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.
How To Improve the Unsexy Problem of Hair Loss During Menopause
Today I'm talking about the often embarrassing, scary and "unsexy" problem of hair loss, which often accelerates around menopause.
I'll be talking about my multiple step approach to help with hair loss, investigating everything from hormones, to stress, diet, and innovations such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy, medications including Propecia, Minoxidil, Spironolactone, Nutrafol...and the nitty gritty of what really works.
Encore Episode: The Secrets of the Sexually Woke
On today's "encore episode," I will revisit a subject I get asked about all of the time: the secrets of the sexually woke.
During my research study on a group of over 1,000 women in midlife, I discovered a group of women who are enjoying the most vibrant sex of their lives at 40, 50, and beyond. In today's episode, I will share the three secrets to sexual reawakening that I write about in my book, Sexually Woke and how you too can become sexually woke.
How To Turn Sex from Work, Back Into Fun
Today I am discussing how for many or most of us, sex was fun when we were young, and at some point turned into work, or one more thing on the "to-do" list that we would just as soon avoid. How can we turn sex from work back into fun? I'll share some secrets from my own experience and from the research that led to my book "Sexually Woke."
Reframing Menopause as a Midlife Renaissance with Stacy London
On today's episode, I am chatting with style icon Stacy London, who we all know and love from TLC's "What not to Wear." Stacy is now the CEO of "State of Menopause" (www.stateofmenopause.com), a menopause-specific product line supporting midlife wellness and relief of common menopause related conditions. She shares her own inspiring journey with menopause starting at age 47, and how she learned to reframe midlife as a time of opportunity and rebirth. She describes her passion with State of Menopause as "not only taking the stigma away from menopause, but creating solutions for people to experience this as a midlife renaissance instead of a crisis."
With a new and rapidly growing company, Stacy describes her plan to grow "State of Menopause" to provide not only products, but also to be a center for education and discussion about all things menopause.
How To Lose Weight The Right Way & Keep it Off, For Real - with Dr. Rupal Mathur
Today I'm talking to my good friend and colleague Dr. Rupal Mathur, Harvard trained internal medicine physician and weight loss specialist. Rupal is the owner of Lifelong Weight Loss in Houston and has dedicated her career to figuring out the science behind losing weight safely and keeping it off throughout your life.
We are talking about the complex physiology of weight loss, including why we gain fat in perimenopause and menopause, as well as how much to exercise, how to balance protein and carbs, and which weight loss drugs are safe and effective. She also shares her expertise about intermittent fasting, and discusses the importance of developing a customized nutrition plan that will work for your lifestyle and allow you to reach your goal weight and stay there for life.
Head on over to Dr. Mathur's Instagram page for more weight loss tips--@lifelongweightloss
Encore Episode: How to Relieve Vaginal Dryness & Pain During Intercourse to Revive Your Sex Life
On today's "encore episode," I will revisit some of the latest procedures and solutions we can do for one of the most common symptoms that I hear from women in menopause - and before menopause - which is vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse. This, along with other issues that arise during midlife, can lead to an unfulfilling sex life for ourselves and our partners.
The good news is that we can optimize these parts of our body that change as we age so that we can continue having a vibrant, pain-free sex life and fulfilling relationship. From products to procedures, enjoy learning about these solutions that are available to you.
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!
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.
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!