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Period Chats

Period Chats

By Kate Morton
Let's talk about menstruation and women's health! Join Kate Morton dietitian and Funk It Wellness founder to dig into society's impact on women's health.

This podcast is produced/provided with the understanding that it does not constitute professional medical advice. The information presented on this website and affiliated podcast are my own personal view, opinions, and summaries of research. Always consult your physician regarding any medical concerns, conditions, or treatments.
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How Dr. Cassandra Wilder aka Menstruation Queen Uses Seed Cycling!
Learn more about Seed Cycling with us!  In this episode, Dr. Cassada joins us to talk about how she uses seed cycling not only for her clients and patients but for herself.  This episode is great to listen to if you are curious about seed cycling or if you are already doing it and want to learn a little more about how it works!  About Dr. Casanda: Cassandra Carlson Wilder is an ND and hormone educator. Passionate about cyclical health and menstruation, she teaches women how to work with their bodies and apply foundational tools to return to balance. She is the creator of the popular period + hormone program  Period Reboot. IG: TikTok: Website:
January 11, 2022
Functionally Address PCOS with special guest Letish Bates aka ThatPCOSCoach
It's time to cut through the BS on PCOS.  In this episode, Letisha walks us through her personal journey with PCOS as a nurse, health coach, and soon-to-be RD.   Letisha shares her learnings 3 key factors that are linked to PCOS management.   1. Insulin Resistance  2. Inflammation  3. Stress & Adrenals  In the second half of this episode, we also brainstormed easy ways to eat healthy on the go (bc let's be honest it's been hard lately)! Connect with Letisha: Instagram: TikTok: Website:
January 05, 2022
Navigating Painful Periods w/ Special Guest Dr. Alex Golden, MD
Did you know that period pain isn’t medically normal it is medically common?  That’s right the intense period pain that has been normalized in society shouldn’t be there.  In this episode, we talked to  Dr. Alex Golden, MD from The Zesty Ginger about how to navigate painful periods and get the help you need! About Dr. Alex Golden, MD: Dr. Alex is known for an integrative MD approach to health through both functional and conventional medicine and for teaching women the tools they need to be their own health advocates.   Dr. Alex ​​had chronic pelvic pain since she was 18 years old. Pain, like any other illness, is a product of many systems in the body malfunctioning. For her, it was the culmination of a family history stacked with autoimmune diseases, a poor diet, years of physically abusing my body from ballet, major gut motility problems, and undiagnosed endometriosis.  This life experience pushed Dr. Alex to focus on helping women! Check Out:
December 21, 2021
BONUS SIDE CHAT MYTH BUSTERS: Can orgasms shorten your period?
MYTH BUSTERS in this episode Kate & Claire dive into can orgasms shorten your period?  You might be surprised what we found and what the internet had to say about this topic.  We also discuss some exciting period news happening in Michigan!  Myth Busters Talley  Period Chats 1 - Claire 0 *Note this episode does not contain medical advice it is 2 co-workers learning about their bodies in an open safe space.
December 14, 2021
Nutrition + Fertility - What is the connection? W/ Special guest Whitney Gingerich, MA, RDN
Episode Overview: Both nutrition and fertility are hot topics with a lot of miss information swirling around on the internet.  In this episode, we sat down with Fertility Dietitian and Coach Whitney Gingerich to unpack the true connection behind what we eat and how it impacts our fertility.  BONUS we also talk about nutrition and sperm quality so this is a great episode for everyone.  About Whitney:  Whitney Gingerich is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & holistic fertility coach helping women learn how to nourish, move, and rest their bodies to optimize their hormonal health and fertility. Whitney studied nutrition at The Ohio State University and graduated Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree along with varsity athlete accolades as an Academic All-Big Ten and 4-year scholar-athlete.  She went on to complete her dietetic internship and master’s degree through Ball State University. As a board-certified food & fertility nerd with a decade of experience and a knack for health humor, Whitney uses the 5 pillars of fertility to create lasting change so that women struggling to conceive can bring joy and pleasure back into their lives while addressing the root cause of their health issues. --------------------------------- Connect with Whitney! Instagram  Website  TikTok ------------------------------------- What to seed cycle?  Use Whitney's Code! Shop --> Funk It Wellness and use code TFN15 to save 15%
December 07, 2021
BONUS SIDE CHAT - Does the cold/ winter time make PMS worse?
