27 episodes

Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, leaky bladders, weight gain, hair loss, inability to orgasm? Nothing is off limits in these fact filled, solution-driven and often surprisingly funny podcasts that address the specific symptoms women face as they navigate perimenopause and post-menopause. Each segment is like having an in-depth consultation with Dr. Lauren Streicher, a nationally recognized menopause expert and the Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. Guests will include other experts on all things menopause.  So strap in- it’s going to be quite the ride! This is THE podcast for accurate information about menopause but is not meant to be personal medical advice.

Dr. Streicher’s Inside Information: THE Menopause Podcast Lauren Streicher, MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, leaky bladders, weight gain, hair loss, inability to orgasm? Nothing is off limits in these fact filled, solution-driven and often surprisingly funny podcasts that address the specific symptoms women face as they navigate perimenopause and post-menopause. Each segment is like having an in-depth consultation with Dr. Lauren Streicher, a nationally recognized menopause expert and the Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. Guests will include other experts on all things menopause.  So strap in- it’s going to be quite the ride! This is THE podcast for accurate information about menopause but is not meant to be personal medical advice.

    Episode 28: The BEST approach for BREAST Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction with Dr. Lisa Larkin

    Episode 28: The BEST approach for BREAST Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction with Dr. Lisa Larkin

    It used to be so simple. Women were just advised to get a mammogram every year. But now we have not just x-rays, but ultrasound, MRI, digital breast tomosynthesis, screening mammograms, and diagnostic mammograms. Women are confused, and frankly, a lot of doctors are also confused. I am joined by Dr. Lisa Larkin, a board-certified internist, a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society, and a nationally recognized expert in breast cancer risk assessment and prevention. 

    In this episode, Dr. Streicher and Dr. Larkin discuss: 


    The LIKLIEHOOD of developing breast cancer in different populations
    WHO is getting MISSED when it comes to early detection 
    Who should have genetic screening
    The problem with using over-the-counter testing such as 23 and Me
    When should someone start -and stop- breast cancer screening
    What is TOMOSYNTHESIS

    Who should have an MRI

    Who should have an ULTRASOUND

    Need to know info on DENSE BREASTS and why you should look at your report
    If it matters WHERE someone goes to get their mammogram

    RISK FACTORS for breast cancer that you can’t change
    Risk Assessment models to PREDICT your lifetime risk of breast cancer
    What it means when you are called back for ANOTHER VIEW


    RISK REDUCING drugs many women do not know about

    MODIFIABLE risk factors for breast cancer
    Why ESTROGEN is not a risk factor for breast cancer
    Why a PLANT-BASED DIET is beneficial
    Dr. Larkin’s new model for patient care, MS. Medicine


    Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Models



    Gale Model: https://www.mdcalc.com/gail-model-breast-cancer-risk


    Tyrer-Cusick Model: https://ibis-risk-calculator.magview.com/





    Twitter: @LisaLarkinMD

    Facebook: @MsMedicine

    Instagram: @DrLarkin

    Website: MsMedicine.com





    Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 




    Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGNMorningNews, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr.Radio, Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS ThisMorning, ABCNewsNow, NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and WorldNewsTonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine, and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 




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    Books by Lauren Streicher, MD




     Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain




    Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat




    Sex Rx- Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever




    The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy

    • 48 min
    I'm Using My Vaginal Estrogen- But SEX STILL HURTS Like Hell: Why treatment fails, and where PELVIC FLOOR PT comes in

    I'm Using My Vaginal Estrogen- But SEX STILL HURTS Like Hell: Why treatment fails, and where PELVIC FLOOR PT comes in

    It’s a common scenario. A woman is given a prescription for a local vaginal estrogen, or DHEA, and uses it faithfully but continues to have painful intercourse. In most cases, the product is working just fine and there is another reason for the pain.  

