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Books for Your Menopause Library

Getting through menopause is an adventure all its own.  Navigating mood swings, hot flashes, and every other cockamamie symptom that seems to come out of nowhere, definitely requires that you eat your Wheaties®. It’s also helpful to have a good library of books on the topic to guide you through some of your darkest hours.  And believe me, there will be plenty. 

I’ve devoured countless books on the subjects of perimenopause and menopause. Some have been indispensible, others not so much. But here are some of my favorites which I believe no menopause library should be without:

The Female Brain by Dr. Louann Brizendine

This book is not specifically on the subject of menopause. But it is still one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read on the role hormones have in the development of the female brain.

Of particular interest is the science Dr. Brizendine brings to the issue of women seeking divorce at statistically high rates once they reach menopause. According to Dr. Brizendine, there is a neurobiological reason women change once they reach menopause.

It is an enlightening and fascinating book that every woman going through menopause (and her partner for that matter) should read.   

Female Brain Gone Insane: An Emergency Guide For Women Who Feel Like They Are Falling Apart by Mia Lundin, Nurse Practitioner

I love Mia’s book because she addresses the “crazy” that washes over women during perimenopause with great empathy and compassion. She also does an excellent job differentiating between the different hormonal landscapes of PMS, perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause. Yes, they are very different.  

Mia is a passionate advocate for women’s health, and is a champion for treating hormone imbalance with holistic and natural solutions. If you prefer alternative and complementary treatments for menopause, this book is an excellent resource.  

The Wisdom of Menopause (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health During the Change by Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Dr. Northrup’s books have become Holy Grail on the subject of menopause. I loved this particular title, however, because in the first few chapters she addresses issues which are not discussed often enough in my view - the deeper psychological and emotional changes which occur during menopause.

It is a bit “new-agey” for me in places. But, I’m all for taking the meat and spitting out the bones. There is certainly plenty of meat to take in this book.  Dr. Northrup also communicates the medicine of menopause in just the right amount of depth – meaning your eyes won’t glaze over – and she still manages to keep it in easy-to-ready-easy-to-understand layman’s terms.

The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time by Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Medical Correspondent

Again, not a book devoted specifically to the topic of menopause, but an indispensible resource if you’ve ever left a physician’s office completely frustrated; and frankly, who hasn’t?

For women struggling with menopause trying to get their physicians to listen to them, this book is perfect. It’s a fast read and everything you need to know about it is in the title.

From Belly Fat to Belly Flat: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waist and Subtracting Years from Your Life -- the Medically Proven Way to Reset Your Metabolism and Reshape Your Body by Dr. C.W. Randolph

I like this book for a couple of reasons. The recipes are not only healthy, but they do not require special ingredients. Every recipe item in this book can be found at your local grocery store, I assure you.

I also like this book because Dr. Randolph explains clearly how hormone imbalance is the culprit behind the middle-age spread that afflicts so many women in menopause. He also makes an excellent case for eating your way into balanced hormones. And who, pray tell, is going to complain about that?

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Magnolia is dedicated to empowering women to take responsibility for their own health.