PERIOD Podcast

PERIOD is a podcast where we explore anything and everything to do with the menstrual cycle, most especially the bloody bits. I’m your host, Kate Clancy, an anthropologist and scientist who studies periods.
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Feb 9, 2018

Join Kate for the last episode of season 2. She talks to Imani Gandy and Jessica Pieklo (AKA @AngryBlackLady and @Hegemommy on Twitter), the hosts of Boom! Lawyered and Senior Legal Analysts at Rewire News.

Feb 2, 2018

Join Kate as she talks to grad student Holly Horan from her fieldwork in Puerto Rico on the effects of stress on pregnancy and preterm birth. Show notes can be found at And don't forget to use coupon code "periodpodcast" for 50% off your order at!

Jan 26, 2018

Kate talks to Dr. Andrea Ichino about research indicating that some women miss work in a cyclical pattern. Is the problem the data, the interpretation, the way we view women, or the way we view the workplace?

Jan 19, 2018

Kate talks to Dr. Jessica Kiley about periods and contraception, with a particular focus on long-acting contraception. Consider an implant and become a biohacker ahead of the Silicon Valley dudebros!

Jan 12, 2018

Kate talks to Dr. Marla Lujan, PCOS expert and professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University. We geek out on testosterone and how the body makes eggs.

Dec 22, 2017

Liz and Kate chat about pelvic prolapse, and Kate interviews the amazing Julie Wiebe, a pelvic floor therapist who pioneered the "pelvic floor piston" method of breathing. Check out the show notes at

Dec 15, 2017

Dr. Claudia Valeggia of Yale University joins me for a wonderful conversation about biological and cultural variation in the experience of the postpartum period. Check out the show notes at

Dec 8, 2017

Join me in a conversation with Maysa Haque, masters student at the University of Regina, as she shares her research into the wide variability of experience Canadian Muslim women have about their periods. For more see

Dec 1, 2017

We learn about periods through history, and those moments when corporate interests, scientific knowledge, and women's lives align. Guest is historian Dr. Lara Friedenfelds. Head to the show notes for more, at

Nov 17, 2017

Eating Psychology Coach Lu Uhrich teaches me a thing or two about body image, nourishing yourself, and how to get back your period. Check out for the full show notes.

Nov 10, 2017

We learn about the female athlete triad, and how menstrual disturbances have more to do with not eating enough and adhering to cultural conceptions of beauty than overexercising. See for full show notes.

Nov 3, 2017

Liz Lerner, Kate's sister, hosts the first episode of season 2. Liz interviews Kate and learns the moment she learned where babies come from, and the times she thought she had gotten her period but didn't.

Oct 24, 2017

We are so excited to share the next season with you! Hear about some of our upcoming episodes and our new sponsor!

Dec 23, 2016

I talk to Dr. Molly Fox, Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology at UCLA, about why grandmas are cool, and you should listen to this episode with your female relatives. Check out the show notes at, and support this podcast at This is the last episode of this season, make sure you subscribe so you don't miss bonus content before season 2!

Dec 16, 2016

Scicurious, also known as Dr. Bethany Brookshire, chats with Kate about PMS and PMDD. Go to for the show notes, and check out Kate's new Patreone to support the podcast,!

Dec 9, 2016

Kate Blazar, CEO and founder of Animosa and the Go With Your Flow Pack, tells us about her new product and Kickstarter. Find my show notes at and the Kickstarter at

Nov 25, 2016

This is a bonus episode of PERIOD podcast about the US Presidential Election. For a full transcript and show notes go to

Nov 18, 2016

Dr. Roxana Hickey joins Kate to talk ladybugs – or rather, the vaginal microbiome. Check out the show notes at!

Nov 11, 2016

Kate interviews Dr. Felisa Reynolds about their shared experience of a workplace bathroom, and Dr. Jessica Brinkworth about the health consequences of crappy menstrual hygiene.

Nov 4, 2016

Kate interviews musician Kiran Gandhi and inventor Heli Kurjanen about having periods in public.

Oct 28, 2016

Kate interviews the founder of Periods for Pence, now Periods for Politicians.

Oct 21, 2016

This episode was a ton of fun to put together. I was lucky to get to interview Lali DeRosier, a seventh grade science teacher and awesome science outreach advocate. We talk about what kids know, and what cultural conceptions of gender make kids not realize they know… like the several times Lali has had to convince boys in her classroom that girls poop.

Then, I talk to Talia Oakley, a sex health educator. We also talk about what kids know and mis-know… and my daughter makes an accidental appearance.

Oct 14, 2016

I interview four mothers and their kids -- and my own kid -- about what a period is. We discuss how kids come to understand privacy and secrecy, bodily functions, and growing up.

Oct 7, 2016

I interview Dr. Alma Gottlieb about what periods are, culturally – what they mean to us, what they do to us, how they fit or don’t fit into the dominant cultural paradigm. Dr. Gottlieb shares insights into menstrual taboos, in the United States and cross-culturally. She also talks about what it means that 20-25% of the reproductive-aged women you meet are menstruating, even though they are hiding it. What does it mean to hide something fundamental about yourself for a quarter of your lifespan from menarche to menopause?

Sep 30, 2016

In my first full episode, I interview Dr. Elizabeth Rowe about her research on menstruation, and why we have periods. Dr. Rowe shares broad evolutionary insights about why people menstruate, as well as quirky tidbits about how researchers have studied periods over the years. Learn how scientists discovered how much monkeys menstruate, and which region of Europe seems to enjoy wringing out sanitary products.

Next week, I’ll interview Dr. Alma Gottlieb, a cultural anthropologist who also studies periods, to look at the other side of the menstrual pad on matters periodic.

Subscribe to PERIOD so you don’t miss an episode! Once we are in iTunes you can of course subscribe there, there are also lots of Android-friendly ways to subscribe. You can also find information about the podcast at Period Podcast on Facebook.

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