Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs is a board-certified family and functional medicine physician with 22 years of clinical training and experience. I met Dr. Lyla when she joined SteadyMD, which I’ve shared about before. I knew I wanted to ask Dr. Lyla to be on the podcast when I learned she is an expert in women’s hormone health especially during the (often tough) time of life we know as menopause.
This episode covers everything about menopause, from how to know when it’s approaching to concrete steps you can take to reduce undesirable symptoms along the way. We also talk about hormone replacement therapy and whether this the best or only option for women looking for hormonal support as they age.
I’ll definitely be taking notes on this interview as I’m not an expert (yet!). I’m grateful to Dr. Lyla for being here to address a topic that affects so many women and isn’t talked about enough from a proactive perspective.
Episode Highlights With Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs
- How to tell when menopause is approaching (and the age varies so widely)
- What happens to hormone levels during perimenopause
- The hidden role of testosterone in hormone balance
- Why the number of pregnancies you’ve had could affect your experience of menopause
- How to tell if you are estrogen dominant
- Which tests are most reliable for measuring hormone levels
- Exercise, diet changes, and supplements that can help
- What menopause has to do with cardiovascular health
- Modifications to your hormone support regimen if you have PCOS
- How hormone replacement therapy works (and whether it’s a good idea)
- And more!
Resources We Mention
More From Wellness Mama
- 109: Vaginal Health, Menopause, and Hormone Therapy With Dr. Anna Cabeca
- 234: The Keto-Green Way to Optimize Hormones & Libido With Dr. Anna Cabeca
- 168: A Proactive Approach to Aging and Sexual Health and Wellness With HealthWellnessMD
- Natural Alternatives to Hormonal Contraceptives
- Menstrual Cup: How to Use One for a Healthy, Eco-Friendly Period
- Natural Remedies for Menopause: How to Reduce Hot Flashes & Other Menopause Symptoms
- Symptoms of Vaginal Atrophy (& Natural Ways to Protect Vaginal Health)
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