Is my heavy flow normal? Why do I snap at my boss every time I PMS? Why are periods considered disgusting, anyways? In a culture that likes to pretend periods don’t exist, women's health coach Stefanie Kleinburd and journalist Jessica Weiss are breaking the silence. The Flow Down offers fun, insightful, deep conversations about our cycles, plus interviews with special guests. New episodes every third Wednesday.
The Flow Down series finale
It’s been a minute—and we’ve got news. We share a look into our lives during these wild times and why we decided to end our show. To go out on a high note, we interview Dr. Melisa Holmes, the founder of Girlology, who’s teaching young people about periods. And period activists Ariana Rodriguez and Julie Sanchez tell us how they fought to get free period products on one Texas A&M campus. Even though times are tough, the future looks bright for periods. Thank you so much for being part of The Flow Down!
Reflections on podcasting and periods
As we wrap up Season 2 and The Flow Down turns one, we sit down to reflect on what a year it’s been.
What it's like to get your period when you have a disability
Having a physical disability can make menstruation a lot more difficult. On today’s show, three disabled menstruators share their stories and solutions. Writer, podcaster and disability advocate Kerry Kijewski tells us about having irregular periods while blind; journalist and podcaster Win Charles, who has cerebral palsy, shares how she finally got her “heavy ass” periods under control; and entrepreneur Jane Hartman Adamé describes how she designed a period product for all types of bodies.
The value of exercise for confidence, strength and our cycles, feat. Chrissy King & Carolyn Banner
We know that exercise has infinite benefits (and can feel damn good), but we admit we’re still figuring it all out. From frequency to intensity, it can be hard to know how to best exercise for our bodies. In this episode, strength coaches Chrissy King and Carolyn Banner discuss how and why they stay committed to fitness, provide insight into exercising in harmony with the menstrual cycle, highlight the fitness industry’s diversity problem and more.
How to take your power back in the doctor’s office featuring Christie VanHorne
Dismissed, misdiagnosed, ignored—in the current healthcare system, women and marginalized people often suffer most. Today we say: no more. We collaborated with badass woman, patient educator and CEO of CVH Consulting Christie VanHorne to bring you tips for owning your power in the doctor’s office. From how to find the right provider to how to activate your voice once in their office, we hope you come away with the practical tools you need to get the care you deserve. | Sign up for our newsletter at flowdownpod.com
Men and menstruation with Dr. David Linton
We tend to think of menstruation as a “women’s issue.” But from movies to books to the media, men play a big role in inventing the meaning of menstruation, too. Communications scholar David Linton joins us to discuss his new book exploring the way men have helped shape the meaning of menstruation throughout history - from the Bible to the New York Times crossword puzzle. And he even delights us with some menstrual poems! | Follow us on Instagram @flowdownpod
Must-Listen for People of all Sexual Identities!
Stef and Jess lead the way for change in this podcast by de-stigmatizing discussion of menstruation! Of the two episodes to which I’ve listened, they approach the topic with a unique combination of confidence, wisdom, openness, and curiosity. So, it feels like a real conversation that I get to participate in.
I also really like how they invited guest David Linton onto the podcast in episode 16. For me, his fervor towards de-stigmatizing menstruation motivates me to do the same, and I don’t think I’ve ever had another male be an advocate for openness and acceptance towards menstruation. So, that episode and this podcast empowers me to be an advocate just like David, Stef, and Jess!
Keep up the good work, and I’m excited to hear from a diverse set of future guests!
Informative & Empowering
The Flow Down is not only informative but really interesting and fun to listen to. I feel empowered and more connected after listening to each episode.
Ending period shame one episode at a time!
Stef and Jess are incredible period and health advocates. The Flow Down episodes are educational, thoughtful, and candid. These two are open and honest about their own health experiences and thoughtful about the topics they address. There is so much to learn from this podcast. I can’t recommend it highly enough! They are ending period stigma one episode at a time.