The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change [NOOK Book]

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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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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; and 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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Dr. Christiane Northrup exposes the unsettling correlation between menopause, relationship tumult, and physical illnesses in The Wisdom of Menopause. In this eye-opening read, Northrup -- the esteemed author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom -- describes how hormonal changes that accompany menopause contribute to a woman's heightened awareness of the satisfaction or dissatisfaction she experiences in her personal relationships. A woman's reaction to these new feelings can determine both her emotional and physical well-being as she enters the postmenopausal years. If feelings of discontent are smothered and locked away, they may eventually manifest themselves in the form of physical illnesses including heart disease and breast cancer. But if the newfound feelings are examined, and relationships reassessed, there is the chance that the effects can be quite devastating. Northrup herself went through such a "midlife crisis" and in offering up her own very personal account, the author affirms that armed with courage and wisdom, women can indeed come out on the other side of The Change happier and healthier. Far from a cautionary tale about the uncontrollable havoc menopause can wreak in women's lives and marriages, The Wisdom of Menopause is an empowering look at the ways in which women can embrace their own self-knowledge and better their lives.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Northrup (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom), cofounder of the Women to Women health-care center in Maine, offers a celebratory, "psychospiritual" approach in her comprehensive guide to menopausal health and well-being. Beginning with the premise that, though difficult, the "hormone-driven changes that affect the brain... give a woman a sharper eye for inequity... and a voice that insists on speaking up," Northrup details hormonal imbalances, mood swings, serious illnesses, treatment options and all the other symptoms, side effects and decisions women face in midlife. Middle-aged herself, Northrup writes from experience and, more important, from her professional expertise as a physician who has treated many women and researched menopause. While much of the health-care material here is available in other sources, Northrup's approach a description of symptoms, followed by both traditional and alternative treatment options along with some anecdotes is particularly useful. Occasionally she veers off into New Age jargon, but she is a firm believer in the relevance of tangential influences on physical health, including emotional and financial well-being. 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." Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, a million-copy best seller, Oprah regular Northrup helps women prepare for menopause, both physically and emotionally. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401939977
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 33,104
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Christiane Northrup, M.D., trained at Dartmouth Medical School and Tufts New England Medical Center before cofounding the Women to Women health care center in Yarmouth, Maine, which became a model for women's clinics nationwide. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, she is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and an internationally recognized authority on women's health and healing.
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Menopause Puts Your Life Under a Microscope

It is no secret that relationship crises are a common side effect of menopause. Usually this is attributed to the crazy-making effects of the hormonal shifts occurring in a woman's body at this time of transition. What is rarely acknowledged or understood is that as these hormone-driven changes affect the brain, they give a woman a sharper eye for inequity and injustice, and a voice that insists on speaking up about them. In other words, they give her a kind of wisdom -- and the courage to voice it. As the vision-obscuring veil created by the hormones of reproduction begins to lift, a woman's youthful fire and spirit are often rekindled, together with long-sublimated desires and creative drives. Midlife fuels those drives with a volcanic energy that demands an outlet.

If it does not find an outlet -- if the woman remains silent for the sake of keeping the peace at home and/or work, or if she holds herself back from pursuing her creative urges -- the result is equivalent to plugging the vent on a pressure cooker: Something has to give. Very often what gives is the woman's health, and the result will be one or more of the "big three" diseases of postmenopausal women: heart disease, depression, and breast cancer. On the other hand, for those of us who choose to honor the body's wisdom and to express what lies within us, it's a good idea to get ready for some boat rocking, which may put long-established relationships in upheaval. Marriage is not immune to this effect.

"Not Me, My Marriage Is Fine"

Every marriage, even a very good one, must undergo change in order to keep up with the hormone-driven rewiring of a woman's brain during the years leading up to and including menopause. Not all marriages are able to survive these changes. Mine wasn't, and nobody was more surprised about that than I.

If this makes you want to hide your head in the sand, believe me, I do understand. But for the sake of being true to yourself and protecting your emotional and physical health in the second half of your life (likely a full forty years or more) then I submit to you that forging ahead and taking a good hard look at all aspects of your relationship (including some previously untouchable corners of your marriage) may be the only choice that will work in your best interest in the long run, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

From the standpoint of physical health, for example, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the increase in life-threatening illnesses after midlife, which cannot be accounted for by aging alone, is partly rooted in the stresses and unresolved relationship problems that simmered beneath the surface during the childbearing years of a woman's life, then bubbled up and boiled over at perimenopause, only to be damped down in the name of maintaining the status quo. The health of your significant other is also at stake. Remaining in a relationship that was tailor-made for a couple of twenty-somethings without making the necessary adjustments for who you both have become at midlife can be just as big a health risk for him as it is for you.

