It's not your mother's menopause. Some women live through it and never miss a beat. Others suffer so many symptoms-- severe hot flashes, sleeplessness, mood swings--that they have trouble functioning. But what all women have in common is a need to know what to expect and how to understand this phase for its inherent promise: as a grand beginning to the second half of life. By poring over the latest research, interviewing doctors and scientists, attending conferences, and talking to other women, Pat Wingert and Barbara Kantrowitz offer the everything-you-need-to-know guide to menopause. IS IT HOT IN HERE? OR IS IT ME? is accessible, comprehensive, practical, reassuring, scientific, and written in the lively, smart voice of friends helping friends. First comes the overview: the beginnings of menopause, including why knowing if you're actually in menopause can be so tricky; the stages of menopause and their typical duration; the role of hormones and the viability of hormone therapy; when and why to seek treatment, the risks involved, and a primer on pills, creams, patches, shots, and bioidenticals. Then, at the heart of the book, two essential sections: "What You're Feeling Now," which offers the relief of solid information on the symptoms of your menopausal life--hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, bleeding, memory loss, and those inexplicable glitches in thinking that make you feel like a kid with ADD--plus the comfort of advice on what to do. And "Staying Healthy Forever," a jam-packed guide to caring for your changing body: It begins by trusting your knowledge of yourself, then learning the things to do to ensure a long and healthy future, one in which you look your best and feel your best. No matter what your path through menopause, the experience is one of great change: and now for this great change, great help.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s very similar in design to What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I found the layout of the book very easy to follow and read. It provides just enough information as an introduction to the chapter topic to help the reader get an idea of what is coming next. This introduction is then followed by questions from women - and answered by the authors - pertaining to the topic at hand. These questions work to instruct its readers in what to expect at the menopause stage of the life cycle. They also provide little tidbits of history and other useful tips regarding how to travel through menopause. This format is repeated throughout the chapters and book allowing the reader to pick the book up and start reading wherever they need to.
There was much research done for this book including the authors’ attending seminars, scouring through copious articles, interviewing the best people in the field and spoke at length to “real people” such as “...friends, friends of friends, neighbours, colleagues, members of our book clubs, church sodality groups, even the occasional unlucky soul who sat next to us on” aeroplanes.