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A podcast about how hormones shape our world.

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Who you gonna call? Mythbusters!

About Hormonal

Hormones affect everyone and everything: from skin to stress to sports.

But for most of us, they're still a mystery.

Even the way we talk about hormones makes no sense. ("She's hormonal.")

So let's clear some things up. Each week, Rhea Ramjohn is asking scientists, doctors, and experts to break it all down for us.

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Episodes

A Sneak Peek at Season 2

with Rhea Ramjohn

Episode 0, 5 min, August 25, 2020
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Episode 0

August 25, 2020

A Sneak Peek at Season 2

As we work hard on Season 2 of the Hormonal podcast, we’re dropping into your feed with a special request, and a small behind the...

Hot or not? Birth control & sex drive

with Lynae Brayboy, M.D.

Episode 1, 25 min, October 11, 2020
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Episode 1

October 11, 2020

Hot or not? Birth control & sex drive

How birth control affects your sexual desire, self image, and weight fluctuations.

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The ABC: Abortion & Birth Control

with Stephanie Franzin, M.D.

Episode 2, 34 min, October 19, 2020
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Episode 2

October 19, 2020

The ABC: Abortion & Birth Control

What’s it like to get an abortion and the surprising ways the pandemic is changing abortion access.

The many sides of side effects

with Dr. Gabriela Aguilar

Episode 3, 33 min, October 26, 2020
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Episode 3

October 26, 2020

The many sides of side effects

Hormonal birth control: positive, negative, and neutral effects

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Reproductive choice and reproductive justice

with Dr. Loretta Ross

Episode 4, 35 min, November 2, 2020
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Episode 4

November 2, 2020

Reproductive choice and reproductive justice

Accessing birth control against the odds

Happy birthday, birth control

with Jonathan Eig

Episode 5, 42 min, November 9, 2020
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Episode 5

November 9, 2020

Happy birthday, birth control

Controversy and celebration on the 60th anniversary of the pill

Bringing sexy back

with Imogen Raye Minton & Yasmeen Bruckner

Episode 6, 35 min, November 16, 2020
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Episode 6

November 16, 2020

Bringing sexy back

Birth control after a pregnancy

Risky business: birth control during COVID-19

with Gillian Sealy

Episode 7, 30 min, November 23, 2020
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Episode 7

November 23, 2020

Risky business: birth control during COVID-19

COVID-19 is changing how we access birth control

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Who you gonna call? Mythbusters!

with Lynae Brayboy, Amanda Shea & Hajnalka Hejja

Episode 8, 37 min, November 30, 2020
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Episode 8

November 30, 2020

Who you gonna call? Mythbusters!

Clue’s Science Team busts your birth control myths

Credits

Season 2

Executive Producer: Kassandra Sundt
Host: Rhea Ramjohn
Editorial Help from: Amanda Shea, Steph Liao, Nicole Leeds
Clue Design: Marta Pucci & B.J. Scheckenbach
Web Team: Yomi Eluwande, Jane Parr-Burman, Maddie Sheesley

Special Thanks: Trudie Carter, Ryan Duncan, Aubrey Bryan, Claudia Taylor, Léna Calvarin, Lynae Brayboy
Mixing and recording help from: Bose Park Productions & Rekorder Studios in Berlin.

About Clue

Clue is the period tracking app that uses data and science to help you understand your body. It's also an encyclopedia of your menstrual cycle.

Learn more about the Clue app and check out what Clue is doing to advance menstrual health research.

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Rhea Ramjohn,

host of the Hormonal Podcast

Rhea Ramjohn,

host of the Hormonal Podcast

Your Host

The more knowledge we have about our hormones, our medical & menstrual care, and our reproductive rights, the more we empower ourselves and one another.

Hormonal has offered me the true privilege of speaking with people who have the expertise on the scientific knowledge about our hormones and cycles, as well as those sharing their lived experiences, caring for people with menstruation and how, all combined, shapes our lives everyday.

Gathering facts as well as personal stories are so vital to our understanding of our health, our his/herstories, and our cultures. I deem it a privilege because we haven't had many platforms nor opportunities for menstrual health information being broadly accessible.

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Trailer: What we talk about when we talk about hormones

minSeptember 6, 2019
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September 6, 2019

Trailer: What we talk about when we talk about hormones

"One grain of salt thrown into the ocean, and it has a huge impact."

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Coming soon: a new podcast from Clue about how hormones create our world, from skin, to stress, to sports, and beyond.

Transcript

This transcript was edited for clarity.

Trailer Transcript

Randi Epstein [00:00:00 - 00:00:09]: When we talk about hormones, we're not talking like a cup of sugar amount. We're talking like one grain of salt thrown into the ocean, and it has a huge impact.