This is not to say that your only options are divorce or heart attack. Rather, in order to bring your relationship into alignment with your rewired brain, you and your significant other must be willing to take the time, and spend the energy, to resolve old issues and set new ground rules for the years that lie ahead. If you can do this, then your relationship will help you to thrive in the second half of your life. If one or both of you cannot or will not, then both health and happiness may be at risk if you stay together.

Preparing for Transformation

At midlife, more psychic energy becomes available to us than at any time since adolescence. If we strive to work in active partnership with that organic energy, trusting it to help us uncover the unconscious and self-destructive beliefs about ourselves that have held us back from what we could become, then we will find that we have access to everything we need to reinvent ourselves as healthier, more resilient women, ready to move joyfully into the second half of our lives.

This process of transformation can only succeed, however, if we become proactive in two ways. First, we must be willing to take full responsibility for our share of the problems in our lives. It takes great courage to admit our own contributions to the things that have gone wrong for us and to stop seeing ourselves simply as victims of someone or something outside of ourselves. After all, the person in the victim role tends to get all the sympathy and to assume the high road morally, which is appealing; none of us wants to feel like the bad guy. But even though taking the victim role may seem a good choice in the short run, this stance is ultimately devoid of any power to help us change, heal, grow, and move on.

The second requirement for transformation is more difficult by far: We must be willing to feel the pain of loss and grieve for those parts of our lives that we are leaving behind. And that includes our fantasies of how our lives could have been different if only. Facing up to such loss is rarely easy, and that is why so many of us resist change in general and at midlife in particular. A part of us rationalizes, "Why rock the boat? I'm halfway finished with my life. Wouldn't it just be easier to accept what I have rather than risk the unknown?"

The end of any significant relationship, or any major phase of our lives, even one that has made us unhappy or held us back from our full growth and fulfillment, feels like a death -- pure and simple. To move past it, we have to feel the sadness of that loss and grieve fully for what might have been and now will never be.

And then we must pick ourselves up and move toward the unknown. All our deepest fears are likely to surface as we find ourselves facing the uncertainty of the future. During my own perimenopausal life changes, I would learn this in spades -- much to my surprise.

By the time I was approaching menopause, I had worked with scores of women who had gone through midlife "cleansings"; I had guided and counseled them as their children left home, their parents got sick, their marriages ended, their husbands fell ill or died, they themselves became ill, their jobs ended -- in short, as they went through all the storms and crises of midlife.

But I never thought I would face a crisis in my marriage. I had always felt somewhat smug, secure in my belief that I was married to the man of my dreams, the one with whom I would stay "till death do us part."

