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“Perimenopause is the only time in life when we are having a shift in our reproductive faculties that we sweep it under the rug. There’s a lot to unpack there.” – Dr. Stephanie Estima


Do you ever feel like at some point, you lost your sense of self?

That’s what my pal, acclaimed grief educator and bestselling author, Christina Rasmussen, is back on the show to talk about. She just published her newest book, Invisible Loss: Recognizing and Healing the Unacknowledged Heartbreak of Everyday Grief.

Christina describes invisible loss as unacknowledged and unvalidated. She says it comes from “a moment of impact, an emotional punch, when we feel rejected, disregarded, thrown away, isolated.” It is a phantom loss, one we cannot even see within ourselves.

In this conversation, Christina takes us through the process of identifying these losses and how to work through them, because almost everyone struggles with invisible loss at least once in their lives.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


  • 5:05 How Dr. Estima began educating people about menopause symptom management
  • 12:30 Speaking to healthcare providers about receiving treatment for menopause (Or other conditions!)
  • 24:50 Common symptoms of perimenopause
  • 30:00 The right time to consider hormone replacement as a perimenopausal woman
  • 32:00 Dr. Estima’s two most difficult boundary struggles

Connect with Dr. Stephanie Estima

Dr. Stephanie Estima is a world-renowned health expert on female-centric health span, lifespan, and performance. Through a deep understanding of neuroscience, metabolism, nutrition, and exercise physiology, she helps women make informed choices on evidence-based health strategies and tools.

Dr. Stephanie hosts “BETTER! with Dr. Stephanie,” a top-rated podcast with more than 5 million downloads across 350+ episodes.

She’s shared her expertise on TV interviews, podcasts, health & wellness summits, conferences, and webinars. She’s been featured on magazine covers and millions of people have read her articles on

Dr. Stephanie lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and three sons. She’s an avid weightlifter, a former bikini competitor, and a lover of languages. 



Youtube:  @DrStephanieEstima  


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