Are you living in a hormonal hothouse battling it out with your teens while the dog, cat and husband look on? You're not alone.
Lorraine Candy and Trish Halpin have been editing glossy magazines for more than two decades, helping support women through all aspects of their busy lives. Between them the duo have six children, two dogs, one cat and two husbands. And this time, they’re the ones asking for help.
Join Lorraine and Trish as they consult the experts on parenting teenagers during the great midlife unravelling in this weekly podcast. Sharing their mid-life journeys, from the menopause to reinvention, and living with angst-ridden teens they cover it all.
To celebrate World Menopause Day, Lorraine and Trish meet women's health expert Dame Lesley Regan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College, who has been reforming and influencing policy for 40 years on the NHS frontline. From humble beginnings, Dame Lesley, a mum of twins, was one of the first women to rise to the top of her profession and has survived three breast cancer diagnoses along the way. Now as Chair of Wellbeing of Women she's helping transform the workplace for menopausal women.
One of the UK’s most respected beauty journalists and authors, Alice Hart-Davis, gives Lorraine and Trish her verdict on the best treatments and skincare ingredients for ageing better, having spent two decades testing every cosmetic procedure, from Botox, filler and lasers to micro-needling and vampire facials.
This week, Lorraine and Trish are joined by Dr Zoe Williams, an NHS GP, TV broadcaster, and former TV Gladiator (no less!). She shares her personal story of growing up in a single parent family and supporting her mum through alcohol addiction, freezing her eggs then finally becoming a mum for the first time at 41. She also has some really useful advice on staying fit and healthy in your midlife years and beyond as well as how to get the best service from your GP.
Lorraine and Trish chat to comedy queen and author Arabella Weir about the inspiration for her famous catch phrase (Does My Bum Look Big In This - in case you didn’t know), her complex and damaging relationship with her parents and how therapy has helped her to break harmful habits and self doubts for a fulfilled and happy midlife.
In 2020, broadcaster and journalist Aasmah Mir, 49, took on the biggest job of her career as the launch presenter of the Times Radio breakfast show - and then her marriage fell apart. She talks to Lorraine and Trish about keeping the plates spinning and rediscovering herself as a midlife, single mum one year on.
From a high-flying career in PR, to first lady of Downing Street and now a leading campaigner for the education, health and rights of girls and women around the world, Sarah Brown is a woman on a mission. She talks to Lorraine and Trish about life behind the scenes with husband Gordon, bringing up teenage sons, her midlife journey and her feelings as the couple approach the 20th anniversary of the death of their baby daughter Jennifer.
Running a global fashion empire while raising five children hasn’t been easy, but Anya Hindmarch has learnt a lot of really helpful stuff along the way and in this week’s episode she shares her pearls of wisdom.
Lorraine and Trish interview Welsh MP Carolyn Harris about her Parliamentary Bill which is set to change everything for midlife, menopausal women this autumn and could make HRT free for all across England. The outspoken and spirited MP also shares her moving story of how a personal tragedy took her from barmaid and dinner lady to the corridors of Westminster.
Self-care author Nadia Narain, the A-list’s go to yoga and meditation teacher, joins Lorraine and Trish to share her practical life lessons. Nadia also talks about her personal journey of finding - and adapting to - new love and relationships in her late forties.
Brought to you in partnership with Nioxin In this special one off episode, Trish and Lorraine speak to trichologist Mark Blake and celebrity stylist Zoe Irwin about the causes and solutions for hair thinning during peri-menopause and how to improve the quality, condition and volume of your locks. Plus: Lorraine & Trish reveal their hair idols, and look back and laugh at the styles they wish they’d swerved
The behavioural scientist guides Lorraine and Trish through the shifting social and cultural landscape many of us are navigating as women and mothers in society now in this modern masterclass in thinking about race, gender, motherhood and belonging. Plus: best sunscreens for summer, quickie fitness videos to follow on Instagram & what to do if your partner is a flirt
She's one of the funniest women on stage and screen, meet actor, singer, dancer, novelist, broadcaster and mum of four (including triplets) Jackie Clune. Trish and Lorraine chat to Motherland's hilarious school secretary Mrs Lamb about her globe-trotting career, early menopause and parenting adventures. PLUS: Summer recipes to soothe the soul and how to write an easy to-do to-do list . And for nostalgia noodle we ask: would you eat a crisp sandwich?
