315. Hot & Bothered: Menopause with Jancee Dunn

It’s time to talk about menopause. Despite being such a pivotal stage in a woman’s development, it does not always receive the acknowledgment it deserves. And with half of the population affected by menopause, it’s about time we started talking about it loud and proud!

Helping us unpack the whirlwind of physical and emotional changes women experience as they go through this transition is Jancee Dunn, columnist, perimenopause warrior, and author of Hot and Bothered, who shares her insightful thoughts. 

As we laugh and learn about the ups and downs of menopause, you’ll hear about the 30+ symptoms (yep, you read that right!), and we’ve got you covered with intimacy tips, the best treatments to ease the discomfort, and even some surprising positives about this stage of life. No matter your gender identity, we welcome everyone to join us for this refreshingly hilarious and eye-opening journey!

Listen and Learn: 

  • The experiences Jancee went through with menopause that inspired her to write Hot and Bothered
  • Why Jancee advises confiding in loved ones—even your kids—when going through menopause
  • Some well-known and lesser-known menopausal symptoms 
  • Understanding estrogen and progesterone through the lawnmower metaphor
  • Why you should avoid blood tests to determine menopause 
  • The fascinating link between hot flashes, sleep, and weight gain
  • How menopause can impact sex and intimacy, as well as tips for a more comfortable experience! 
  • Does menopausal hormone therapy treat all symptoms of menopause, and what are the risks and benefits?
  • The upside of menopause


About Jancee Dunn

Jancee Dunn is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including a memoir and a biography of Cyndi Lauper. Her essay collection Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her last book, How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids, was published in twelve languages. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Vogue, and Health. She was a sex columnist at GQ and had a column that addressed ethical dilemmas in O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, the author Tom Vanderbilt, and their daughter.

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Episode 315