67 episodes

Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith is dedicated to empowering women in midlife to feel fully alive – sexually, relationally, and spiritually. An award-winning gynecologist and best-selling author of Sexually Woke, Dr. Susan believes that a woman can experience her most fulfilling life and truest self at 40, 50, and beyond.

Join Dr. Susan and her guests as they dive into the secrets of reawakening your sex life, spirituality, relationships, and how to live the second half of life as an open field of possibility in which to play, explore, and finally be your true self.

Empowering Midlife Wellness with Dr. Susan Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 20 Ratings

Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith is dedicated to empowering women in midlife to feel fully alive – sexually, relationally, and spiritually. An award-winning gynecologist and best-selling author of Sexually Woke, Dr. Susan believes that a woman can experience her most fulfilling life and truest self at 40, 50, and beyond.

Join Dr. Susan and her guests as they dive into the secrets of reawakening your sex life, spirituality, relationships, and how to live the second half of life as an open field of possibility in which to play, explore, and finally be your true self.

    Perimenopausal Hormone Changes are Real!

    Perimenopausal Hormone Changes are Real!

    This week I'm getting into all of the details about perimenopausal hormone changes, and why they can make us feel so off kilter! I will be be talking about how each of the three ovarian hormones change during perimenopause, what symptoms these changes cause for most women... and more importantly, what we can do about it!

    • 11 min
    Vaginal Dryness and Pain

    Vaginal Dryness and Pain

    This week we’re talking in more detail about vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse, which is a deal breaker to a healthy sex life! I’ll explain not only why this happens but how to correct it so you can enjoy pain-free sex again.

    Have your own question to ask? Go to drsusan.com/ask and fill out the form for a chance to be featured. Prefer to watch? Head on over to my YouTube channel to watch the episode: https://bit.ly/3G1gb9z

    • 7 min
    How Long Can I Take Estrogen? | Ask Dr. Susan LIVE

    How Long Can I Take Estrogen? | Ask Dr. Susan LIVE

    Do you know how long a woman can be taking estrogen? Do you know if there's a time period or a cut-off window for it? In this episode, we're talking to Michelle about how long she should take estrogen, and why she was told by her doctor that she should stop it after a certain period. We're discussing the benefits of taking hormones long-term, and why we don't want to stop them just because we've been on them for a certain number of years.

    Have your own question to ask? Go to drsusan.com/ask and fill out the form for a chance to be featured.
    Prefer to watch? Head on over to my YouTube channel to watch the episode: https://bit.ly/3G1gb9z

    • 10 min
    Four steps to Holistic Fitness in Midlife — with Dr. Shelly Burns

    Four steps to Holistic Fitness in Midlife — with Dr. Shelly Burns

    Today I am excited to be speaking with Dr. Shelly Burns, a Chiropractor with over 20 years of experience as well as a fitness expert, life coach, and creator of the FIT Menopause Blueprint. Her new book called “Menopause Tsunami: How to Ride the Hormone Waves like a BADASS” will be coming out next month.

    We talk about her personal journey as an athlete suffering with perimenopause, and how she created her 4 pillars for success for women to regain their ideal weight and confidence in midlife.

    You can follow the links below to join her community through social media or one of her customized fitness programs.

    Website: DrShellyBurns.com
    Private FB Group Maneuvering Menopause Community and the Meno-poss: https://www.facebook.com/groups/527410538362882
    "I'm Over This Hormone Sh*t" 6 Week Blueprint starting Jan 3rd:
    https://perimenopausesurvivalchallenge.com/6weekblueprint

    • 45 min
    The Top 3 Problems with Hormone Pellets

    The Top 3 Problems with Hormone Pellets

    Today I'm talking about the 3 main categories of ricks and complications of hormone pellets, especially if they are not managed properly. I'll discuss what to look out for and what to ask about when you visit a hormone pellet provider to maximize the chance of having a great experience!

    • 27 min
    Allowing Grief Around Empty Nest and the Holidays

    Allowing Grief Around Empty Nest and the Holidays

    This week I'm acknowledging that sometimes empty nesters (like me) are not always celebrating the joys of the freedom of midlife, and that the holidays can be really hard with loved ones not being with us. It's okay to sit in the grief, and then create an intention to move forward into your new phase of life.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Mary_& ,

Life changing

This podcast was life-changing. I have been struggling with the typical menopause junk. Severe night sweats and hot flashes (at least 20x a day), mood swings and depression. My OB/GYN would not prescribe any form of estradiol. At one of my lowest points I was desperate and asked a new nurse practitioner for any type of relief. She casually recommended a compounding pharmacy that specializes in bio identical hormone replacement therapy. Thank you for all this information. Living in a rural area it is difficult to find a provider who is open to this type of HRT. I am taking your book to my next appointment!

AJinMN ,

I can’t listen anymore

I have listened for many weeks so this isn’t a one and review. What annoyed me first was how she raises her voice at so many of her sentences, like a question. I decided, I’ll keep listening because I’m in peri menopause and I want to learn from different doctors/people. I quit listening when she was complaining about “getting fat”. I thought it could be a good episode, but when she kept saying women “get fat” or “I thought I’d wake up at 200lbs”. I am not an “everyone can be healthy at any size” type of woman because obesity or over dieting will catch up to any person eventually, but a doctor talking like that I can’t tolerate. We all have fat, some people have more than others, but a thin person complaining about “getting fat” with a small increase in weight is terrible.

KathiB ,

Fabulous info

It’s so hard to pull this good info out of our doctors sometimes. I’ve tried more than once, only to have the last doc just smile and stay silent. I don’t believe anyone would ever get a response like that from you! You are truly helping patients with issues we will ALL have at some point as women. Thanks for being so mission driven. I’m spreading the word!

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