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Women's Health is your destination for compelling, stand-out series that touch on all aspects of women's health, like "menopause:unmuted" and "Tales from the Uterus." While each series may focus on a different topic, they're united in their commitment to candid conversations that destigmatize women's health issues and highlight real life people.


menopause: unmuted is a podcast series exploring first-hand experiences of this life stage. Honest, hopeful, and life affirming, the podcast features women talking candidly about their menopause, and its impact on relationships, friends, family, and work. For some women menopause can be tough, and for others it’s a time of liberation. Each episode shares deeply personal accounts of the different emotional and physical symptoms experienced. Often funny, always forthright, these women offer us inspiration and insight. Leading women’s health expert Dr. Mary Jane Minkin hosts the podcast. Listening in, she provides an expert perspective, busting myths and offering evidence-based advice. menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.


Tales from the Uterus is a podcast series exploring the stigma associated with women’s health issues. Forthright, emotional, and sometimes gritty, this series explores issues of stigmatized conversations, normalized pain and heavy bleeding, and the stories of women standing up and seeking help. This podcast is a must for all women, menstruators, and those who care for them. Moderated by leading women’s health expert Dr. Charis Chambers, this series provides real stories and offers a fresh perspective on the reasons we still can’t talk about uterine health openly. This podcast is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.


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Do you have a menopause experience that you’d like to share? Go to https://bit.ly/menopauseunmuted to share your contact details with our production team, who may be in touch. Seeking guests for our next season of menopause: unmuted! And this season, we’re giving guests the opportunity to invite a loved one, to help share their menopause story. This could be a husband or partner, a friend, sister, mother or daughter – anyone in your life who played a key role in your menopause experience.menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.
Dr. Kathryn Clancy—feminist scientist and author of Period, The Real Story of Menstruation—and Dr. Barbara Riegel—professor of nursing and co-director for the International Center for Self-Care Research—join host Dr. Charis Chambers to explore why women deprioritize their own health while being the primary caregivers for their families, and the importance of implementing health-focused self care into daily life.​
Tanika Gray Valburn, founder of the White Dress Project, and board-certified OB-GYN ​Dr. Veronica Gillespie-Bell join host Dr. Charis Chambers for a forthright and honest conversation about uterine fibroids in Black women and the disparities in medical care that they face.​
Social worker and endometriosis patient advocate Casey Berna joins host Dr. Charis Chambers to discuss how women with period health issues often cope with their symptoms rather than seeking help, and how you can break the coping cycle.​
Anita Diamant—journalist and author of 12 books including The Red Tent and Period. End Of Sentence—and Rebecca Dimyan—author of Chronic, a novel about her experience with endometriosis—join host Dr. Charis Chambers for a candid and emotional conversation about period stigma, its negative effects, and what you can do to challenge and/or overcome it.​
Tales from the Uterus is a podcast series exploring the stigma associated with women’s health issues. Forthright, emotional, and sometimes gritty, this series explores issues of stigmatized conversations, normalized pain and heavy bleeding, and the stories of women standing up and seeking help. This podcast is a must for all women, menstruators, and those who care for them. Moderated by leading women’s health expert Dr. Charis Chambers, this series provides real stories and offers a fresh perspective on the reasons we still can’t talk about uterine health openly. This podcast is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.
