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Menopodcast Season 5 Episode 6

Our guest this episode is Darcey Steinke, author of several books, including the just-released “Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life.” We talk with her about the things she learned while writing the book, including the fact that only a handful of animals go through menopause besides us - and one of them is killer whales, which we find fascinating! Steinke says, “I knew so much more going into both menstruation and pregnancy than I did going into menopause.” Ditto!


Menopodcast Season 5 Episode 5

“Use it or lose it” applies to so many parts of our bodies as we age. And midlife/menopause is a great time to take stock and get moving - in whatever way works for you. Dr. Northrup said, “You need to know that vigorous regular exercise is an absolute necessity if you intend to live well beyond midlife.” We talk about all of that PLUS we interview Sarah Glicken, owner of OsteoStrong in Los Angeles, about that modality and how it has helped strengthen bones and muscles.


Menopodcast Season 5 Episode 4

This episode talks about Lady Parts. The parts of a human body you only find on us ladies: the pelvic region, like the uterus, the ovaries, the vagina, the urethra (and yes, we know that men have urethras, too, but they are totally different), the Breasts, and our Sexual function and Sexuality. We’re talking about ways of keeping them healthy as you go through menopause. And YES, we will talk about Sex and Sexuality in this episode, so be warned.


Menopodcast Season 5 Episode 3

Menopause is an excellent time to take stock of your overall health, especially your heart and brain. Heart Disease is the number one killer of women. That fact made us pay attention! And many of us experience Menofog - or even just a feeling of losing our mental acuity as we get to a certain age. Luckily, the things that help make your heart healthier also help make your brain healthier - so you get a twofer in better health and longevity! Listen to the episode to learn more.


Menopodcast Season 5 Episode 2

Hormone Replacement Therapy gets a bad rap, but really, you have to do your own research. Turns out it’s really great for some people and not recommended for others. Menopause means your body isn’t making Estrogen anymore, but guess what? Estrogen has been doing good work inside our bodies for years, and when it goes away, big changes are sure to follow. In this episode, we talk about what’s working for us, and why it’s important to find a physician you trust to help you navigate the...


Menopodcast Season 5 Episode 1

Deep Dive into Hot Flashes! Hot Flashes are like the stereotypical punchline of Menopause, and while they are not life-threatening, they are still very disruptive - and can negatively impact your quality of life. In this episode, we talk about what they are, why they happen to us, and what you can TRY to do about them. We quote from a couple of our favorite books on the subject - and let you know what works for us. As always, consult your own medical professional before trying anything we...


Menopodcast Season 5 Preview

We’re launching a new season and giving you a preview of what’s to come. This time, instead of reading a book for a whole season and discussing a chapter per episode, we’re going to zero in on one of the topics we’ve learned about so far in our journey, and each episode will be a deep dive into that particular subject. We’ll roll up our sleeves and talk about things like: Hot Flashes, Heart Health, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Diet & Fitness, Sex, Reinventing Your Life in Midlife, and many...


Menopodcast Trailer

You’re listening to a trailer for Menopodcast, a show about real life with Menopause in the 21st Century. You’ll hear introductions of both of the show’s hosts, Sarah Auerswald and Julia Frey, plus you’ll hear some of their banter which reflects their 40-year friendship. The audio clip outlines the segments in each episode like “Bible Study” where we discuss a chapter of that season’s book and “How Hot Was Your Flash?” where we share any recent hot flashes we’ve had or hot flash stories...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 12

Today was a Q&A from our listeners to end Season 4. Great questions to discuss. Do all women go through menopause? How long will menopause last and what is this whole menopause thing anyway? Shouldn’t I be afraid of HRT? How do you know if your health issues are menopause-related? Seriously, no wine? Or COFFEE? What supplements do you take? How have you changed your diet? Listen in as we also broadcast live on Facebook and talk about the issues via listener comments. We'll back in a...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 11

This episode marks the final chapter of “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” (Affiliate link) by Nina Lorez Collins – and Sarah and Julia are very sad the book is done. It’s such a good read! We love the author’s style and voice – and have appreciated her honesty and willingness to share personal details from the beginning. Highly Recommend. We also want to recommend the Facebook Group of the same name that Nina created even before she wrote the book. It’s a safe place to share and there’s an...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 10

