The Positive Perimenopause Podcast

Polly Warren

The place to be informed, supported and inspired through the rollercoaster ride of perimenopause and menopause.

Herbal Medicine:  A Natural Alternative to HRT with Melinda McDougall
3d ago
Herbal Medicine: A Natural Alternative to HRT with Melinda McDougall
Most of us have heard about certain herbs which can help with menopause symptoms and many of them can be bought over the counter but it can be a bit of minefield.  Do they actually work?  Which ones are the most helpful? And do they actually contain what they say they do on the label? So I was super excited to chat to this week's guest, Melinda McDougall, a registered Medical Herbalist who is passionate about helping women have a healthy, happy menopause.  Her holistic approach is a fantastic alternative to HRT, although she can also help women who are taking HRT.Melinda holds a Master of Science degree in herbal medicine and specialises in women’s health.  She has analysed hundreds of research papers on herbal medicine and menopause to find out what really works and uses that knowledge in her busy clinic to help women find natural solutions to their health problems. Join us in this conversation where we discuss:🎙️ What herbal medicine is🎙️ The role of herbal medicine in western medicine  🎙️ The most common symptoms Melinda sees in her clinic🎙️ How Melinda treats women suffering with menopause symptoms 🎙️ The key herbs she uses to treat symptoms 🎙️ The main reasons we experience such a range of different symptoms🎙️The impact of stress on menopause 🎙️ The importance of balancing blood sugar and what you can do about it.🎙️Melinda's thoughts on over the counter herbs🎙️The effectiveness of herbal teas 🎙️ The positive effects of nature on our healthTo get in touch with Melinda: get in touch with Polly:
Staying Strong, Flexible and Pain Free with Rachel Kili
Nov 16 2022
Staying Strong, Flexible and Pain Free with Rachel Kili
Do you keep getting recurring injury niggles?  Or despite your best efforts with exercise classes or gym workouts, you still feel stiffer and weaker than ever beforeWell, it's most likely because of the modern world we now live in.Everything nowadays is centred around looking at devices, a far cry to how our ancestors used to live. Not only are we sitting more than ever but we're constantly subjected to inefficient and unhealthy movement patterns and postures which literally strain, drain and pain our bodies!So it’s no surprise we are stiffer, weaker and living with more pain than ever.But it doesn’t have to be this way which is great news when when we know how important it is to keep moving during perimenopause and beyond. However, this week's guest, Physiotherapist Rachel Kili, has found a way to counteract the impact of our modern lives on our bodies.  Rachel firmly believes that  learning how to move like our ancestors did is the answer to moving away from pain and stiffness.Rachel’s experience as a physiotherapist (since 1989), along with her work during her Masters degree in Sports Science led her to realise that in order to achieve long term health benefits, we have to connect how we treat our body with how our body responds and feels. And now Rachel has developed Simply Move, a comprehensive programme highlighting her key principles for success which give a fresh perspective on how to move and align your whole body. Join us in this conversation where we talk about:  🎙️How our modern world is designed for us not to move 🎙️ How human evolution is key to staying strong, flexible and pain free 🎙️ The lessons we can learn from our ancestors who moved in multiple ways throughout their daily lives. 🎙️How to move away from pain, stiffness and recurring injury. 🎙️What it means to move intuitively 🎙️ How connecting mind and body makes movement  easier 🎙️ Rachel’s own experience of menopause 🎙️ The importance of maintaining strength as we ageRachel's details: details:To pre book a Peri Power Hour (and and half) email:  info@pollywarren.com and put 25off in the title.
