#333: Why Bioidentical Hormones Are Safe and How to Go Through Menopause on Your Terms with Dr. Felice Gersh

If You Want to Go Through Menopause on Your Own Terms, You Should:

  1. Implement strategies like fasting and exercise to help your mitochondrial function
  2. Learn about all of the different tools that are available to help you improve your quality of life
  3. Consider different levels of bioidentical hormones that can help mimic nature as much as possible

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Episode Summary

Menopause is a universal event for every woman. But what if you could navigate perimenopause and menopause on your own terms? While I truly believe we need to lean heavily on natural tools like nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle as optimal tools for longevity, it is also essential to consider every single tool available to us to expand our longevity and quality of life.

Menopause at Every Age with Dr. Felice Gersh

Dr. Felice Gersh, M.D., is an award-winning physician with dual board certifications in OB-GYN and Integrative Medicine. She is the founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, a comprehensive women’s healthcare practice. Her latest book, Menopause: 50 Things You Need to Know, is a foundational reference guide to what women can expect from menopause at every stage and what you can do about it.

Learn About the Collateral Damage

Menopause is about way more than just your period stopping. Menopause impacts everything from your metabolic and cardiovascular health to your neurological functioning, immune system, and everything in between. 

The more that you can learn about the changes that your body is going through, the more you can prepare for this important transition in your life. By empowering yourself with the proactive steps that you can take, you can approach menopause with many different ways of thinking to find the combination that works for your unique body.

Using Every Tool in Your Tool Belt

Not all hormones are created the same. Dr. Gersh has studied the impacts of different types of hormones and believes that bio-identical hormones can help you mimic nature as much as possible so that you can optimize how your body functions, even past your reproductive years. 

We don’t realize how important our hormones are until they are gone. Bio-identical hormones can help you improve your metabolism, mitochondrial function, and overall quality of life so that you can experience menopause on your own terms.

What are your experiences with bio-identical hormones or menopause in general? Share your story with me in the comments below!


“[Menopause] is a journey that every single woman will encounter and deal with because it is part of the life journey of every single woman. So it is something that needs to come out into the light of day, be talked about, and then allow each woman to be prepared and to optimize her health through the journey and thereafter.” (6:32)

“I am very big on health being achieved prior to conception, so pre-conceptual health. But we need to have premenopausal health. The health of the woman throughout her life is really what creates her health savings account… every woman, no matter how old you are out there, you are preparing for menopause!” (14:50)

“Reproduction is embedded in our whole everything, including our metabolism. That is why you have to think of sex hormones and life hormones; they are about the whole body. And reproduction is not a tacked-on little part.”  (36:45)

“You want to give hormones as well, to be mimicking as close as possible what is optimal for the body. So even when you go against nature, you want to go with nature.”  (40:42)

In This Episode

  • The inspiration behind Dr. Gersh’s new book and helping women through menopause (6:45)
  • The importance of preparing for menopause throughout your whole life (14:14)
  • How metabolic dysfunction is linked to your longevity and ability to handle menopause (21:52)
  • The role of estrogen when improving your mitochondrial function (33:33)
  • Answering your questions surrounding bioidentical hormones, nature, and menopause (37:45)

Resources Mentioned

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The Essential Oils Menopause Solution by Dr. Mariza Snyder

Free E-Book: Menopause SOS

Menopause: 50 Things You Need to Know by Dr. Felice Gersh

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