Welcome to our very first side chat bonus episode - each week the Funk It Team goes over a new educational topic related to the menstrual cycle and we want to share these side chats with you.  In this week's episode we dive into the question - Does the cold/ winter time make PMS worse?  Tune in to find out! Important show notes 1.  The science is inconclusive on if you can get Vitamin D from the moon but if you can it is a very small amount.  2. According to one study in 1990 sleeping with a night light may indeed shorten/regulate your cycle if it is irregular. 3. The most popular conception dates are indeed in the winter months and scientists think they may have to do with day length. 4.  Food sources of vitamin d: Fatty Fish, Egg Yolk & Mushrooms  5.  Learn more about PMS & Winter *Note this episode does not contain medical advice it is 4 co-workers learning about their bodies in an open safe space. 
December 02, 2021
How diet + lifestyle can impact the menstrual cycle / period pain with Special Guest Dr. Anjali, ND
About the Episode: Roughly 9/10 or 90% of menstruators suffer from PMS but oftentimes, when this is brought up in a medical environment the only solution prescribed, is birth control.  In this episode of Period Chats, we sat down with Dr. Anjali a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor in California to dig into how diet and lifestyle can impact the whole menstrual cycle and painful periods.  1. Intro on Dr. Anjali 2. How did you decide to work on women's health + hormones? 3. What are some common things you see women come to you with? 4. What are a few common misconceptions around period health? 5. What are a few ways to support our cycles naturally? 6. How do you feel about seed cycling? 7. How do mental health and period health work together? 8. what are some lifestyle tips for this? 9. Anything else you would like to share? About Dr. Anjali:  Dr. Anjali Kasunich is a California-licensed Naturopathic Doctor, founder of Mantra Natural Medicine, and in-house health practitioner at Erewhon. She’s passionate about helping people understand and heal what’s causing their symptoms. When she’s not treating patients in her private practice, Dr. Anjali enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, dancing, and being in her garden. You can learn more about Dr. Anjali and her favorite healthy tips by visiting her website (, or Instagram (@DrAnjali_ND). Did you know that a female’s face becomes more symmetrical during ovulation1? Some scientists have also found that a woman who is ovulating may smell, walk and even sound different during that fertile time frame. Neat, right?!  Why does this happen and why is it all-important? In this article, I’ll highlight what you need to know about ovulation, ways to tell when you’re ovulating and how to support this process. Want to start seed cycling?! Shop here: & use code DRANJALI to save 15%
November 30, 2021
Hormonal Imbalance + Inflammation w/ Dr. Emma Wilder
This episode of the period chats podcast gives into the connection between hormonal imbalance and inflammation.  Over the next 35 minutes, Dr. Wilder will explain how hormonal imbalance and inflammation are connected, the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance and inflammation, and what we can do at home to combat imbalance.   About our Guest:  Dr. Emma Wilder uses a functional medicine approach to address the root cause of the disease. She focuses on autoimmune diseases, pain management, and reducing inflammation. Dr. Wilder uses botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, diet, and lifestyle adjustments. Links: Seed Cycling Kit Discount code: FUNKIT15
November 23, 2021
Busting PCOS Myths with Guest Melissa Groves Azzaro RDN LD
About the episode: Topic: PCOS Myth Busting 1. How did you decide to become a hormone dietitian? 2. Quickly for anyone new to this topic what is PCOS? 3. Now let's dive into myths & Facts about PCOS 4. Is "low carb" the best diet for PCOS? 5. Do you have to cut out gluten and dairy? 6. Can you only do low-impact exercise? 7. Is there a "perfect" diet for PCOS? 8.  Is nontoxic - living important for PCOS? About Melissa:  Melissa Groves Azzaro, RDN, LD, is an integrative dietitian who helps busy women with hormone imbalances, PCOS, and fertility issues regain regular periods and get pregnant naturally. She uses a functional medicine approach to figure out the root causes of your symptoms and helps you develop personalized nutrition, supplement, and lifestyle plan to balance your hormones and optimize your fertility. She works virtually with clients one-on-one and in group programs, has a self-study course on PCOS called The PCOS Root Cause Roadmap, and is the author of A Balanced Approach to PCOS, a meal-planning cookbook that is focused on addressing the root causes of PCOS. Links: Here is a link to Melissa's website: Here is the link to Melissa's IG: Here is the link to Melissa's free webinar (Period Success):