Copyright © 2001 by Christiane Northrup.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction: The Journey Begins 1
Midlife: Redefining Creativity and Home 3
Why I'm Writing a Menopause Book Now 5
Blazing a New Trail 6
Chapter 1 Menopause Puts Your Life Under a Microscope 9
"Not Me, My Marriage Is Fine" 10
The Childbearing Years: Balancing Personal and Professional Lives 12
Why Marriages Must Change at Midlife 16
My Personal Fibroid Story: The Final Chapter 20
Feeling the Joy of Co-creative Partnership 23
The Forces That Change the Goose Also Change the Gander 26
Real Menopause Hits 27
My Marriage Goes Bankrupt 28
Armadillo Medicine: The Power of Vulnerability 31
Celebrating the Past While Creating a New Future 33
Chapter 2 The Brain Catches Fire at Menopause 36
Our Cultural Inheritance 36
Our Brains Catch Fire at Menopause 38
Learning to Recognize and Heed Our Wake-up Calls 39
Is It Me or Is It My Hormones? Debunking the Myth of Raging Hormones 42
The Multiple Roles of Your "Reproductive" Hormones 48
Embracing the Message Behind Our Menopausal Anger 53
Emotions, Hormones, and Your Health 57
How Our Midlife Brains and Bodies Are Set Up to Heal Our Past 66
Finding a Larger Meaning 71
Chapter 3 Coming Home to Yourself: From Dependence to Healthy Autonomy 76
The Empty-Nest Syndrome 76
Boomerang Babies 80
Powerful Feelings, Powerful Healing 82
Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Others: Finding the Balance 84
Hitting Pay Dirt: Getting Clear About Money at Midlife 90
Coming Home to Yourself 97
Vocational Awakening at Midlife 99
A Road Map for Navigating Unknown Territory 102
Chapter 4 This Can't Be Menopause, Can It? The Physical Foundation of the Change 105
What Is Happening in Your Body: Hormonal Changes 106
Perimenopause Is a Normal Process, Not a Disease 107
The Three Types of Menopause 110
Perimenopause and Hormonal Levels 112
Is There a Test I Can Take? 114
Menopause and Thyroid Function 118
Menopause and Adrenal Function 119
What to Expect in Your Transition 124
Chapter 5 Hormone Replacement: An Individual Choice 134
A Brief History of Hormone Replacement 134
Bioidentical Hormones: Nature's Ideal Design 138
A Hormone Primer: Essential Information Every Woman Should Know 142
How to Decide Whether or Not to Take Hormones 154
A Dusting of Hormones 169
How Long Should You Stay on Hormones? 170
Chapter 6 Foods and Supplements to Support the Change 172
Basic Principles of Herbal Therapy at Menopause 174
Menopausal Healing Foods 178
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for Menopause 187
Start Somewhere 190
Chapter 7 The Menopause Food Plan: A Program to Balance Your Hormones and Prevent Middle-Age Spread 191
Making Peace (Once Again) with My Weight 192
Five Steps to Midlife Weight Control 194
The Elements of Imbalance 199
The Hormone-Balancing Food Plan 205
Optimizing Midlife Digestion 219
The Final Frontier: Accepting Our Bodies 225
Chapter 8 Creating Pelvic Health and Power 227
What Is Yours, What Is Mine, What Is Ours? Reclaiming Our Boundaries 228
Hormonal Imbalance: Fuel to the Fire 231
Menstrual Cramps and Pelvic Pain 231
Heavy Bleeding 235
Fibroids 240
An Empowered Approach to Surgery or Invasive Procedures 247
Strengthen Your Urinary Health and Pelvic Floor Muscles 254
Chapter 9 Sex and Menopause: Myths and Reality 264
The Anatomy of Desire 265
Sexuality at Menopause: Our Cultural Inheritance 267
Menopause Is a Time to Redefine and Update Our Relationships 274
Hormone Levels Are Only One Part of Libido 277
Secondary Libidinal Support: Estrogen and Progesterone 279
Testosterone: The Hormone of Desire? 281
Aids to Lubrication 283
Telling the Truth 287
Nine Steps to Rekindling Libido 289
Chapter 10 Nurturing Your Brain: Sleep, Depression, and Memory 292
Enhancing Midlife Sleep 296
Depression: An Opportunity for Growth 304
Memory Loss at Menopause: Is This Alzheimer's? 314
Estrogen and Alzheimer's 316
Non-hormonal Ways to Protect Your Brain 319
Maximizing Midlife Wisdom 323
Chapter 11 From Rosebud to Rose Hip: Cultivating Midlife Beauty 328
Making Peace with Your Changing Skin 330
Preventing or Treating Wrinkles 336
Midlife Acne 347
Rosacea 351
Hair in the Wrong Places 354
When Good Skin Care Isn't Enough: Deciding on Cosmetic Procedures 360
Varicose Veins 364
Chapter 12 Standing Tall for Life: Building Healthy Bones 369
Osteoporosis: The Scope of the Problem 370
We're Designed for Lifetime Sturdiness 371
How Healthy Bone Is Made 372
Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis? 377
Measuring Bone Density 381
Bone-Building Program 385
What About Bone-Building Drugs? 393
Get Strong 394
The Sunlight-Bone Health Connection 403
Shore Up Your Earth Connection with Plant Medicine 408
Chapter 13 Creating Breast Health 409
Our Cultural Inheritance: Nurturing and Self-Sacrifice 410
The Emotional Anatomy of Breast Cancer 412
Lifestyle and Breast Health 417
Eating for Breast Health 420
Breast Cancer Screening 423
Putting Breast Cancer Risk in Perspective 431
The Breast Cancer Gene: Should You Be Tested? 433
The Effect of HRT on Breast Health 434
Bioidentical Hormones and Cancer Risk 437
The Tamoxifen Dilemma 444
Chapter 14 Living with Heart, Passion, and Joy: How to Listen to and Love Your Midlife Heart 449
The Heart Has Its Say at Menopause: My Personal Story 450
Cardiovascular Disease: When the Flow of Life Is Blocked 454
Palpitations: Your Heart's Wake-up Call 456
Gender Bias and Heart Disease: Our Cultural Inheritance 459
Arteriosclerosis: Reducing Your Risk 462
Carbohydrates, Sugar, and Heart Health: What Every Woman Should Know 472
Cardioprotective Supplements 475
Foods for Heart Health 480
What About Aspirin? 482
Get Moving! 483
Is Estrogen Replacement Necessary to Prevent Heart Disease? 487
How to Love and Respect Your Midlife Heart 492
The Heart-Opening Effect of Pets 493
Epilogue: The Calm After the Storm 495
Notes 499
Resources 538
Index 567
About the Author 591
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Interviews & Essays

