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Comedian Penny Ashton is on a voyage of discovery into the hormonal hocus pocus of menopause. So what better way to learn about her moisture moving from inside her body to perspiring out her face, than by talking to a series of wondrous women and owners of ovaries about their own lives and their menopause journeys. A series of frank and funny interviews all about what to expect, when expecting the change. Warning: salty language, and not just from the night sweats.
 
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Between 2 Ovaries

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Between 2 Ovaries

Isadora & Venus

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Two soul sisters hanging out discussing taboo topics like: navigating motherhood, body hair, sexuality, periods, anything that tickles their ovaries. Here, you'll find reclamation of power, womb love, exploration of the spiritual + sexual self, vulnerability, celebration, sisterhood, & so much more. (Hosted by Isadora Orgasma & Venus Creciente.) Podcast also on SoundCloud and YouTube.
 
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It's a surprise Xmas Special for Showy Ovaries! Tune in to hear Penny chat to her husband Matt from different rooms in their house. Why might that be???? Listen in and find out. Hear them pass some isolation time over the festive season by chatting the presents of Xmas past, hear some ukulele carols and find out what moves Matt to tears. No it's no…
 
In the very last little dribble of Showy Ovaries Season Two, here's one last ovum all about your hostess with the most chest's relationship and journey with HER body through her life. If it's good to gander at her guest's goose, so must she talk turkey and be honest about her own twisty tale of bodily acceptance. So Penny is here to talk about her …
 
To end Showy Ovaries Season Two we have the raucous, ribald, squirty and hilarious recording of Showy Ovaries Live taken at the Suter Theatre on Friday October 21st for the Nelson Arts Festival. Penny was like really really really excited to welcome back Nicky Pellegrino and Niki Bezzant, together with 140 cheering punters to discuss their books, t…
 
The deputy mayor of Nelson until a matter of weeks ago, Judene Edgar was happy to beam into Penny's office to celebrate no longer being a target for councilphobes and her relief at being released from the bondage of reading 1700 page agendas. A playwright, improviser, governance expert, former Councillor and loyal friend, Judene's perimenopause is …
 
It's World Menopause Day and what better guest to revisit than the very woman who told Penny that the day existed in the first place. Tusiata Avia was Showy Ovaries third ever guest, and in their conversation she alerted Penny to the fact World Menopause Day was just around the corner. So Penny leapt to action and launched the whole shebang on Worl…
 
This week Penny is welcoming current Dominion Post and Stuff Wellington editor Anna Fifield, who moved back to NZ in 2020 after a glittering 20 year career as a globe-trotting foreign correspondent. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography of the North Korean leader; The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant…
 
In March 2020, NZ Girl and Powered by Flossie co-founder, Jenene Crossan, (Ngai Tahu) flew back to NZ from London and a pesky spiky virus hitched on for the ride. Developing Covid a few days after landing, Jenene became NZ's 37th covid case but one of its most visible after going public on instagram. After a particularly brutal case she is still le…
 
NZ's very own Dr Hu took some time out from her Multiple Sclerosis and disability advocacy to chat to Penny about her incredible life. From having her whakapapa stripped from her birth certificate when she was adopted, to her surviving sexual assault and familial abuse, to discovering her various indigenous identities, to her fistful of academic qu…
 
Freelance writer Sarah Connor was 46 when her usually trustworthy body started misbehaving. Anxiety, panic attacks, loss of joy and lack of sleep saw her undertake an investigation into just what the hell was happening. She visited a litany of specialists before finally settling on a visit to the Wellington Menopause Clinic that changed her life. O…
 
When perimenopause came knocking at Kate Billing's door with all its insomnia and anxiety she had no idea what the hell was happening. Once armed with a diagnosis she was pissed off, and so set about educating as many people as possible through her Linked In Group - Menopause Awareness and Action. Determined that Generation X will be the last to be…
 
Dr Geri McLeod is a senior research fellow in the Otago University’s Department of Psychological Medicine, and recently published findings around supplements, which she describes as expensive wees. She chatted with Penny around medical misogyny, the predatory nature of some supplement companies, the lack of evidence into their efficacy but also the…
 
