11 Menopause Books to Reassure, Inspire and Support You.

The menopause is very much in the public eye. Yet it can still be a taboo topic. Not everyone wants to discuss it with their family and friends, or even with their GP. 

Most women get their last period around the age of 51, but hormone changes can start much earlier than this. Some women sail through this time of life, but others get troublesome symptoms – from hot flushes, sore joints and painful sex to moodiness, weight gain and sleepless nights.

No one should suffer in silence, so it’s important to seek help if you’re struggling to cope. There are lots of ways to ease menopausal symptoms, from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to herbal remedies and lifestyle changes. It’s a case of finding the right approach for you. 

If you need a helping hand, books on the menopause can be a fantastic source of information and advice. They’ll reassure you that you’re not alone and support you through your menopause journey. And some may even make you laugh when you’re feeling particularly grumpy.

Useful websites with reliable information on the menopause include The Menopause Exchange (www.menopause-exchange.co.uk), My Menopause Doctor (www.menopausedoctor.co.uk) and Menopause Matters (www.menopausematters.co.uk).

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Having a bad day and need to boost your mood? Then grab yourself a copy of Older and Wider by Jenny Éclair (Quercus). This isn’t a medical guide to the menopause, but it’s certainly entertaining and uplifting, filled with Jenny’s trademark wit, cynicism and honesty. I laughed my way through it.   

Still Hot! by Kaye Adams & Vicky Allan (Black & White Publishing) is another book that made me laugh out loud. The diverse stories made me feel like I was sitting in a coffee shop chatting to good friends about how the menopause has affected their day-to-day lives. This is a book that I’ll certainly be reading again! 

If you’re looking for health information on the menopause, check out The Complete Guide to the Menopause by Dr Annice Mukherjee (Vermilion). This ‘menopause toolkit’ covers a wide range of menopause topics, from diet, exercise and HRT to stress, bone health and managing your sleep. I don’t think there’s anything it doesn’t cover!

The M Word by Dr Philippa Kaye (Summersdale) is yet another straight-talking and highly comprehensive guide to the menopause. It’s packed full of practical information about symptoms, management, relationships and long-term health, and features real stories from real women.

The perimenopause is the time leading up to the moment your periods stop. This is when you get the troublesome symptoms, and it usually lasts for a few years. The Perimenopause Solution by Dr Shahzadi Harper & Emma Bardwell (Vermilion) is full of practical advice and reassuring case studies to tell you everything you may want and need to know about the perimenopause. 

Perimenopause Power by Maisie Hill (Green Tree) is another useful reference book to help you choose the right management approach for you. There’s a lot packed into its pages, with a strong emphasis on diet and lifestyle, and there’s a useful discussion of the pros and cons of HRT. 

If you’re struggling to remain calm and in control, Mindful Menopause by hypnotherapist Sophie Fletcher (Vermilion) may be the answer. This book focuses on mindfulness and hypnosis to help you manage your menopausal feelings and ease common symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia and hot flushes.

Just as your body changes at the menopause, your sex life can too – but it’s not something people really talk about. Great Sex Starts at 50 by Tracey Cox (Murdoch Books) is an engaging and practical look at ways to boost your sex life and age-proof your libido, whether you’re single or in a relationship. No taboos in here!

The menopause affects everyone everywhere, in all walks of life. M-Boldened: Menopause Conversations We All Need to Have, edited by Caroline Harris (Flint Books) is a collection of personal stories looking at how the menopause is viewed in different societies and cultures and how it can be a human rights issue across the globe. While this book won’t help you deal with your menopausal symptoms, it will certainly make you think about the wider issues.

For feel-good fiction to help uplift and entertain, The Wife Who Got A Life by Tracy Bloom is a LoveReadng Star Book and our expert reviewer Liz Robinson says she would "describe it as a wonderfully smart and joyous celebration of life [...]  it lifts you up while remaining completely aware of the sharp reality of life.". 

Georgie Hall's Woman of a Certain Rage is a warm and engaging novel that focuses on the navigation of family life throughout the menopause. "She takes the menopause years and runs with it, with laughter, warmth, and most of all empathy. She explores family life with teens and parents while maintaining a career, a relationship and home-life while the menopause is on the rampage." declares Liz Robinson, while also ensuring this book was a July Book of the Month and a Star Book. 