Nutrition for energy, mood and midlife weight loss. Menopause nutritionist Emma Bardwell joins Lorraine and Trish to share the specific easy-to-follow dos and dont’s of eating to thrive before, during, and after peri-menopause. If your weight, energy levels or mood aren’t what they should be, discover Emma’s diet tweaks and tips to find your mojo again. Plus: Agony Aunt special: What to do if your married friend is having an affair. Nostalgia Noodle: Why we love Just 17 magazine
Dr Annice Mukherjee, aka the Hormone Doctor, explains how to manage your fluctuating hormones in midlife and the lifestyle tweaks that will helping you achieve hormone balance and renewed vitality before, during and after the menopause.
From jacking it all in and starting again, to dealing with difficult bosses and colleagues, plus rebuilding your professional identity if you’ve taken time out of the workplace - Lorraine and Trish get some expert advice from BBC News presenter & career coach Rachel Schofield.
The chart-topping novelist tells Trish and Lorraine about the women who motivated and supported her during breast cancer treatment and how the disease has changed her life - in surprising ways she never expected.
Best-selling author Lisa Taddeo, whose ground-breaking book Three Women was a profound investigation into female desire, talks to Lorraine and Trish about understanding, acknowledging and giving ourselves permission to act on our desires.
Comedian, author and self-styled ‘lesbian Louis Theroux’ Rosie Wilby tells Trish and Lorraine what she’s learned about relationships, sex and break ups - and finally marrying the girl of her dreams at 50.
TV presenter and broadcaster Kate Thornton tells Lorraine & Trish how her overwhelming peri-menopause symptoms nearly floored her during lockdown. The midlife mum reveals how she’s hoping HRT will ‘give her life back’ and how she uses therapy to reset her mindset.
The supermodel, actor and cover girl joins Lorraine and Trish from her hot pink sofa to talk about her pivotal role in the Estee Lauder Companies’ breast cancer care campaign and explains why this year more than ever women need to be vigilant about their breast checks. Plus tales from her life in lockdown and a special cameo from her beloved spaniel.
From coping with meno rage to getting out of a mindset rut, plus the power of setting family boundaries and saying no, best-selling author and psychotherapist Julia Samuel shares the emotional tools every woman needs in midlife.
Trish and Lorraine talk to best-selling author and founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse about becoming an overnight success at 45 and her remarkable family life - from marrying her childhood sweetheart to what caring for elderly parents taught her about living well.
In a funny, frank and sometimes tearful interview, Davina McCall opens up to Lorraine and Trish about the impact of peri-menopause on her mind, career and sex life. She also shares the shocking truths she learned making her new Channel 4 TV documentary on the subject..
In a rare interview photographer, food writer, film maker, meat-free campaigner and mum of four Mary McCartney talks to Lorraine and Trish about feeding families well across the generations - from living with dad Paul in lockdown to continuing mum Linda’s vegetarian legacy. She also shares her easy peasy, favourite recipes.
Broadcaster Nicky Chapman, 54, joins Lorraine and Trish to talk about her remarkable career and bouncing back after a brain tumour at 52. From being at the heart of the music industry in the 90s, when she worked with The Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Take That and Simon Cowell, to selling the midlife dream on Escape to the Country, Nicki shares her career, health and lifestyle wisdom.
Trish and Lorraine find out what to do if your sex life has become a peri-menopause casualty. Joined by the sexual and reproductive health expert and menopause specialist, Dr Paula Briggs, they discuss how to revive a lost libido and how to recognise symptoms of sexual health disorders. And they explore treatments for the 80% of women who suffer a degree of vaginal atrophy at this life stage.
Take control of your monthly cycle with tips from Perimenopause Power author and women's health expert Maisie Hill. And Lorraine and Trish find out From Maisie which simple lifestyle changes will lead to better midlife health and happiness. PLUS: Can you tap your way to more energy and is bad breathing holding you back?
From Birmingham to New York, self-made businesswoman Michelle Feeney has a life story and career like no other. She talks to Trish and Lorraine about how she set about revolutionising some of the world’s biggest brands. The mum of two also shares her tips on motivating yourself at work and explains how she built her sustainable fragrance brand, Floral Street, from scratch in her fifties.
Emma Freud has been a driving force behind Red Nose Day for more than three decades, alongside her work as a film producer, writer and mum of four. As the nation gears up for another night of laughter, she talks to Lorraine and Trish about empty nesting, never marrying and midlife adventures.
Lorraine and Trish talk to actress/producer/fashion designer Sadie Frost about her remarkable life - from the heady days of the nineties and the Primrose Hill set, through 30-years of parenting and plans for her next creative chapter. Discover the lessons she's learned along the way and how she built the strength and emotional resilience to pursue a life that's true to who she is.