The Magic Of Cold Water Therapy with Heather Ashley
Oct 5 2022
The Magic Of Cold Water Therapy with Heather Ashley
Back in August I did something I thought I'd never do.  I lay in a bath FULL of ice for 2 minutes!Having always had a dislike for the cold, it was only after I'd read about the benefits of cold water therapy, particularly for women going through menopause, that I thought I'd see what it's all about so when I saw that there was a Wim Hof workshop happening locally, I signed up.The workshop was run by the brilliant Heather Ashely who led us through some breath work, movement and to finish with, an ice bath!I found the experience truly transformational and the best bit was the five day natural high the following week!I'm now a cold water convert and am so delighted that I got to chat to Heather on the podcast.As well as being a Wim Hof Method instructor, Heather is also a Health coach, nutritional therapist, PT and last but not least, a healthy habit creator.I loved this episode as Heather shares so many practical tips how you too can experience the benefits of cold water therapy, even if you don't live near the sea! Come and have a listen to discover: How and why Heather got into cold water therapyWhat the Wim Hof method isThe benefits of cold water therapyHow cold water therapy is particularly helpful for women in peri/menopauseHow to get started with cold water therapy even if you don't live near the seaHow long you should stay in forHow to warm up safelyTo get in touch with Heather and find out more about her Wim Hof Method workshops: can send your questions for my World Menopause Day Special episode to info@pollywarren.com or DM me at register for my brand new workshop 'HOW TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE OR ELIMINATE YOUR MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS' go to
Navigating Relationships at Midlife with Sarah Woodward
Sep 14 2022
Navigating Relationships at Midlife with Sarah Woodward
Sadly, it didn't surprise me when I discovered that divorce rates peak for couples in their late forties.There are of course a myriad of reasons why couples separate or divorce in midlife but often menopause can act as a catalyst, exposing and magnifying existing cracks in a relationship.But could some of these divorces or break ups be prevented if there was more awareness as to how menopause symptoms can impact relationships?Well, this week I chat to multi award-winning Divorce Coach Sarah Woodward to find out.Sarah herself was once broken by divorce, wasting years devastated, in therapy, with chronic depression, grieving and truly lost.Thankfully, after a number of years she's  managed to find a way to embrace the change in her life and to start to build new relationships.She now uses her training and experience to help others move on with their lives and leave behind their heartbreak to find happiness again.Sarah is also one of the first Accredited Breakup and Divorce Coach Practitioners in the UK and has been awarded the Most Influential Woman in divorce coaching by the Influential Businesswomen Awards in 2020.In this conversation we discuss:Why divorce rates peak for couples in midlifeThe impact that  peri/menopause has on relationshipsWhat couples can do to try and save relationships and their marriageWhat to do if a marriage is beyond savingSarah's own menopause experienceHow the small actions you take each day make a positive difference Sarah shares some great tips and advice!To get in touch with Sarah go to find her instagram take my quiz go to:  get in touch with me:
Making a Positive Difference through Menopause
Sep 7 2022
Making a Positive Difference through Menopause
This week I talk to two inspiring women, Michele Smith and Loretta Dignam, who were brought together through their own negative experiences of peri/menopause and who both have a super positive vision for the future.Both women felt completely unprepared for their own menopause and were determined to stop this happening for others.  They want to shatter the stigma around menopause and improve menopause care for all.  So from two different continents, The Stride by Side Virtual Global Walk was born to  help women get better information, education and research around menopause.Loretta and Michele's enthusiasm and dedication to this work is a fine example of how our generation of women are not prepared to accept the taboo of menopause any longer and are coming together not only to improve the lives of menopausal women today but also for future generations! In this conversation, you'll discover:What is Stride by Side and how it came aboutWhy they chose 50,000 stepsWhy walking is particularly good for us during midlifeHow testosterone can be the missing piece for some womenWhere the money raised is going and whyHow you can get involvedThe Stride by Side walk is taking place throughout October.  To register go to: money raised will be going to:Women's Brain InitiativeDr Lisa Mosconi and her team are doing cutting edge research on the effects of menopause during ageing in order to prevent, delay and minimise the risk of Alzheimers.The Menopause HubIreland's first dedicated menopause clinic and their research into the role of testosterone in women's health.Let's Talk MenopauseA new US based nonprofit invested in changing the conversation around menopause so women get the information and the healthcare they deserve.To contact me you can go to my website come over to Instagram
The Practice of Wellbeing with Zoe Swan
Aug 31 2022
The Practice of Wellbeing with Zoe Swan
This week my guest, Zoe Swan, shares her inspiring story of how, during her forties,  she transitioned from multiple award winning Senior Law Lecturer to  a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Health Coach.  Zoe always attributed the anxiety and recurring sickness she experienced in her forties to stress but now, with hindsight, she thinks it may also have been due to perimenopause, although that was completely off her radar at the time.  Zoe's ongoing search for wellness started with meditation.  From there she followed her inner niggles and learnt to trust  her intuition, leading her down an exciting new path of Health Coaching and Kundalini Yoga Teacher.Having recently founded her own business, The Practice of Wellbeing, Zoe now helps others along their own wellness journeys.In this conversation, we discuss:How wellness is a balance of different practicesThe importance of finding the practices which are best for youHow living a sober lifestyle was the catalyst to move in a new directionHow stress can cause a variety of symptoms which mimic perimenopauseWhat Kundalini yoga is and how it's different from other types of yogaThe importance of knowing your 'why' when it comes to staying consistentThe power of listening to your body and following your intuitionZoe shares so much wisdom during this episode. I think you're going to love it!To find out more about Zoe, go to her website find out more about her upcoming retreated go to to connect with Zoe go to: connect with me go to:
