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April 2, 2024
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Menopause Symptoms and Solutions with Dr. Mary Claire Haver - Part Two

In Part Two of our conversation with the go-to menopause expert, Dr. Mary Claire Haver, we pick up right where we left off on navigating the complexities of menopause. Our last episode covered the crucial early signs of perimenopause and laid the groundwork for understanding menopause care. Today, we dive deeper into Dr. Haver's expert strategies for managing menopause symptoms, along with the essential Dos and Don'ts of Hormone Replacement Therapy. Join Dr. Haver, Dr. A, and Mary Alice as they delve into treatment options for common challenges like hair loss and sleep disturbances. At SHE MD, we recognize the importance of destigmatizing conversations around menopause and arming women with the knowledge they need to face menopause symptoms with confidence. Understanding menopause is one great way you can own your own health. Don't miss it!

About the Guest

Dr. Mary Claire Haver is a board-certified OBGYN, Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist, and Certified Menopause Specialist. Dr. Haver was a clinical professor at UTMB and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  Her practice, Mary Claire Wellness, is dedicated to caring for the menopausal patient. 

Dr. Haver has amassed over 3 million followers across social media by posting advice for women going through menopause. She understands that menopause healthcare is in dire need of change and is proud to be leading the conversation. Her educational background and her own experience led Dr. Haver to develop the national bestselling book and online program, The Galveston Diet. Her upcoming book, The New Menopause will be released on April 30, 2024.

Menopause Takeaways

  1. Incorporate strength and resistance training into your workout routine — Strength training counteracts menopause-related loss of muscle mass and bone density. Strength training, in particular, has bone benefits beyond those offered by aerobic exercise and can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  2. Know your family history — If you have a close family member with a chronic disease, you may be more likely to develop that disease yourself, especially if more than one close relative has (or had) the disease or a family member got the disease at a younger age than usual. Family health history can help your doctor decide which screening tests you need and when those tests should start. Screening tests, such as blood sugar testing, mammograms, and colorectal cancer screenings, help find early signs of disease. Finding disease early can mean better health in the long run.
  3. Educate yourself — Understand the signs and symptoms of menopause so you’re not blindsided when you begin to experience symptoms. Have conversations with family and friends about menopause. Raising awareness is vital to normalizing menopause and enabling women to get the support they need. Don’t suffer in silence. Tell your healthcare provider about symptoms that are disrupting your daily life, there may be lifestyle changes or medications that can help.
  4. Get enough fiber in your diet — Eating lots of fiber from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can significantly decrease your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and/or colon cancer.
  5. Limit alcohol consumption — Women in menopause do not tolerate alcohol well. Alcohol use during menopause can worsen symptoms and increase a woman's risk for serious health conditions, like heart disease and breast cancer.