E49: Breaking the Taboo: All About Perimenopause and Menopause with Dr. Mary Claire Haver
“Stop using the scale as a measure of your health. It’s what we were taught to do. […] But it’s really, really wrong. We are more than just that number. And it’s a very poor indicator of chronic health.”
You may have seen today’s guest on Tik Tok, Instagram, or YouTube because she’s a sensation on social media. She’s an OB/GYN who specializes in treating menopausal and perimenopausal women.
I’m thrilled to have Dr. Mary Claire Haver on the show today..
When we are seeking to maximize our performance, why don’t we have real conversations about physical health and changes? As hormonal shifts happen to women’s bodies beginning as early as their mid 30’s, there is a real impact on health, body weight, and overall well-being. Yet the topic of this perimenopausal and ultimately menopausal stage that may last decades is often ignored when we talk about women and health.
So why am I talking about this on a leadership podcast?
I facilitate women’s executive networking sessions and this topic keeps coming up as a taboo subject that the women leaders in these groups want to talk about. It’s real. It impacts health & well-being. It’s affecting how women show up as leaders. And it’s affecting how we feel about ourselves. So let’s talk about it today.
In this episode:
- Why 40+ women are experiencing weight gain
- What’s perimenopause? And what’s menopause?
- The difference between men and women as we age
- Dr. Haver’s top tip: make sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet
- What to do about sugar and processed foods as we age as women
- And more!
Power Presence Academy: Practical Wisdom for Leaders is the go-to podcast for anyone who leads. Your host is Janet Ioli, leadership and human development expert, sought-after coach and advisor to global executives, and former executive with experience in four Fortune 100 companies. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and learn to lead with Less Ego, More Soul.
Noteworthy Quotes from This Episode
“It’s like women as a whole, if we don’t fit into the men’s medical box, we are treated as atypical or abnormal.”
“Skinny was currency. Skinny was internal currency to me, and being a thin person was something that I had felt good about.”
“I went back to the things that always work before, and they’re just not working anymore. And the thing is, you are changing internally, the same habits are probably not serving you anymore.”
“Sure this works great for a 25-year-old male athlete […] but you can’t transpose that data. We are not old men. We are menopausal women in our menopause journey. And those things don’t apply to us.”
“You don’t just go from full speed to stop. We have a transition period. The menopause transition, or perimenopause, can take seven to ten years. So do the math. It is completely reasonable for a woman between the ages of 35 and 45 to begin to experience some of the symptoms associated with her menopausal journey.”
Dr. Mary Claire Haver is a board-certified OB/GYN and has helped thousands of women going through perimenopause, menopause, and beyond actualize their health and wellness goals by creating the online course, The Galveston Diet.
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Janet is the founder of Power Presence Academy. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and lead with Less Ego, More Soul.