PP Episode #140 – Breaking the Curse of Menstruation with Amanda Laird

Why is that we sometimes feel ashamed to talk about our periods with others or that the pain experience every month is expected even though it’s not normal? Registered Holistic Nutritionist™, Amanda Laird, is on the show to shed some light on these subjects and more!

Amanda Laird Period Party Podcast

Amanda Laird is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and host of The Heavy Flow Podcast – a weekly podcast dedicated to periods, reproductive health, and other taboo health and wellness topics. Amanda is also the author of Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation, where she examines the history of period shame and stigma, discusses its effects on women’s health and wellness today, and provides a crash course in menstrual self-care. Heavy Flow aims to lift the veil on menstruation, change the narrative, and break the “curse” once and for all.

In this episode, we talk about the problems that arise from women’s pain being viewed as normal, how Western culture perpetuates period shame, common menstrual myths, what it means to be “period neutral,” and so much more!

Mentioned in this episode:
  • The inspiration for the name of Amanda’s podcast, Heavy Flow
  • Amanda’s two-pronged approach to breaking the curse
  • The problems that arise because women’s pain is viewed as normal
  • How cultural factors contribute to period shame
  • The surprisingly male-oriented focus of research into women’s reproductive health issues
  • Some of the most common menstrual myths
  • Amanda’s own experience with period shame
  • Why we should be working towards “period neutral”
  • How to start breaking the curse
  • The “period envy” theory
  • How to get men involved in the period discussion
  • The connection between period shame and fear of pregnancy
  • Who benefits from controlling female bodies?
  • Why body literacy is crucial to break the curse

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