Trish and Lorraine talk to the endlessly energetic and upbeat TV presenter Gaby Roslin on how to harness your inner positivity, a skill that has helped her through the ups and downs of life. They also examine how memories play a vital role in our sense of self and wellbeing, and share ideas on how to make special ones, even in lockdown.
Brought to you in partnership with Avon In this special one-off episode, Lorraine and Trish speak to women’s health expert and TV GP Dr Sarah Jarvis to find out everything you need to know about the menopause - from hormones to HRT, identifying symptoms and getting the best service from your GP.
Lorraine and Trish hear the remarkable life story of beauty writer and entrepreneur Ateh Jewel and find out how she has learned to nourish her body, mind and spirit after a traumatic upbringing.
Trish and Lorraine discuss reaching a midlife career crossroads and talk to best-selling author Amanda Prowse about how at 42, she went from living on the breadline to becoming a multi-millionaire. Amanda also talks candidly and movingly about her son’s suicide attempt and mental health struggles and offers great advice for parents.
Superstar make-up artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown tells Lorraine and Trish how she created a billion dollar beauty business from scratch while raising her family, her beauty from the inside out philosophy, and why at 63 she is taking on a brand new challenge.
Psychotherapist and parenting guru Philippa Perry gives Lorraine and Trish some tried & tested advice on theirs - and other listeners’ - midlife problems, from finding harmony at home in lockdown, to unexpected confidence crashes and a peri-menopause identity crisis. Plus what it’s like living with her award-winning artist husband Grayson Perry, and getting creative for a new series of their hit Channel 4 art show.
TV's most famous and fabulous female sports reporter talks to Lorraine and Trish about her career highs and lows, her IVF journey, parenting twins and her competitive fitness streak.
Lorraine and Trish meet beauty power house Caroline Hirons for a frank and funny chat about bringing up four children, building a super successful career in her 40s, being a midlife grandma and her honest facts about skin as we age.
Lorraine & Trish talk to health and fitness expert Amanda Thebe about how to get stronger and leaner and the impact it can have on our midlife minds and bodies. They also discuss the rise of ‘grey drinking’ and ask should you be reassessing your relationship with alcohol?
Lorraine and Trish kick start 2021 with their shortcuts to positive thinking and the health tests every midlife woman should be having this year. Meanwhile, special guest Katie Brindle explains how a daily self-care regime based on Chinese Medicine can help boost immunity, relieve peri-menopause symptoms and deliver glowing skin too.
Joining Lorraine and Trish to talk about the day her husband left the family home, writer Rosie Green shares how she survived the aftermath, navigated the divorce, protected her children and ventured into the world of dating for the first time in more than 20 years.
Linda Magistris, former Grange Hill actress and founder of The Good Grief Trust shares her moving and inspirational midlife love story.
Joining Lorraine & Trish to share her life lessons, is writer, professor and nurse Christie Watson. Her books, The Language of Kindness and The Courage to Care are a fascinating insight into the world of nursing, in which she weaves her own life story and the lessons about humanity that she has learned along the way.
Lorraine and Trish kick off Series 3 with the help of makeover queen and beauty entrepreneur Trinny Woodall. Discover her everyday beauty and style secrets for midlife and find out how she built a cosmetics empire from scratch in her fifties.
Best-selling writer Caitlin Moran chats to Lorraine and Trish about how heading into peri-menopause took her completely by surprise, when she thought she knew everything there was to know about being a woman. Find out how she coped when her daughter battled an eating disorder, why witches are cool and how she finally gave in to yoga...
Not being able to drift off and waking up in the 3am worry zone, poor sleep is the bane of many women's lives (especially when you throw in a hot flush or two). Lorraine and Trish talk to sleep psychologist Kathryn Pinkham about what we need to do to break the cycle and get a good night's rest every night.
Trish & Lorraine meet health and beauty coach Karen Cummings-Palmer to find out the lifestyle tweaks and changes for diet, skin and exercise that will have us feeling and looking our most gorgeous in no time.
TV presenter Anna Richardson joins Lorraine and Trish for a rollercoaster ride of riotous laughs and moving moments, as she reveals how she feels to be turning 50, finding love with another woman, the shocking moment she discovered she was infertilie and her tragic family history of depression.
Physical, emotional and hormonal changes can all play havoc with your sex life. To find out how to get back in the pleasure zone, Lorraine and Trish talk to Dr Shahzadi Harper about vaginal health, libido boosts and favourite sex toys.
