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10 books to help women navigate their way through menopause

There's no need to suffer alone. From factual accounts to personal tales, there's a book in here to help you navigate your way through menopause

AISLING O'LEARY Thursday 13 December 2018

Menopause is a big part of women’s lives and yet something rarely talked about.vRecent efforts to break down the secrecy surrounding it include Mariella Frostrup’s BBC documentary The Truth About...The Menopause and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ambition to rebrand what one writer deemed “puberty for the middle-aged”. But apart from that, tumbleweeds are blowing. Clearly this is another taboo that needs tackling.  Despite the lack of public conversation, there are books available that can help demystify this inevitable part of life.Ranging from advice from medical professionals to personal accounts by women who have been there and got the t-shirt, there should be a book in here to help you find your way through menopause. Book club optional.

1. The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup

Oprah credits this doctor with opening her eyes to the ins and outs of menopause. Considered a leading authority on women’s health, Dr. Northrup draws on research and medical advances in women’s health to provide constructive solutions for the specific problems that come with the changes of life.

2. Confessions of a Menopausal Woman by Andrea McLean

The ITV talk show host loosens up about her experience of this complex issue. McLean had early menopause at 37, so this is a subject close to her heart. Touching on the hysterectomy she had two years ago and the psychological fallout of menopause, this book might strike a chord for those who have faced something similar.

3. Healthy Menopause by Liz Earle

The woman behind the eponymous skincare brand released this book last October. Providing a guide to the multiple changes that occur during menopause, Earle looks at conventional and natural therapies, the pros and cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as well as how natural supplements can help manage menopausal problems.

4. The Natural Menopause Plan by Maryon Stewart

For those who like to focus on a more natural approach to the biological change, Maryon Stewart will steer you in the right direction. She explains how you can alleviate symptoms through diet, exercise, herbal remedies and relaxation and also includes recipes.

5. The Menopause Book by Pat Wingbert and Barbara Kantrowitz

Written by a journalistic duo, this book was recently revised and updated in April, incorporating the latest medical findings and research. Wingbert and Kantrowitz delve into topics such as the normality of adult acne, the healthiest approach to losing weight and which hormone therapy might be right for you if you decide to go down that road.

6. The Hot Topic by Christa D’Souza

The former Editor-at-large of Tatler gets real in her book on menopause. In her attempt to understand what’s happening to her body, she consults the best menopause specialists in the USA and Europe, speaks with other women who have gone through “the change” and learns how to say farewell to wine o’clock. A fun, poignant read.

7. The Little Book of Menopause: Understanding the Biology and Management of Menopause by Dr. James Woods Jr and Dr. Elizabeth Warner

A factual and concise overview of menopause. Comprehensive but not overwhelming, this book explains the physiology and biology of menopausal symptoms in an easy-to-understand manner.

8. The Magic of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back! By Lorraine Miano

Miano presents a mindful approach to managing the physical and emotional challenges of menopause, including space to journal after each chapter. She combines descriptions of menopause physiology with women’s personal stories as well as recommendations for meditation and recipes for healthy eating.

9. Hot Flushes, Cold Science by Louise Foxcroft

For those who would like to understand menopause in its historical context, Foxcroft charts the subject from its first appearance in classical texts through to contemporary clinical approaches, revealing how and why menopause remains a taboo.

10. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by Dr. John R. Lee with Virginia Hopkins

A factual, easy-to-read book that focuses on hormone therapy and offers natural alternatives to help balance hormones.

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