How perimenopause nearly ended my marriage and my life with Hillary Baggett
Aug 10 2022
How perimenopause nearly ended my marriage and my life with Hillary Baggett
This week I chat to Hillary Baggett who in late 2020, after the lowest of lows and midlife hormonal fluctuations,  nearly ended both her marriage and her life.  Thankfully she sought professional help but soon discovered she needed a total hysterectomy and 4-way reconstructive surgery which sent her into full blown menopause.While on the path to recovery, Hillary realised there are millions of other women who also need a place to feel safe and supported.   Now, Hillary has started her own business and podcast which brings women together for support and collaborations.   She helps women have vital conversations about this midlife transition and the relationship and identity challenges that come with it.In this conversation we discuss:How perimenopause caused Hillary to nearly take her own lifeThe importance of finding the right support for youFinding your voice so that you can speak up for yourselfHow a hysterectomy sent Hillary into full blown menopauseHow hormone replacement as well as diet and lifestyle changes were essential to get her back on trackHow investing in coaches and therapists were a key part of her recovery How acknowledging and thanking our bodies during perimenopause can help us move onto the next stage of our livesHow menopause was the catalyst for Hillary to find her true purpose and start her own business www.communitybloom.orginfo@communitybloom.orgMembership site: www.community2bloom.orgHillTalks Podcast: www.hillarybaggett.comFB  Community Bloom @CommunityBloom  Hillary BaggettYouTube Channel Community Bloom
Manage your Menopause Naturally with Maryon Stewart
Aug 3 2022
Manage your Menopause Naturally with Maryon Stewart
Here in the UK, there is currently a lot of talk about menopause and how to manage it, although a lot of the guidance being given is about taking HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).  The problem with this is that some women aren't able to take HRT and many simply don't want to.The great news is there's another way.  This week I chat to  world-renowned healthcare expert Maryon Stewart about how to manage peri/menopause symptoms naturally without the use of HRT.Maryon is the author of Manage Your Menopause Naturally, The Six-Week Guide toCalming Hot Flashes & Night Sweats, Getting Your Sex Drive Back, Sharpening Memory &Reclaiming Well-Being.  What I love about Maryon's book is that all her suggestions are backed up with scientific evidence.Maryon has also published 27 other self-help health books and has helped tens of thousands of women around the world overcome PMS and menopause symptoms without the use of drugs or hormones. In 2018 she was awarded the British Empire Medal as well as being recognised as oneof the 50 most inspirational women by the Daily Mail newspaper.In this episode we discuss: Why so many of us are unaware of the huge amount of medical research into how to have a natural menopause How to prevent conditions such as osteoporosis, cardio vascular disease and dementia without HRT Why so many of us are nutrient deficient at this stage of life, how it affects us and what we can do about it How phytoeostrogens mimic the oestrogen in our body and what foods you can find them in Why ¼ of women are leaving the workplace because of menopause Maryon’s mission to slash the $800 billion lost globally due to lost productivity associated with menopause How a midlife refuel transforms peri/menopause You can email Maryon at symptoms@maryonstewartmenopause Visit her website You can find me on Instagram or email me info@pollywarren.com or visit my website
Undieting and Intutive Eating with Dr Jenn Salib Huber
Jul 28 2022
Undieting and Intutive Eating with Dr Jenn Salib Huber
As so many of us enter perimenopause, our body shape starts to change and rather than embrace these changes we often punish ourselves with restrictive diets and/or feelings of low self worth.In this week's episode I chat to registered Dietitian and Naturopathic Doctor Dr Jenn Salib Huber.  Jenn helps women find food freedom and escape the diet culture by teaching them how to eat in a way which is intuitive and enjoyable.  Jen herself began dieting at a young age and went on to become a “professional dieter”. She longed to see the “thin ideal” staring back at her in the mirror for most of her adult years. But despite doing all the “right” things - exercising, trying every new diet AND getting two degrees related to nutrition - her body fought back.Thankfully the seeds of “intuitive eating” were planted somewhere along the way and she began making small shifts in how she responded to her body’s needs. She no longer wanted to push her body to its limit, and instead she wanted to nurture it to its best. And now she helps others  do the same!In this conversation, Jenn and I discuss:Why our bodies change at perimenopauseWhat the diet cycle isWhy restricting food doesn’t work  What body neutrality is and how it can help us expand our sense of worthWhy the majority of diets fail in the long term and often result in more weight gainWhat intuitive eating isWhy labelling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is not the answerWhat to add into your diet to help control peri symptomsWhy weight loss goals should be set aside when setting health goalsYou can follow Jenn on Instagram visit her website or listen to her podcast The Midlife Feast can find me on Instagram or email me info@pollywarren.com or visit my website