Guest Episode
June 3, 2024

Dr. Mary Claire Haver: How to Navigate Menopause & Perimenopause for Maximum Health & Vitality

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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Mary Claire Haver, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN and an expert on women’s health and menopause. We discuss the biology and symptoms of perimenopause and menopause and their effects on body composition, cardiometabolic health, mental health, and longevity. She explains the lifestyle factors, including nutrition, resistance training, sleep, and supplements, that can better prepare women for and improve symptoms of both perimenopause and menopause. We also discuss hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and whether HRT impacts the incidence of breast cancer or can affect cardiovascular health.

We also discuss contraception, cellulite, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and how to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. This episode is rich in actionable information related to what is known about menopause and perimenopause and the stages before, allowing women of all ages to best navigate these life stages.

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  • Katherine Kalil: professor emeritus, neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Gabrielle Lyon: board-certified physician, trained in geriatric nutrition
  • Timothy Harlan: culinary medicine, George Washington University of Medicine

About this Guest

Dr. Mary Claire Haver

  • 00:00:00 Dr. Mary Claire Haver
  • 00:02:04 Sponsors: AeroPress, Eight Sleep & BetterHelp
  • 00:06:26 Menopause, Age of Onset
  • 00:09:50 Perimenopause, Hormones & “Zone of Chaos”
  • 00:14:42 Perimenopause, Estrogen & Mental Health
  • 00:20:04 Perimenopause Symptoms; Tool: Lifestyle Factors & Ovarian Health
  • 00:25:26 Early Menopause, Premature Ovarian Failure; Estrogen Therapy
  • 00:29:42 Sponsor: AG1
  • 00:31:31 Contraception, Transdermal, IUDs; Menopause Onset, Freezing Eggs
  • 00:38:18 Women’s Health: Misconceptions & Research
  • 00:45:01 Tool: Diet, Preparing for Peri-/Menopause; Visceral Fat
  • 00:48:31 Tools: Body Composition, Muscle & Menopause, Protein Intake
  • 00:51:42 Menopause: Genetics, Symptoms; Tools: Waist-to-Hip Ratio; Gut Microbiome
  • 00:58:22 Galveston vs. Mediterranean Diet, Fasting, Tool: Building Muscle
  • 01:05:18 Sponsor: InsideTracker
  • 01:06:29 Hot Flashes; Estrogen Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Breast Cancer Risk & Cognition
  • 01:15:36 Estrogen HRT, Cardiovascular Disease, Blood Clotting; “Meno-posse”
  • 01:24:00 Estrogen & Testosterone: Starting HRT & Ranges
  • 01:30:36 Other Hormones, Thyroid & DHEA; Local Treatment, Urinary Symptoms
  • 01:37:57 OB/GYN Medical Education & Menopause
  • 01:41:30 Supplements, Fiber, Tools: Osteoporosis “Prevention Pack”
  • 01:46:53 Collagen, Cellulite, Bone Density
  • 01:51:42 HRT, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Dry Eye; Conditions Precluding HRT
  • 01:55:27 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) & Treatment; GLP-1, Addictive Behaviors
  • 02:01:55 Post-menopause & HRT, Sustained HRT Usage
  • 02:04:58 Mental Health, Perimenopause vs. Menopause; Sleep Disruptions, Alcohol
  • 02:09:09 Male Support; Rekindle Libido
  • 02:12:46 HRT Rash Side-Effect; Acupuncture; Visceral Fat
  • 02:16:24 Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, YouTube Feedback, Sponsors, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter

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