Penny's theatre wife Lori Dungey, dropped into her house to chat about her virtually non-existant menopause. Despite working together for 22 years this is the first time they have really discussed menopause and so much more besides. They cover the origins of Theatresports in NZ, Lori's sexual awakening, sanitary belts, her horny mother and perhaps …
 
Today Penny is talking and laughing with the prolific and inspiring award-winning writer; Lynda Chanwai-Earle. Lynda is the originator and performer in Ka Shue - Letters Home, which was the first mainstream theatre show for a universal audience by a Chinese New Zealander in Aotearoa. The show premiered in 1996 and Penny chats to Lynda after she rem…
 
Former punk icon and current witch, Yvette Parsons is one of the most prolific actresses working in NZ today. From What We Do in the Shadows, to The Luminaries to The Power of the Dog to Nude Tuesday, her comic talents are in hot demand in many genres and often without any clothes. She and Penny discuss her years as a musician in NZ's small punk sc…
 
In a break from menopause, Penny invites two of her globe trotting performer buddies to drop in and spill their souls about their troublesome bits. Both diagnosed with a condition they share with Penny, vulvodynia, they talk about their long and frustrating journeys to being diagnosed, treated and even believed. Ingrid Garner who is an award winnin…
 
Wooohoooo. Here is a bonus documentary to honour of all Penny's good friends currently battling in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival trenches. She produced it way back in the Jurassic period, aka 2004, about her first ever time presenting a show there. Since then she been 4 times with varying degrees of success and there really is nothing like it; fuck…
 
Shortland Street's first ever murderer drops in on Showy Ovaries to discuss her blood letting onscreen and in life. Having absolutely no symptoms Elisabeth thought this podcast would be short and uninteresting but she and Penny managed to fill the space with chats of orgasms, early diplomacy by Nanaia Mahuta on school camp and being the daughter of…
 
Ōtautahi born and bred, former MP, soon to be former mayor, but still current mayor Lianne Dalziel, beamed into Penny's Covid isolation at her parent's house to chat about various things. A advocate for the people of Christchurch for just over half her life, she discussed what she loved about wearing those mayoral chains and what she is looking for…
 
Fifth Generation Kiwi, Jenny Agnew, welcomed fellow 5th Generation Kiwi Penny into her home to chat all about what it is to be a Chinese New Zealander. A descendant of Choie Sew Hoy who moved to NZ in 1869, Jenny was recently awarded a Queen's Service Medal along with her husband Trevor, for their research into her ancestor. She talked to Penny abo…
 
Wellllllllll it finally caught up with Penny. The Vid, the Rona, the virus that's the least desirous, and it has a bit of a story so Penny thought she'd overshare it. For a change. Coming to you from Day 7 of isolation in Christchurch where she has turfed her own mother out of her bedroom, Penny is here to dish the deets on the spiky protein that h…
 
*Sorry for the delay Ovarians, covid finally got me. Ren Lunicke has lived many lives and tackled each wholeheartedly. Deeply uncomfortable within their evangelical upbringing, they went through a journey of discovery with their body from sexual discovery, to gender identity and finally hormonal balance. Now proudly Non-Binary, taking testosterone …
 
Green Party MP and self described lefty feminist lesbian, Jan Logie beamed into Penny's office during a recess in that hive of human activity that is the NZ Parliament. Penny divulged that Jan's work in boosting funding to Women's Refuge was a big part of her decision to vote Green in the last two elections and thanked her for helping reverse some …
 
Penny had a bloody hilarious time getting honest AF with Stephanie Tauevihi, aka Shortland St's crack paramedic and iconic character Donna Heka. Of Danish and Niuean heritage, Steph spoke of her heartbreaking struggles with her body and was brutally honest about her complex relationship with her beloved Mum who passed away aged only 49. Penny's kin…
 
2020 Senior New Zealander of the year, Dame Margaret Sparrow, delighted Penny by agreeing to chat about her very minor menopause plus her very major life's work in freeing NZ's women from the forced burden of child birth through abortion reform. A lifelong champion of the notion of choice, Dame Margaret regaled Penny with tales of her own illegal a…
 
