274 episodes

Empowering women (and the partners who love them) to live their best mid lives. Combining the power of mind-work, body-science and relationships, I joyously smash the societal barriers that are keeping us from living our best intimate lives. Whether you are young or past menopause, single or in a long-term relationship, it is never too late or too early to realize YOU ARE NOT BROKEN. With humor, candor and ease, I break down the stories that we have been told about being sexual beings, to help us play, and normalize our intimacy and health. Nothing in this podcast is personal medical advice, of course.

You Are Not Broken Kelly Casperson, MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

Empowering women (and the partners who love them) to live their best mid lives. Combining the power of mind-work, body-science and relationships, I joyously smash the societal barriers that are keeping us from living our best intimate lives. Whether you are young or past menopause, single or in a long-term relationship, it is never too late or too early to realize YOU ARE NOT BROKEN. With humor, candor and ease, I break down the stories that we have been told about being sexual beings, to help us play, and normalize our intimacy and health. Nothing in this podcast is personal medical advice, of course.

    274. Comedy, Dating, and Sex in Midlife with Erin Keating

    274. Comedy, Dating, and Sex in Midlife with Erin Keating

    Erin Keating, founder of Hotter Than Ever, joins Kelly Casperson on the You Are Not Broken podcast to discuss women in comedy, the power of humor, and the journey of self-discovery and reinvention in midlife. Erin shares her personal story of leaving a successful career, going through a divorce, and reclaiming pleasure and joy in her life. She emphasizes the importance of women embracing their power and agency and the need for deeper conversations and connections in midlife.

    Erin also talks about her experiences with dating and sex in midlife and the process of reconnecting with her body and desires. In this conversation, Erin Keating shares her experiences with online dating and how it helped her reconnect with herself and her pleasure. She emphasizes the importance of being honest, direct, and authentic in online dating and encourages women to date like grown-ass women. Erin also discusses the significance of setting boundaries and communicating openly in relationships. She advises women to prioritize their happiness and joy, challenge societal expectations, and embrace their authentic selves. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the connection between stand-up comedy and sobriety.

    Takeaways
    Comedians are truth tellers who say the things on our minds that we wish we could say.
    Women in comedy often face personal risks and challenges, but their voices are essential.
    Comedy is a coping mechanism and a way to share joy and laughter.
    Midlife is a time for women to prioritize pleasure, joy, and fun, and to not be scared of taking risks and trying new things.
    Women have never been more powerful and have more agency than they do now.
    Reclaiming pleasure, including sexual pleasure, is an important part of self-discovery and reinvention in midlife. Online dating can be a powerful tool for reconnecting with oneself and exploring pleasure.
    Being honest, direct, and authentic in online dating can lead to more meaningful connections.
    Setting boundaries and communicating openly are essential in relationships.
    Prioritizing personal happiness and joy is crucial, and it's important to challenge societal expectations.
    Stand-up comedy and sobriety often go hand in hand, as both require facing and expressing emotions.

    https://www.instagram.com/erindkeating/
    https://www.hotterthaneverpod.com/
    https://hotterthanever.substack.com/

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    • 46 min
    273. Vulnerability, Gaslighting and Advocacy with Dr. C!

    273. Vulnerability, Gaslighting and Advocacy with Dr. C!

    Dr. Kelly Casperson,is interviewed by Dr. Maria Uloko. She shares her journey and passion for women's sexual health and menopause. She discusses how urology protected her soul and allowed her to stay in medicine. She emphasizes the importance of educating patients and being a medical translator to bridge the gap between research and patient care.

    Dr. Casperson also addresses the issue of medical gaslighting and the need for doctors to have open and honest conversations about the potential side effects of treatments. She highlights the power of an educated patient and the role they play in advocating for their own health. Dr. Kelly Casperson discusses her journey in writing books about women's sexual health and the importance of advocating for better healthcare.

