Podcast Review: My Bloody Hell

I first learned of My Bloody Hell (MBH) through Instagram. As is customary, the owner followed me, and I followed her back. I didn’t realize MBH was a podcast, until Lori, the host reached out to me about being a guest.

Before I agreed, I wanted to listen to a few episodes, and boy was I impressed. As of this review, I’ve listened to seven episodes.

What I LOVE: Lori L. Tharps lives in Spain, but she is from the United States. Her nationality was refreshing, because in my research, it is rare to find a Black American woman podcaster focused on perimenopause and menopause. According to her website, Lori “wanted to create a safe space where women could share their stories about perimenopause and they could find support and solidarity as well.” Like this blog, her guests are intentionally diverse in terms of race, religion, sexuality, and culture.

I also love that My Bloody Hell is focused specifically on perimenopause. Guests are not going through menopause or post-menopause. They all seem to be around my age, and having the same, collective wtf moments as me. Solidarity is heartwarming, for sure. After listening to several episodes, I’ve even changed how I talk about my own experience to specifically say PERIMENOPAUSE, instead of menopause, because Lori’s right…they’re different.

So far, I’ve found myself nodding in agreement with each guest, no matter what the topic. However, Episode 7, Living with Perimenopause, PMDD, and ADHD in Portugal: Maceo’s Story is my favorite. Maceo’s explains how perimenopause can compound existing issues, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (which is underdiagnosed in girls), but according to Maceo more diagnosed in women who are in midlife. Hearing Maceo’s story reminded me of myself and my own two daughters and how much I need to support their health issues now, so they’ll be prepared later.

What I don’t LOVE: Quite honestly, there’s nothing I dislike. My Bloody Hell is literally what I’ve been waiting on for the past two years—a podcast where a diverse group of women share authentic, menopausal, I mean, perimenopausal stories. This is it, good people. I hope you’ll find this podcast as engaging and informative as I have.

OVERALL: My Bloody Hell is what we need right now! It’s beneficial for all women.

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7 Comments on “Podcast Review: My Bloody Hell

  1. Kathy, thank you for this informational review. I love listening to podcasts (of all sorts), I find them an easier way to consume information, with their conversation style. Lori’s podcast sounds good, too.

    I must say, I find the emphasis on perimenopause very interesting. Mainly because I can’t say I experienced perimenopause, I moved straight into menopause. That is, when I hit 50 everything seemed to pause all at the same time. My body and my health failed me in ways I didn’t and don’t understand. I’m still having WTF moments. 🙂

    In fact, I’ve since read that some women go straight to menopause with hormone levels falling rapidly or suddenly. Chemo and removal of ovaries are usually said to be the cause. I didn’t go through any of these, but I suspect it might be due to my infertility issues.

    But as you say the podcast is beneficial for all women, I’ll check it out. Also because any talk or topic that addresses women’s health is beneficial for everyone. Thanks once again for sharing.

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    • Really? I think the idea that you didn’t ease into menopause is interesting. I wonder if you just didn’t know it, because typically, our hormones are decreasing all the time, and it seems there would be some effect/affect? Medical menopause I have heard of. I hope I don’t sound like I don’t believe you. Your experience is yours. I’m just typing out loud lol

      Anywho, if not, consider yourself lucky in this regard!

      I think you’d enjoy her podcast, if for no other reason than she’s full of information.

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      • You raise a valid point about possibly not knowing it was already happening. I’ve actually started journalling about this experience, not only the present but going back and trying to recall subtle clues I might have missed. I’m also interrogating/interviewing older women in my family about their experiences, and they are different, indeed. So, yes I’ll own mine…lol!

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      • Ironically, today’s episode is called perimenopause with no physical symptoms 😳 I have listened yet, but it sounds like what we’re discussing.

        I’m glad you’re talking to your family, too! Every woman’s experience can be totally different.

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  2. Isn’t it great to find a group that really gets what you’re going through? I’m so glad! Personally, I’m well past that stage, but sure could have used the support at the time. I was fairly clueless about the whole thing.

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