November 18, 2021
Two Dietitians Talk Seed Cycling
About the Episode:  Can you believe that we have never talked about seed cycling on this podcast?  I know crazy!  In this episode, Kate & Stephanie, Registered Dietitians, and women's health experts talk about all things seed cycling.  SO if you have seed cycling questions you are in the right place.  About Stephanie:  Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) by the American Nutrition Association Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York, NY Certified Holistic Nutritionist from the Nature Care College, Sydney, Australia Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor from Ayurveda Elements Academy, Sydney, Australia Certified Natural Foods Chef from the Nutrition Therapy Institute, Denver, CO Certified Yoga Instructor from Drishti Yoga International Ready to start seed cycling?  Start here and use code KEENIST15 for 15% off! Want to connect with Stephanie?  Website:
November 10, 2021
Diving into amenorrhea aka a missing period w/ guest Lauren Papanos, RDN
In today's episode of the Period Chats Podcast, we sat down with Lauren Papanos, RDN to talk about amenorrhea.  Lauren is a functional medicine registered dietitian passionate about helping you reclaim your health so that you can feel optimal- inside and out.  What is amenorrhea? "Amenorrhea is missing one or more periods. If you are older than 15 and haven’t gotten your first period (primary amenorrhea) or you’ve missed a period for a few months (secondary amenorrhea), talk to your healthcare provider. Amenorrhea is often a sign of a treatable condition. With treatment, your regular menstrual cycle will usually resume." Meet Lauren:  Website: Instgram: Podcast:
October 19, 2021
Healing Bladder Prolapse through Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy with guest Lauren Staley
What we will cover in this episode: 1. What is bladder prolapse? 2. What are some common reasons it can occur? 3. What was your personal experience with it? 4. How did that impact your life? 5. How did you work to reverse it? 6. What was Pelvic floor physical therapy like? 7. Do you still do Pelvic floor physical therapy? 8. What to do with women knew about bladder prolapse 9. Is there anything else you want to us to know?! Get to know Lauren:  "My name is Lauren Staley. Thank you for visiting my site! I am a group fitness instructor, health coach, wife and mother of three (one happens to have fur). Prior to having my first son, I was teaching 10-12 classes a week, including dance aerobics, Zumba, Yoga, strength training, interval training, and warm water therapy. Now that I am a full time momma, my schedule has changed quite a bit, but I still have a calling to help others feel physically and mentally great through movement. Now that I am navigating through a pre/postnatal body, I have been especially driven to help mommas feel confident and capable despite all the changes these miraculous bodies go through." Show Notes: Follow The Boob Broads on Facebook or Instagram @the_boob_broads Contact Lauren at or on social "The Boob Broads" Episodes on Pelvic Floor Health: (Listen on your favorite podcast platform!) 13: All About Pelvic Floor... And Why We Need to Talk About It More! 28: Pelvic Floor, Tell Us More, Tell Us More 113: Pelvic Floor PT: Pregnancy Edition Lauren's Blog Posts on Pelvic Floor Health: Some of Lauren's favorite resources: @expectingandempowered @getmomstrong @the.vagina.whisperer You Can Heal Your Body by Louise Hay Your Body Speaks Your Mind by Deb Shapiro
October 02, 2021
How Environmental Toxins Can Impact your hormones with guest Lahanna Vigliano,CCN
Episode Overview: Everyone is talking about toxins and detoxes but what does that even mean?  In this episode we will break down what toxins are, where they are found and what we can do to limit them in our lives! About Lahanna:  Lahana Vigliano is a board certified clinical nutritionist and the founder + CEO of Nuvitru Wellness. She has her undergraduate in Nutrition Science and is finishing her Master's degree this year in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. She is starting her doctorate next year in 2022! She realized her passion for integrative and preventive medicine when she was pre-med, which led her to switch careers to nutrition. Nuvitru Wellness helps women use food as medicine to help balance hormones and improve digestive function. Outside of running a business and going to school, she is a mama of two and a wife! In this episode we will cover:  1. What is a "toxin" 2. Where do you usually encounter toxins 3. How do these toxins affect our hormones? 4. How do we know if toxins are affecting our hormones? 5. Top things to change to eliminate toxin exposure? 6. What are any misconceptions around toxins? 7. Any other tips for staying healthy & happy! Connect with Lahanna: Website: Instagram:
October 02, 2021
What does "hormone balance" mean with Dr. Beth Westie?
