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Ep. 200: What It’s Like to See A Menopause Specialist

Within Canada’s 20 million person labour market, 5 million people are working women over the age of 40. According to a recent report from the Menopause Society, an estimated 1 in 10 women will leave the workforce due to unmanaged symptoms of menopause—that’s around 500,000 women who will stop working because of their symptoms this year.

As the Clinical Director of Medcan’s Menopause and Perimenopause Program, Dr. Jennifer Zelovitzky is working to change these statistics. In Part One of our Women’s Health Special Series, she’s joined by her former client, Norma Pasquale. After having faced debilitating perimenopause symptoms, Norma’s life changed after treating her symptoms with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Hear her story, and learn how you can advocate for your health and get the best care and resources for your unique needs.


  • Learn more about Medcan’s Women’s Health programs and how Dr. Zelovitzky and her team can help support you during any stage of your life.
  • Read the Menopause and Work in Canada report by The Menopause Foundation of Canada.
  • Read a new report in JAMA that confirms the benefits of hormone replacement therapy for perimenopausal women.
  • Check out other Eat Move Think episodes about women’s health:
  • Episode 176: HRT and Menopause Misconceptions
  • Episode 188: Your Women’s Health Questions, Answered


1. Dr. Jennifer Zelovitzky says that the majority of women experiencing menopause and/or perimenopause symptoms struggle to get adequate treatment. [3:39]

2. Norma Pasquale describes the impact that perimenopausal symptoms had on her life while trying to run her business. [5:51]

3. How menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms can manifest in many different ways. [10:06]

4. Dr. Jennifer Zelovitzky says she felt that Norma Pasquale was at her “wit’s end” during her first consultation discussing perimenopause treatments. [14:21]

5. How hormone therapy helped Norma Pasquale find relief from her perimenopausal symptoms. [15:50]

6. Dr. Jennifer Zelovitzky says that anxiety is an unrecognized symptom of perimenopause and menopause, and that levels are likely to peak during that time. [16:47]

7. Norma Pasquale describes the benefits that hormone therapy has on her skin and her wellbeing. [19:10]

8. Dr. Jennifer Zelovitzky describes the ideal candidate for hormone therapy. [21:37]

9. Norma Pasquale describes her journey with seeking alternative perimenopausal treatment before meeting with Dr. Jennifer Zelovitzky. [26:22]

10. Dr. Jennifer Zelovitzky shares her best tips when going about treating perimenopause and menopause symptoms. [33:22]


This podcast episode is intended to provide general information about health and wellness only and is not designed, or intended to constitute, or be used as a substitute for, medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. You should always talk to your Medcan health care provider for individual medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, including your specific health and wellness needs. 

The podcast is based on the information available at the time of preparation and is only accurate and current as of that date. Source information and recommendations are subject to change based on scientific evidence as it evolves over time. Medcan is not responsible for future changes or updates to the information and recommendations, and assumes no obligation to update based on future developments. 

Reference to, or mention of, specific treatments or therapies, does not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement. The links provided within the associated document are to assist the reader with the specific information highlighted. Any third-party links are not endorsed by Medcan.

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