is not all that happens! There are other shifts in the body that take place when you try something new.
For more information on today’s episode visit helloclue.com/hormonal and how to support the work here at Clue, go to Clue.Plus.
I am one of four girls in my family and was raised by very religious and conservative parents. They chose to not include birth control in our family insurance plan and primarily used “scare tactics” with my sisters and I so that we would not have under-age pregnancies.
I am now 29 years old and feel like I have navigated the world of hormones and my female anatomy entirely on my own. Sadly I have found that I’ve been afraid to even educate myself, because the whole world of sex scared me and the thought of becoming pregnant and having a child seemed like the worst possible thing that could ever happen to me.
Being afraid seems silly now that I’m older and have taken matters into my own hands and become a progressive, educated and independent thinker. Yet I’m sad that I lived in fear for so many years simply because of my parents beliefs and how wrong they were/are for not helping their four daughters understand their bodies and have a healthy relationship with basic human anatomy and function.
I am not a mother and still feel that is not a fate that I wish for my life but wonder if I would feel differently had this fear not be engrained into my psyche. If I had a resource like the Clue app and this podcast as a young woman, I think I would have a much healthier relationship with my female identity.
I appreciate the work you are doing and offer my support!
Good info, great time
For everyone who menstruates or just wants to learn more about cool human body stuff.
Glossing Over Eugenics
In the latest episode Happy Birthday, birth control!, the guest sugarcoats eugenics. This is not okay. We can only move forward by actually confronting problematic history. Hormonal and the Clue app have lost my trust.