The Wisdom of Menopause (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health During the Change

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Dr. Christiane Northrup’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Wisdom of Menopause has inspired more than a million women with a dramatically new vision of midlife—and will continue to do so for generations to come. As Dr. Northrup has championed, the “change” is not simply a collection of physical symptoms to be “fixed,” but a mind-body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. The choices a woman makes now—from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet—have the ...
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Overview

Dr. Christiane Northrup’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Wisdom of Menopause has inspired more than a million women with a dramatically new vision of midlife—and will continue to do so for generations to come. As Dr. Northrup has championed, the “change” is not simply a collection of physical symptoms to be “fixed,” but a mind-body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. The choices a woman makes now—from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet—have the power to secure vibrant health and well-being for the rest of her life.

Now completely revised, this groundbreaking classic draws on the current research and medical advances in women’s health, and includes
 
• a new section on sex after 50—and how, if need be, you can rejuvenate your sex life
• updated mammogram guidelines—and how thermography improves breast health
• the latest on the glycemic index, optimal blood sugar levels, and ways to prevent diabetes
• dietary guidelines revealing that hidden sugar—not dietary fat—is the main culprit in heart disease, cancer, and obesity
• all you need to know about perimenopause and why it’s critical to your well-being
• a vital program for ensuring pelvic health during and after menopause
• strategies to combat osteoporosis and strengthen bones for life
 
With this trusted resource, Dr. Christiane Northrup shows that women can make menopause a time of personal empowerment—emerging wiser, healthier, and stronger in both mind and body than ever before.

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The Wisdom of Menopause
 
“…One menopause book does rise…above the rest. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, [The Wisdom of Menopause] is the bible of middle-aged womanhood.”—Sandra Tsing Loh, The Atlantic

"The Wisdom of Menopause offers an honest look at the menopausal transition. This is sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, but never boring. If you are looking for realistic, positive, and constructive solutions to the inevitable challenges of life, then look no further—you have found your sourcebook.”—The North American Menopause Society
 
“Northrup writes from experience and, more important, from her professional expertise as a physician who has treated many women and researched menopause. The specific medical advice on sleep, diet, breast health and the empowerment motif will bring insight, comfort and confidence to women embarked on ‘the change.’ ”—Publishers Weekly

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“I recommend Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom to all women and also to all men who want to understand and nourish the women in their lives.”—Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul
 
“A masterpiece for every woman who has an interest in her body, her mind, and her soul.”—Caroline Myss, Ph.D., author of Defying Gravity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553386721
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 59,440
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom, and the host of seven public television specials. A board-certified OB/GYN and past president of the American Holistic Medical Association with more than twenty-five years of clinical and medical teaching experience, Dr. Northrup is a pioneer in the partnership between conventional and complementary medicine. Her work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and Good Morning America, among many others. She lives in Maine and is the mother of two adult daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    2 Extraordinary Books for Mid-Lifers

    I have been educating myself about menopause since I hit 40. This book covers everything I discovered plus gives a spiritual side that medical literature never covers. It is full of excellent practical advice. Dr. Northrup combines traditional medicine with other 'medicines' in a nice balance. 'THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE' and ' Understanding: Train of Thought' are life changing books. I can't recommend them too highly!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    Five Stars For Taking Care Of Ourselves

    I was thrilled to find this book, as a wife, mother, author and speaker I am guilty of taking care of everyone but me! This book is a needed wake up call for many women like myself. I love the word wisdom in the title it gives us permission to understand the experiences that make us wise, embrace and celebrate them as we age. As women we are often leaders both at home and in our communities, when we are at our best we have so much more to offer. Natural solutions are always best if possible and this book is full of them. Read this book and remember the message is take care of you. Thank you Dr. Northrup!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Full of knowledge and wisdom

    This book has been my bible to premenopause since the day I bought it. It has given me understading and knowledge of all the simptoms and pain asociated with menopause. I really recoment this book. No doctor could tell you what this book could tell you. Thanks to the writer.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    Christiane Northrup Rocks!

    If you've seen Christiane Northrup on PBS you already know she's a fountain of information, as well as a sort of "fountain of youth." The Wisdom of Menopause book has helped me tremendously to understand my body, the American health care system, and how to deal with the changes my body is going through. I highly recommend this book, especialy if like me the women in your family never discussed menopause and you really know very little about it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

    The Wisdom of Menopause is a don't miss book to read.

    This book is amazing! I am only halfway through and I have already learned so much. It is so helpful and contains so much valuable information for any woman headed either toward perimenopause or already there. I know I will use it many times in the years to come. I am fortunate that I am reading it at the very beginning of my symptoms and now I will have all the wisdom I need to get me through this trying time. Much thanks.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Poorly Written and Unorganized

    This book was horrible! Dr. Northup and Oprah need to be ashamed for recommending it. I am an avid reader and found it to be difficult to follow and disjointed. I found more information from other books and the internet. This was a complete waste of my money.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    Educational

    This has been one of the most insightful of all the books that talk about this subject. There are wonderful ideas and thoughts about menapause here that can help every woman. While not every suggestion is right for every woman, there is a wealth of information.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    AWESOME BOOK!