It’s time to talk about menopause in the workplace. In this final episode of the season, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin welcomes guests Barbara Brooks (founder of SecondActWomen) and Dr. Nikki Shaffer (Head of Colleague Wellness at Pfizer) for an in-depth discussion on the topic of menopause in the workplace. The ladies bring their expertise and life experience to reflect on common challenges and opportunities that women may face in their careers. The conversation touches on: navigating age stigma and burnout, managing menopause symptoms during the workday, shifting priorities, changing careers, and more.Disclaimer: menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:Listen now! All episodes of this season available:Deanna on going through a divorce, becoming a health coach, and reclaiming her sex life after menopauseSateria on living with uterine fibroids, managing anxiety during menopause, navigating the healthcare system as a Black woman, and her role as a notable patient advocateGina on receiving a cancer diagnosis, managing menopause in the workplace, and adopting a “say yes” attitude in midlifeDeborah on determined hope, despite her struggles with endometriosis, surgically induced menopause, infertility, and migraines
Deborah’s story is one of determined hope and her commitment to carving her own path through life is inspiring. Deborah discusses her complex medical history, and her battles with endometriosis, surgically induced menopause, and migraine. She captures the emotional pain of struggling to conceive and accepting life without having kids. Despite these challenges, Deborah chose to listen to her body, find self-acceptance, and overcome adversity. With unexpected optimism and a charming Scottish accent, Deborah brings a unique voice to the podcast in this episode. Content warning: this episode touches on issues around fertility and suicidal ideation.  Disclaimer: menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:If you are in need of immediate support, you can call, text, or chat the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 (available free of charge in the United States 24/7)Listen to menopause: unmuted episode on sex & intimacy: An Intimate Menopause w/ Dr. Laurie MintzAdditional information on topics discussed during this episode:Understanding and Evaluating Infertility and Mental Health and Infertility (Source: Society of Women’s Health Research)Endometriosis (Source: Mayo Clinic)Menopause and Mental Health (Source: Let’s Talk Menopause)Mental Health America
In this episode, Gina shares the challenges and opportunities that she faced in midlife. While going through her menopause transition, Gina was met with a cancer diagnosis, and a move across the country. Gina also goes into detail about working in a competitive environment, and how she navigated menopause symptoms and feeling “not cool” in her workplace amongst younger colleagues. She describes her new perspective on life: “And my husband and I adopted this ‘say yes’ attitude to things, we say yes to as many things as we possibly can. If we have the time, we'll find the money, if we have the money, we find the time.” menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.
In this episode, Sateria paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to live with uterine fibroids. She brings a unique perspective to the conversation around menopause, getting real and vulnerable about her decades-long struggle with fibroids, navigating the healthcare system as a Black woman, and becoming an advocate for women across the globe. Sateria shares aspects of her journey that many women may relate to including managing anxiety, experiencing weight gain, and moving back home to care for an elderly loved one. As the founder of the Fibroid Foundation, a global community of fibroid patients, Sateria discusses the power of patient advocates, in addition to how she maintains a healthy work-life balance. Sateria’s story helps empower women to be their own advocate in their health journeys, “there is a lot that a patient can contribute to understanding of a health concern because they've lived it.”  About Sateria and the Fibroid FoundationSateria is a patient advocate who was diagnosed with fibroids at the age of 26. After receiving the recommendation of a hysterectomy in her 20s, she was prompted to explore other options to manage her fibroid diagnosis. She began a quest for information, which led her to found The Fibroid Foundation. As The Fibroid Foundation, Founder and CEO, Sateria has supported over 26M women globally across 71 countries, providing better care and education around women’s health. The organization’s mission is to amplify the voice of women living with fibroids, through innovative programs, strategic initiatives, and powerful partnerships. Disclaimer: menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.  Useful Links:Listen to our bonus episode on brain health and stress: A Calm Menopause w/Dr. Pauline MakiMore information on uterine fibroids at the Fibroid Foundation
In this episode, Deanna talks candidly about relationships, sex and becoming a health coach in midlife. She discusses the realities of going through a divorce while experiencing menopause symptoms, with sleep issues particularly adding stress to this transitional period of her life. Deanna also describes the impact that lowered libido can have on marriage, and shares ways that she has helped to improve intimacy with her partner over the years. Health and fitness also play a key role in Deanna’s menopause journey, eventually leading to a career in health coaching and blogging. This episode touches on several topics that many women may relate to, and Deanna’s honesty and energetic attitude is contagious. About Deanna PizitzDeanna is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and life coach, and creator of the Well and Worthy Life blog, which focuses on helping readers build self-inspiration, self-care, and self-love. She is particularly passionate about supporting women in their 40s, 50s, and beyond to regain their energy, improve their fitness, and find purpose. Deanna is a firm believer that “everyone can live a well and worthy life based on the notion that what someone does today and the choices they make today affect their tomorrows.” Disclaimer: menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:Listen to our bonus episode on sex & intimacy: An Intimate Menopause w/ Dr. Laurie MintzCheck out Deanna’s InstagramVisit Deanna’s blog Well & Worthy Life
Another season of menopause: unmuted is coming to you soon. And it’s no coincidence we’re sharing this announcement today, which is World Menopause Day.Get caught up now on past seasons of the podcast, and make sure to subscribe or follow the show to keep updated when new episodes drop.Thank you to our menopause: unmuted community for tuning in to the last three seasons of the podcast. Until next time, keep talking.
