Period, the end. (But not really) A podcast about menopause

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KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie likes to talk about things that make most people uncomfortable — like menopause.

Anyone with ovaries will go through menopause and most will have symptoms. We’re talking hot flashes, anxiety, sleepless nights, vaginal dryness and even abnormal bleeding. In this podcast, Kathy talks to menopause experts, because this chapter of life can be gut-wrenching, exhausting and just plain confusing. Information is power — for you, your partner, your children, your friends and colleagues. Menopause can also be an incredibly isolating time for women, and now — more than ever — we need connection.

So, let’s get a little uncomfortable.


EPISODE 1: The Grandmother Hypothesis — Airing Sept. 20

In this episode, Kathy dives into the big why. Why do we go through "the change?" Anthropology professor Kristen Hawkes takes us to Africa, where the study of one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes led her to this conclusion: menopause is an adaptive advantage.

EPISODE 2: Menopause In Any Language — Airing Oct. 4

Vasomotor symptoms, aka hot flashes and night sweats, are the most common manifestations of menopause. Women of all cultures have different names for it and ways to cope. Kathy talks to professor Lynette Sievert, a biological anthropologist at UMASS Amherst, whose studies of menopausal women span the globe.

EPISODE 3: A Time of Risk — Airing Oct. 18

The menopausal transition can affect our cardiovascular health in ways that can’t be explained by age alone. Dr. Rebecca Thurston is a principal investigator for SWAN, the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, and also leads the MSHEART and the MSBRAIN studies, which look at menopause and the cardiovascular/brain connection.