[46] S4, Ep3: Hormones, reproductive and mental health and stepping into our sensory selves
Topics in this episode: autism at work, disordered eating, female reproductive health, health, hormones, masking, mental health, sensory needs, stimming

Becky Beasley is an award winning visual artist, receiving the highest UK award for Visual Arts in the country, a Paul Hamlyn Artists Award, in 2018, and also teaches Fine Art part time at Goldsmiths College.

But alongside her career success she has battled with mental health and hormonal problems, prompting her to go on a research journey that ultimately lead to her autism diagnosis in February this year.

Becky is in her mid 40s, lives and works in Hastings in the UK and describes herself as a women’s health gap warrior.

In our conversation we talk about 

➡ Hormones, female reproductive health and the gender health gap – and how these impact autistic people who menstruate

➡ Mental health and its impact on life and work

➡ Becoming attuned to ourselves, meeting our sensory needs and giving ourselves permission to stim

➡ Gender identity, friendship and finding your tribe



Please be aware that there is mention of suicide and suicidal ideation, miscarriage and eating disorders from the start of this episode, so if you don’t want to hear about these topics you might want to give this one a miss.


Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



Becky’s website: www.beckybeasley.com/

Her award: https://www.phf.org.uk/artist/becky-beasley/

More about her art: https://www.plan-b.ro/artist/becky-beasley/


Maisie Hill (hormones): https://www.maisiehill.com/

Towards a Profile of Adult Autistic women: https://taniaannmarshall.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/moving-towards-a-female-profile-the-unique-characteristics-abilities-and-talents-of-asperwomen-adult-women-with-asperger-syndrome/


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