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Comedian Penny Ashton is on a voyage of discovery into the hormonal hocus pocus of menopause. So what better way to learn about her moisture moving from inside her body to perspiring out her face, than by talking to a series of wondrous women and owners of ovaries about their own lives and their menopause journeys. A series of frank and funny interviews all about what to expect, when expecting the change. Warning: salty language, and not just from the night sweats.
 
The Queer Parents Podcast about making babies and non-traditional families. Lesbian mom Jaimie Kelton humorously goes in-depth with weekly guests about their hopes, fears, and setbacks. The mission is to normalize, elevate and celebrate, while confirming that we're just like other parents, trying not to yell at our kids when they still haven't put their shoes on and we're 25 minutes late for school. The end result is a compelling podcast that amusingly explores the age-old question: what's i ...
 
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Two soul sisters hanging out discussing taboo topics like: navigating motherhood, body hair, sexuality, periods, anything that tickles their ovaries. Here, you'll find reclamation of power, womb love, exploration of the spiritual + sexual self, vulnerability, celebration, sisterhood, & so much more. (Hosted by Isadora Orgasma & Venus Creciente.)Podcast also on SoundCloud and YouTube.
 
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The Story She Needed To Tell Brandi is an Afro-Latinx queer mom co-parenting with her girlfriend and gay best friend, who is also father to her son. Her biased mistreatment throughout her pregnancy culminated in a traumatic birth and a call to CPS to have her baby taken away from her. Now she’s speaking up. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound,…
 
This week's guest is the very gorgeous Jeanette Thomas, co-host of one of Auckland's most popular breakfast radio shows on The Breeze, and former presenter of Good Morning. She beamed into Penny's office to chat about their time together on Good Morning, about how her perimenopause was camouflaged by her intense grief and the one symptom of menopau…
 
Joelle is American and her wife, Mei, is Taiwanese. They met and made a life in a rural farming community in Taiwan and were married the first day same sex marriage was legalized in the country. Now they’re struggling to get their newborn son recognized as a Taiwanese citizen. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com…
 
This week it's Good Morning's doyenne of the daisy and dazzler of the doily, Astar, so fabulous she only needs one name. She entertained Penny in her home with her tales of working for the Sultan of Brunei, about growing up in Tuatapere and shouting at a GP. A devotee of HRT for some time, she is a woman who knows her own body and just what it need…
 
For a Mother's Day special here's Showy Ovaries' first mother/daughter combo with TV director Carolyn Sylvester and artist Meg Mahy. Carolyn (Penny's first adult showbiz employer) told Penny all about her struggles with menopause and how she realised her mother's "break-down" was no such thing, about how not all hormone treatments are created equal…
 
E came out as non-binary at the age of 47 after living a self-proclaimed “very full, and very proud, black lesbian life.” When E’s ex got pregnant with their son, E’s emotions over not being the bio-parent led to a messy divorce. Now they're a blended LGBTQ family figuring it out, one day at a time. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible…
 
Veteran politician Judith Tizard welcomed Penny into her home to talk about her life, her body and her menopause. A part of the Tizard dynasty of public servants we chatted about her happily being the daughter of a Mayor, a Governor General and a Deputy Prime Minister. Also about the perils of coming out in the public eye, male infidelities in parl…
 
Angela and Jess (S5, Ep16) are back and trying for baby number 2! They talk about navigating a recent autism diagnosis while in the midst of fertility treatments, as well as working around insurance biases within their “inclusive” company. Oh, and Robin says her final goodbye😢 We’re not crying, you’re crying Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound…
 
New Zealand's cabaret superstar Jackie Clarke, dropped into Penny's house with two hot buns to talk all about her sweaty knees. A self described human water feature, Jackie is determined she will not go gently into that hot flushed night but rather yell all about her menopause to anyone who is vaguely listening. They chat about her body's journey f…
 
As an adoptee, using an identifiable sperm donor was a non-negotiable for Lynne. Now that her twins are fully grown, Lynne looks back on the years that shaped them, and reminisces on how her kids have handled growing up in an LGBTQ family. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB/TikTok: @ovariestalk Me…
 
Showy Ovaries is thrilled to welcome one of the busiest TV presenters and authors in Aotearoa, Miriama Kamo, to share her fertility journey with Penny. From the pain of six miscarriages, to the joys of delivering her daughter, to the struggles of endometriosis and early menopause, Miriama is warm, open and honest about all that her body has been th…
 
Chosen family makes all the difference when it comes to being LGBTQ. Brandon’s parent’s cut him off after he came out. Thankfully his aunt Kathy took him in. She’s his second mom, and her impact on Brandon has made him who he is today. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB/TikTok: @ovariestalk Medium…
 