Rhea Ramjohn: Introducing Hormonal: A podcast about how hormones shape our world. Brought to you by Clue. 

Each week, I, your host Rhea Ramjohn, will have experts on the show to break it all down for us. And this season on Hormonal, we’ll focus on just that: hormones. 

Martie Haselton [00:00:29 - 00:00:36]: The idea that many people have, that being hormonal, means that we've like, gone a little crazy, is I think backwards.

Rhea Ramjohn: We’ll talk to historians on the evolution of endocrinology.

Randi Epstein [00:00:42 - 00:00:46]: The gland business was huge. You know you have two testes, why not three? 

Katrina Karkazis [00:00:47 - 00:00:58]: So as early as the 1930s, 1940s, there were these ridiculous things called certificates of femininity, and you had to be issued one in order to compete. 

Rhea Ramjohn: And hear from writers, who examine and challenge long established medical and scientific ideas. 

Martie Haselton [00:01:05 - 00:01:11]: If we rethink it in that way, then this is no longer premenstrual syndrome. It's premenstrual strategy. 

Katrina Karkazis [00:01:12 - 00:01:23] What they do is a gynecological exam to look at the size of the clitoris, and in many ways this must sound utterly ridiculous, like, you know, there's no such thing as clitoral weightlifting.

Rhea Ramjohn: And, scientists on the ground about how their research is fueling a new understanding of how hormones nudge and drive us. 

Virginia J. Vitzthum [00:01:36 - 00:01:46]: So this required that I collect over 10,000 samples of saliva, over the course of two years, and God knows how many gallons of pee. [LAUGHS]

Rhea Ramjohn: Hormonal is brought to you by Clue, the period tracking app and menstrual encyclopedia.

So join me, as we talk about the research, the ethics, and the cultural myths, around hormones. 

You can check out more about Hormonal on helloclue.com/hormonal. 

Subscribe now for free wherever you get your podcasts. 

Hormonal. New episodes this fall. 

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Episode 0

September 6, 2019

Trailer: What we talk about when we talk about hormones

"One grain of salt thrown into the ocean, and it has a huge impact."

minSeptember 6, 2019
min

About

Coming soon: a new podcast from Clue about how hormones create our world, from skin, to stress, to sports, and beyond.

Apple Podcast iconSpotify iconSoundCloud iconStitcher iconTunein icon

Transcript

This transcript was edited for clarity.

Trailer Transcript

Randi Epstein [00:00:00 - 00:00:09]: When we talk about hormones, we're not talking like a cup of sugar amount. We're talking like one grain of salt thrown into the ocean, and it has a huge impact.

Rhea Ramjohn: Introducing Hormonal: A podcast about how hormones shape our world. Brought to you by Clue. 

Each week, I, your host Rhea Ramjohn, will have experts on the show to break it all down for us. And this season on Hormonal, we’ll focus on just that: hormones. 

Martie Haselton [00:00:29 - 00:00:36]: The idea that many people have, that being hormonal, means that we've like, gone a little crazy, is I think backwards.

Rhea Ramjohn: We’ll talk to historians on the evolution of endocrinology.

Randi Epstein [00:00:42 - 00:00:46]: The gland business was huge. You know you have two testes, why not three? 

Katrina Karkazis [00:00:47 - 00:00:58]: So as early as the 1930s, 1940s, there were these ridiculous things called certificates of femininity, and you had to be issued one in order to compete. 

Rhea Ramjohn: And hear from writers, who examine and challenge long established medical and scientific ideas. 

Martie Haselton [00:01:05 - 00:01:11]: If we rethink it in that way, then this is no longer premenstrual syndrome. It's premenstrual strategy. 

Katrina Karkazis [00:01:12 - 00:01:23] What they do is a gynecological exam to look at the size of the clitoris, and in many ways this must sound utterly ridiculous, like, you know, there's no such thing as clitoral weightlifting.

Rhea Ramjohn: And, scientists on the ground about how their research is fueling a new understanding of how hormones nudge and drive us. 

Virginia J. Vitzthum [00:01:36 - 00:01:46]: So this required that I collect over 10,000 samples of saliva, over the course of two years, and God knows how many gallons of pee. [LAUGHS]

Rhea Ramjohn: Hormonal is brought to you by Clue, the period tracking app and menstrual encyclopedia.

So join me, as we talk about the research, the ethics, and the cultural myths, around hormones. 

You can check out more about Hormonal on helloclue.com/hormonal. 

Subscribe now for free wherever you get your podcasts. 

Hormonal. New episodes this fall.