35 episodes

Period Story is a podcast that features Le'Nise Brothers, a nutritionist @eatlovemove, having conversations about periods, breaking taboos and getting behind the menstrual health myths that hold us back.
Each episode features a notable and interesting woman talking about her first period, the way she learned about periods and menstrual health, what she knows now that she wishes she knew back then and everything in between.

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Period Story Le'Nise Brothers

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Period Story is a podcast that features Le'Nise Brothers, a nutritionist @eatlovemove, having conversations about periods, breaking taboos and getting behind the menstrual health myths that hold us back.
Each episode features a notable and interesting woman talking about her first period, the way she learned about periods and menstrual health, what she knows now that she wishes she knew back then and everything in between.

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    Lauren Lee-Crane and Catherine Lee: Become An Expert In Your Own Body

    Lauren Lee-Crane and Catherine Lee: Become An Expert In Your Own Body

    We've been nominated for Best Podcast in the Creative Impact Awards! To vote for Period Story, go to www.creativeimpact.group/awards/
    To round out season 3 of Period Story, I’m really excited to share today’s episode with twin sisters Lauren Lee-Crane and Catherine Lee. They are the founders of Semaine, a health and wellness supplement for people with painful periods. I loved our conversation and am really grateful they shared their story of living with endometriosis, going through various surgeries, being Asian in the ballet world and of course, the story of their first periods.
    Catherine said that her first period was very memorable because her mom made homemade Frappuccinos to toast the occasion! Within a few months, she said that she was already asking for a hysterectomy. Lauren says she got her period after Catherine and really didn’t want it.
    We talked about being bunheads, which is the term for girls who do ballet at a relatively high level and how they navigated this very structured, hierarchical and rigid world. They were often told that they were too exotic for the ballet world and that they didn’t have the right ‘look’.
    Lauren talks about how as ballerinas, they learned to suppress and numb themselves to any pain they experienced and this translated to the endometriosis pain as well. Lauren says they thought of it as just another pain they had to deal with.
    Both Lauren and Catherine shared their endometriosis journeys, with Lauren getting diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis and Catherine getting diagnosed with stage 2 endometriosis. Lauren described the pain she experienced as ‘a bouquet of knives sort of sitting up in her pelvis’. Catherine describes her pain as ‘feeling like she had a bowling ball in her uterus’.
    Catherine and Lauren shared stories of their pain being dismissed by doctors and health professional in quite critical moments and how they’ve learned to advocate for themselves in health situations. Catherine says that it’s important to become an expert in your body and Lauren says to trust yourself and advocate for yourself. Thank you so much, Lauren and Catherine!
    Get in touch:
    Tweet and IG: @periodstorypod
    Email: periodstorypod@gmail.com
    Show notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.com
    Get in touch with Catherine and Lauren:
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    Camilla Hansson: Period Pain Stopped Me From Living Life Fully

    Camilla Hansson: Period Pain Stopped Me From Living Life Fully

    We've been nominated for Best Podcast in the Creative Impact Awards! To vote for Period Story, go to www.creativeimpact.group/awards/
    On today’s episode, I’m happy to share my conversation with Camilla Hansson, the founder of the CBD brand, Camilla Organics. Camilla shared the story of her diagnosis with endometriosis, her healing journey and what led her to launch her CBD business. And of course, we talked about her first period!
    Camilla says that she looked forward to her first period because she felt that it would mean that she was nearly a woman. She said when it finally happened, she was quite excited about it!
    All the way through her teens and into her mid 20s, Camilla had what she called perfect periods: no pain, no mood swings. In her mid 20s, she says she started to get excruciating, painful periods that sent her to A&E on several occasions.
    Camilla says that she started to become afraid of each of her periods and she felt she couldn’t live her life fully because of the pain. Listen to hear how Camilla found a path to healing.
    Camilla says her experience led her to an exploration of CBD and then to eventually found her own company so that she could help other women in the same way that CBD helped her.
    Camilla says that it’s important for anyone suffering from period pain and endometriosis to not give up hope and to keep educating yourself and trying new things. Thank you for coming on the show, Camilla!

    Get in touch:
    Tweet and IG: @periodstorypod
    Email: periodstorypod@gmail.com
    Show notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.com
    Get in touch with Camilla:
    Website
    Instagram

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    • 33 min
    Kaysha Thomas: Focus On Health, Not Weight Loss

    Kaysha Thomas: Focus On Health, Not Weight Loss

    On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I’m so happy to share my conversation with Kaysha Thomas, the nutritionist and Pilates teacher. Kaysha has a special focus on eating disorder recovery, body image and diversity, all of which we talked about in this episode.
    Kaysha says she got her first period at around 9 or 10 and she took it all in her stride as she had already learned so much about it in school. She said that going to an all girls secondary school made conversations around periods and body changes easier and normalised.
    We talked about Kaysha’s work with eating disorder recovery clients. She says there’s a whole group of men, women and children out who need to hear a different narrative about eating and body image, where the focus is on health, not weight loss.
    Kaysha says that feeding ourselves is the ultimate form of self-care. I love that! We also talked about diet culture, the anti-diet movement and how the messages from both camps can be very inflammatory. We also dove into emotional eating and some of the cultural messages we receive about this.
    We talked about the rise in people not wanting to talk about weight loss for fear of being attacked for not loving their bodies. Kaysha says that there’s a culture of toxic positivity, especially on social media and that we need to remember that there are people with individual experiences behind each post.
    Kaysha says that you don’t have to love your body all the time, it’s okay to feel neutral and indifferent or not even focus on your body at all! Thank you for coming on the show, Kaysha!
    Get in touch:
    Tweet and IG: @periodstorypod
    Email: periodstorypod@gmail.com
    Show notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.com
    Get in touch with Kaysha:
    Website
    Instagram

