So, let's talk about “the other PMS” and gain an understanding of women’s perimenopausal and menopausal life phases…

Have you or a woman you know ever felt like you were trapped in someone else's body, that one day, you just woke up completely not feeling like yourself?

Most people believe perimenopause and menopause are highly age-related and that women just naturally go through low sex drive, ‘vaginal dryness’, and other symptoms as soon as they’re in their 40s or 50s.

In today’s society where only a few understand when, why, and how it happens, we lack the validation for women’s actual and varying experiences dealing with these. More often than not, we just say, “Oh, welcome to your 40s!” and later shrug it off at the end of the day.

Truth is, age is only a tiny piece of the puzzle, and there’s a lot more to the science behind physiological changes that happen throughout these phases.

That’s why in this episode, we’ll crack the code to understanding perimenopause and menopause as we do a deep dive into understanding hormones and the changes that age brings along with it.

Guest's bio:

Dr. LaKeischa McMillan is an international and celebrity menopause whisperer, an Oprah-owned TV network featured expert in perimenopause and menopause who obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Oakwood University and Doctor of Medicine at Loma Linda University. At age 12, she already knew she wanted to become a doctor, having felt her calling for medicine and women’s health. At present, she helps women balance their hormones, regain mental sharpness, and have the energy to live life as themselves, especially as they go through life’s lengthy and challenging menopausal phase.


Why you need to check this episode:

  • Discover the science behind physiological changes that happen during one’s perimenopausal and menopausal life phase;
  • Recognize the impact and importance of providing validation to patients’ feelings, symptoms, and experiences; and
  • Understand why and when you should ask for help, and that having this “talk 2.0” is essential and crucial to your journey of feeling like yourself again

“You do not have to white-knuckle this through. You don’t have to just hold on for dear life and all these symptoms will pass. There are things you can do so that you can show up, you can fire on all cylinders as somebody would say, you can be in your wheelhouse as others would say, feeling yourself – however you want us to call it – where you feel like you are back in your skin and you’re like, ‘Yes, I am doing what I need to do today.” – Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

Topics Covered:

00:00 – Introduction: Welcoming this week’s special guest, Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

01:06 – Get to know her: Dr. McMillan talks about her story – the journey that led her to become a menopause whisperer today

07:41 – Our body keeps a score: Dr. McMillan on wanting to validate people’s feelings and symptoms for better healthcare

11:36 – Getting to the other side: Dr. McMillan shares how the leap happened, from having her podcast to meeting “America’s OBGYN”

16:10 – Symptoms explained: Dr. McMillan defines menopause and perimenopause as she explains when, why, and how each occurs

25:07 – On becoming a victim of the WHI study: Who is more left out of this conversation, the healthcare providers or the community?

33:43 – The intensity will be different: Dr. McMillan on navigating the menopausal phase of a woman's life

36:26 – It gets personalized: Dr. McMillan on taking vitamins and supplements during perimenopausal and menopausal phases

39:45 – Take note: When should you come knocking at Dr. McMillan’s door, asking for help?

43:09 – As the healers that we are: The reasons Dr. McMillan is loving and enjoying the work that she’s doing at present

45:02 – Connect with Dr. LaKeischa McMillan (See links below)

Quotes:

“We are learning that our body keeps a score, and if we don’t dig into that story, we cannot crack that code and be able to then rewire the pathways so that then the physiology can work the way it’s supposed to work.” – Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

“It’s a physiological change that happens that is giving you everyday symptoms…We really have to look at women in this phase of life a little differently.” – Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

“This is where people have that reflection [where] they’re like, ‘What am I going to do with my second half of life?’ This is where you start really looking at what gives you sanctuary, where you go to refill your cup, because you need to do that because the physiology needs you to do that. It needs you to be a little more gentle with yourself…You need to stop, you need to pause, [and] you need to have this rejuvenation and ability to really go ‘Okay, now what do I do?” – Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

“There’s total cessation of the hormones you used to make now. So now, we need to give you different ways so that you can now navigate this new body to feel like yourself again.” – Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

“The ability for me to say ‘I don’t know’ was just as impactful and powerful as ‘Oh! I know what to do’, and being able to say ‘I don’t know and…’ was also even greater.” – Dr. LaKeischa McMillan

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