277 Donna Klassen “Let’s Talk Menopause”

Today my guest is Donna Klassen, Co-founder and CEO of Let’s Talk Menopause. In addition to her work at Let’s Talk Menopause, she is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience. Her areas of practice include trauma, infertility, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to her private practice, Donna served as admissions and clinical director at the Motherhood Center of New York from 2017-2020, and has held supervisory roles at SUNY Stony Brook, the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, and Safespace.

They started Let’s Talk Menopause because they’ve learned from their individual experiences—and those of just about every other woman they know—that too many women do not get the information, support, and healthcare they need during menopause. Too many women are suffering unnecessarily. Too many women don’t know what to ask.

Let’s Talk Menopause aims to change this through education and advocacy. They want to empower women to seek the relief they need and encourage them to talk openly about their menopause experience.

Donna shares information about menopause, the health implications including mental and emotional well-being and treatment options available including hormone replacement therapy and skills based therapy like cognitive behavior therapy. We also briefly discussed the details in this NY Times article that I share from about the cost of menopause for women in the workplace. Check out their podcast “Hello Menopause” and their weekly talks featuring in-depth discussions with a wide range of specialists—from gynecologists and urologists to physical therapists and psychiatrists—to help you understand how menopause impacts your body, emotions and lives and to provide you with options for navigating the changes you may experience.

Here’s the episode with Lori King talking about her experience and support for surgical menopause.

Following my conversation with Donna, I share info about Raising Hope’s upcoming celebration of hope honoring women in the community, including myself. Thank you Tara Sanders for nominating me!

Here is the Raising HOPE Celebration of HOPE silent auction.

Here is the Full Moon Astrology Report from Tanaaz at Forever Conscious that I shared at the end of the show.

Here’s the Playlist from today’s show.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda from Radiokingston.org.

Our show music is from Shana Falana!

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