    She emphasizes the need for accessible and practical sex education that addresses the biopsychosocial aspects of women's sexual health. Dr. Casperson also highlights the inequality in healthcare when it comes to menopause and hormone therapy, and the need for women to advocate for themselves. She draws inspiration from the AIDS epidemic and the power of grassroots movements to bring about change. Overall, Dr. Casperson encourages women to educate themselves, be curious about their health, and take charge of their well-being.

    Takeaways


    Urology can protect a doctor's soul and prevent burnout by providing instant gratification and a focus on quality of life after treatment.

    Doctors need to be educated about women's sexual health and menopause to provide better care and have meaningful conversations with patients.

    An educated patient is a powerful patient who can advocate for their own health and have higher-level conversations with their doctors.

    Medical gaslighting is a common issue in women's health, and doctors need to address potential side effects and have open discussions with patients.

    The role of a medical translator is crucial in bridging the gap between research and patient care, and doctors should provide patients with reputable resources.

    Women need accessible and practical sex education that addresses the biopsychosocial aspects of their sexual health.

    There is inequality in healthcare when it comes to menopause and hormone therapy, and women need to advocate for themselves.

    Grassroots movements have the power to bring about change in healthcare, as seen in the AIDS epidemic.

    Women should educate themselves, be curious about their health, and take charge of their well-being.


    Dr. Maria's podcast: Salvaging Sex
    https://www.mariaulokomd.com/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    272. Women Empowering Women - Starting A Midlife Telehealth Company

    272. Women Empowering Women - Starting A Midlife Telehealth Company

    272 When Medicine Fails You - Start A Company
    Monica Molenaar and Anne Fulenwider, co-founders of Alloy, discuss their journey into menopause and the creation of their company. They highlight the lack of information and inconsistent advice they received from doctors, leading them to start a platform that provides women with credible information, support, and access to hormone replacement therapy. They emphasize the importance of validation and listening to women's concerns, as well as the need for streamlined and efficient menopause care. They also discuss the barriers to accessing testosterone for women and the need for change in regulations and education. The conversation explores the safety and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal women. The speakers discuss the fear and misinformation surrounding HRT, emphasizing that it is a safe and effective treatment for menopause symptoms and can also have protective effects on the heart, bones, and brain. They highlight the importance of preserving function and quality of life in menopausal women and the need for a shift in the conversation around hormones from disease prevention to preservation of function. The speakers also discuss the international perspective on menopause and the challenges women face in accessing hormone therapy in different countries.

    Takeaways
    The lack of information and inconsistent advice from doctors led Monica and Anne to start Alloy. This platform provides women with credible information, support, and access to hormone replacement therapy.
    Validation and listening to women's concerns are crucial in menopause care, as many women have been dismissed or invalidated by healthcare providers.
    The barriers to accessing testosterone for women include its classification as a schedule three drug, the lack of FDA-approved dose for women, and the need for in-person prescriptions by knowledgeable practitioners.
    The stigma around menopause needs to be challenged, as it is a powerful time in a woman's life where she can take control and live life on her own terms.
    The telehealth technology and behavior changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have created an opportunity for improved access to menopause care.
    Alloy is focused on creating solutions for the problems women face in perimenopause and menopause, including addressing vaginal health, systemic hormones, and skincare.
    The safety and efficacy of hormones, including testosterone, need to be emphasized to overcome misconceptions and provide women with the full range of benefits. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a safe and effective treatment for menopause symptoms and can have protective effects on the heart, bones, and brain.
    The fear and misinformation surrounding HRT are unfounded, and women should have access to this treatment to improve their quality of life.
    The conversation around hormones should shift from disease prevention to preservation of function and quality of life in menopausal women.
    Access to hormone therapy is a challenge in many countries, and there is a need to spread awareness and improve access to treatment internationally.

    https://www.myalloy.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/monica.molenaar/
    https://www.instagram.com/annefulenwider/

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    • 47 min
    271. What Every Couple Needs To Know About Women's Hormones

    271. What Every Couple Needs To Know About Women's Hormones

    271. What Every Couple Needs To Know About Women's Hormones

    In this episode, Dr. Kelly Casperson discusses women's hormones and their impact on sexual health with sex therapist, Amanda Louder on her "Sex For Saints" podcast.