Former Muppet wrangler at Henson Studios, Lana Schwarcz, joins Penny from Melbourne to talk about her medically induced menopause following a breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Lana took this experience and turned it into an award winning comedy show; Lovely lady Lump which she toured through Australia, Canada and to Edinburgh in an effort to get…
 
A minisode with a brief and not at all peer reviewed history and explanation of HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy. It can sound as dry as a menopausal vagina so stand by for some appalling internet sourced menopause jokes. Like so bad. Like why internet.... WHY? Louise Newson's Website: https://www.balance-menopause.com/ Fertility Associates: https…
 
Naomi and Marilyn spent a lifetime trying to be a family. From best friends and sorority sisters to Marilyn's marriage and Naomi joining the military. They fought to get back to each other. Then came the tricky part of coming out. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 E…
 
It's Shaky Ovaries! In a belated Purple Day Special (Epilepsy Awareness Day on March 26th) Penny chats to fellow ladies with epilepsy Jacki Morris and Denise Astill. Denise founded Foetal Anti Convulsant Syndrome NZ (FACNZ), an organisation about promoting awareness of the damage anti-convulsants can do to unborn children, and she and Jacki share t…
 
Ame wanted to have a baby with their partner, but a miscarriage sent them on a path that ultimately led to a breakup. Years later, they're talking about their pain to help heal. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Song…
 
This week it's bestselling brainbox Niki Bezzant whose book This Changes Everything: The Honest Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause, recently hit the Number One spot on the NZ top Ten Non-Fiction charts. The result of two years of research it's an excellent manual to leaf through as you try and figure out just what the hell is happening to you as …
 
Katya and Beckett met, fell in love, and recently had a baby– using Beckett's brother's sperm. Together, they're navigating Beckett's gender transition. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany Topol Tha…
 
Award-winning NZ acting queen Robyn Malcolm was NZ's sexiest woman 2007, though she grew up feeling anything but. Her teenage years were a storm of hormones resulting in extreme PMT and bulimia, then once in her 20's she discovered the secret to weight loss; smoking. In her first in person podcast interview, Penny chats Robyn's path to her recent 5…
 
Jess and Brandy tried to have a baby via IUI and IVF. When that didn't work they moved to adoption. They adopted two kids, one who was born addicted to heroin. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany To…
 
David Bowie's China Girl is all woman now and still as fabulous as ever. Having always felt incredibly lucky, Geeling told Penny tales of landing the biggest gig of her life rolling naked with the Starman in the surf, starring as Jasmine Sage in the epic 80's glamour TV show Gloss and her enduring roles as a hospitality doyenne on the Auckland nigh…
 
What better way to celebrate International Women's Day Week than by getting a man in. Penny's husband celebrates her everyday so she decided to have a chat to him about podcasts, her bits and watching his hair run away from his face. Be a fly on their kitchen wall as they ponder midlife epiphanies, the symptoms of andropause and how to find some po…
 
It's a bonus episode on International Women's Day! Best selling juggernaut Nicky Pellegrino joins Penny Ashton to chat all about her popular new menopause book 'Don't Sweat It: How to Make the Change a Good One'. From her days as NZ Women's Weekly editor, to being worried a hot flush might make her a suspected covid case at customs, to how her husb…
 
Shannon and Ashley have been on their TTC journey for three years. They're currently navigating insurance, costs, and finding their community. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany Topol Thanks to Bet…
 
Queen of the catwalks AND the kitchen, it's NZ living treasure and HRT devotee Peta Mathias. Her culinary travel wings may have been clipped by a pandemic, but chef Peta's zest can't be suppressed and she chats to Penny as boldly as her colourful clothes. They cover her Catholic debutante entry into the marriage market, how the invention of The Pil…
 
Libby and Duncan are both queer, but face challenges because they present as a heterosexual couple. They talk fitting in, coming out, and saving for adoption. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany Top…
 
Showy Ovaries is in the presence of journalism royalty this week with Voyager Media Award Winning Reporter of the Year, Alison Mau. A journalist since 17, Mau has been successful across whatever media format you care to name, from TV to radio to broadsheets....well until she's made redundant anyway. From her native Australia to the BBC and finally …
 
Ash is a bisexual, nonbinary, soon-to-be single parent by choice. They talk about being solo polyamorous and how a romantic relationship is not the model of parenting that works for them. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme …
 
In late 2021 Penny Ashton stormed parliament, but in a much more fabulous way. In Season Two's first minisode you can hear the speech she gave to the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians group at their Orange the World Event. This was a breakfast which was to celebrate the 16 Days of Activism to end Gender-based Violence globally. Thanks to Ingrid L…
 
It's a brand new season and excitingly episode one was recorded live with a small but mighty studio audience as part of the Listen to This: Live Podcast Festival at Bats Theatre in Wellington. Penny's first guest this season is the hilarious comedian Sameena Zehra and tho Penny was stuck in West Auckland, she zoomed in and a jolly good time was had…
 