Bonus Episode: A Calm Menopause with Dr. Pauline MakiDr. Pauline Maki, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology, joins this season’s final bonus episode with host Dr. Mary Jane Minkin to talk about managing the emotional symptoms related to menopause, how to reduce stress and help have a “calm” menopause. The experts unpack how estrogen can affect brain function and mood. The conversation covers how common menopausal symptoms and experiences, including brain fog, stress, hot flashes and disturbed sleep, are related to overall mental health. Dr. Maki and Dr. Minkin also discuss disparities in women’s health and how socioeconomic status and race can affect women’s brain health in midlife. Methods to help reduce stress are detailed to give listeners actionable ways to improve their mental health.About Dr. Pauline Maki:Dr. Pauline Maki is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Maki received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging. For the past 25 years, she has led a program of NIH-funded research on women, cognition, mood and dementia, with a particular focus on the menopause. Dr. Maki is Past President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), Current Trustee of the International Menopause Society, Chair of the Society for Women's Health Research Interdisciplinary Network on Alzheimer's Disease, and Immediate Past Head of the Neurocognitive Working Group of the Women's Interagency HIV Study. She won the 2018 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women's Association and the Thomas B. Clarkson Outstanding Clinical and Basic Science Research Award from the NAMS (Healthywomen.org).menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.
Sex psychologist Dr. Laurie Mintz joins the series host Dr. Mary Jane Minkin to discuss the joys and challenges of maintaining a healthy sex life during menopause. Dr. Mintz helps address some common questions and misconceptions around sex and menopause, talking about desire, comfort, and communication. This episode explores how women can work to reframe what sex and intimacy mean to them in midlife. Dr. Mintz believes sexual health and wellness are integral components of self-care and overall health and she provides practical information  that may help women enjoy sex during midlife. About Dr. Laurie Mintz:Dr. Laurie Mintz is an author, therapist, professor, and speaker whose life’s work has been committed to helping people live more authentic, meaningful, joyful—and sexually satisfying—lives through the art and science of psychology. Dr. Mintz has published over 50 research articles in academic journals and six chapters in academic books. She has received numerous professional and teaching awards. She is the author of two popular press books—both written with the aim of empowering women sexually: Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It (HarperOne, 2017) and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship (Adams Media, 2009). For over 30 years, Dr. Mintz has also maintained a small private practice, working with both individuals and couples on general and sexual issues.menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:Dr. Mintz’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drlauriemintz/Dr. Mintz’s Website: https://www.drlauriemintz.com/
In this bonus episode, host Dr. Mary Jane Minkin sits down with online strength coach Susan Niebergall to talk about fitness, particularly strength training, and how it helps support women in midlife. Susan explains ways in which strength and resistance training can help improve muscle mass and bone density and why this is particularly important for women during perimenopause and menopause. She highlights her holistic approach to fitness, “our priority should be leading a functional life for as long as we can” and shares practical guidance for women to begin implementing strength training into their fitness routine, including while at-home. Dr. Minkin and Susan also chat about their own personal fitness journeys and finding confidence in the gym in midlife.About Susan Niebergall:Susan is a personal trainer and online strength coach with a background of over three decades in education. She shares practical guidance, tips, and demonstrations on fitness and weight training to her sizable online audience (@susanniebergallfitness) and also offers personalized coaching plans. She is also the author of Fit At Any Age: It’s Never Too Late and hosts her own podcast, Strong and Lean at Any Age. At 62 years of age, Susan is passionate about inspiring other women in midlife to get fit, often promoting her motto: “it’s never too late.”menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:Susan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanniebergallfitness/Susan’s Website: https://susanniebergallfitness.com/
