Darcey Steinke has written a wholly original book about menopause. And it's wonderful.
She starts with her own experience, then leads us on a journey that explores the biological, sociological, and cultural realities women have faced and continue facing during this part of their lives.
And how it's time those "realities" underwent some real scrutiny.
Darcey argues that menopause can and should be transformative – a unique opportunity to embrace a new, rich, potentially very altered self.
Once genneve CEO Jill Angelo heard Darcey on NPR's All Things Considered, she was eager to meet the woman who spoke so openly and honestly about the changes menopause can have on bodies, sex, relationships, and our own identities as women.
When she learned Darcey was coming to Seattle (home to genneve HQ) to speak about her book, Jill reached out.
What follows is an incredibly lively, fun, and inspiring conversation. We hope you enjoy it, and if you're able to attend Darcey's show in Seattle, we'll see you there!
Many women aren't familiar with the term "perimenopause," even though it could explain their suddenly unpredictable periods, night sweats, and even crappier PMS.
Doctor of Pharmacy Dr. Anna Garrett is on a mission to help women better understand their bodies – and help us all better understand the hormonal journey women travel throughout their lives.
In this podcast with genneve CEO Jill Angelo, Dr. Anna discusses why 35 isn't "too early" to start talking about and preparing for perimenopause and menopause, how these two phases of a woman's life differ, and why it's so important to all women's health to have open conversations about hormones.
Have a listen, then check out Dr. Anna's book, Perimenopause: The Savvy Sister's Guide to Hormone Harmony.
In 2002, the Women's Health Initiative released the results of its study, claiming use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) increased a woman's risk of breast cancer.
Almost overnight, use plummeted, leaving a great many women without a good alternative for managing their menopause symptoms.
In their book Estrogen Matters, Dr. Avrum Bluming and Dr. Carol Tavris take a deep and detailed look at the WHI study and its conclusions.
Not only, they argue, did the WHI unnecessarily frighten women and leave them suffering with very real symptoms, they may also have prevented women from taking a life-changing, even life-prolonging treatment.
In this podcast with genneve CEO Jill Angelo and genneve Director of Health ob/gyn Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, Drs. Tavris and Bluming take us through their research and make a compelling case for the safety and effectiveness of HRT.
If you're in or approaching menopause, this podcast and the book Estrogen Matters can help you better understand HRT, its true risks, and the very real benefits it can offer.
Learn more and find the full transcript at genneve.com.
If you're a woman with a personal or family history of heart disease, don't assume your heart health is completely out of your hands.
And don't assume you "don't need to worry about heart disease" because you're a woman with no family or personal history.
In this podcast, genneve Director of Health, ob/gyn Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, interviews one of Seattle's leading cardiologists, Dr. Sarah Speck, on ways to improve your heart health, starting right now, today.
Know your risk factors (preeclampsia can be a risk factor for future heart disease – who knew?) and how to manage them (losing 10% of your body weight if you're overweight can substantially reduce impacts on heart health).
Also, if you're considering HRT to manage perimenopause and menopause symptoms, what are the implications for your heart?
Take 15 minutes to listen; it could change your life.
It's tough enough to start a second career at age 46 – but what if that new career involves wearing a bathing suit and getting your picture taken?
Rachel Peru did it, beautifully.
Volunteering to be in a friend's fashion show led to an entirely new career and, even better, a new confidence in her beauty, power, and resilience.
Now a model, Rachel has embraced her silver hair, her body's natural curves, and is flipping the idea that "women are invisible after 40" on its head.
If this is what 40+ looks like, we say, bring it on!
Photographer Matt Brown @mattsphoto
There's already a shortage of ob/gyns in the US, making it even more difficult for women to find a menopause specialist.
According to Fortune Magazine, "By 2020, there will be a shortage of up to 8,800 OB-GYNs, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And by 2050, the shortage may grow to 22,000."
What are the consequences to women's health if there aren't enough ob/gyns to fill the need?
genneve CEO Jill Angelo talked with genneve Director of Health, ob/gyn and menopause specialist Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, about the strain this puts on women, on physicians, and on the health care system as a whole.
They also discussed how genneve's telehealth is an excellent way to help fill the care gap for women in midlife and menopause.
Learn more about genneve and our telehealth service, and read the full transcript of this conversation, at genneve.com.