    In this segment Dr. Streicher discusses:


    The TOP 3 REASONS women have pain despite using estrogen
    Why a WRONG DIAGNOSIS might be the problem
    The importance of treating the VESTIBULE (the opening) of the vagina
    Why a painful, tight PELVIC FLOOR might be the problem
    The role of PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY 

    VAGINAL DILATORS- What they are, how they help, when and how to use them. 

    Other Inside Information podcasts about painful sex post menopause :


    Episode 3: What's Up Down There? Genital Dryness & Misbehaving Bladders



    Episode 4: Is Your Lubricant Helping or Hurting Your Vagina?



    Episode 5: Vaginal Estrogen- Rings, Creams, and Other Things 



    Episode 11: Vaginal Estrogen is Not Poison




    Soul Source Dilators

    https://www.soulsource.com/




    How to Find a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

    Pelvic Floor Physical therapists trained by Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute www.pelvicrehab.com 




    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Women’s Health www.aptapelvichealth.org/ptlocator 





    Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 




    Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGNMorningNews, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr.Radio, Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS ThisMorning, ABCNewsNow, NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and WorldNewsTonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine, and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine.

    Books by Lauren Streicher, MD





     Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain




    Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat




    Sex Rx- Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever




    The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy







     Follow Dr. Streicher on: 

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    Instagram @DrStreich



    Twitter @DrStreicher



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    YouTube  DrStreicherTV

    • 12 min
    Episode 26: The Impact of Systemic Racism in Mid-life Women's Health

    Episode 26: The Impact of Systemic Racism in Mid-life Women's Health

    Relatively minimal research is devoted to menopause even though menopause affects literally 100% of women that live past the age of 50. For women of color, the situation is far more dire.. Not only do we know less about the impact of medical conditions or therapies in mid-life black women but it is incredibly challenging for many black women to access appropriate care. My guest is Dr. Fenwa Milhouse, a urologist who is not only a talented surgeon, but uses social media to destigmatize pelvic floor & sexual conditions, as well as demonstrate the importance of representation in medicine. 




    Dr. Streicher and Dr. Milhouse discuss:






    DISEASES that disproportionately affect Black women
    How HYSTERECTOMY impacts cardiovascular disease in Black women
    Why Black women are less likely to take HORMONE THERAPY


    BLACK CELEBRITIES and increasing awareness of health conditions

    BARRIERS to health care in Black underserved community
    Micro and Micro AGRESSIONS in the health care system
    The reason for and impact of IMPLICIT BIAS

    The challenges of a BLACK WOMAN UROLOGIST practicing in a white hospital
    The importance of DIVERSITY EQUITY and INCLUSION initiatives in our health system
    What impacts racial disparity and potential action steps to improve health in the Black community
    How SYSTEMIC RACISM impacts on health







    Dr Fenwa Famakinwa Milhouse is a fellowship-trained, board certified urologist. Originally born in Nigeria, her family immigrated to the US when she was a young child. She grew up in Texas and ended up at the University of Texas at Houston for medical school. She trained at the University of Chicago for residency and then completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. 

    She is a wife and mother of 3. Dr. Milhouse is passionate about introducing the public to the world of urology, mentoring underrepresented minorities, and diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. 

    She uses social media to destigmatize pelvic floor & sexual conditions, as well as demonstrate the importance of representation in medicine. 




     IG: @drmilhouse

    TIKTOK @yourfavoriteurologist

    Twitter: @FMilhouseMD




    Website: www.yourfavoriteurologist.com





    The Black Women's Health Imperative- nonprofit organization created by Black women to help advance the health and wellness of Black girls and women.

    https://bwhi.org/




    Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 




    Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGNMorningNews, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr.Radio,Nightline,Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS ThisMorning,ABCNewsNow,NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and WorldNewsTonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 




    Subscribe and Follow Dr. Streicher on 

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    Instagram @DrStreich



    Twitter @DrStreicher



    Facebook  @DrStreicher



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    Books by Lauren Streicher, MD




     Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain




    Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat




    Sex Rx- Hormones , Health, and Your Best Sex Ever




    The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy

    • 46 min
    Episode 25: Moisturizers are Not Just for Your Face

    Episode 25: Moisturizers are Not Just for Your Face

    Individual cells that make up the vaginal wall are loaded with water in young women but lose all that moisture right about the time you lose your estrogen.  As a result, vaginal tissue gets thin, dry, and in many cases is unable to provide any decent lubrication no matter how aroused you are. But buyer beware! MANY PRODUCTS THAT ARE LABELED AS VAGINAL MOISTURIZERS ARE NOT FOR VAGINAL USE AND ARE NOT MOISTURIZERS! 

