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Women Learn This Too Late! Truth About Weight Gain, Fatigue, Hormones & Menopause | Dr. Cindy Geyer

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An estimated 85% of women experience symptoms of menopause that vary from hot flashes to weight gain, brain fog, low mood, sex drive, chronic fatigue, and more. Recognizing menopause as a gradual, uniquely personal transition rather than an abrupt change is crucial. This insight can help empower women to take proactive, supportive measures early on, ensuring a smoother journey through this natural phase of life.

Today, Dr. Cindy Geyer from the UltraWellness Center joins me as we unravel the Functional Medicine perspective and approach to menopause. Our conversation highlights the crucial role of lab testing in uncovering the root causes of symptoms, paving the way for tailored nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Moreover, we critically examine the limitations of traditional medical approaches and discuss the nuances of hormone replacement therapy, the different forms, and who may benefit the most from this treatment.

Dr. Cindy Geyer received her Bachelor of Science and her Doctor of Medicine degrees, with honors, from the Ohio State University. She completed residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. and is triple board certified in internal medicine, integrative medicine, and lifestyle medicine. She joined The Ultrawellness Center in 2021 after practicing and serving as the medical director at Canyon Ranch for 23 years.

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In this episode we discuss:
How the Nurseโ€™s Health Study caused backlash about hormone replacement therapy (3:35)
The issues with how menopause is treated in our society today (6:35)
Symptoms of menopause and their root causes (8:20)
The conventional medicine approach to menopause (17:57)
The functional medicine approach to menopause (19:38)
Lab testing (24:00)
The importance of the Estrobolome and gut microbiome testing (27:11)
The role of insulin, sleep, and stress (31:49)
Dr Cindy Geyerโ€™s patient case study (34:21)
Bioidentical hormones explained (41:52)
The nuances of hormone replacement therapy (47:21)
Addressing low libido (51:00)

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  • @edensmith552 says:

    Thank you for this educational video, Dr. Hyman โค

  • @parisconstantinou8299 says:

    again thank you!!for all!

  • @marsali9333 says:

    Keep up the amazing work ๐Ÿฅณ

  • @thewisceeeggg1624 says:

    10 minutes in already hooked on the conversation ๐Ÿ‘

  • @mfox41 says:

    What are the options for a woman who has various menopause symptoms but no insurance?

  • @deedee2231 says:

    Love all the information, but which insurance companies cover these types of test?

  • @dianaweirich5106 says:

    2 highly intelligent and honest doctors!

  • @mariaisabelgarciavazquez9675 says:

    If u had menopause around 20 years ago, can start using some hormone?

  • @UrsulaArvand-il5dp says:


  • @SuperRoxanne7 says:

    Unbeknownst to me, thinking it was fine and normal, I was on the low dose birth control pill for about 35 years.
    When I turned 52, my doctor took me off and only a few months later, WHAM! Hot flashes, mood swings, it was horrible. That was 15 years ago and at the time hormone replacement was questionable. I suffered through and even though I am much better now, I still have a couple moments a day. I am a healthy, normal weight and my bone density scan came back with osteopenia in one hip and mild osteoarthritis in the other! Iโ€™m upping my exercise and eating even healthier, hoping to turn it back!๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ It was a rough road, but Iโ€™m turning it around!!

  • @friendsofthefeather says:

    I’m not sure anything is broken and needing fixed here. What if a woman’s body stopping estrogen production is necessary and it’s not actually a problem but a sign that she’s perfectly normal and healthy? And what if replacing the estrogen is inhibiting the female body from moving to her next phase of aging? Kinda like puberty. Most people don’t agree with puberty blockers but a girl’s first cycle (and often beyond) is VERY unpleasant, painful, and sometimes debilitating. We don’t intervene or stop that process or insert hormones because it’s a natural part of the process. If every woman stops estrogen production during menopause then doesn’t it make sense that she should stop producing estrogen? Should we be replacing something every woman’s body loses naturally? When do we conclude that it’s a natural process that shouldn’t be trifled with? I understand wanting to help with symptoms (God help me, I’m there) but we don’t’ replace baby teeth with fake or other animal’s teeth because we know the adult teeth are coming in and it’s a natural part of human aging. The child’s mouth isn’t broken so we pull the teeth and wait. The symptoms are very uncomfortable for the kid but we don’t have remedies for loose teeth. Very little intervention needed. This is quite obvious because we SEE it happening but with internal issues it’s not quite that obvious. What if menopause is naturally removing the estrogen from ladies because it needs to replace it with something else that we don’t understand because we haven’t really done a lot of looking into it? You generally don’t find something you aren’t looking for. I’m sure you can tell I know very little about this but I don’t understand why every human complaint has to have a medical intervention.

    • @lorishortness3750 says:

      I love this thought!

    • @valarieannaliza8805 says:


    • @crh251 says:

      I think women are living longer, and menopause is a sign of our body shutting down. It means we are dying. Women age three times faster than a man once they go into post menopause. The bones get weaker, heart disease goes up and the brain suffers. All due to a hormone deficiency. The ovaries shut down, and the adrenal glands take over producing a little estrogen until the time of death. Honestly I donโ€™t know what the answer is. Intervention to survive all this and die in the end feeling good or suffering for years on end and then dying.

    • @x.y.7385 says:

      A menstrual cycle should not be unpleasant, painful, or debilitating. If it is, that is a problem.

    • @crh251 says:

      @@x.y.7385, youโ€™re right. Itโ€™s when the ovaries shut down and our bodies arenโ€™t making hormones like before causing all kinds of health issues is the problem. My periods were easy. Menopause has been way harder.

  • @akhkmh says:

    What is your opinion on DHEA?

  • @jd-um4jw says:

    What can be done about the collapsing air way ?

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