Rosacea: Get the Red Out

It is estimated that nearly 14 million Americans have rosacea, a common but little-known inflammatory skin condition characterized by dilation of the blood vessels in the face. Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as acne or discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It usually occurs on the cheeks, nose, central forehead and chin, and can also occur on the upper back and upper chest. If you were to look at the skin of someone with rosacea under a microscope, it would show swelling, dilated blood vessels, and, where red bumps known as papules are present, you would see collections of white blood cells.

People with rosacea often experience periods of remission and exacerbation. As with acne, rosacea flare-ups often occur the week before a woman’s period, perhaps because the body is working to rid itself of impurities at that time.

Because of its acne-like effects on personal appearance, rosacea can cause significant psychological and social problems in people who do not know what to do about it. Surveys performed by the National Rosacea Society showed that nearly 70 percent of people with rosacea have lower self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements. Among those with severe symptoms, nearly 70 percent said the disorder had adversely affected their professional interactions, and nearly 30 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition. (Source: www.rosacea.org.)

Who Gets Rosacea and Why?

Rosacea affects both men and women, but occurs more often in women after the age of thirty and is most commonlydiagnosed in women in their forties and fifties. Rosacea almost always worsens when women are under significant emotional stress. Given our culture, it is not surprising that more women than men get rosacea at mid-life. It is most common in women with fair skin, because fair skin is often more reactive, but rosacea has also been diagnosed in Asian and African American women.

There are several theories behind the cause of rosacea. One theory is that the disease may be a subcomponent of a more generalized vascular disease, as indicated by the tendency of rosacea sufferers to flush. Another theory suggests that changes in normal skin bacteria or infection of the stomach by Helicobacter pylori may be involved. Various other unproven theories indicate that microscopic skin mites (Demodex spp.), fungi, malfunction of the connective tissue under the skin, and emotions could all be potential causes. Allergies may also play a role, as allergies can cause flushing, which frequently triggers rosacea symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

The diagnostic criteria indicative of rosacea include the presence of one or more of the following:

1. Flushing (transient erythema), redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. This may appear similar to a blush or sunburn. One potential cause is flushing due to the large amount of blood rushing through the vessels quickly. Redness tends to become worse over time and can be accompanied by stinging or burning sensations as well as swelling. Persistent redness (non-transient erythema) occurs later.

2. Telangiectasia, or small, visible blood vessels on the face. These enlarged blood vessels look like thin red lines. They usually appear on the cheeks and nose. They can be hidden by redness, but are visible when the redness disappears.

3. Papules, which look like bumps, and pustules, if they are filled with pus. These are not like the bumps you get from acne, in that they do not contain the blackheads or whiteheads.

4. Watery or irritated eyes. Sometimes rosacea patients report feeling like something is in their eyes. They may feel dry or swollen. People with rosacea tend to get styes. In severe cases, some vision loss can occur. Another quite common symptom is redness of eyelids, often misdiagnosed as an infection and mistakenly treated thus.

5. Rhinophyma, or enlarged nose. Severe cases of rhinophyma cause the nose to swell from excess tissue and knobby bumps. It is more common in men, probably because men do not seek treatment early for their other symptoms. This is what W. C. Fields had. Former president Bill Clinton also suffers from it.

Controlling Rosacea

While the causes are unknown, rosacea can be controlled. Many experts believe that early diagnosis and conventional treatment are key to managing rosacea. While I have seen people with rosacea who fare much better with self-treatments and a holistic approach that includes behavior modification, it is usually a good idea to know what you are dealing with first. That way you can avoid irritating products and other triggers.

For more information about this condition, visit Dr. Christiane Northrup’s
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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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