Older and Wider

Older and Wider

Author: Jenny Eclair Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2020

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER! 'If you're after an in-depth medical or psychological insight into the menopause, I'm afraid you've opened the wrong book - I'm not a doctor . . . However, I am a woman and I do know how it feels to be menopausal, so this book is written from experience and the heart and I hope it makes you laugh and feel better.' JE Older and Wider is Jenny Eclair's hilarious, irreverent and refreshingly honest compendium of the menopause. From C for Carb-loading and G for Getting Your Shit Together to I for Invisibility and V for Vaginas, Jenny's whistle-stop tour of the menopause in all its glory will make you realise that it really isn't just you. Jenny will share the surprising lessons she has learnt along the way as well as her hard-won tips on the joy of cardigans, dealing with the empty nest (get a lodger) and keeping the lid on the pressure cooker of your temper (count to twenty, ten is never enough). As Jenny says, 'I can't say that I've emerged like a beautiful butterfly from some hideous old menopausal chrysalis and it would be a lie to say that I've found the 'old me' again. But what I have found is the 'new me' - and you know what? I'm completely cool with that.'

Still Hot!

Still Hot!

Author: Kaye Adams, Vicky Allan Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/06/2021

Every menopause has its own story. It's time we listened to them. The Big M - not to mention the Big Peri-M - is a subject reduced to whispers or the cheap laughs of a hot flush. No one quite tells you the truth. No one prepares you for it. But now that silence is lifting. So, let's be bold and wise; let's overshare. Let's rejoice as we step free of the menopausal closet. The menopause is not one story, but many and diverse . . . and, whatever your experience, you are not alone. Measured, rebellious, fierce and upfront, each of STILL HOT!'s 42 voices speaks straight from the heart.  

The Complete Guide to the Menopause

The Complete Guide to the Menopause

Author: Annice Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Take control of your menopause Dr Annice Mukherjee went through the menopause at just 41 following a breast cancer diagnosis, and she is also a top UK hormone specialist with nearly 30 years of experience. In this book she combines her medical expertise and personal experience to develop an essential menopause toolkit offering balanced, practical and comprehensive advice designed for our modern world. The author has used her unique holistic system to help thousands of women look better, feel younger and enjoy an improved quality of life in the long term. This book includes her lifestyle toolkit - which every woman can start implementing straight away to improve symptoms - as well as science based advice on the treatment options when self-management is not enough. It demystifies the big questions, including: Managing the menopause at work How things change in the decades after the menopause What happens if you have a medically induced menopause When to consider hormone therapies and alternatives to HRT The ultimate guide to taking control, rebalancing your body for the better and successfully maintaining optimum health through and beyond menopause.

The M Word

The M Word

Author: Dr. Philippa Kaye Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2020

The menopause does not have to mean the end of your libido, of sex, of work, or of feeling like who you used to be. The M Word is a complete one-stop guide to the peri-menopause and menopause, covering everything from understanding symptoms to managing relationships to which treatments really work. Discussing HRT as well as self-help and lifestyle tips, this book will be your companion through the years before, during and after the menopause. Topics covered include: Hot flushes and other physical symptoms Psychological symptoms Sex, libido and contraception HRT and other treatments Lifestyle changes Health after the menopause And much more! Written in a positive, uplifting and light-hearted style, with plenty of quotes from real women, this book shows you how to not just survive, but thrive through the menopause, letting you remain you.

The Perimenopause Solution

The Perimenopause Solution

Author: Dr Shahzadi Harper, Emma Bardwell Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/07/2021

You are not going mad - it's your hormones! The perimenopause (the time leading up to the menopause) is often misunderstood. For some women, it lasts a few months; for others it consumes the best part of a decade. This transitional period can be a time of emotional turmoil, shifting priorities and physical changes: from hot flushes, insomnia, low mood and anxiety, to itchy skin, thinning hair, weight gain and loss of libido . . . to name just a few! Millions of women in their thirties and forties go through this without even realising they are perimenopausal. It's time they take back control. In The Perimenopause Solution, Dr Shahzadi Harper, a medical doctor specialising in women's health and Emma Bardwell, a registered nutritionist, provide a blueprint to help women find a new balance in this important phase of their lives, so they can be prepared, not scared. Akin to getting two expert consultations in one, this holistic and accessible guide combines practical, no-nonsense information on the physical and mental changes to expect, with powerful advice on managing symptoms and nutrition, as what you eat during the perimenopause can dramatically affect your experience of it. Expert-led and forward-thinking in its approach, The Perimenopause Solution will not just help you survive the journey towards the menopause - it will let you thrive.

Perimenopause Power

Perimenopause Power

Author: Maisie Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Perimenopause Power is a straight-talking handbook covering everything you may want to know about getting through the perimenopause (and beyond). There’s a lot of medical information packed into its pages, covering perimenopausal symptoms, HRT, lifestyle changes, bone health, and so much more. Maisie Hill admits that she hasn’t yet reached this stage of life, so is unable to provide personal insights about the menopause. Instead, in her book, she explains how your body changes, physically and emotionally, and the different ways to manage troublesome symptoms. Perimenopause Power is based on science and written in a supportive non-patronising tone. There’s a strong emphasis on diet and lifestyle changes, but medication, alternative therapies and psychological treatments are also covered. She discusses the pros and cons of taking HRT, so that you can make an informed choice (with the help of a healthcare professional). You may find it easiest to dip into the chapters you need when you need them, rather than read the book from beginning to end – otherwise it could feel a little overwhelming. This is a useful reference book to help you find the right management approach for you – and may even help to make the menopause a more-positive experience.