It's the queen of Jazzy Ovaries this week, who shares her journey of suddenly losing her voice on tour thanks to menopause's effects. Caitlin opens up as wide as a pharynx to regale former pupil Penny with a cavalcade of stories, potions and spells in her journey with her body, her blindness and her daily supplement regime. Spiritual Caitlin and de…
 
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Shortland St, NZ's longest running soap opera, Penny headed to see one of the longest stars of the street - Angela Bloomfield. A veteran of 24 years of both acting and directing in Ferndale, Angela opened up about what's it's like to grow up onscreen, the pressures of looking your best and how trying to trounce …
 
Hawkes Bay founder of The Female GP, Dr Samantha Newman, joined Penny to share her passion for vaginas, vulvas and all thing science. A self described happy geek, she is an advocate for women's health not only in her private clinic, but also as a campaigner for equitable access to advice and medicines for those who cannot afford it. Penny invited h…
 
When Catherine formed the NZ Prostitute's Collective (now the Sex Worker's Collective) with her co-workers back in 1987, she never dreamed that would one day lead to a nod from the crown and a Dame-hood. But her advocacy for the rights, health and dignity of those in the world's oldest profession did just that and Penny was excited to chat to a wom…
 
This week's guest is the very gorgeous Jeanette Thomas, co-host of one of Auckland's most popular breakfast radio shows on The Breeze, and former presenter of Good Morning. She beamed into Penny's office to chat about their time together on Good Morning, about how her perimenopause was camouflaged by her intense grief and the one symptom of menopau…
 
This week it's Good Morning's doyenne of the daisy and dazzler of the doily, Astar, so fabulous she only needs one name. She entertained Penny in her home with her tales of working for the Sultan of Brunei, about growing up in Tuatapere and shouting at a GP. A devotee of HRT for some time, she is a woman who knows her own body and just what it need…
 
For a Mother's Day special here's Showy Ovaries' first mother/daughter combo with TV director Carolyn Sylvester and artist Meg Mahy. Carolyn (Penny's first adult showbiz employer) told Penny all about her struggles with menopause and how she realised her mother's "break-down" was no such thing, about how not all hormone treatments are created equal…
 
Veteran politician Judith Tizard welcomed Penny into her home to talk about her life, her body and her menopause. A part of the Tizard dynasty of public servants we chatted about her happily being the daughter of a Mayor, a Governor General and a Deputy Prime Minister. Also about the perils of coming out in the public eye, male infidelities in parl…
 
New Zealand's cabaret superstar Jackie Clarke, dropped into Penny's house with two hot buns to talk all about her sweaty knees. A self described human water feature, Jackie is determined she will not go gently into that hot flushed night but rather yell all about her menopause to anyone who is vaguely listening. They chat about her body's journey f…
 
Showy Ovaries is thrilled to welcome one of the busiest TV presenters and authors in Aotearoa, Miriama Kamo, to share her fertility journey with Penny. From the pain of six miscarriages, to the joys of delivering her daughter, to the struggles of endometriosis and early menopause, Miriama is warm, open and honest about all that her body has been th…
 
Former Muppet wrangler at Henson Studios, Lana Schwarcz, joins Penny from Melbourne to talk about her medically induced menopause following a breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Lana took this experience and turned it into an award winning comedy show; Lovely lady Lump which she toured through Australia, Canada and to Edinburgh in an effort to get…
 
A minisode with a brief and not at all peer reviewed history and explanation of HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy. It can sound as dry as a menopausal vagina so stand by for some appalling internet sourced menopause jokes. Like so bad. Like why internet.... WHY? Louise Newson's Website: https://www.balance-menopause.com/ Fertility Associates: https…
 
It's Shaky Ovaries! In a belated Purple Day Special (Epilepsy Awareness Day on March 26th) Penny chats to fellow ladies with epilepsy Jacki Morris and Denise Astill. Denise founded Foetal Anti Convulsant Syndrome NZ (FACNZ), an organisation about promoting awareness of the damage anti-convulsants can do to unborn children, and she and Jacki share t…
 
