March 2, 2021

Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein: The Truth About The Pill

Mayim breaks down how the neurochemical basis of women's hormones and the impacts of the menstrual cycle on their bodies and minds. Mayim also covers how our understanding of women's health has changed over time, including a brief overview of what Freud got wrong. Activists Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein discuss their most recent project tackling the misperceptions about women's mental health related to increasing rates of overprescription of the birth control pill. And Mayim shares about her experience on the pill and the differential access to reproductive health in under-serviced communities and what we can do about it.

Theme Song Written, Produced, and Performed by Ed Robertson. Mixed by Kenny Luong.
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Abby Epstein

Filmmaker & Director

Jonathan Cohen


Mayim Bialik


Ricki Lake

Actress & Producer




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