The Truth About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Episode Overview:

The question many midlife women are asking is, “what’s the truth about hormone replacement therapy?” With all the conflicting information we hear, I wanted to talk to an expert on the topic, Dr. Felice Gersh. She is a board-certified OBGYN and integrative medicine doctor. As an expert in menopause, PCOS, hormones, fasting, and the unique needs of women I knew Dr. Gersh was the woman to talk to! 

She and I have a joint mission to help women who, universally, must go through this transition into menopause to live high-quality lives. I know you’ll learn so much from this episode!


Questions Answered:

  • What’s the truth about hormone replacement therapy and where did it go wrong to make people so nervous about it?
  • Can women who are already in the middle of menopause benefit from hormone therapy?
  • What role does estradiol play in the body?
  • Why hasn’t the word got out about the value of hormone therapy?
  • Is it recommended to get on hormones during perimenopause and if so, what type of hormones?
  • How safe and effective are pellets?

Action Item:

Take control of your menopause journey with help from Dr. Gersh’s book, Menopause: 50 Things You Need to Know  

Key Moments in the Conversation:

 [7:26] The message that got delivered to all doctors and the entire society was, hormones are bad for women. Not, if you give conjugated equine estrogens orally from horse urine, which contains stuff that never would be in the human body.

[15:46] I think that hormones will help women anytime however if you are further out in menopause, you’re not going to get the same degree of prevention as if you do it early on because you can’t reverse end-stage disease.

[20:57] They found that if estradiol was applied to wounds, they would heal faster because the estrogen in the form of estradiol is about life.

[24:49] Once you accept that estrogen is the hormone of life and that when you lose estrogen because your ovaries are now aged out of that, you don’t only lose the ability to be fertile and have babies, you lose the ability to properly regulate every organ system in your body.

[53:47] If the goal is quality of life and overall body health, then hormones must be given in a way that’s physiologic.


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About the Host

I too, struggled in my late 40s when I hit peri-menopause! I was experiencing all those not-so-fun physical changes in my body, as well as mental and emotional fatigue. What worked for me before was not working anymore. 

And the mainstream wellness advice I was following was not for women my age but for women years younger. I also realized very quickly that there is no one formula that works for all women. We are all different and need a customized approach. This aha moment was the first step to my transformation…