The ECHO's Menopod

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The Show

The ECHO's Menopod is the podcast that tackles puberty's evil older sister one gin and tonic at a time. Susan Lee, Regional Print Editor at Reach, is joined by fellow journalist - and mate of more years than either of them care to remember - Dawn Collinson, as they explore the world of the menopause. From fashion to sex, brain fog to the workplace, The Menopod answers the crucial questions for women over 45.

10 Episodes

The ECHO's Menopod Series 1 - Bits We've Missed!

Over the first series of The ECHO's Menopod, Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson have been taking a witty and educational look at puberty's evil older sister – one large gin and tonic at a time! In this episode, Sue and Dawn share the bits that we’ve missed. There have been plenty of fascinating and entertaining conversations on the Menopod, and sometimes there’s not enough room to fit them all in. You'll hear more from our chats with celebrity stylist Lorraine McCulloch, journalist Cheryl Varley, academic Dr Naomi Hodgson, and comedian Pauline Daniels, as they share their stories about the menopause and life for women over-45. The ECHO's Menopod is a Laudable production for the Liverpool Echo. It is presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson, and it is produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin.

30 Oct

52m

Relationships

Join Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson in The ECHO's Menopod - the podcast that tackles puberty's evil, older sister one large gin and tonic at a time - as they look at relationships during the menopause and the lockdown. Gail Thorne, counsellor and psychosexual therapist at Relate, is the guest in this episode, discussing sex, communication, and 'the marriage cup-of-tea'. ***This episode was recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown*** Presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson Edited by Daniel J. McLaughlin

22 Jun

44m

An alternative approach with Nic Burns

In the latest episode of The ECHO's Menopod – the podcast that tackles puberty's evil, older sister one Tesco four-pack of chocolate eclairs at a time – Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson look at the alternatives remedies for the menopause. They are joined by Nic Burns, who offers her insight into a holistic approach to tackling the menopause, focusing on complementary treatments for health and beauty. Presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson Edited by Daniel J. McLaughlin

03 Apr

47m

The funny side of the menopause

In the latest episode of The ECHO's Menopod – the podcast that tackles puberty's evil, older sister one extra large bar of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut at a time – Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson look at the funny side of the menopause. From funny brain fog moments to those unreasonable and in hindsight hilarious causes of extreme rage, Sue and Dawn want to explore how laughter really can be the best medicine. Actor and stand-up comedian Pauline Daniels is in the studio to chat about she uses laughter to shine a light on those hormonal ups and downs – and has even incorporated her own experiences of the menopause into her act. Presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson Edited by Daniel J. McLaughlin

20 Mar

35m

Reinvention in midlife

From journalism to yoga, via prisons and schools, Jane Gallagher has constantly reinvented herself throughout her life. Jane joins Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson as they discuss how women over-45 can start afresh, and pursue their ambitions in midlife. The ECHO's Menopod is the podcast that tackles puberty's older, evil sister one Ben & Jerry's at a time. Presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson Edited by Daniel J. McLaughlin

06 Mar

37m

Brain Fog

Welcome to The ECHO's Menopod, the podcast that tackles puberty's evil, older sister one sparkly glass of Prosecco at a time. In this week's episode, Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson discuss their tips on how to deal with brain fog: that moment where some menopausal women struggle with their thoughts. Dr Cath Moore and BBC journalist Cheryl Varley chat about their experiences with the menopause - and how they are open about its symptoms.

21 Feb

37m

Empty Nests

Welcome to The ECHO's Menopod, the podcast that tackles puberty's evil, older sister one cheap desk fan at a time. Join Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson as they tackle empty nest syndrome: the moment that your kids leave home. For some women, it means increased freedom - and for others, it can feel like a grieving process. Sue and Dawn chat to Dr Naomi Hodgson, senior lecturer in education at Liverpool Hope University, and Julia Finch, a mother of two boys in their twenties, who discusses the experience of no longer having children at home.

07 Feb

36m

Myths, misinformation, and the menopause

In this episode, The ECHO's Menopod discusses the medical side to the menopause. Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson ask crucial questions, such as: Does HRT suit everyone? Is weight gain inevitable? And what's the perimenopause, and how will I know I'm in it? From old wives' tales to myths and even fake news, the menopause and many of its symptoms are shrouded in uncertainty and confusion. Dr Paula Briggs, a leading expert in the menopause, joins Sue as they attempt to bust some of those myths. Presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson Edited by Daniel J. McLaughlin

24 Jan

33m

Fashion and the menopause

On this week's The ECHO's Menopod, Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson have got their gladrags on, as they explore the world of fashion for women over 45. Sue and Dawn are joined by celebrity stylist and fashion guru Lorraine McCulloch. They ask crucial questions such as: when did it get so hard to find a dress to fit your hips as well as your boobs? Will security be called if we step over the threshold at TopShop? And how many pairs of black trousers is it reasonable for one woman to own? From the fear of looking like mutton dressed as lamb to the terror of elasticated waists The Menopod is here to discuss those style problems and try to find solutions. Presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson Edited by Daniel J. McLaughlin

10 Jan

32m

The ECHO's Menopod - Trailer

Here's what you can expect from The Menopod, presented by Susan Lee and Dawn Collinson.

10 Jan

3m