Ageless Beauty: What Every Woman Over 40 Needs to Know About Mid-life Sex, Menopause, and More with Dr. Tara Allmen & Dr. Emily Schryer

Original Air Date Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019

Weight gain, mood changes, hot flashes, and just general irritability. Sounds fun, right? If you are a woman over 40 or the spouse of a woman over 40, you may be already experiencing the roller coaster ride called perimenopause or menopause. There is no getting around the fact that our hormones change as we age. And, it’s more than a lack of ovulation, the female body will stop producing estrogen and testosterone during mid-life. There are ways to mitigate the emotional and physiological effects. To understand how women can empower themselves through aging gracefully, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two experts of setting expectations for peri and menopausal women. Dr. Tara Allmen shares health and lifestyle strategies and Dr. Emily Schryer assures us that we are only as old as we feel.


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Dr. Tara Allmen — Emotions and Health in Mid-life:
  • Tara describes the difference between perimenopause and menopause. [2:42]
  • Maneuvering through hot flashes, mood changes, panic attacks, and sadness. [9:00]
  • Advice for spouses, partners, and other menfolk. [12:38]
  • Health and lifestyle strategies for perimenopausal and menopausal women. [14:49]
  • Vaginal health and wellness, libido, and getting help from our partners. [21:41]

Tara Allmen, MD, is one of America’s leading experts in midlife women’s health. She is a Board Certified Gynecologist and Nationally Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP). Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country in perimenopausal and menopausal medicine. A graduate of New York’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School, Dr. Allmen earned her bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Book: Menopause Confidential: A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife


Dr. Tara Allmen Website
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Dr. Emily Schryer — How to Maintain Wellbeing While Aging:
  • The benefits of focusing on people who are aging well. [30:31]
  • On the happiness scale, does age really matter? [32:07]
  • Unrealistic expectations of aging, feeling younger than you are and accepting our maturation. [35:09]
  • Dr. Schryer’s article studied the effects of subjective aging. [42:04]
  • Shifts in our sexuality as we age. [43:53]
  • Tips and tools for aging gracefully. [47:20]

Dr. Emily Schryer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at California State University Long Beach. She received a Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Schryer’s expertise is in the area of adult development and aging. Her research explores psychological, social and cultural processes involved in maintaining happiness and well-being across the adult life course.


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