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Welcome to Feeling Female AF, the podcast where we want to share everything we keep learning on our ongoing navigation through life as a woman. This is the stuff we wish we'd learned at school, or at least in our twenties and we know we have a duty to share it with you too.We are Kate and Vicky - two best friends, in our thirties who have both been on a journey experiencing loss, love, divorce, fertility difficulties, hormonal problems and all the other usual stuff that comes with being fema ...
 
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You are invited to our long overdue catch up! We review the fertility series and where we both are now, then we move on to discuss wolf whistles and our experiences as women with harassment...⁠ ⁠ We feel really strongly about sharing the message as to what harassment is and think we can all play a part in educating ourselves and each other on what …
 
This fertility series is a mixture of our own stories and others. Our very own Vicky shares part 2 of her Egg & Embryo freezing process. As previously discussed Vicky, a single woman on a mission to create a back up plan for motherhood, shares her thoughts and feelings on her experience of IVF and the process she has gone through. Speaking about th…
 
This fertility series is a mixture of our own stories and others. This episode was pre-recorded in 2020. Our very own Vicky shares part 1 of her Egg/Embryo freezing process. Vicky, wanting to safeguard her fertility and provide herself with an insurance policy on motherhood, shares her initial thoughts and feeling on the process. Talking openly and…
 
This fertility series is a mixture of our own stories and others. This week David shares with us his own and his wife's experiences of fertility treatments both Innside and outside of the UK. Having discovered they were pregnant just a week prior to starting treatment, David and his wife were hit with the devastating news that their pregnancy would…
 
This fertility series is a mixture of our own stories and others. This week Hayley tells us of her rough ride into the world of fertility treatments. Starting with being diagnosed with PCOS Hayley speaks to us about the various investigations and shock discoveries she has experienced since starting her treatment in January 2015. It is a challenging…
 
This fertility series is a mixture of our own stories and others. The episode we are sharing this week is Kates story. One half of Feeling female AF. Kate started trying to conceive just after her wedding in May 2014 or at least she stopped taking contraceptives. In November 2017 Kate and her husband Nigel sort help from their doctors and were quic…
 
This fertility series is a mixture of our own stories and others. Laura Wright is a business owner from the North West who has shared her fertility story with us in the hope it gives others hope and encouragement on their own journeys. Laura speaks to us about the massive highs and lowest of lows with her fertility experience. From discovering that…
 
This fertility series is a mixture of our own stories and others. We start off by speaking with Embryologist David Gibbon. His wealth of knowledge comes from working in the medical field from the mid 90's as an Embryologist and in 2000 he joined the HFEA as a scientific inspector. Now retired from the NHS David supports patients that are seeking to…
 
Author, radio presenter and coach Gemma Ray shares her stress story. Having dealt with an unexpected loss and the pressures of work and home life Gemma felt the extreme effects of stress. It forced a stop. A stop which she was able to use to go forward and find her 'mental 1st aid kit' and other techniques to ensure she didn't suffer in the same wa…
 
We love a bit of bush talk and before you get excited for learning how to survive in the wilderness this isn't that kind of bush. We discuss our own hairy legs, pits, arms and vulvas and go through the various processes we have of removing any unwanted hair from them. Not only do we realise that there is a lot of social pressure on us to remove the…
 
WARNING This weeks episode contains graphic talk on duh duh duh.......periods! We Know we bang on about them a fair bit, but we wanted to share with you some of the not so good times behind them. As always we want to be as honest as possible and that includes us talking about feelings, blood and some of the ways we look after ourselves during our m…
 
April is stress awareness month and as we are massive advocates of therapy we want to remove the stigma and fear when it comes to choosing a therapist that is suitable for you. In this episode we speak to CBT therapist Elisabeth Thompson about what led her to become a therapist and the types of therapy available to everyone. She shares with us the …
 
In this episode we speak to Mel Meik about her experience with becoming hairless at age 20, just prior to her 21st Birthday. Mel found a treatment that worked for her and amazingly her hair grew back. Sadly this was fairly short lived, as at age 25 she experienced further hairloss only this time it didn't affect the whole head. From working through…
 
This episode is all about period pads. We chose two brands to review. These were Bloom and Nora and Eco Lily Pads. We discuss the lesser talked about reasons why we aren't fond of disposable Sanitary items and as always we give you our honest opinions on the products used. #FeelingFemaleAF #women #periods #feelings #confidence #selfcare #sex #safep…
 
Following on from our last episode on how we speak to ourselves, this week we focus more on the topic of how to help yourself with your inner critic. There is a more than one way to help put those darker thoughts into perspective and adjust your behaviour to notice and rid yourself of them. From naming it to tricking your brain into a more positive…
 
In this week's episode we take a deeper look into our internal voices... The topics we cover in our private group ‘The Feeling Female AF lounge on facebook’ usually get great interaction, but when it came to the subject of ‘self praise’ the engagement fell off a cliff. ‘WHY is it that we shy away from bigging ourselves up? Is it the British 'stiff …
 
March is International Endometriosis awareness month. We really want to do our bit to open up the conversation on this condition that effects so many women yet can take so long to diagnose.⁠ ⁠ We speak to our very own endo warrior Lisa. ⁠ Lisa kindly agreed to talk to us about the symptoms that showed up in her body and her ongoing diagnosis and tr…
 
Who doesn't love talking about their cervix?! We certainly do! In this episode we run through our experiences of having a nurse look up your skirt and poke your cervix. With 1 in 4 women skipping their invite to a cervical screening we wanted to highlight the importance of looking after your lady bits. These checks are the best way we have at preve…
 
This episode we review menstrual cups. The brands we have chosen are Mooncup and Lunette. We discuss the history, the benefits of using cups and we also run through the potential hurdles you might encounter in those first few days or months of using the them. As always we give you our honest opinions on the products used. Are you ready to ditch the…
 
On this episode we are joined by Katie Evans. Katie is an experienced therapeutic counsellor specialising in GSRD meaning gender, sexuality and relationship diversity, She is also professionally working with kink and sex worker communities. Katie talks with us about the various issued raised to her and methods of treatment including the importance …
 
In this episode Kate speaks to Vicky about the steps she took to experience a self date around our beautiful city of Liverpool. We discuss self care, self love and our understanding of its importance in our lives. Although this is spoken about from the perspective of a single woman, the reality is that we all need to focus on this type of care and …
 
This episode we are reviewing period pants, Modi Bodi and WUKA. To begin with we discuss the history briefly and give some insights into the founders of both brands. Giving our honest thoughts and feelings we break down the products we've tested and give our true opinions on them. We hope you enjoy the episode, happy bleeding! #feelingfemaleaf #wom…
 
With one of the strangest years many of us will have encountered, and maybe will encounter in our lifetime we thought what better way to start than a review of the year 2020. No, we don't want to bring you news and headlines, we want to explore the good, the bad, the ugly and the key learns for us. Before we move forwards into a new year, it can be…
 
This episode is all about the first period. we will be discussing this with our lovely mums. Learning about their experiences and their memories of ours. We want to open up the conversation on periods a lot more and to ensure we head in the right direction this time, sometimes we need to reflect on what's happened in the past Period talk is startin…
 
This first pilot episode is a great short episode to get to know a little about us, and the reason we decided to start Feeling Female AF the podcast in the first place. We are hoping to share stories, interviews, have open discussions about all the things that affect us as women and how we can truly embrace ‘feeling female'… (with a little sass) AF…
 
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