In this podcast, Marion interviews the founder of "Kiffe ton cycle" Gaelle Baldassari. "Kiffe ton cycle" is a movement that aims to raise awareness of one's menstrual cycle in order to take power over it and benefit from its positive effects on a daily basis.
Infertility, PMA and burnout: Gaëlle tells us her story and the ordeals she overcame.
How can observing our menstrual cycle change our lives? Why is knowledge of the menstrual cycle an asset for women in the workplace? Are infertility and MAP still taboo subjects today?
Gaëlle, who suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, needed support for her pregnancy project. She explains that during her PMA journey, her hormonal fluctuations led her to face several problems: weight gain, violent premenstrual syndrome, pain in the breasts, etc. Her PMA journey punctuated her life. At the time, she didn't talk much about what she was going through, and felt quite isolated.
She remembers several things about her journey to pregnancy:
- She had to face injunctions and remarks in her professional environment in relation to her baby project.
- The lack of consideration in the medical world during her PMA journey. Gaëlle explains that they didn't necessarily explain all the steps and tests she had to undergo. Similarly, doctors took little time to talk to her, listen to her and support her in her project.
Gaëlle is optimistic: in her view, attitudes are changing, and people are gradually becoming more open about periods and the cycle. However, she stresses an important point: reconnecting with the cycle should make us feel better, but menstrual planning (i.e. organizing your life around your cycle) shouldn't feel like any kind of pressure. It's all a question of half-measures.
How do you manage your cycle?
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