About Dr. Beth: Dr. Beth is the author of the Best Selling book, The Female Fat Solution, the creator of the 12 Week Female Fat Solution Challenge, the Eat for Your Cycle™ Method, and the host of The Female Health Solution Podcast. She has made it her mission to change the way women view their health. About this episode: In this episode we dive into what hormone balance really means.  Menstruators are left out of a lot of research studies so it can be tricky to figure out what we are supposed to be feeling like.  Spoiler alter we shouldn't be feeling terrible and in lots of pain.  Through out this episode we cover the basics of eating and exercising with your cycle, what balance looks and feels like and things we can do in our everyday life to support our cycles.  What to hear more from Dr. Beth? Instagram: Website:
September 28, 2021
All things Hashimoto's with Samantha Gladish RHN
Topic Overview: On today's episode of the Period Chats Podcast we sat down with Samantha Gladish RHN to learn more about how her own personal experience with Hashimoto's has helped her to not only heal herself but countless women other women.  Samantha is the Author of The 30-Day Hormone Solution and owner of   What we are going to cover today: Samantha's story What is Hashimoto's? What information were you given when diagnosed How has your own journey shaped your practice What protocols do you use? What would you tell other people struggling with this? Are there specific tests that people should be asking for that are not generally taken? How to find Samantha: Instagram @holisticwellnessfoodie
September 28, 2021
Nicole Coulter's journey with PCOS
You might know Nicole from her Youtube Channel More Salt Please!  Nicole is a chef, content creator, and brand coach who also happens to have PCOS.  In this episode, Nicole gets real about how she found out she had PCOS, what she does to support her body, and gives us a few updates on what is going on with her channel (check it out for all the BEST recipes)!  Youtube: Instagram: Webiste:
August 24, 2021
Work and periods - how do we maximize our cycles?
On this episode of Period Chats I sat down with Alyx Coble-Frakes the founder of the Agenda.Period, Alyx realized early on in her health coaching career that her business was directly tied to her cycle.  So what did she do about it?!  She created an awesome planner AND app to help women and menstruators to match their lives and business with their cycles. Check out the Agenda. Period And start matching your cycle with your work!
August 11, 2021
Blood Sugar - why does it matter?