Trish and Lorraine get the lowdown from specialist Dr Louise Newson on getting the right treatment for you during perimenopause, as well as the other health checks we should all be doing in midlife.
Trish and Lorraine delve into midlife hair issues, from thinning to greys and the impact of oestrogen deficiency. Plus, teen-parenting expert Alicia Drummond tells us how to set boundaries and tackle the most tricky and sticky situations our adolescent children put us through.
Trish and Lorraine team up with actress Tamzin Outhwaite to discover what it’s really like dating a (20 years!) younger man when you’re hitting perimenopause, and why she’s finding midlife a time of great freedom.
Lorraine and Trish talk to their old magazine buddy and best-selling author Mike Gayle about what’s going on for midlife men, what they know about menopause and how turning 50 is an emotional milestone for them too.
The nutritionist Jane Clarke joins Lorraine and Trish to explain why things can go barrel-shaped with our bodies once we hit our forties, and why we just can’t cut it on the lady petrol (aka rosé) any more. Find out how to write a food diary and the tweaks you can make to boost your mood and energy levels.
From fear of failure and emotional stress to social pressures and financial strains, Trish and Lorraine explore the symptoms of the new midlife crisis for generation X women with American author Ada Calhoun, whose latest book explores why you’re waking up in the 4am worry zone and what to do about it.
Joining Lorraine and Trish to kick off series two, bestselling novelist Marian Keyes shares her remarkable midlife story. Find out how she is rocking her fifties after overcoming severe depression, accepting she won’t have children, redefining work on her terms and becoming a proud Botox and HRT devotee.
Lorraine and Trish share the tips and tricks they'll be using in self-isolation and get some expert advice from menopause specialist Dr Shahzadi Harper. We're all glued to our phones at the moment, but how do the gadgets affect our children? They talk to psychologist Suzi Godson about how parents should really feel about teens, screens and social media.
Dry skin, frown lines, dark spots, saggy jowels, menopausal acne – the list of midlife skin issues is not the prettiest. But as Trish and Lorraine discover, with the help of dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting, there are plenty of ways to get your glow back and feel great about your skin.
Ahead of her Sport Relief ultra-marathon, BBC presenter Louise Minchin talks to Lorraine and Trish about becoming a triathlete during her peri-menopause, and how hot flushes in front of the cameras led to the BBC’s menopause awareness week.
In the middle of bringing up children at one end and helping with ageing or sick parents at the other? Welcome to the sandwich generation. Lorraine and Trish talk to Jane Caldwell about the lessons she learned – and the advice she wished she’d had – while caring for her mother Olivia after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Professor Michael Baum is a world expert on breast cancer, while his daughter Katie Taylor is the founder of the menopause support group and website the Latte Lounge. Together they separate fact from fiction about HRT and breast cancer, look at the issue of female pain, as well as Katie’s menopause story and experience of hysterectomy.
Have life’s routines and responsibilities left you feeling like you’re stuck in a midlife rut? That you’ve achieved as much as you’re going to, and it’ll be a slow and steady downward drift from here? That’s how journalist and broadcaster Kate Garraway felt before she entered the celebrity jungle.
Telling it like it is, the activist and entrepreneur Meg Mathews shares her menopause story, from misdiagnosis to osteoporosis, with Lorraine and Trish. Find out how she coped when severe anxiety took hold, and how HRT, diet and exercise have made her strong again.
Lorraine and Trish talk to Britpop star Louise Wener about reforming her band, Sleeper, in her fifties, how style and sex appeal evolve and why you’re never too old to wear leopard print.
Want to know the secret to getting through your peri-menopause without going insane? Lorraine and Trish talk to Dr Shahzadi Harper about exactly what’s happening with your hormones, the symptoms you shouldn’t ignore and how to get the right help from your GP.
Busting the “have it all” myth, Lorraine and Trish discuss the realities of building a successful career or business while bringing up a family with the straight-talking entrepreneur, C-suite consultant and mother of 10 (yes, 10) children, Danusia Malina-Derben.
How do you cope as a parent when two pairs of hands become one? Lorraine and Trish talk to the television and radio presenter Beverley Turner about her experience of parenting after divorce, from the everyday practicalities to the sometimes overwhelming emotional labour.
If your sex drive isn’t what it used to be and the most exciting thing that’s happened in the bedroom lately is a Netflix binge, well...you’re not alone. In the first episode of Postcards from Midlife, Lorraine and Trish find out how to rediscover desire, intimacy and pleasure with Suzi Godson, The Times sex and relationships columnist, as well as how to understand and support your teens as they start to explore their own sexuality.