In Episode #245, I’m joined by endocrinologist and clinical researcher Professor Susan Davis, AO. In this detailed exchange – taking place over more than two hours – Professor Davis shares the best practice guidelines for managing menopause. You will learn from a world-leading expert about sex hormones, the physiological changes underpinning menopause, signs and symptoms of peri-menopause/menopause, the struggles of menopause, medical and lifestyle interventions for managing menopause (including hormone therapy), testosterone and sexual desire, the beautiful side of menopause, and plenty more.
“One of the – dare I say – more sinister symptoms that women often do not relate to menopause is anxiety.”
Professor Susan R Davis AO*,* is Director, Monash University Women’s Health Research Program and an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow; Consultant Endocrinologist and Head, Women’s Endocrine Clinic, Alfred Hospital Melbourne; and consultant at Cabrini Medical Centre.
Her research spans from basic science to clinical trials, and has been pivotal in the understanding of sex hormones in women across the lifespan in multiple non-reproductive target tissues, including the brain (cognition, mood, sexual function), cardiovascular system (lipids, vascular function, and coagulation), and other tissues (fat, muscle, joint cartilage, and bone).
Specifically, we cover:
- Intro (00:00)
- Understanding Menopause: Communication and Misconceptions (06:00)
- Hysterectomy and its Impact on Menopause (10:48)
- Medical Consultation during Menopause: Is it necessary? (15:48)
- In-Depth Discussion on Menopause Symptoms and Phases (18:03)
- Menopause as a Part of the Aging Process (28:28)
- Hormones and Reproduction during Menopause (30:47)
- Women’s Experiences and Body Changes during Menopause (33:10)
- Estrogen and Sex Hormones during Menopause (48:20)
- A Proactive Approach to Menopause: Starting Early for Symptom Management (49:10)
- Guidelines for Managing Menopause (1:03:41)
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) (1:12:38)
- HRT and Breast Cancer Risk (1:23:40)
- HRT Medications: Guidelines and Recommendations (1:26:00)
- The Trustworthiness of Big Pharmaceutical Corporations (1:44:45)
- Breast Cancer and Menopause Medications (1:54:04)
- The Funding of Menopause Research (1:57:07)
- Testosterone Therapy in Menopausal Hormone Treatment (1:59:20)
- Empowering Menopausal Women: Their Continued Contributions to Society (2:18:05)
- Outro (2:20:50)
To connect with Professor Davis, you can find her on Twitter @SRDwomenshealth. Read her published work here, and make sure to check out the resources below for more useful information on this topic.
- Learn about and join Monash University’s women’s health research studies
- Watch this series of short videos about menopause in English, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin
- Read these fact sheets about menopause
- Explore Professor Davis’ published work
- Endogenous testosterone concentrations and muscle mass, strength and performance in women, a systematic review of observational studies • PMID: 36585396
- Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women • PMID: 31498871
- Treatment of Symptoms of the Menopause: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline • PMID: 26444994