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August 18, 2023

Exploring the Evolution of Periods, Menopause, and Pregnancy

with podcast guest

Deena Emera


Deena Emera, Ph.D., is an evolutionary geneticist, teacher, and the author of A Brief History of the Female Body: An Evolutionary Look at How and Why the Female Form Came to Be. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree from NYU, and a PhD from Yale. Deena is a scientist and writer-in-residence at the Buck Institute’s Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality.

In this conversation, Deena and I discuss the evolutionary origins of menstruation, the evolutionary advantages and adaptations associated with menstruation, the evolutionary significance of menopause, the profound changes in maternal-fetal interactions, common myths about the female body, and so much more!


  • Deena’s work as an evolutionary geneticist
  • The inspiration behind Deena’s book, A Brief History of the Female Body
  • Why we should care about the history and evolution of the female body
  • Incongruence between modern society and our biology
  • The evolutionary significance of menstruation in humans and other animals
  • Debunking theories about the purpose of menstruation
  • How the human menstrual cycle has evolved over the ages
  • The potential relationship between the number of ovulatory cycles and the impact on cancer risk
  • Exploring the cooperative relationship between mothers and babies during pregnancy and after birth
  • Insights into how menopause may have contributed to our success as a species
  • Myths and misconceptions about the female body
  • Implications of early puberty and the unique challenges our bodies face in modern society


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