Menopause can be a challenging experience, and many women find comfort in reading books to learn more about the subject. There is an entire publishing market dedicated to women and menopause, so it can be a challenge to find a book worth reading. To help make your search for literature a little easier, here are five books below that will both educate and entertain.
Change Your Menopause: Why One Size Does Not Fit All
By Wulf Utian. Utian is the executive director of the North American Menopause Society and has done extensive work and research on menopause. Utian's book discusses the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how every woman experiences menopause slightly differently.
Menopause Sucks: What to Do When Your Hot Flashes and Hormones Make You and Everyone Else Miserable
By Joanne Kimes and Elaine Ambrose. The authors' comedic take on menopause and the changes that it brings is a refreshing break from the sometimes trite self-help undertones found in books about this phase of life.
The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause
By Holly Thacker. The Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit medical center that performs research and also treats patients. The Cleveland Clinic's book on menopause is considered a go-to for many women looking for a better understanding of menopause. Thacker takes a practical approach to menopause and explains symptoms, treatments, and how menopause works.
Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices
By Susan Love. This book is aimed at women who are seeking out a more natural treatment for menopause, but her down-to-earth, relatable, and kind attitude throughout the book can appeal to everyone. Love is one of the top experts on women's health in the world, and her book is a fresh break for self-help writers who crank out books to make money.
The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones
By Sandra Tsing Loh. Loh is an American writer whose memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo, chronicles her life as she goes through menopause while starting a new marriage and raising her two children who are going through puberty. Loh's book was called "horrifyingly amusing" by the New York Times and offers some true insights on going through menopause while making you laugh out loud.
Hopefully, these five books will help you better understand and connect with menopause in a way that is factually accurate, interesting to read, and relatable. These suggestions should be a good start as you wade through the hundreds of books available about menopause to find one that is worth your time reading. If you are looking for more options, e-book sites and your local library can help you find more reading options when it comes to menopause, whether it's a science book filled with hard facts or a laugh-out-loud memoir.
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- Newman, J. (2014). Burning Woman [Review of Madwoman in the Volvo]. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/books/review/sandra-tsing-lohs-madwoman-in-the-volvo.html?_r=0
- The North American Menopause Society. (2015). Book Reviews. Retrieved from http://www.menopause.org/for-women/book-reviews