This week it's bestselling brainbox Niki Bezzant whose book This Changes Everything: The Honest Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause, recently hit the Number One spot on the NZ top Ten Non-Fiction charts. The result of two years of research it's an excellent manual to leaf through as you try and figure out just what the hell is happening to you as …
 
Award-winning NZ acting queen Robyn Malcolm was NZ's sexiest woman 2007, though she grew up feeling anything but. Her teenage years were a storm of hormones resulting in extreme PMT and bulimia, then once in her 20's she discovered the secret to weight loss; smoking. In her first in person podcast interview, Penny chats Robyn's path to her recent 5…
 
David Bowie's China Girl is all woman now and still as fabulous as ever. Having always felt incredibly lucky, Geeling told Penny tales of landing the biggest gig of her life rolling naked with the Starman in the surf, starring as Jasmine Sage in the epic 80's glamour TV show Gloss and her enduring roles as a hospitality doyenne on the Auckland nigh…
 
What better way to celebrate International Women's Day Week than by getting a man in. Penny's husband celebrates her everyday so she decided to have a chat to him about podcasts, her bits and watching his hair run away from his face. Be a fly on their kitchen wall as they ponder midlife epiphanies, the symptoms of andropause and how to find some po…
 
It's a bonus episode on International Women's Day! Best selling juggernaut Nicky Pellegrino joins Penny Ashton to chat all about her popular new menopause book 'Don't Sweat It: How to Make the Change a Good One'. From her days as NZ Women's Weekly editor, to being worried a hot flush might make her a suspected covid case at customs, to how her husb…
 
Queen of the catwalks AND the kitchen, it's NZ living treasure and HRT devotee Peta Mathias. Her culinary travel wings may have been clipped by a pandemic, but chef Peta's zest can't be suppressed and she chats to Penny as boldly as her colourful clothes. They cover her Catholic debutante entry into the marriage market, how the invention of The Pil…
 
Showy Ovaries is in the presence of journalism royalty this week with Voyager Media Award Winning Reporter of the Year, Alison Mau. A journalist since 17, Mau has been successful across whatever media format you care to name, from TV to radio to broadsheets....well until she's made redundant anyway. From her native Australia to the BBC and finally …
 
It's a brand new season and excitingly episode one was recorded live with a small but mighty studio audience as part of the Listen to This: Live Podcast Festival at Bats Theatre in Wellington. Penny's first guest this season is the hilarious comedian Sameena Zehra and tho Penny was stuck in West Auckland, she zoomed in and a jolly good time was had…
 
In late 2021 Penny Ashton stormed parliament, but in a much more fabulous way. In Season Two's first minisode you can hear the speech she gave to the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians group at their Orange the World Event. This was a breakfast which was to celebrate the 16 Days of Activism to end Gender-based Violence globally. Thanks to Ingrid L…
 
In the final of Season One of Showy Ovaries we have tenacious MP, Rugby Black Fern, Netball Silver Fern, and all round social justice amazon; Louisa Wall. Initially perplexed as why her fingers were tingling, her blood was raging and her temperature was a yo-yo, she eventually discovered it was menopause and had a light-bulb moment; "Why the hell d…
 
Walkley Award winning Jane Caro has opinions and I was delighted to hear them. Australian feminist icon, lecturer, novelist, non-fiction star, thinker, atheist, stirrer, mother and grandmother; Jane has been rattling her feminist cage for decades now and poking the patriarchy with a big stick. We covered her flooded 'basement', how she overcame her…
 
Carolyn Harris, deputy leader of Welsh Labour, is searingly honest about her struggle with grief, depression and Strictly Come Dancing. Floundering in the dark with what she now realises was menopause, she has turned those dark times into fuel and is at the forefront of the #menopauserevolution in the UK. She opens up about her mission to make live…
 
All round funny feminist Michele A'Court chats fibroids, cysts and the sisterhood. Raised with frank conversations and laughter around the kitchen table, Michele was determined to pass the same knowledge onto her daughter, even if her daughter didn't want to hear it. We talk about her bothersome uterus, her first feminist fracas at the age of 4 and…
 
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