On the episode, I sat down with Michelle Penicook, RDN to learn about all things blood sugar.  Michelle is a Women’s Health dietitian with years of experience working with hormones.  This may surprise you but blood sugar happens to be one of the most important aspects of hormone health. In the episode we cover: What is blood sugar? Why is it important? How do we achieve blood sugar balance? How does nutrition work with blood sugar balance? Tips on foods for blood sugar balance! Bonus: Walking is great for blood sugar balance! Want to connect with Michelle? Instagram: Website:
July 27, 2021
Nutritional Tools for Hormone Health + Balance with Claire Siegel, RDN
In this episode, we dig into how eating patterns impact us throughout our lives and how to change these patterns to a healthy balance.  Claire is a dietitian turned tech CEO working on filling the gap for women's wellness and health.  She put it best when she said "health is a vehicle for you to enjoy your life, not your whole life".  This episode is all about balance which I don't know about you but I could use this reminder!  Claire's Instagram: The Flourish App:
June 29, 2021
Athletics + The Menstrual Cycle w/ Sydney Steely
On this episode of the Period Chats Podcast, we sit down with College Track and Cross Country Super Star and dear friend Sydney Steely.  Like many of you already know having a period can make our week or day difficult but what about when you have an important race?  Syd takes us through her experience as an athlete with a period and getting more in touch with her cycle has helped her throughout her last year of running.  Follow along with Sydney's journey here:  Instagram: @sydneysteely
June 22, 2021
Lunar Energy
In this episode, we dive into the in's and out's of lunar energy and how it relates to the menstrual cycle with Lunar Body Podcast Host & Hollistic period practitioner Kristen Ciccolini.  Kristen is a functional nutritionist for menstruators who are craving a more intuitive approach to health and she is also a wealth of knowledge on all things lunar energy!  If you have been wondering what the heck moon cycling is this is the podcast for you! The questions:  1.  How you got started with your work and got into the period world? 2. How did you find your unique blend of lunar and medical? 3. How is the moon and lunar cycle related to our cycles? 4. What does this mean / what is our lunar energy? 5. How can we track this? 6. How does nutrition play a role in this cycle? 7. What advice do you have for our listeners? Where to find Kristen:  Website: Instagram: Podcast:
June 14, 2021
Tracking your cycle & "natural" Birth Control!
Do you have questions about how to properly track your cycle?!  Same, so I brought on Vienna Farlow from the Cuntsultant!  Vienna is trained in the Justisse cycle tracking method and is a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner. Additional Info about Vienna & the Cuntsultant: Website: Instagram: Patreon: Book a free 15-minute call to discuss if Justisse is a good fit for you:
June 01, 2021
The Future of Exercise & the Menstrual Cycle
Today we sat down with Wild.Ai founder Hélène Guillaume a seasoned triathlete and Femtech trail blazer.  In this episode Hélène shares her vision for Wild.Ai, an app she developed with world renowned Female Physiology and Nutrition Dr. Stacy Simms.  Wild.Ai focuses on the physiological differences in women when it comes to training, exercise and nutrition.  This allows support for active females with a menstrual cycle, on birth control, in perimenopause or postmenopause.  We also dive into the period stigma in sports and how your cycle can be an athletic superpower.  What to learn more about the app?  Check it our here -->
May 25, 2021
All Things Periods with The Maddie Miles
Learning about hormones can be overwhelming - in this episode Maddie & I reflect on what we have learned about not just our own cycles and bodies but the cyclical nature of our cycles.   Key Take-Aways:   1. Dating your cycle is key  2. Don't rush it (good things take time)  3. Eating with your cycle is key!!   4. Cycle education should be more accessible.  5. We can help you!
May 12, 2021
Self Care and Burnout - How are you feeling lately?
On this episode of the Period Chats Podcast, we are learning from Inner Workout Founder Taylor Elyse Morrison.  Taylor graduate cum laude from Vanderbilt with a double major in Human and Organizational Development and Spanish and has a passion for helping people, communities and organizations get in touch with their inner self while becoming more effective.  In this episode, we talk about self-care and burnout.  I don't know about you but the past year has caused some very blurry work-life balance lines for me and I have felt constantly exhausted.  In this episode Taylor shares expert tools on how to remedy burnout while creating a life you feel energized to live. You can join the Inner Workout community here & find Taylor on Insta here !
April 20, 2021
Gut Health + Hormone Health
Did you know your gut health can impact your hormone health and your menstrual cycle?!  Crazy right?!  Today we say down with an amazing registered dietitian and gut health specialist Erin Kenney.  In this episode, we dig straight into not only how gut health and hormone health are connected but how you help both of yours.
April 02, 2021
Let's talk about birth control.
Do you have questions about hormonal Birth Control?  Berrion Berry has the answers for you!  Join us for an open and honest conversation diving into the pros and cons of hormonal birth control and figuring out which method is best for you.
