1. Se3: EP 14 The Upgrade: How the Female Brain Gets Stronger and Better in Midlife and Beyond with Louann Brizendine, MD Clarissa Kristjansson 38:48

My guest this week is Dr. Louann Brizendine, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and the author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain. She is the founder and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic and the Teen Girls’ Mood and Hormone Clinic,

Now, Louann has used her unique ability to make science approachable and offers in her new book The Upgrade an empowering vision of the years in a woman’s life that have too often been ignored or misunderstood and creates a positive new framework for this life stage. She never uses the words perimenopause or Menopause, with their suggestions of obsolescence.

 In our conversation we discuss: 

  • How as women let go of catering to others we become more centred and retain our gifts of perception
  • The change in the ratio of estrogen to testosterone makes us more direct and able to speak out
  • The drop in anxiety that allows our female brain to flip its attentional style from multitasking to focusing on one thing at a time

With clear prescriptive advice, Louann also offers specific ways women can fend off dementia, increase longevity and well-being, and find their best selves at this stage of life.

There’s is so much positivity in this conversation and demonstration of the upgraded female brain as centered, direct, validated, focused, fearless, expansive, and free.

 You can preorder a copy of The Upgrade here


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Clarissa Kristjansson Independant Podcaster

At 62 Clarissa Kristjansson knows that menopause can be positive, transformational and an upgrade in our creativity. Clarissa is an internationally recognized menopause educator, third-age women's health coach, and certified mindfulness and medical qi gong practitioner.

A neuroscientist and former corporate high-flyer it was her own perimenopause experience that set her on a different path to empower women. And by cracking open the conversation about our beliefs and behaviour we can shift the collective mindset to seeing menopause not as the end but as an opportunity for reinvention and revitalization.

She is the host of the popular Thriving Thru Menopause podcast.