    She emphasizes that libido is influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors. The conversation focuses on perimenopause and postmenopause, highlighting the lack of education and information available to women in these stages of life. Dr. Casperson addresses the fear surrounding hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and explains that the Women's Health Initiative study in 2002 contributed to this fear. However, she emphasizes the numerous benefits of HRT, including decreased risk of heart disease, neurodegenerative disorders, musculoskeletal issues, and mood disorders.

    We discuss the importance of vaginal estrogen in maintaining vaginal health and preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). We highlight the issues of cost and the FDA's black box warning on estrogen products, which she believes are outdated and misleading.
    Dr. Casperson also addresses the misconception around bioidentical hormones, explaining that they are the same as the hormones produced by the body and can be obtained through insurance-approved medications. She emphasizes the need for individualized hormone therapy and the importance of communication in navigating menopause and sexual health.

    Takeaways

    Libido is influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors.

    Perimenopause and postmenopause are stages of life that lack sufficient education and information for women.

    The fear surrounding hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is largely due to the Women's Health Initiative study in 2002.

    HRT has numerous benefits, including decreased risk of heart disease, neurodegenerative disorders, musculoskeletal issues, and mood disorders.

    Finding a knowledgeable healthcare provider and advocating for oneself is crucial in addressing women's sexual health concerns.

    Vaginal estrogen can be highly beneficial for women's sexual health, particularly in addressing issues such as chronic UTIs. Vaginal estrogen helps maintain vaginal health and reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) by promoting a healthy acidic environment in the vagina.

    The cost of vaginal estrogen can vary significantly, but there are ways to find more affordable options, such as using online pharmacies and discount coupons.

    The FDA's black box warning on estrogen products is outdated and does not differentiate between systemic and vaginal estrogen. The safety of vaginal estrogen has been supported by multiple studies.

    Bioidentical hormones are the same as the hormones produced by the body and can be obtained through insurance-approved medications. The term 'bioidentical' is often used as a marketing tool.


    https://www.instagram.com/christiansexcoach/
    https://amandalouder.com/blog/podcast/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    270. Progesterone and Perimenopause

    270. Progesterone and Perimenopause

    Dr. Eve Henry, an internal medicine physician, joins Dr. Kelly Casperson on the You Are Not Broken podcast to discuss the importance of optimizing health span and preventing disease. They emphasize the need for a shift in the medical system from disease management to wellness and prevention. They also highlight the role of hormones in women's health, particularly during perimenopause.
    They discuss the benefits of hormone therapy for symptom management and prevention of conditions like Alzheimer's disease.
    They address common myths and misconceptions about hormones and provide insights into the use of progesterone and birth control options for perimenopausal women. In this part of the conversation, Eve and Kelly discuss the dosing and cycling of hormones during perimenopause and menopause.
    They talk about the variability in dosing and the benefits of cycling hormones. They also touch on the use of progesterone and estradiol in hormone therapy and the importance of finding the right doses for each individual.
    They discuss the role of DHEA in perimenopause and the potential benefits of supplementing with it. They also emphasize the importance of comprehensive health assessments, including lab work, DEXA scans, coronary calcium scores, and VO2 max testing, to assess cardiovascular risk and overall health.
    Takeaways

    The medical system needs to shift from disease management to wellness and prevention.

    Hormone therapy can be beneficial for symptom management and prevention of conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

    Progesterone is an important hormone during perimenopause and can help alleviate symptoms.

    There are various birth control options available for perimenopausal women.

    Regular monitoring and individualized treatment are key in hormone therapy. Dosing and cycling of hormones during perimenopause and menopause can vary based on individual needs and symptoms.