In the first of our new bonus episodes, host Dr. Mary Jane Minkin is joined by Registered Dietitian and Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Jenn Salib Huber to discuss diet and nutrition during the menopausal transition. Jenn shares her extensive knowledge of how diet interacts with body weight and shape, and bone and cardiovascular health. The conversation also explores the deeply complex relationship between food and women’s bodies, and how women can help heal this relationship during midlife. Jenn tells us, “We need to shift our frame of reference and move away from the idea that we should only have one body shape and size for the rest of our life.” Jenn also shares her love for food and packing her recipes with healthful ingredients that feed the soul, such as her favorite autumn go-to dinner, Tortilla Soup: Jenn’s Tortilla Soup Recipe: Ingredients:1 Tbsp of olive oil1 medium onion, diced2 cloves of garlic, diced1 red pepper, diced1 can of black beans1 can of kidney beans1 cup of corn kernels (canned or frozen)2-3 chicken breasts4 cups of chicken broth1 can of diced tomatoes 1.5 Tbsp of taco seasoning (1 sachet)½ tsp of smoked paprika (optional) Toppings: tortilla chips, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, jalapenos, green onion, etc. Directions:Add olive oil to pan and sauté onions, garlic and red pepper until soft. Add chicken breasts, broth, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, black beans, kidney beans and corn to pan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked. Shred chicken breasts with 2 forks, remove from heat and serve with toppings! Notes: This is a perfect soup to throw in a slow cooker on a busy day! It also freezes well, so make more and save for a busy week! If using a slow cooker, cook for 4 hours on high. About Dr. Jenn Salib Huber:Jenn is a Canadian Registered Dietitian and Naturopathic Doctor with a mission to help women thrive in midlife. With over 20 years of experience in the field of health and nutrition, she educates and inspires women to be informed about food choices, harness the practice of intuitive eating, and regain confidence throughout the menopausal transition. Jenn arms her audience with information through her platform on Instagram (@menopause.nutritionist) and her podcast (The Midlife Feast). Disclaimer:menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:Jenn’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/menopause.nutritionist/Jenn’s Website: https://www.jennsalibhuber.ca/ 
In this episode Susan shares her pragmatic approach to menopause and how she deals with night sweats and a lack of sleep and the impact of these on her mood, her family and her job through talking and laughter. Susan is a great advocate for finding comfort in knowing you aren’t the only one, in finding your ‘tribe’ and speaking out. “I really find that the friends are extremely supportive, and it's funny because we almost laugh about it...I feel part of a group, not necessarily part of a group that I'm looking to be in, but I'm lucky to be in a group of women that are forthright about it and can laugh about it.”Susan’s friendships and her willingness to be open-minded with her doctor have made a big difference to her menopause experience, so if you don’t have a group of friends who are able to support you in menopause, speak to your healthcare provider or there are several online menopause communities supporting women virtually. 
In this episode we hear from Barbara, who has dealt with symptoms shared by many women, namely hot flushes, night sweats, and heart health issues, that occur all too frequently as we get older. She found a lack of opportunities to talk about menopause and build a support network meant she had to deal with another common issue: isolation. Barbara managed her symptoms on her own for over 10 years before seeking help, So many women could have less isolating menopause experiences if they spoke openly about their symptoms and the impact on their lives. I hope Barbara inspires you to speak up and find a friendly listening ear. 
E2: Mary Beth’s StoryIn this episode, Mary Beth reflects on how family attitudes and her experiences growing up and going through puberty have impacted her own mid-life journey. Mary Beth discusses the defining symptoms of her menopause (heavy periods, and bone loss) and how they led her to change her career, becoming a yoga teacher and nutritional coach to help other women with osteopenia and osteoporosis. “The women in my practice will often report to me that they had no idea that their bones were going to be affected by menopause. I think that's a huge black hole here that we need to address.”I hope Mary Beth’s story inspires you to take good care of yourself and your bones as well as the relationships that strengthen and support you.menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:https://www.pfizer.com/news/podcasts#menopause-resourceshttps://swhr.org/swhr_resource/menopause-preparedness-fact-sheet/https://www.menopausecafe.net/https://swhr.org/swhr_resource/menopause-preparedness-toolkit-a-womans-empowerment-guide/
E1: Marilyn’s StoryIn this episode, Marilyn’s story explores the power of family relationships and self-care in supporting a positive menopause. Marilyn shares her experiences of how open communication within her family de-mystified menstruation and menopause right from the time of puberty. Conversations with her female relatives gave her strength and guided her to approach perimenopause, along with overall wellbeing and self-care, with a positive attitude. Remember, menopause is a new phase of life: you haven’t been there before, so isn’t it great to have trusted family and friends who can share with you their experiences. You don’t have to do this alone. menopause: unmuted is designed to raise awareness, encourage communication, and share information. It is not designed to provide medical advice or promote or recommend any treatment option.Useful Links:https://www.pfizer.com/news/podcasts#menopause-resourceshttps://swhr.org/swhr_resource/menopause-preparedness-fact-sheet/https://www.menopausecafe.net/https://swhr.org/swhr_resource/menopause-preparedness-toolkit-a-womans-empowerment-guide/
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