    In this episode, Dr. Streicher covers:


    HOW a moisturizer is different than a lubricant
    WHY labels on moisturizers are misleading
    REPLENS™ Long-acting moisturizer 
    Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizers 

    For more information on this topic: 

     Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain






    Episode 3: What's Up Down There? Genital Dryness & Misbehaving Bladders 


    Episode 4: Is Your Lubricant Helping or Hurting Your Vagina?


    Episode 5: Episode 3: What's Up Down There? Genital Dryness & Misbehaving Bladders 


    Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 




    Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGNMorningNews, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr.Radio,Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS ThisMorning, ABCNewsNow, NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and WorldNewsTonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 




    Subscribe and Follow Dr. Streicher on 

    DrStreicher.com





    Instagram @DrStreich



    Twitter @DrStreicher



    Facebook  @DrStreicher



    YouTube  DrStreicherTV





    Books by Lauren Streicher, MD




     Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain




    Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat




    Sex Rx- Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever




    The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy

    • 8 min
    Episode 24: A Mid-life Manual If Your Kid is College Bound

    Episode 24: A Mid-life Manual If Your Kid is College Bound

    With women delaying pregnancy, the year you start flashing just might coincide with the year you are sending your son or daughter off to college. If you are a mid-life woman who has college-bound kids, you need to know that things have changed …a lot…since you left home and went off to school. In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Jill Grimes, a family physician and the author of The ULTIMATE College Student Health Handbook: your guide to everything from Hangovers to Homesickness. 




    Dr. Streicher and Dr. Grimes discuss:


    How CANNABIS has changed since you went to college
     How to make sure your student knows when something is an EMERGENCY 


    DATE RAPE- what you need to tell your daughters and sons
    Common issues with ALCOHOL that were not common when you were in school
    The role of CONSENT in sexual activity

    PIERCING Problems
    How to make sure your student has information on SEXUALLY TRANSMIITTED INFECTIONS without you having to talk about it

    MARGARITA dermatitis (who knew?) 
    The essential FIRST AID KIT to send with your student
    Why this book is so much better than DR. GOOGLE

    How often should a student CALL home? 
    Skills and information your students need to ACCESS HEALTH CARE


    MENTAL HEALTH and depression in college

    Jill Grimes, MD, is a nationally recognized medical media expert, award-winning author, and proud mom of two awesome collegiate daughters. After two decades of private practice, Dr. Grimes now splits her time between writing, speaking, vaccinating, and seeing patients. She also enjoys speaking at The American Academy of Family Physicians, Pri-Med®, and Harvard Medical School conferences. Her latest book, The ULTIMATE College Student Health Handbook: your guide to everything from Hangovers to Homesickness, reveals what college students (& their parents) REALLY need to know about common anxieties, illnesses, injuries and so much more!




    Website: https://jillgrimesmd.com


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillGrimesMD


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jillgrimesmd/


    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Ultimate-College-Student-Health-Handbook-109901870655635/?ref=pages_you_manage





    Books by Dr. Grimes

    The ULTIMATE College Student Health Handbook: your guide to everything from Hangovers to Homesickness.

     Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STIs




    RAINN: Rape, Abuse &Incest National Network

    https://www.rainn.org/

    National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE





    Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 




    Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGNMorningNews, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr.Radio, Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS ThisMorning, ABCNewsNow, NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and WorldNewsTonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine, and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 




    Subscribe and Follow Dr. Streicher on 

    DrStreicher.com





    Instagram @DrStreich



    Twitter @DrStreicher



    Facebook  @DrStreicher



    YouTube  DrStreicherTV





    Books by Lauren Streicher, MD




     Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain




    Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat




    Sex Rx- Hormones , Health, and Your Best Sex Ever




    The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy

    • 45 min
    Episode 22: Dreaming of SLEEP with Dr Stephanie Faubion

    Episode 22: Dreaming of SLEEP with Dr Stephanie Faubion

    Overall, women are 40% more likely to experience insomnia than men and the numbers are even higher during perimenopause and menopause. There are many reasons for sleepless nights mid-life (beyond hot flashes!) that often go undiagnosed. In this segment, I am joined by Dr. Stephanie Faubion, the Director for Mayo Clinic's Center for Women's Health, and the medical director for The North American Menopause Society. 

    Dr. Streicher and Dr. Faubion cover:


    If FRAGMENTED sleep is restorative sleep

    MEDICAL CONDITIONS that can occur because of chronic insomnia
    The impact of mid-life STRESS on sleep
    The role of ALCOHOL and CANNABIS on the ability to sleep

    OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
    What it is
    Atypical symptoms that occur in women
    Risk factors
    How it is diagnosed
    Treatment options 




    RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
    What it is
     Risk factors
     How it is diagnosed
     Treatment options 



    The pros and cons of various SLEEPING AIDS

    How an OVERACTIVE BLADDER contributes to insomnia
    Tips to improve your SLEEP HYGIENE

    How to find an expert in MENOPAUSE and WHY so many doctors are not trained in menopause

    Stephanie Faubion, MD

    Professor of Medicine, The Mayo Clinic

    Director of the Mayo Center for Women's Health

    Twitter: @StephFaubionMD




    North American Menopause Society (NAMS) 

    Menopause.org

    To find a certified menopause practitioner:

    https://portal.menopause.org/NAMS/NAMS/Directory/Menopause-Practitioner.aspx




    For more information on this topic: 


     Episode 2:Think Your Hot Flashes Can't Kill You? Think Again!



     Episode 3: What's Up Down There? Genital Dryness & Misbehaving Bladders 



     Episode 5: Vaginal Estrogen- Rings, Creams, and Other Things 


     Episode 6: Your Post Menopause Urethra and Why You Should  Care- with Dr. Kelly Casperson





    Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat




    Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 




    Dr. Streicher is the medical correspondent for Chicago’s top-rated news program, the WGNMorningNews, and has been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Dr.Radio,Nightline,Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, CBS ThisMorning,ABCNewsNow,NBCNightlyNews,20/20, and WorldNewsTonight. She is an expert source for many magazines and serves on the medical advisory board of The Kinsey Institute, Self Magazine and Prevention Magazine. She writes a regular column for The Ethel by AARP and Prevention Magazine. 




    Subscribe and Follow Dr. Streicher on 

    DrStreicher.com





    Instagram @DrStreich



    Twitter @DrStreicher



    Facebook  @DrStreicher



    YouTube  DrStreicherTV





    Books by Lauren Streicher, MD




     Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain




    Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist's Guide to Turning Down the Heat




    Sex Rx- Hormones , Health, and Your Best Sex Ever




    The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

MegganB-1 ,

Awesome educational podcast

Thank you, thank you for this podcast. I am 50 and am in Menopause. Educational materials are hard to find! Thank you for being my go-to resource for science based facts. Highly recommend!

Audrey E F ,

Excellent podcast!

As always, Dr. Streicher provides the most accurate and up-to-date information in a relatable and lighthearted way. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone wanting to learn about the changes that occur around the time of menopause or to those going through perimenopause or menopause themselves (basically everyone)!

TheLadiByrd ,

Thank youuuuuu 🙏🏾👍🏾

Finally!!!!! I feel validated. I know I’m not crazy!!! I have struggled and stumbled through my 40s into my now 50s and not one doctor gave me even %1 of this information. I will be sharing this with every female friend that I have…INCREDIBLE!!!!!

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