March 02, 2021
What's the deal with estrogen?
Join us to learn all about estrogen from Dr. Saru Bala | ND!  Estrogen is one of those things that we all kind of know about but don't really understand.  Dr. Bala breaks it down step by step - how to identify low estrogen, high estrogen, and everything in between.  This episode is perfect if you want to get more in touch with your hormonal health. Find Dr. Sala on Instagram @drsarubala
February 24, 2021
Perimenopause Explained Featuring Certified Nurse Midwife Jen Lynch
Perimenopause means "around menopause" and refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, BUT there is ALOT of misconceptions about this particular time in our cycles.  Join us to learn more from Certified Nurse Midwife Jen Lynch.  In this episode, Jen breaks down the transition to perimenopause and all of the things that can be done to make this transition comfy as possible.  Going to the gyno soon?  Here is a link to our printable gyno checklist, so you will never forget a question again!
February 08, 2021
Eating with your cycle - how does it work?
Join us to learn from Holistic Hormone Nutrition Krista King, MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP on how to eat with your menstrual cycle!  This episode is PERFECT if you love food and hormone biohacking.  Krista and I break down the basic logic behind eating with your cycle, why it matters, and easy ways to do it.
February 03, 2021
The January Scaries
***Warning ED Trigger***** While January can be an exciting time for a new start it can also be a difficult time to be at peace with your body.  In this episode, I sat down with April Davis from the Vagina blog to dive into how January makes us feel and how we cope with those feelings.  Check out: @thevaginablog on insta!
January 08, 2021
What is a normal period?
What in the world is a normal period?  This is a question we get ALL of the time so we teamed up with Kinsey Olson, RN, BSN, and period expert to tackle this topic head-on!  In this episode, we talk about everything you need to know about a "normal" period and ways to work with your body to support your cycle throughout the entire month.  Spoiler alert a normal period shouldn't knock you out for a few days!
December 15, 2020
What is PCOS? With Dr. Cassandra Wilder ND
1 in 10 (maybe more!) menstruators will be diagnosed with PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, but there is still vast misinformation around PCOS.  Tune into this episode of the Period chats Podcast to learn from Dr. Wilder the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for PCOS as well as signs and symptoms of other cycle imbalances. Spoiler alert Dr. Cassandra is totally awesome and provides invaluable insight and support!
December 01, 2020
How does "dieting" impact us? With our amazing guest Danielle DeGroot, MS, RDN, CYT
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Join us to hear two dietitians speak openly about how the culture of dieting is impacting women's (and everyone's) health.  Spoiler alert is not your fault. If you feel like you have "failed" on a diet, they are made to make you will that way.  Listen in to learn more about why balance and making food a friend can be such a game-changer.  How has the culture of dieting affected you?  We would love to hear from you!
November 24, 2020
Hello & Funk the Period Stigma
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Welcome to the first episode of the Period Chats Podcast, woohoo!!  On this podcast, we will talk about all topics relating to women's health + menstrual health.  Each week we will dive into a new topic and create a space for EVERYONE menstruator or not to learn and connect.   In the episode, we dive right into the period stigma and how it is limiting opportunities for menstruators.  Do you feel comfortable talking about menstruation?  What does your relationship with menstruation look like?    
November 24, 2020
Let's Talk Menstrual Cups - with the Founders of the Bloody Buddy Cup
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If you have been following along you now know that the period stigma impacts way more than just how we view our periods, but how does it impact how we choose our period products?  In this episode, the founders of Bloody Buddy Courtney and Lexie answer all of our menstrual cup questions to how do we put it into how it has helped menstruators get more in touch with their bodies!
November 24, 2020
Period Poverty is real - what you need to know.
Did you know 1 in 5 school-aged menstruators will miss school because they don't have access to period products?  Tune in to learn from Demetra Presley, Executive Director of Go With the Flow AZ, an organization that provided schools in Tucson and Phoenix and neighboring areas with over 20,000-period packs- small bags that contain tampons, sanitary napkins, and panty liners.  
November 23, 2020