THE CHANGE MAKERS PODCAST

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Over The Bloody Moon shares tales and tools of positive menopause transformation from The Change Makers, inspiring women from all walks of life.                      
 

In our second series, The Specialists. we chat to a range of clinicians, psychologists and authors who share their tools of the trade, providing menopause support, across every aspect of health and wellbeing.

 

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Episode 1: "Sleep and Menopause".                          Released Aug 31st 
 

Kathryn Pinkham is founder of The Insomnia Clinic and Insomnia Advisor for Over The Bloody Moon. For the past 15 years, she has focussed on just one thing, helping people to sleep well, so they can live their life to the fullest.

 

In this episode we learn how we can retrain the brain and reform habits to increase our sleep drive, reset our body clock, and introduce cues to help improve sleep association. You'll learn more about the impact that sleep can have on mental health and how it can be leveraged as a Power Tool for menopause. You'll get some practical, proven tips and techniques to take away and put into practice from Kathryn's online course, Sleep Well, Live Better with Menopause. 

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Episode 2: "Pelvic Health and Menopause.                      Released Sept 7  

In this episode, we chat to Jane Simpson, Over The Bloody Moon's Continence Advisor and specialist at The London Rooms, as well as author of international best seller, "The Pelvic Health Bible".

 

We learn what good pelvic health is and why this region matters, not just through our menopause transition, but beyond. We chat about what support options there are for anyone experiencing a pelvic organ prolapse, urinary tract infections and incontinence. Did you know that 1 in 3 women over 18, experience bladder leaks and postmenopause, this increases to 60%. And yet, it's a topic rarely spoken about and most don't seek help until it's too late. This episode removes the mystery and stigma and provides you with self-care rituals, products, bio feedback gadgets and apps, as well as medical support available.  

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Episode 3: "Intimate Health in Menopause".                    Released Sept 14
 

In this episode, we chat to Dr Angela Sharma (menopause specialist and GP, running her own NHS menopause clinic) and Dr Angela Wright, sexologist. Both are co-founders of Spiced Pear Health Clinic.

We learn more about common issues, impacting on our intimate self-care, both during and beyond the menopause transition. If you've noticed your libido change, are experiencing any discomfort or itchiness in your vulva-vaginal area, or penetrative sex has become painful, you are not alone! Find out what support options are available - medical treatment and specialists, lubes, vibrators and vaginal rings, as well as lifestyle and mind-related tools. 

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Episode 4: "Deepening Connections in Menopause".    Released Sept 21
 

Following the previous week's episode on Intimate Self-Care, we thought it a great follow-on to chat with Susan Quilliam, an experienced psychotherapist and relationship coach. She's also author of seven books, including best sellers, 'Joy of Sex' and 'Stop Arguing, Start Talking', so she has plenty to say on how to navigate relationships in times of turbulent change. 

Shifts in sex desire, incontinence and vaginal atrophy may all have an impact on intimacy. Susan provokes us to reframe intimacy and provides some golden nuggets in opening up communication and deepening connections with loved ones around us.  You'll come away learning about the four C's and how to apply them to your life. 

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Episode 5: "Demystifying Menopause".                             Released Sept 28

In this episode, we join Maisie Hill, hormone health specialist and author of the best selling books, 'Period Power' and 'Perimenopause Power'.  

Maisie is a walking, talking encyclopedia when it comes to hormones, and we gave her a good grilling in exploring the variances of the menopause spectrum, in all its shades. you'll learn about surgical and induced menopause, and how that may be experienced differently to natural menopause. You'll also discover how different hormones start to shift through the stages of menopause, and the impact this may have physically, psychologically, and cognitively.

 

We continue our theme of menopause diversity, looking at menopause with endometriosis, thyroid imbalance, and insulin resistance, as well as the impact menopause can have with a history of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) Along the way, Maisie gives lots of tips and Power Tools from her book and years of experience. A fascinating conversation and you'll walk away feeling more empowered about how to manage your menopause. 
 

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Episode 6: "Fear, The Loudest Guest".                                  Released Oct 5

In this episode, we travel to Melbourne, Australia to meet Dr Amy Silver, psychologist talking about her book, 'The Loudest Guest' which explores how to change and control our relationship with fear. We hear from many women in our community about how the menopause transition can cause fear to dominate thoughts and situations.

Dr Silver is so engaging as she explains her model of working through fear. The first part of the podcast focuses on understanding and acknowledging fear whilst the second part looks at how to live a full life with fear in it. 

If you are someone struggling with change, or has a fear lurking in the shadows, this episode if for you. And even if you don't, it's a witty and interesting listen. 
 

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Episode 7: "Nutrition, Mental Health & Menopause".       Released Oct 12                   

In this episode, we catch up with Emma Bardwell, Over The Bloody Moon's Nutrition Advisor, menopause nutritionist and co-author of The Perimenopause Solution, focusing on mental health to mark Mental Health Awareness week. 

Sleep, stress and mood can take a nose dive due to hormonal changes, but we can take back some control by being more strategic about the way we eat, and what we can put into our bodies. We learn how the mind and body are interconnected, and how we can keep both healthy in menopause through our diet. Pick up tools of the trade from Emma Bardwell, including the importance of 'rest and digest'.

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Episode 8: "Brain Health & Menopause".                            Released Oct 19                   

For our final episode, we chat to neuroscientist, Dr Sara McKay, based in Sydney, author of 'A Woman's Brain' and hear how menopause, along with other transitions, impacts on those assigned female at birth, in terms of their cognitive state and health. 

Sara explains the role of hormones on temperature regulation, sleep, stress and mood, during menopause, as well of course, 'brain fog'. This is a fascinating listen and you'll also get some Power Tools to take away with you, to boost your brain function.