Without even realizing it, you may suddenly find yourself facing the challenges of menopause head on. And though a lot can be said for modern medicine, things tend to be a little murky when it comes to women’s health issues, and even if you have the best of doctors, it may be a little difficult to understand exactly what to expect and how you can get through it with grace. Especially since one woman may have a completely different experience than the next. But, a little independent research could be the key to arming yourself for the change. Here are a few good books to get you through:
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by John R. Lee, $7.20
For many women the thought of relying on synthetic hormone treatments in order to feel normal during a very natural phase of life is an unsettling one. Before you let anyone convince you that this is your only option, you should read Dr. John Lee’s now-classic book on the topic. Not only does it explain why synthetic hormones may not be the way to go, but also gives you an alternative plan that has helped many women feel their best during this transitional time.
The Menopause Book by Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert Kelly, $16.64
For a more easy-to-read, less scientific but still comprehensive guide to menopause, The Menopause Book, is a go-to resource that has helped many with little to no pre-existing knowledge about menopause become more informed. It offers lots of basic information as well as some more detailed tidbits in text as well as charts, graphs and sidebars that make it easy to skim if you don’t have a ton of time. Plus, it’s loaded with encouragement and ideas for self-care.
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Embracing Menopause Naturally: Stories, Portraits and Recipes by Gabrielle Kushi, $13.33
This encouraging read offers a little bit of everything, including a synopsis of what to expect during menopause and suggestions for living through it naturally, as well as a helpful nutritional guide and recipes, with an emphasis on natural, sustainable foods. But what makes it even more unique is that it includes the stories and experiences of real menopausal women. We all know how important community is to surviving the difficulties of life, may just help you feel a little less isolated and a little more empowered.
The Menopause Book: How to Eat Now and for the Rest of Your Life by Vincent Connelly and Hope Ricciotti, $12.71
A collaboration between a gynecologist and a chef, this cookbook is in keeping with the idea that synthetic hormones are not the only way to go. It’s built around the concept that natural estrogens found in food can minimize menopausal side effects and that other nutrients like calcium and antioxidants can help improve overall health and well-being, all of which can improve your quality of life as you age. Though the recipes featured are touted as a way to boost estrogen levels without hormones, they may also be helpful for women who have opted for hormone replacement therapy.