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    • 48 min
    Mika Simmons: We Need To Talk About Desire

    Mika Simmons: We Need To Talk About Desire

    On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I’m so happy to share my conversation with Mika Simmons, the award winning filmmaker, actress and founder of the Lady Garden Foundations and the Happy Vagina. Listen to hear a really tender conversation about navigating trauma and loss, and of course, the story of Mika’s first period.
    Mika says that her mum was so excited when she first got her period and threw her a little party to celebrate. This lovely start was unfortunately not mirrored at school, where she was teased and bullied for getting her period. Listen to hear Mika talk about how this led to a time of confusion and pain.
    In time for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, Mika shares the story of losing her beloved mother to ovarian cancer. Mika very poignantly talks about how she was able to heal after this seismic experience and how starting the Lady Garden Foundation was a part of this healing. Listen to hear about the incredible work the foundation is doing to raise awareness about gynaecological cancers.
    We talked about body image, self-pleasure, orgasms and the importance of female desire. Mika says that it’s important to get past the discomfort of having these conversations and that by starting small or what feels comfortable for you, we can start to find a vocabulary that feels right for us. Thank you so much for coming on the show, Mika!
    Get in touch:
    Tweet and IG: @periodstorypod
    Email: periodstorypod@gmail.com
    Show notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.com
    Get in touch with Mika:
    Instagram
    Lady Garden Foundation
    The Happy Vagina
    Photo credit: Ruth Crafer

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    • 41 min
    Maria Purcell: We Need To Learn About Our Menstrual Health From A Young Age

    Maria Purcell: We Need To Learn About Our Menstrual Health From A Young Age

    On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Maria Purcell, the co-founder of the Hood, who recently launched their teen wellness journal (a period and mood tracker!), Girlhood: The Story. Listen to hear our conversation about Maria’s experience navigating her period as an athlete, her decision to come off the pill, how she used tracking to help her better understand her body as she was trying to get pregnant and of course, the story of her first period! 
    Maria says she hid her period from her mum for a few months, because she felt that she could deal with it all herself and thought it was no big deal. Listen to hear how often Maria first thought she was going to have a period!
    Maria’s experience as a student athlete shaped the way she thought about her body and her belief that periods were something that needed to be ‘dealt with’. She says that when she stopped taking the pill, she finally began to tune into her body and said that it was challenging because as an athlete, she was so used to being in control of her body.
    We talked about how Maria started tracking what was happening to her body and how this helped during her fertility journey. She says that all the planning and tracking came naturally to her and helped her feel more confident and better about herself.
    Maria shares how she lost her period at one point and what she did to get it back. She says that all the tracking and learning she did around her menstrual cycle and fertility eventually led to the idea to launch a journal for teens to help them understand their moods and eventually their periods, when they arrive. Listen to hear how she was inspired by her niece and how the journal helped them connect.
    Maria says we need to learn about our menstrual health from a young age, so that we feel empowered and we understand our bodies. She says this will change the narrative and reduce the stigma around female health issues. Thank you for coming on the show, Maria!

    Get in touch:
    Tweet and IG: @periodstorypod
    Email: periodstorypod@gmail.com
    Show notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.com
    Get in touch with Maria:
    Website
    Instagram

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    • 52 min
    Trisha Barker: Stick To Your Guns And Fight For What You Want

    Trisha Barker: Stick To Your Guns And Fight For What You Want

    On today’s episode of Period Story podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Trisha Barker, a life coach who helps people manage and overcome imposter syndrome. Listen to hear our conversation about Trisha’s endometriosis journey, how she fought for a diagnosis, how she manages the endometriosis pain, how she’s incorporated menstrual cycle awareness into her day to day work life and of course, her first period.
    Trisha says that when she was shocked when she first got her period. She had a stomachache and thought to herself: “Am I dying?”. Her mum was there to reassure her and explain to her what happened. Trisha says that she felt really embarrassed and ashamed about what was happening to her and it took her until her forties to get past the shame.
    Trisha went on a long journey of trying to deal with her heavy and painful periods, for years using the pill to do this. She eventually decided that she didn’t want to be on the pill because she didn’t believe it was good for her health. After she came off the pill, her period pain boomeranged back.
    Listen to hear what happened when Trisha tried to get the bottom of what was behind her excruciating period pain and the moment where she refused to leave her GP’s office until he gave her a solution that didn’t involve more pills.
    Trisha explains that coming off the pill helped her connect with her menstrual cycle. She says she wanted to be back in tune with her own body. Trisha shares how she was able to spot patterns through her menstrual cycles and adapt her work accordingly.
    Trisha shares some advice for people struggling with imposter syndrome and the key questions they need to ask themselves to move past it. She says that we can ask ourselves better questions and start to find evidence to prove that our imposter doesn’t know everything. Trisha says that when you change what you believe about yourself, you change how you show up in the world. Thank you, Trisha!
    Get in touch:
    Tweet and IG: @periodstorypod
    Email: periodstorypod@gmail.com
    Show notes and transcripts can be found at www.periodstorypod.com
    Get in touch with Trisha:
    Website
    Instagram


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    • 52 min

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CatherineA2002 ,

Accessible and useful

I’m 40 and really just learning all the ins and outs of my cycle, hormones and nutrition now. Le’Nise shares great stories, interviews and tips that are educating me. Grateful for this podcast!

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