Episode 119: Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause with Pharmacist Teresa Isabel Dias

In this episode, Dr. Lisa talks to pharmacist and Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) Teresa Isabel Dias about how to support vaginal and urinary health in perimenopause and menopause. Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) impacts up to 80% of women and can be an embarrassing result of the hormone fluctuations. It can start in perimenopause causing: vaginal dryness, pain with or without sexual intercourse, burning, irritation, frequent urinary tract infections, urinary urgency and discomfort. Learn how you can address and reverse symptoms of GSM; you don’t have to suffer! 

“Do not let your vagina ruin your marriage” – Teresa Isabel Dias

Teresa Isabel Dias is a registered pharmacist with over 25 years of professional experience in community pharmacy and drug information in Toronto.

In 2013 she became a Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and founded MenopausED to help women navigate the change.

Teresa raises awareness about menopause, provides education, and supports women in midlife (40+). She helps women understand what’s going on in their bodies and minds during the menopause transition to decrease fear and anxiety about this natural but sometimes challenging phase of life. She educates women about healthy lifestyles and symptom management options so women can make informed decisions about their care to improve quality of life, relationships, and work.

Teresa has delivered education and training to the Royal Bank of Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Brock University, Stantec, Women in Government, and other major employers and associations. I have also written and presented to several pharmacy associations and the Pharmacy Practice + Business magazine.

In this episode, Dr. Lisa and Teresa cover:

  • The importance of awareness and education around symptoms you may experience in perimenopause and menopause
  • How lower levels of estrogen in perimenopause and menopause can change the cells of your vagina and vulva 
  • The role of lubricants and moisturizers to deal with vaginal dryness and pain with sex
  • Why Teresa recommends silicone based lubricants and doesn’t recommend using cooking oil as a lubricant
  • The role of hyaluronic acid and vaginal estrogen to address vaginal estrogen
  • What to look for in a compounding pharmacy when looking for vaginal estrogen products
  • How seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist can help with vaginal pain and reduce urinary symptoms
  • Why you should not douche!

You can connect with Teresa at https://menopaused.org/ and find the Please Yourself – Six Tips For An Easier Menopause guide. Her IG handle is: @menopausedtid

Today’s Mama Must Have:

Dr. Lisa is a big fan of using red light bulbs and night lights. 

Teresa loves doing at least 5 minutes of stretching before bed to improve sleep.

What else we’re up to:

Dr. Lisa’s next Wild Collective Toronto group is starting in a few weeks. Sign up for one of her sneak peak sessions HERE.

Dr. Toni’s next HypnoBirthing class series starting in April – for more info on a free online masterclass to reduce fear and anxiety around birth, go HERE.

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