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Sex, sleep & hormone therapy: Top podcasts to get smart on Perimenopause and Menopause (Part II)

Welcome to Part II of our series on favorite podcasts for curious, sophisticated women looking to get smart in 40 minutes or less. Where Part I scratched the storytelling and inspiration itch, the podcasts we’ve short listed below are a curated selection to coach you up on the science behind what’s really going on with your hormonal health.

Read on for introductions on hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants and how to find those blissful nights of sleep again from the leading experts in the field.


Health Essentials - Cleveland Clinic

How to Have a Kinder, Gentler Menopause with Dr. Holly Thacker

Hot flashes. Trouble sleeping. Chin whiskers. Dr. Holly Thacker, professor and director of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic, sits down with host Nada Youssef to answer frequently asked questions on all things menopause. Dr. Thacker is a thought leader in the field, and we love the Cleveland Clinic’s relentless commitment to delivering world-class care, research and support to women navigating menopause.

The drive - podcasts

The Role of Hormone Replacement Therapy Through Menopause & Beyond, The Peter Attia Drive

This episode tackles a controversial topic: the role of hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT or HT. Listen up for an eye opening conversation with Dr. Avrum Bluming and Dr. Carol Tavris, authors of the popular book, Estrogen Matters. Over the course of this episode, Dr. Tavris and Dr. Bluming make a compelling – and evidence based – case for long-term HT use, and dispel the myth that it causes breast cancer. Whether you’re pro- or anti-HT, we highly recommend listening to this episode out to widen your perspective of the popular and often misunderstood treatment.

Mayo Clinic Radio

Treating Low Libido in Women, Mayo Clinic Radio

Dr. Stephanie Faubion, Director for Women’s Health at the Mayo Clinic, discusses Vyleesi, a recently approved drug used to treat low libido in women. You’ll also hear Dr. Faubion’s warning about over-the-counter treatments for menopause symptoms . The Mayo Clinic is an authoritative voice on scientifically sound menopause research , and there’s no one we’d rather seek advice from on what to avoid at CVS for hot flashes than Dr. Faubion.

Bone Talk - Podcasts

Protecting Strong Bones Before, During & After Menopause: What you Need to Know, Bone Talk

Did you know women are at risk of losing up to 20% of their bone density in the first five years post-menopause? What you do today has long term impact on how you prevent bone fractures down the road. Produced by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Bone Talk features Clinical Associate Professor (NYU Langone Health) and industry legend Dr. Margaret Nachtigall on how to invest in strong bones before, during and after menopause.

Newson Health - Menopause and Wellbeing Centre

Menopause and Depression, Newson Health: Menopause Wellbeing & Care

Research shows that a large number of (peri)menopausal women are prescribed antidepressants and SSRIs to treat symptoms that would be far better addressed by addressing hormonal changes. In this episode, host Dr. Louise Newson sits down with GP & Menopause Expert Rebecca Lewis for a conversation on navigating mood flux in menopause and finding the right treatment.

Sleep talk

Menopause, Sleep Talk

On this all-things-sleep podcast, special guest Dr. Sonia Davison, Endocrinologist and women’s health expert, breaks down why menopause throws a wrench in our sleep habits and what we can do about it. Dr. Davison is joined by health psychologist Dr. Moira Junge and sleep physician Dr. David Cunnington (we didn’t know that was a thing, either).

Have any favorite episodes that aren’t listed? Let us know [email protected]!