    Being a middle 30ish aged woman, I found this book very interested and information packed. I also, happen to know Dr. Northrup as I work for the hospital she has worked at. I would suggest this book to all my girlfriends as well as coworkers. I saw Dr. Northrup on OPRAH as well and it was a great show. So glad to see women talking about menopause and pre-menopsause. Maybe men will finally realize that we do go through some crazy hormonal bouts. As for the remark by York Hunt...hmmm...another cheap jab, hope it makes you feel more manly. And her name is Dr. Northrup.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Divorce during menopause IS relevant!!!

    I plan on reading this book soon, but I am dismayed by the negative comments of women who say divorce is not relavant. Not true! 66% of divorces or breakups of LTRs during menopause are initiated by women. The other 34% are caused by selfish and uncaring male partners, some of whom cheat on their spouses or SOs, when the female's libido, drive, and functioning diminish or disappear. These men find it easy to pursue and often end up married to younger women. Meanwhile, women find that they are ignored by men and in the rare instances where a woman can find success in dating, she is left with very few options for dealing with sexual issues, which provokes alot of anxiety when a relationship progresses beyond the casual, and moves to intimacy. Men often feel like, if a woman can't feel satisfation or reach orgasam, especially if it's not within their timetable, usually 15 minutes, that she is cold or frigid, when it's anything but. When you add the insecurities women in the transition feel about wrinkles, thinning hair, belly bloat, and unpredictable hot flashes, and you can see why the idea of starting over after divorce or the breakup of a LTR seems so frustrating and impossible. Obviously, those of you who criticize the book for being too TMI, are happily married and don't need this information. Good for you! Skip those parts. Let the rest of us who aren't so fortunate, have this insight.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    The Wisdom of Menopause

    It was ok but I did not recommend it to a couple of my friends that are experiencing Menopause.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Too Much Personal Information

    I was disappointed after reading the first 2 chapters of this. It was so highly acclaimed, but I found the book to contain too much personal information that was not relative to the subject at all. When reading a self-help book on how to cope with menopause, I did not expect to hear about the writers problems with a husband guilty of infidelity. What has that got to do with menopause... Too much Drama... I really felt that she and her husband were in competition with each other, again what has that got to do with menopause.... Just the facts, just the facts....

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Separating wheat from chaff and science from schmuck

    Dr. Northrup COULD have written something to make women look at menopause in a new and enlightening way. However, this book is so clouded with a lot of pseudo-Eastern-mysticism gobbledygook that it's difficult to pick out the science from the schmuck. And when you do find something here you think is based on good science, you really wonder whether to trust it, given the authors penchant for recommending theory as fact. She was also waaaaaaaaaaay too caught up in writing about her own divorce--who cares?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    Mind-Body Approach to Menopause

    Menopause doesn't have to be a dreaded curse of aging during which we can look forward only to hot flashes and whacked-out hormonal mood swings. According to Christiane Northrup, M.D., menopause often marks the beginning of a woman's most sexually passionate, creatively inspired, and professionally productive phase of life. While this may sound like wishful thinking, Northrup backs up her good news with solid medical expertise. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, Northrup has specialized in using a mind-body approach to women's health for decades, which means she doesn't just write about hormones, but also examines how a woman's lifestyle, emotions, and beliefs are affected by menopause.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Great & timeless book

    I read my own story within these pages! I had been struggling with symptoms that I didn't understand and felt that I was receiving a personal consultation with Dr. Northrup! Thanks!

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Great info about menopause

    This is an excellent resource to get more familiar with what is happening during menopause and how to balance your life. It touches options, including not having to take pills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2010

    I love this book!

    I got lucky and found this book one day at Target. I love it! I've been looking at other books recently just to use as a comparison and to see if anything could have been left out, but I cannot find any that compare! Nothing out there seems to be on the same level as this book. I just love the layout and I find myself often going back to the book to look something up. Filled with useful information!

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    INFORMATIVE!!

    I felt relief reading this book. I am 40 and thought I was going crazy! This book brought a new light to perimenopause. I recommend it emphatically!! It was also affordable! I love Barnes and Noble. They have a great selection. Thank you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    A wonderful resource!!!

    My sister suggested this book to me and I am so glad that she did! This is a wonderful resource for women going through the change. Very inspirational. Thank you Christiane Northrup!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

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    Advocated on the Perfect 10 Diet

    I found Dr. Northrup's book after reading about it on the Perfect 10 Diet, a book that talks about what to eat in order to balance hormones.
    Dr. Northrup gives us permission to choose those alternative natural approaches not known to many doctors.

    It was comforting to see that a doctor has experienced the same feelings I had. I am just starting on bioidentical homons together with "the Perfect 10 Diet" and hope to be successful in balancing my hormones.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    the key to understanding your body and mind

    Dr. Northrup's book is a terrific educational work for women who are experiencing the changes going on in their bodies, information that their doctors don't have the time or wisdom to give over to their patients.
    I gave this book to a co-worker who couldn't understand what was going on in her body and mind. She told me it was a great gift; it has answered many of her questions and verified that she wasn't crazy. She still has a long way to go and is inspired to learn so much more. The information in this book is priceless. I recommend that women ages 35+ put this on their must read list to prepare themselves for the rest of their lives and give it to their moms, sisters and friends. A great gift from the man in your life and he can enjoy the book too so he can understand the women in his life.

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