Books On Menopause
The following is a list of books on menopause which we have compiled. Some are classics and have been around for some time, others are more recent. We included books about diet, exercise and caring for your mental health; as well as how to cope with menopause symptoms like hot flashes, weight gain, low libido and skin problems. As many of these problems can occur years before your periods finally stop, we included a number of books on perimenopause - how to recognize the signs that it has started and what you need to do to have an easier time of it. Finally we have a section on health after the age of 50, how to make the most of the next third of your life.
Effects of menopause on the body: What hormones are doing to your body.
Development of the female body: From puberty to postmenopause.
Effects of depression: And why you should guard against it.
Menopause questions: Section on popular questions and answers.
A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause (Yale University Press Health & Wellness) by Mary Jane Minkin M.D. and Carol V. Wright Ph.D. (2004).
Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones by Suzanne Somers (2007).
Body for Life for Women: A Womans Plan for Physical and Mental Transformation. Peeke, Pamela, MD.Rodale, 2005.
Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents, Third Edition: How to Help, How to Survive. Claire Berman (Owl Books, 2005). At the same time that you're taking care of yourself as you enter menopause, you may still be taking care of your children. More and more women in the middle of their lives are also juggling the care of aging parents. If you're in this group, Berman's advice is invaluable, compassionate, wise, and down to earth.
Discover Your Menopause Type by Joseph Collins (2002).
Dr. John Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing, and More by John R. Lee and Virginia Hopkins (2006).
Dr. Susan Love 's Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices About Menopause (Three Rivers Press, 2003).This updated edition of Love's original book on dealing with the symptoms of menopause and taking care of your health in the years to come presents a balanced approach to menopause and estrogen hormone therapy.
Healthy Women, Healthy Lives. Susan E. Hankinson, Graham A. Colditz, JoAnn E. Manson, and Frank E. Speizer (Simon & Schuster, 2002). With this many authors, it has to be good. This updated edition of Healthy Women, Healthy Lives offers important lessons about reducing your risk for many chronic diseases and several types of cancer. Using results from one of the largest studies of women in the world, the Nurses' Health Study, this resource can help you make better-informed personal-health choices. It's informative, yet very easy to read and understand.
Kathy Smith's Moving Through Menopause. The Complete Program for Exercise, Nutrition, and Total Wellness (Warner, 2002). This one has been out for a few years, but the advice Smith offers is still right on target for those of us facing what she calls "the half-time bell." Although the main focus is on exercise (including yoga and Pilates), Smith offers her workout advice in the context of taking care of every aspect of your life.
Magical Menopause (52 Brilliant Ideas) by Monica Troughton (2007).
Menopause and Perimenopause by Mary Jane Minkin (Yale University Press, 2004). Distilled from years of study, practice, and women out there in the hot flash zone, Minkin's book offers clear explanations of what's causing your symptoms, how to manage them, and how to take care of your health in the decades to come. Read our article on menopause treatment.
Menopause Before 40: Coping with Premature Ovarian Failure. Karin Banerd (Trafford Publishing, 2004). Although this is a good general reference on menopause, if you're going through or have gone through premature menopause, you'll find answers to your specific questions about why this is happening to you, and how you can cope with the rush job your body's giving you. Best of all, you get the benefit of the wisdom of other women who've gone through the same thing, and their tips about how best to take care of yourself in the years to come.
Menopause For Dummies by Marcia L. Jones, Theresa Eichenwald and Nancy W. Hall (2006).
Menopause Sucks: What to Do When Hot Flashes and Hormones Make You and Everyone Else Miserable by Joanne Kimes and Elaine Ambrose (2008). See, hot flashes.
Menopause Without Medicine, by L. Ojeda, Hunter House, 2000. Alternative treatment for menopause.
Perimenopause- Preparation for the Change, Revised 2nd Edition: A Guide to the Early Stages of Menopause and Beyond by Nancy Lee Teaff M.D. and Kim Wright Wiley (1999).
Prime Time: The African American Woman's Complete Guide to Midlife Health and Wellness. Gayle K. Porter, M.D., and Marilyn Gaston, Ph.D. (One World/Ballantine, 2003). Health information for African American women in the prime of life, including menopause, diabetes, hypertension, and dealing with the health care system.
Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness by E (2011).
The Cleveland Clinic Guide Sleep Disorders. Foldvary-Shaefer, Nancy, DO, Kaplan, 2009.
The Estrogen-Depression Connection: The Hidden Link Between Hormones and Women's Depression by Karen Miller PhD and Steven Rogers PhD (2007). Read, menopause depression, as well as effects of estrogen.
The Menopause Diet by Larrian Gillespie (2003). Read, weight gain during menopause.
The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause by Staness Jonekos (2010).
The Menopause Thyroid Solution: Overcome Menopause by Solving Your Hidden Thyroid Problems by Mary J. Shomon (Aug 4, 2009).
The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge (2009).
The Okinawa Program: How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health - And How You Can Too. By Bradley J. Willcox, D. Craig Willcox, and Makoto Suzuki (Three Rivers Press, 2002). Yeah, okay, this one's been around for a while, but that's because it's an enduring classic. And, yes it's a long enduring classic - but it is a gold mine. Why do those folks on Okinawa live such long, such healthy, such happy lives? Find out.
The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change. Christiane Northrup, MD (Bantam Books, 2012). Respected holistic physician Cristiane Northrup lived it before she wrote it, and emphasizes not only mental and physical health aspects of menopause, but also the grace and strength to be found in this period of your life. See also books on alternative medicine.
Weigh Less, Live Longer: Dr. Lou Aronne's "Getting Healthy" Plan for Permanent Weight Control.
What You Wear Can Change Your Life. Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine (Riverhead Trade, 2005). Menopause changes your body in almost every aspect. Why shouldn't your outsides get a makeover, too - one you can control? BBC Television's Trinny and Susannah will help the brand new you to look and feel better.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone by John R. Lee and Virginia Hopkins (1996).
Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge (Workman Publishing, 2005). The same straightforward health and lifestyle information that made their earlier books so popular, but with women's issues in mind. Our favorite no-nonsense advice: "Don't eat crap." You may also look at women's health books for other options.
Life After 55: Postmenopause
Chinese Herbal Recipes for Weight Loss in Different Age Groups (Journal of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture) by Pharm Tao (2008).
Loving Life After 60: Celebrating the Autumn of Your Life by Tom Paugh (2000).
Prime Time: Flourishing After 60 by Diane S Schaupp, 1stWorld Publishing and 1st World Library (2008).
Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life by Gail Sheehy (2007). See also, low libido in menopause.
Starting Over: Reinventing Life After 60 by Pat Skilling Kellerman (2004).
Better Than Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty. Joan Price (Seal Press, 2006). Just as the title promises, Price helps you keep the home fires burning (even better than before) through perimenopause to postmenopause.
The Carer's Cosmetic Handbook: Simple Health and Beauty Tips for Older Persons by Sharon Tay (2009).
The Five Principles of Ageless Living: A Woman's Guide to Lifelong Health, Beauty, and Well-Being by Dayle Haddon and Cheryl Richardson (2003).
The Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age by Lois Joy Johnson, Sandy Linter and Bette Midler (2011).
The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners by Suza Francina (1997).
Women Who Take Care: Choosing to Live With Wisdom, Grace, and Power After Fifty-Five by Lou Dunn Diekemper (1997).
Yoga for 50+: Modified Poses and Techniques for a Safe Practice by Richard Rosen (2004).