    Progesterone is used to protect the uterus and is typically dosed at 100 milligrams for uterine protection during continuous hormone therapy.

    Cycling hormones can be beneficial for some women, but it may be challenging to track and can be discontinued if it causes discomfort.

    DHEA supplementation may be helpful for increasing testosterone levels and improving symptoms of low testosterone.

    Comprehensive health assessments, including lab work, DEXA scans, coronary calcium scores, and VO2 max testing, are important for assessing cardiovascular risk and overall health during perimenopause and beyond.

    https://www.instagram.com/drevehenry/

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    • 59 min
    269. The Bedroom Gap with Dr. Sophocles

    269. The Bedroom Gap with Dr. Sophocles

    Dr. Maria Sophocles discusses her TED Talk on sex in midlife and the bedroom gap between men and women. She explains the physiological changes that occur in the vulva and vagina during midlife and how they can affect a woman's sex life. She emphasizes the importance of vaginal estrogen as a preventative medicine and the need for better education and communication between clinicians and patients.
    Dr. Sophocles also highlights the need for couples to have open and honest conversations about their sex life and the role of sex therapy in addressing sexual health issues.
    The conversation covers various topics related to gender roles, sexual pleasure, and the impact of menopause on libido. It emphasizes the importance of communication and breaking societal norms in order to achieve gender equity in the bedroom.
    The fear and misconceptions surrounding estrogen and its association with cancer are also addressed. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the power of education and open dialogue in changing societal attitudes towards sex and pleasure.
    Takeaways

    Physiological changes in the vulva and vagina during midlife can affect a woman's sex life.

    Vaginal estrogen is a safe and effective preventative medicine for addressing genitourinary changes.

    There is a need for better education and communication between clinicians and patients regarding sexual health.

    Couples should have open and honest conversations about their sex life to bridge the bedroom gap.

    Sex therapy can play a crucial role in addressing sexual health issues. Gender roles and societal norms often dictate women's role in the bedroom, leading to a lack of sexual pleasure and resentment.

    Women should feel empowered to prioritize their own pleasure and communicate their needs and desires to their partners.

    The loss of libido during menopause is a common concern for many women, but there are options available to address this issue.

    Fear and misconceptions surrounding estrogen and its association with cancer can prevent women from seeking treatment that could improve their sexual health.

    Education and open dialogue are essential in challenging societal attitudes towards sex and pleasure and promoting gender equity in the bedroom.

    https://www.instagram.com/mariasophoclesmd/
    Dr. Sophocles TED talk
    https://mariasophoclesmd.com/

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

soontobebthree ,

A must subscribe ✅

I am continually learning from this podcast. I am shocked at what I don’t know, and haven’t been told, by those who’s job it is to teach us the things that Dr Casperson is. She takes the time to present information in a clear, fun and easy to understand way. She is passionate about educating, informing and empowering her listeners. Thank you Dr Casperson for the dedication and time that it takes to produce your podcast. I love Sundays knowing that a new episode will be waiting for me ❤️

BonnieinEgypt2023 ,

No nonsense, Informationsl podcast!

I love this podcast. Dr. Kelly is straight to the point and always provides scientific evidence to back up her topics. I’ve learned a lot from her and have become much more aware of how important it is to be proactive with my decisions and choices entering my menopause journey and older years. I want to be healthy and the best version of myself and this podcast has taught me so much to help. Thanks!

katey_fit_mom ,

Episode 195

I found Kelly on YouTube in the fall of 2021. I’ve been watching/ listening to her for the last 18months. I’m 51 years old and she is helping so much with menopause transition. I actually don’t joke about it anymore because of her. It is something to be taken seriously and not lightly. TELL YOUR DAUGHTERS, SISTERS, MOTHERS - about this podcast. It’s time to get in the drivers seat of this ride!!!! Thank you Kelly!!!

Your friend Katey

@healthyevolutionbykatey on IG

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