episode #362

The New Menopause with Dr. Mary Claire Haver


Menopause expert, Dr. Mary Claire Haver, a board-certified OB/GYN and certified menopause specialist joins Dr. Stephanie in this episode. From debunking fallacies from the Women’s Health Initiative to discussing various hormone therapy options, including estrogen, progesterone, and different delivery methods, this episode equips listeners with essential knowledge. Whether you’re experiencing perimenopausal symptoms or contemplating hormone therapy as a preventative measure, Dr. Haver provides valuable insights and actionable tips.

“We have estrogen receptors everywhere in our body,
and every single organ system can be affected.” – Dr. Mary Claire Haver

The conversation highlights the advantages of vaginal estrogen, designer estrogens, and the impact of progesterone on postmenopausal women. Nutritional and lifestyle considerations, including protein intake, creatine supplementation, and stress management, are explored for optimal health during menopause. They also tackle protein consumption, bodybuilding strategies, and the empowerment of women to prioritize their health and well-being through menopause and beyond.

This episode will give you a comprehensive understanding of menopause hormone therapy and empower yourself or the women you love with the information needed to make informed decisions about their health.

Episode Overview:

0:00 Teaser/Intro
1:22 Signs of Perimenopause
3:00 In-Depth Symptom Analysis
11:08 Evolutionary Advantages of Menopause
18:45 Menopause Hormone Therapy
30:01 Hormone Therapy Benefits in Menopause
36:34 Hormone Therapy Considerations for Menopausal Women
40:11 CIRM as an Option
44:07 Missed the Menopause Boat
47:40 Magnesium: The Forgotten Nutrient
51:17 Prioritize Good Nutrition
55:36 Protein-Centric Approach
1:01:37 Family History: No Disqualifications
1:04:22 Avoid Injury with Weight Training
1:06:52 Hormone Therapy Side Effects
1:09:00 Future of Menopause Therapy

Resources mentioned in the episode:

Dr. Haver’s new book

Episode on Women’s Health Initiative

How Does Menopause Change Your Brain? A Deep Dive with Dr. Lisa Mosconi




Dr. Mary Claire Haver is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist from Tulane University. She is a Louisiana State University Medical Center graduate and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She is also a Certified Menopause Specialist through The Menopause Society.

Her educational background and her own experience led Dr. Haver to develop the national bestselling book and online program, The Galveston Diet, a three-pronged lifestyle plan that encourages fuel refocusing, intermittent fasting, and anti-inflammatory nutrition to manage hormonal symptoms, stabilize weight, and revitalize the body as it ages to provide benefits that will last a lifetime. Dr. Haver is working on her second book,
The New Menopause, which will be released in the Spring of 2024. Find out more at thepauselife.com/ and Instagram – instagram.com/drmaryclaire/

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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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