This episode is an interview with Anne Kreamer, author of “Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else that Really Matters" (Affiliate link). And we loved speaking with her! She has a new, mission-driven company called and we totally recommend checking it out, too! The book is great because, first of all, Ms. Kreamer is a terrific writer, and secondly, because she really takes the time to look at what gray hair means to...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 9

This week Sarah and Julia read chapter 8 of “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” by Nina Lorez Collins – and this chapter is entitled “Work and Money”. This chapter is filled with many, many fears about getting older and not having enough money. Sure, we may also worry about health problems, but how much they will cost to care for and where will the money come from? We hear from our friends who feel they can’t let their hair go gray because they have to get work and compete against younger...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 8

This week Sarah and Julia read chapter 7 of “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” (Affiliate link) by Nina Lorez Collins – and this chapter is entitled “Health”. The author runs down an entire laundry list of health problems that affect women of a certain age. And while it’s not always super fun to think about these problems, it’s much better to be prepared and take action than to ignore them until they get worse. These are also not all related to or due to menopause. Some are just because we’re...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 7

This week Sarah and Julia read chapter 6 of “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” by Nina Lorez Collins – and this chapter is entitled “Emotions”. We are continuing to love this book and Nina’s writing. Seriously – we highly recommend this book! Chapter 6 is all about the emotions we go through as women in midlife and what we can do about them. Because for some of us, acknowledging that we’re having these emotions is already a big step, and then figuring out how and whether to act on them is a...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 6

This week Sarah and Julia read chapter 5 of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" (Affiliate link) by Nina Lorez Collins. And if you haven’t listened to our interview with her we recorded 2 weeks ago, go check that out – she is amazing! Chapter 5 is entitled Beauty, and it's all about what we see when we look in the mirror - and what we choose to do about it! Sarah and Julia would both describe themselves as Minimalists when it comes to their Beauty Regimens, in fact, they might even scoff at...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 5

This week Sarah and Julia read chapter 4 of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" by Nina Lorez Collins. And if you haven’t listened to our interview with her we recorded last week, go check that out – she is amazing! Chapter 4 is all about being a parent during menopause or perimenopause, possibly as an empty-nester, semi-empty-nester or with a young child (or children) at home still. We will again point out what a great writer Nina Lorez Collins is, and how much we love this book. Sarah found...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 4

We're thrilled to have Nina Lorez Collins as our guest on this episode of the podcast! She's the author of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do? And Other Questions I ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology." (affiliate link) We absolutely love this book, as we've mentioned before, and you know we have chosen it as our "Bible" for Season 4. We'd finished 3 chapters by the time we talked to Nina, enough to have fallen for her writing style - hard. We were introduced to Ms. Collins and...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 3

This chapter is all about our changing bodies, and it’s another frank and honest bit of writing. Her book, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?(affiliate link) is our Bible for Season 4 and she is slated to be a guest on the show coming up – which we couldn’t be more thrilled about. Ms. Collins talks about her own nutrition and exercise plans – what’s worked, what hasn’t – and she gave Sarah a real wake-up call about getting her butt in gear and blowing past the excuses to get working out again....


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 2

This chapter is all about SEX and it's so frank an honest and open, it makes us love author Nina Lorez Collins even more that we already did! Her book, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? (affiliate link) is our Bible for Season 4 and she is slated to be a guest on the show coming up! Ms. Collins talks about her own sexual journey from pre-puberty to mature adulthood, and it's full of fascinating stories and anecdotes. We HIGHLY recommend reading it. Sarah and Julia aren't QUITE as frank and...


Menopodcast Season 4 Episode 1

We launched Season 4 in a whole new way: going Live on Facebook as well as recording the podcast - at the same time! (We had some technical difficulties - but when has that stopped us? And we think we've worked them out for next time...) This Season we're reading "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?" by Nina Lorez Collins, and we're already loving it - and her! The book can be purchased via our Amazon affiliate link - and if you do, we'll get paid a small commission, so thanks!! In the...