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Girls Talk Healthy Aging

May 28, 2024

Welcome back to the Girls Talk Healthy Aging Podcast! Co-hosts Shawna Kaminski and Alli Kerr are joined once again by the insightful Dr. Ardelle Piper. Dr. Piper is here to clear up the confusion surrounding hormone therapy, diving deep into the differences between compounded hormone therapy and FDA-approved non-compounded therapies.


Hormone therapy can be a murky topic, but Dr. Piper is here to shine a light on the subject. She breaks down the risks and benefits of compounded hormone treatments, such as pellets, and compares them to government-approved bioidentical hormone options. From creams and gels to patches and pills, Dr. Piper explains how each method works and how to choose the right one for your unique needs.


One of the key takeaways from this episode is the importance of understanding what’s entering your bloodstream with compounded therapies. Dr. Piper stresses the need for open communication with all your healthcare providers about the treatments you’re using and their dosages. 


Despite the advancements in hormone therapy, Dr. Piper candidly discusses the gaps in current research and the evolving nature of medical guidelines. She encourages listeners to stay informed about the latest research, not just on hormone replacement but also on lifestyle modifications that can significantly impact health outcomes.


Dr. Piper emphasizes a balanced approach to health, suggesting that while hormone replacement can be a helpful tool, it's essential to prioritize lifestyle changes that can enhance longevity and well-being. 


Tune in to this episode for a comprehensive understanding of hormone therapy and practical advice on managing menopausal symptoms. Learn how to appreciate your body and take actionable steps towards a healthier, more vibrant life.


Don’t miss this opportunity to empower yourself with knowledge and make informed decisions about your health!


Dr. Ardelle Piper is a Royal College Certified OB/GYN located in Ottawa, and focuses her practice on midlife women's health. She is known as a leader and pioneer in telemedicine. She has provided menopause assessments over videoconference to women across Ontario, Canada since 2020. As a subject matter expert, Dr. Piper is frequently called upon as keynote speaker to provide menopause education to medical colleagues and the community, and collaborates with other social media educators.


Dr. Piper’s Resource Recommendations:


Dr. Piper’s Book Recommendations:

1) The Complete Guide to Menopause

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1785043291

Author: Annice Mukherjee


 2) The Complete Guide to POI and Early Menopause

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1399801249

Author/s: Hannah Short & Mandy Leonhardt


3) The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1785041877

Author/s: Trisha Greenhalgh & Dr. Liz O’Riordan