Mindful Menopause

Mindful Menopause

Author: Sophie Fletcher Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/2021

With the right tools, you can change your experience of menopause. In this supportive book, and its ten relaxing audio downloads, mindful hypnotherapist Sophie Fletcher equips you with powerful skills to manage the challenges of perimenopause and menopause. Drawing on years of experience helping women at times of transition, Sophie will show you: Effective ways to harness the mind, body and hormone connection Visualisations, affirmations and mindfulness exercises to reduce anxiety and stress Techniques to ease insomnia, weight gain and hot flushes Mindful Menopause will ensure you feel empowered, in control and ready to embrace this liberating time of life.

Great Sex Starts At 50

Great Sex Starts At 50

Author: Tracy Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2020

This book should be read by everyone over 50! It's full of straightforward advice not only just about getting older but actually celebrating the fact. The book is written in an easy to read and no-nonsense style with many helpful and reassuring pieces of advice. A great book to give anyone turning 50, male or female. Christine Waddington, A LoveReading Ambassador

M-Boldened

M-Boldened

Author: Caroline Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2020

It's time to change the global menopause conversation. Let's stop talking just in terms of the stereotyped sweaty, hot-flush beleaguered female, the infertile crone or the wise woman - the reality of the menopause experience is so diverse and deserves to be heard. M-Boldened: Menopause Conversations We All Need to Have is a book about menopause unlike any other. Its contributors, speaking from many different walks of life, open up the conversation in new and profound ways for people across the globe. Recognising menopause as a human rights issue that affects everyone everywhere, these 21 chapters cover an astounding range of perspectives, from harrowing experiences of surgical menopause, the impact on relationships and hormonal realities of transitioning, to revelations of shocking neglect in the UK criminal justice system and compelling chapters on menopause as a time of activism, rage, reawakening, transformation and realising your own power. The honesty, intimacy and passion shared in these pages will make you see menopause in a whole new light. Each chapter shapes a much-needed courageous conversation about how we can and should view menopause and midlife. Read on to be part of the new conversation.

Woman of a Certain Rage

Woman of a Certain Rage

Author: Georgie Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

The most wonderful, funny, and engaging novel, Woman of a Certain Rage simply danced into my hands and I read with true glee. Eliza has hit middle age and the menopause, as she navigates all that her hormones throw at her, can she rediscover the joys of her youth? I wanted to wriggle with excitement when I heard that this was Fiona Walker taking a writing step in a new direction as Georgie Hall. I completely understand why she is using a different name, as she says on her site: “I don’t want to mislead readers into expecting a big-cast Walker romp”. I genuinely feel as though I have been waiting for this novel, she takes the menopause years and runs with it, with laughter, warmth, and most of all empathy. She explores family life with teens and parents while maintaining a career, a relationship and home-life while the menopause is on the rampage. She made me snort with laughter on a number of occasions, and I frequently exclaimed as I recognised and related with different scenarios. While the midlife years and all the trials and tribulations that come with it sit centre stage, this is a book that can be read right through the age groups. All hail Georgie Hall as she uncovers the menopause with wit and honesty, excuse me while I find a few rooftops to camp out and shout from. Beautifully readable and laugh-out-loud funny, Woman of a Certain Rage is a LoveReading Star Book with attitude.

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The Wife Who Got a Life

The Wife Who Got a Life

Author: Tracy Bloom Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Light, bright, and tremendously entertaining, The Wife Who Got a Life also tackles some difficult subjects with balance and consideration. After years of putting her family first, Cathy decides to take back control of her life and sets up a list of monthly goals. Over the year I spent with her, I smirked, sniggered, and laughed, oh how I laughed! While Cathy is heading towards menopause, the writing ensures this is a read that everyone could enjoy. Tracy Bloom has a seriously witty pen, and knows exactly when a smile is needed, there were times when the words buffeted my thoughts and then in the next moment hugged me. She has the ability to write about tough times with love and empathy while being sharply aware and ensuring Cathy has an authentic voice. I absolutely adored this novel and would describe it as a wonderfully smart and joyous celebration of life. The Wife Who Got a Life is feel-good writing at its best as it lifts you up while remaining completely aware of the sharp reality of life. A LoveReading Star Book, this is one to pop to the top of your reading pile. The LoveReading LitFest invited Tracy to the festival to talk about the fabulously readable The Wife Who Got A Life. You can view the event by subscribing to the LitFest programme for as little as £6 per month - or you can pay per view. For just £2, go, see Tracy in conversation with Julia Wheeler and find out why you won't want to miss this witty and uplifting read. Check out a preview of the event here

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