Ladies, We Need To Talk

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Don't know what turns you on anymore? Looking forward to that glass of wine just a little too much? Have no idea what your vagina looks like? You’re not the only one.  Ladies, We Need To Talk is a podcast for women, by women, that isn’t afraid to di...Show More
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Anxious much?

29:09 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Everyone gets a little bit anxious at times, but is what you’re feeling normal? Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Australia. Up to one in three women will experience anxiety, for men it’s one in five. So why are women going through t...Show More
You say vulva, I say vagina

26:16 | Sep 6th, 2017

What’s the difference between your vulva and vagina? Do you know what your cervix feels like? Can you lose something inside your vagina? Ladies, it’s time for the sex ed lesson we missed out on as teens. Warning: This episode contains the odd swear w...Show More
Footloose and childfree

29:24 | Jun 17th

Grow up, find a partner, have kids — we’ve been doing it for thousands of years. But more and more women are choosing to ignore that path. And the latest research says they’re actually happier for it. So why do we judge women without kids?
Body image — why do we hate our bodies?

33:28 | Jun 3rd

Have you ever felt like a massive failure when you've looked in the mirror or felt depressed about the size of your thighs? You're not alone — research says almost 80 per cent of Australian women are unhappy with their weight. And nearly one million ...Show More
Discharge — the gooey taboo

22:51 | May 20th

Lots of women are really self-conscious about the way their vaginas smell. We quickly hide our undies the second we take them off and up to a third of us wear a panty liner every day. But how much do you actually know about discharge? What should it ...Show More
Abortion — beyond the stereotype

32:35 | May 6th

If you’re in your 30s and have had an abortion or are going to, you’re not going through it alone. It’s a myth that only the young and reckless have abortions. The stats show that older women, and those who already have kids, are having more abortion...Show More
When bad sex is your life

33:45 | Apr 22nd

We’ve all got a bad sex story. The partner who’s selfish in the sack. The horribly uninspiring one-night stand. The lover with 'performance anxiety'. Most of us have been there. There’s this idea though that we grow out of it — that we all get better...Show More
INTRODUCING — Series 3 of Ladies, We Need To Talk

03:05 | Apr 8th

We're back! Join Yumi Stynes as she once again tears open the sealed section on life to talk all about your forbidden lady business. This is the podcast where we can confess all our secret ladies' stuff and learn something along the way. So, whether ...Show More
PRESENTS — The Pineapple Project: Work

02:06 | Jan 21st

Do you ever put your head on your desk in the middle of the day and wonder "what the hell am I doing here?"
Namaste sisters: introducing Mindfully

02:54 | Nov 26th, 2018

Do you have too many brain tabs open, keeping you up at night? Probably. Is your head exploding with the mental load of all the stuff you’ve got to do? Definitely. Have you ever wished your life was simpler, but haven’t known where to start? Ladies...Show More
PRESENTS — Mindfully

02:54 | Nov 26th, 2018

Do you have too many brain tabs open, keeping you up at night? Probably. Is your head exploding with the mental load of all the stuff you’ve got to do? Definitely. Have you ever wished your life was simpler, but haven’t known where to start? Ladies...Show More
Ladies, we love you

30:31 | Nov 5th, 2018

You trusted us with some of your deepest, darkest and most intimate secrets and you let us share them with the podcast universe. For our final episode of 2018, we check in with the women we’ve met and hear from YOU about what you’ve learnt.
Perimenopause — coming to a uterus near you

30:42 | Oct 8th, 2018

Sore boobs, loss of libido, hot flushes, irregular periods. Sound familiar? While you may think you’ll only experience these symptoms when you’re of a 'certain age' and hitting menopause, it turns out, they can creep in way earlier. Welcome to perim...Show More
Mean girls — our secret sexism

28:47 | Sep 24th, 2018

How often have you casually heard the terms "bitch" or "mean girl" being used to describe another woman? And, be honest, how often have you used them? In a world where we’re sold the idea that women constantly compete, compare and undermine each othe...Show More
The secret life of hormones

30:34 | Sep 10th, 2018

Every month you go on a hormonal rollercoaster but most of us ride it blindfolded. Reproductive hormones control ovulation but they can also affect how you think. Oestrogen can make you feel fantastic, while progesterone can make you feel crappy. And...Show More
When sex hurts

31:19 | Aug 27th, 2018

Sex that feels like your vagina is about to tear open isn’t exactly dinner party conversation, but it’s common. One in five women experience painful sex, according to a study by the University of NSW.
Obsession with youth

30:57 | Aug 13th, 2018

If we are intelligent, ambitious and capable women, why are we still judged by the way we look? The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery estimates that Australians spend around $1 billion a year on cosmetic procedures. Most of that is spent on b...Show More
Settling for average

27:29 | Jul 30th, 2018

A healthy relationship is meant to feel like a warm hug from your mum after about a year, according to psychologists. But if your partner doesn’t feel like your perfect soul mate all the time, you might feel like you settled for something you didn’t ...Show More
Ladies Live — closing the orgasm gap

32:00 | Jul 16th, 2018

Women don’t orgasm as often as men during sex. A US study of 50,000 people found 95% of men orgasm during sex, but only 65 per cent of straight women do.
The pelvic flaw in all of us

27:47 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Do you wee when you sneeze? Or avoid star jumps at the gym? One in four of us experience pelvic floor problems which can lead to incontinence, or even prolapse.
Foreplay — getting what you want

26:44 | Jun 18th, 2018

When was the last time you talked about foreplay? Women tend to need more foreplay than men — so if your partner’s just a bit crap at foreplay — get them to listen to this. We talk to psychotherapist Esther Perel and a bunch of brilliant female exper...Show More
BONUS — ladies who are single and killing it

05:25 | Jun 15th, 2018

We’ve been inundated with single ladies flying the solo flag with pride. We asked you; what do you love about your single life? What have you been able to achieve because you’re single? What would you happily never hear again from your coupled-up mat...Show More
Being single and owning it

27:16 | Jun 4th, 2018

More people are living the single life than ever before. But what if you don’t need a partner to feel whole? In a world that wants you to couple up, is being single the new happily ever after?
Can porn be good for women?