Ovaries editor extraordinaire, and podcast production company owner, Steph shares her top 5 fave moments from all 9 seasons. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany Topol Thanks to Once Upon a Farm (cod…
 
Lily and Virginia are due any moment with a little girl. In order to conceive, they decided to skip the at home tries or IUI and head straight to IVF. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany Topol Thank…
 
Writer Laura Stone was a closeted Mormon. As she came out, so did her kids. They now proudly represent the L, G, B & the T of our community. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany Topol Thanks to Moder…
 
In the final of Season One of Showy Ovaries we have tenacious MP, Rugby Black Fern, Netball Silver Fern, and all round social justice amazon; Louisa Wall. Initially perplexed as why her fingers were tingling, her blood was raging and her temperature was a yo-yo, she eventually discovered it was menopause and had a light-bulb moment; "Why the hell d…
 
Walkley Award winning Jane Caro has opinions and I was delighted to hear them. Australian feminist icon, lecturer, novelist, non-fiction star, thinker, atheist, stirrer, mother and grandmother; Jane has been rattling her feminist cage for decades now and poking the patriarchy with a big stick. We covered her flooded 'basement', how she overcame her…
 
Carolyn Harris, deputy leader of Welsh Labour, is searingly honest about her struggle with grief, depression and Strictly Come Dancing. Floundering in the dark with what she now realises was menopause, she has turned those dark times into fuel and is at the forefront of the #menopauserevolution in the UK. She opens up about her mission to make live…
 
Karen shares her story of having one child, followed by twins, and how she and her wife started off trying at home with a turkey baster and fresh sperm transported between her boobs to keep it fresh and warm. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio pre…
 
All round funny feminist Michele A'Court chats fibroids, cysts and the sisterhood. Raised with frank conversations and laughter around the kitchen table, Michele was determined to pass the same knowledge onto her daughter, even if her daughter didn't want to hear it. We talk about her bothersome uterus, her first feminist fracas at the age of 4 and…
 
Emily and Sara made a baby by shipping fresh sperm to Northern Canada. The sperm came from Sara's quadruplet brother and the whole family helped get the goods to Emily and Sarah. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Son…
 
AUT Associate Professor Dr Ella Henry, (Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa) regales me with tales of skiing in bikini tops, getting expelled from High School, oh and menopause. A life of travel, promotion of Maori excellence and fuc*ing the patriarchy. Prepare to hear one or two cackles as she discusses her one hot flash, throwing period…
 
Eric and Justin talk about choosing independent adoption as a path to parenthood. It's a path that can save money, but also presents some hurdles. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne theme song: Songfinch & Tiffany Topol Thanks to…
 
Yes we have heard of hot flashes but what about electric shocks? Thinning hair? Stress incontinence? In this minisode I investigate the symptoms of menopause for Showy Ovaries News Network, so here are all THIRTY FOUR of the little buggers laid bare for your enjoyment. Oh, and the occasional mention of Alexander Skarsgård. Support the show (https:/…
 
Once she finally realised she was in the grip of menopause, cake addled Anna Sophia didn't take it lying down. Mainly because she had to go to the toilet six times a night. After listening to UK menopause guru Lousie Newson's podcasts, she approached her doctors with a shopping list. But it wasn't that easy and she had to fight to get the remedies …
 
This week I chat to the YouTube parody sensation that is Shirley Serban. In lockdown 2020, the Lake Brunner School's principal uploaded a Covid parody of Do-Re-Mi and in 3 days had 3 million hits. Then in May 2021 she uploaded the Menopause Rhapsody which resonated in the wombs of women everywhere with 5.7 million views and climbing. I chat to her …
 
Carolyn and Laurel shipped sperm to their porch, had a baby via IVF, then decide to have a second via adoption. Adoption in Canada was a bumpy road, but they now have two happy, healthy sons. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Brett Henne th…
 
Strap in for my sweariest episode yet with Drag King, Pun King and House of Drag Winner Hugo Grrrl, aka George Fowler. Having lived as a trans man for two years, George candidly filled me in on what it's like to go through Menopause and male puberty at the same time. Also how he can't wait to grow a moustache instead of gluing one on, the horny sid…
 
Kim and Paige decided to have a baby because Kim had some time off. Months later Kim was pregnant, followed by 100 days of bed rest, then delivering a baby early, then watching over a baby in the NICU. Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible. ovariestalk@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB: @ovariestalk Medium @robin633 Edited by EditAudio press Bret…
 
Jennifer Ward Lealand, Aotearoa's queen of the stage and screen, NZer of the Year 2020 and star of The Unruly Tourists, joins me to discuss menopause, intimacy coordination and the pure unmitigated joy of leaving periods in the dust. We covered everything from retirement, to growing a baby to butt cracks.. and all that's in between. [Apologies for …
 
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