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Menopause Recommended Reading

A collection of menopause must-reads to understand and empower the journey

By Julia Walker, RN, BSN     5-Minute Read  

Julia Walker, RN, BSN is a women’s health nurse, writer, and member of the perry team. Perry connects and supports perimenopause warriors in a safe space. To build friendships, learn, and laugh. The moment you think, "WTF, could this be menopause?"—join our sisterhood!

Having a great read can help those long nights pass. And, if you are in perimenopause or menopause, those nights can feel really looonnnggg (thank you, insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, and more). Here is a curated list of the best titles and recommended books about menopause, from straightforward health manuals to pages infused with humor and wisdom. Next time you're up at 3 AM, flip through one of these. 

Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution: A Doctor’s Guide to Relieving Hot Flashes, Enjoying Better Sex, Sleeping Well, Controlling Your Weight, and Being Happy! By Dr. Stephanic Faubion, M.D.

Mayo Clinic is one of the leading authorities and organizations in medicine. While you may expect something very formal from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Faubion’s book is incredibly user-friendly, covering a vast range of topics, treatment options, and lifestyle strategies to support women. She speaks on everything from current information on nutritional supplements and hormone therapy to the long-term effects of low estrogen.

The Queen V: Everything You Need to Know About Sex, Intimacy, and Down There Health Care by Jackie Walters

Finally, the day has come where there are actually books that answer all your down-there questions! Ranking as one of the top women’s health reads on Amazon, Walter’s book promises to answer the most burning questions you're too afraid to take to your gynecologist...or even Google.

The Menopause Manifesto by Jennifer Gunter

Dr. Jen Gunter is one of the most outspoken and biggest advocates for women’s health. As a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author for her book The Vagina Bible, Dr. Gunter now turns her attention toward this next taboo subject. She brings you empowerment in menopause by educating you on stubborn myths and misunderstandings surrounding this stage while delivering hard facts, real science, and expert advice. Her book further offers a unique historical perspective on why women’s health has been taboo.

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D

Your interest in sex can change remarkably when you enter perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause. For many women, it is par for the course to have low libido, but surprisingly many women can also have a higher, insatiable libido. No matter where you are in life, Nagoski’s book can help you understand your own unique sexual “fingerprint” and give you the tools to fulfill this crucial component of your wellbeing. 

The Menopause Book: The Complete Guide by Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert

Considered an excellent reference by the North American Menopause Society, The Menopause Book is essential for anyone in menopause or who may become menopausal. This book serves as an overall guide on all-things menopause and can be a great foundational piece to understanding the transition. 

Menopause Confidential–A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife by Tara Allmen, MD

An authoritative guide to understanding and navigating the hormonal changes and health issues women experience in midlife and beyond, from one of the leading medical experts in the field.

The Slow Moon Climbs by Susan Mattern

If you are a history buff or just looking for a different perspective on menopause, Mattern’s book is for you. It draws on scientific, historical, and cultural research on how menopause has evolved and why this essential life stage is a key factor in human flourishing. A wonderful read if you want a fresh understanding of the meaning of womanhood beyond fertility and current cultural paradigms. 

Before The Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

If you are interested in a program that can help guide you through perimenopause, Gilttleman may just have something for you. As a renowned nutritionist, Gittleman offers an alternative program that offers tricks to feeling better during this vital season of life.

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher

Many cultures see menopause as congruent with aging. Indeed, many of the symptoms can make you feel like you are getting older. Yet, Pipher offers a fresh perspective on aging gracefully, no matter what life throws at you. She takes you on a journey as she explores the different ways women can cultivate resilience and joy in the face of challenges. Consider her book a roadmap on navigating the mental and emotional ups and downs of menopause and getting older.

Menopocalypse by Amanda Thebe

The menopause transition and its accompanying symptoms are no laughing matter. Yet, that doesn’t stop Thebe from addressing menopause with a witty sense of humor. This downright hilarious personal account of menopause from a fitness trainer gives you insight on weight loss, dealing with depression, bettering your sleep, and doing a complete diet overhaul to not only survive, but thrive during this phase.

Perimenopower by Katarina Wilk

Wilk’s book is a frank, unbiased, and friendly guide to helping you understand the ins and outs of perimenopause. Wilk explores how with the right dietary and lifestyle changes, along with medical help as needed, your perimenopause years can be full of strength, health, and happiness.

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Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a physician or medical advice. Womaness strives to share the knowledge and advice from our own network of experts and our own research. We encourage you to make healthcare decisions based in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.