28:15 | May 21st, 2018

It’s free, it’s prolific, it’s easy to find and more of us than ever are watching it but is mainstream porn contributing to the exploitation of women? Is it normalising bedroom practices that are problematic? Or is it just good, dirty fun? Warning: c...Show More
BONUS — you tell us - living through pregnancy loss   

03:10 | May 18th, 2018

The response to our last episode was extraordinary. We asked you; what do you wish people knew about pregnancy loss? What’s the best thing to say? How can we better support family or friends who are dealing with it? Here are your stories.
The 12 week rule

24:43 | May 7th, 2018

The first trimester of a pregnancy can often be the hardest, so why do so many women feel the need to stay quiet? And what if the answer — miscarriage — is the reason we should be talking about pregnancy earlier?
Women who cheat

27:15 | Apr 24th, 2018

The statistics say the number of women who are unfaithful is massively on the rise. So why? What’s driving those who seek a covert thrill outside their relationship? And does society still judge women who stray more harshly than men? Warning: this ...Show More
INTRODUCING — series 2 of Ladies, We Need To Talk

03:10 | Apr 10th, 2018

We’re back! Season two is coming and this time, we’re calling on you - our sisters out there. What's in your treasure chest of taboos you feel like you can't tell anyone, but seriously need to get off your chest? We’re here to talk about it. Ring us ...Show More
PRESENTS — Fierce Girls

03:34 | Mar 7th, 2018

From athletes to aviators, scientists to spies. From the deep blue sea to the dark, black skies. Australia is full of girls who dare to do things differently. Adventurous girls. Girls with guts and spirit. You know what they are? They're FIERCE. And ...Show More
PRESENTS — The Pineapple Project

04:00 | Feb 5th, 2018

Are you a bit crap with money? Think ‘compound interest’ is a hipster café? Do you not deal with your finances because it’s all too hard, and boring, and annoying? You're not alone. Ladies, we need to talk about money.
Bonus: More than pads and tampons

07:42 | Nov 23rd, 2017

When was the last time you sat down with your girlfriends and had a conversation about menstrual products? No need to. We did it for you.
Bonus: Your vagina questions answered

05:40 | Nov 9th, 2017

Imagine knowing so much about vaginas that you’ve been given an Order of Australia medal. Dr Elizabeth Farrell received the award for her incredible work in women’s health. Warning: This episode contains the odd swear word, frank disclosure and graph...Show More
PRESENTS — Alone: A Love Story

03:23 | Nov 7th, 2017

Lots of ladies are talking about the new Canadian podcast Alone: A Love Story. It's a memoir about love, loss and loneliness. Producer Michelle Parise takes a winding journey from lust to heartbreak, through loneliness and despair and cracks open wha...Show More
Masturbation — the big taboo

22:02 | Oct 25th, 2017

Masturbation is still a conversation stopper for many women. There are some really good reasons, though, why we need to move on from our embarrassment and start talking about women's pleasure.
Fat talk

24:50 | Oct 18th, 2017

You're a woman who makes a point of not hurting other women's feelings. But have you ever considered that the way you talk about your own body could be making other women feel like crap?
Has anyone seen my libido?

24:36 | Oct 11th, 2017

Your day is finally over, the kids are in bed, and you get a moment's peace. But then, your partner gives you the nudge and you're ready for sex! Right? Nope. Low sex drive is pretty common for women, but why is that? And how can that be fixed?
Breaking the motherhood contract

21:04 | Oct 4th, 2017

At some point, most mums ask 'is this really what I want?'. Sure motherhood means cuddles, love and macaroni necklaces. It also means sleepless nights, tantrums and vomiting bugs. But what happens when you genuinely regret motherhood? Or find yourse...Show More
Let's slay menstrual taboos

22:47 | Sep 27th, 2017

In many ways we're OK with periods, but we've still got a way to go. Because it's one thing to ask for a tampon, it's a whole other story when you leak onto your clothes. So how do we finally slay menstrual taboos?
Anyone for a drink?

19:57 | Sep 20th, 2017

Many of us like a glass of wine to help put a line under our day, and research tells us more Australian women are drinking than ever before. So why do we like to drink? And would you know if your drinking was heading down a hazardous path?
Time to name (and shame) the mental load

27:00 | Sep 13th, 2017

You’re cooking dinner, answering work emails, calling the tradie, and getting the kids bathed. All at the same time. It’s no wonder you feel like you're an octopus, juggling tasks. All of this work you do is invisible, ongoing, exhausting and, mostly...Show More
INTRODUCING — Ladies, We Need To Talk

03:39 | Aug 31st, 2017

Brace yourself. Leave your judgement at the door. And embrace a head first dive into those tricky topics that we’re all thinking about, but don’t feel comfortable talking about out loud.