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252: Hormone Solutions for Perimenopause & Beyond l Karen Martel on Optimizing Hormone Health, Myths About Bioindentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT), The Women’s Health Initiative, and Why You Can Feel Amazing in Your 50s and 60s!

Jul 1, 2024 | Season 3


In this enlightening episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Karen Martel, a renowned expert in women's health and hormone optimization. Our conversation covered several critical aspects of hormone health that every woman should know about. Karen debunked common myths surrounding hormone replacement therapy, clarifying misconceptions and highlighting the potential health benefits. She emphasized that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), when appropriately prescribed, can significantly improve the quality of life for many women, especially during menopause. We also explored the pervasive issue of environmental toxins and their detrimental effects on hormonal balance, testing options, and the importance of individualized treatment plans. Overall, this episode was an eye-opener into the intricate world of hormones and women's health, along with her expert advice on addressing this topic.

Karen Martel, CEO of Hormone Solutions, heads a clinic and product line offering bioidentical hormone therapy and a holistic approach to addressing hormonal dysfunction in women during peri and post menopause. As a Certified Hormone Specialist and Transformational Nutrition Coach, Karen is a distinguished authority in women’s weight loss and hormonal health. With a wealth of expertise in peri-menopause and menopause, Karen is recognized as a leading expert in navigating the unique challenges and transitions women face during these phases of life. As the esteemed host of the highly acclaimed women’s health podcast, “The Hormone Solution with Karen Martel,” she delves deeply into the intricacies of female fat loss, hormone optimization, and the complex interplay between hormones and overall health. Karen’s mission is to empower women with the knowledge they require to seize control of their well-being and thrive throughout every stage of life.


0:51 Welcome to the show

3:21 Karen Martel’s Bio

4:30 Welcome her to the podcast!

6:03 The myths of hormone replacement therapy

7:08 HRT Pre-Women’s Health Initiative

12:59 The “One Million Study” for Estrogen

14:21 Bio-Identical Hormones 101

17:10 Perimenopause, Mental Health & Neurodegeneration

22:05 Lifestyle & Behaviors to support optimal hormonal health

24:18 Is one glass of wine that bad?

28:04 Reducing toxicity: heavy metals, mold, and past trauma

28:50 Herbals to support the decline in hormone production

30:26 *Magnesium Breakthrough*

32:03 Reducing exposure to plastics

33:06 Seed Cycling: what you need to know

38:55 Testing for hormones

43:46 How to know when to start Bioidenticals

48:32 Progesterone during the Luteal Phase

56:59 How to work with her practice

59:34 Myths about DIM

1:04:18 Her final piece of advice

1:07:45 Where to find her

1:09:03 FREE User Guide Download

1:10:45 Thanks for tuning in!



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