episode #346

Menopause Bootcamp: Hormone Therapy, Weight Management, and The Grandmother Effect with Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz


Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz is not only a medical expert but she is also a champion for women’s empowerment and public education. So you can already understand why she is a guest on this particular podcast.

“There are estrogen receptors in brain cancer. I don’t hear anybody screaming about menopausal hormone therapy and brain cancer.” Dr. Suzanne

In their conversation, Dr. Suzanne and Dr. Stephanie explore the intricate journey from perimenopause to menopause, shedding light on the clinical indicators and hormonal shifts that mark this transformative phase. Join them as they unravel the mysteries of FSH, LH, thyroid, and the fascinating grandmother theory of evolution.

Dr. Suzanne also shares insights on diverse aspects of menopause. From the impact of estrogen changes on incontinence, sexual function, and vasomotor disturbances, to a discussion on bioidentical hormones and the often controversial testosterone replacement therapy for females.

This episode isn’t just a conversation; it’s a comprehensive guide to optimizing health, empowerment, and flourishing as we age. If you or a woman you love is navigating the realms of menopause, this is a must-listen. Share this episode far and wide because the wisdom Dr. Gilbert-Lenz imparts is bound to bring immense value to anyone on this transformative journey.

Episode Overview:

0:00 Intro
0:00:30 Introduction and Excitement to Welcome Dr. Gilberg-Lenz
0:09:28 Embracing Feminine Energy: Softness, Strength, and Vulnerability
0:12:46 Defining Menopause and Perimenopause: Terminology and Transitions
0:16:56 Menopause: Not a Disease, But a Natural Developmental Phase
0:22:09 Perimenopause: Changes in Hormonal Orchestrations
0:28:23 Childhood Memories and Conversations with Grandparents
0:36:34 Thyroid and Reproductive Hormones Impact on Each Other
0:39:36 Inflammation, Thyroid, and Gut Health
0:46:49 Open Conversation and Respect in Healthcare Disagreements
0:53:46 Understanding the Pelvic Floor and Its Functions
1:01:46 The Protective Role of Fat and Beta Amyloid Plaques
1:10:13 The Importance of Having Early Conversations About Disruption.
1:13:24 Off-label Uses of Hormone Therapy for Dryness and More.
1:16:44 Personality Changes and Anxiety in Menopause.
1:20:02 The Complexity of Libido and the Role of Testosterone
1:23:24 Nurturing a Deep and Meaningful Connection in Relationships
1:26:49 Where to Find the Speaker’s Resources


A Diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, received her medical degree in 1996 from the USC School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women’s empowerment and public education. She appears frequently as an expert in women’s health and integrative medicine in print, online, and on TV, where she is the Chief Medical Correspondent for the Drew Barrymore Show. She is the author of MENOPAUSE BOOTCAMP: Optimize Your Health, Empower Your Self, and Flourish as You Age (Harper Wave; October 11th)

Connect with Suzanne:

Website – https://thedrsuzanne.com/


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I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

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