10 Must-Read Menopause Books To Boost Your Knowledge

November 29, 2020.

Having a great read can help those long nights pass. And, if you are in perimenopause, those nights can feel really looonnnggg… thank you, insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, etc. Here is a collection of best sellers in women’s health books. Believe it or not, there are some incredible perimenopause and menopause books! 

1. The Queen V: Everything You Need To Know About Sex, Intimacy, And Down There Health Care by Jackie Walters

This is one of the top books on Amazon covering all-things vaginal and sexual health. Walters’ book promises to deliver answers to your most burning questions that you have been too afraid to ask your gynecologist.  

You can find the book Queen V here👉

2. Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter

The internationally renowned, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Vagina Bible, Dr. Jen Gunter has been called “the world’s most famous–and outspoken–gynecologist” (The Guardian), the internet’s OB/GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health. Now, in The Manopause Manifesto, Dr. Jen Gunter brings you empowerment through knowledge by countering stubborn myths and misunderstandings about menopause with hard facts, real science, fascinating historical perspective, and expert advice.

You can find the Menopause Manifesto here 👉

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

Libido and your sexual response change remarkably with perimenopause. To learn the latest discoveries in brain research and female sexuality, Nagosaki’s book will help you understand your unique sexual “fingerprint.” Indeed, Nagoski notes that once you have a grasp on the factors you need for sexual wellbeing, your sexual experiences can be incredible. 

Find Come As You Are here 👉

4. The Menopause Book: The Complete Guide by Barbara Kantrowitz

If you are looking for an overall guide on all-things menopause, Kantrowitz’s book is essential reading if you are or know anyone in menopause. Indeed, the North American Menopause Society considers this book required reading. 

Find The Menopause Book here 👋

5. 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.

You can find Menopause Confidential here 🙋🏽‍♀️

6. The Slow Moon Climbs by Susan Mattern

Curious about how our ancestors approached menopause? Mattern’s book delves into the historical, scientific, and cultural implications of menopause throughout human history. This book offers a fresh way of understanding the meaning of womanhood beyond fertility and our current paradigms. 

Find the Slow Moon Climbs here 🙋🏼‍♀️

7. 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.

You can find Before The Change here 👉

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

When women begin the transition to menopause, it can feel like you are aging…rapidly. Indeed, the symptoms certainly can make you feel o.l.d. However, you will feel better once you get through perimenopause. If you are wanting to learn about aging gracefully, no matter what changes life throws at you, Pipher offers a unique perspective on feeling joyful and connected throughout your whole life.

Find Women Rowing North right here 🙋🏻‍♀️

9. Menopocalypse by Amanda Thebe

Menopause and peri-menopause are no laughing matter―but that doesn’t stop Amanda Thebe from approaching them with a sense of humor. In this hilarious and personal account, the fitness trainer shares how she lost weight, dealt with her depression, improved her sleep, and overhauled her diet to survive―and thrive―during menopause.

Find Menopocalypse right here 👉

10. Perimenopower by Katarina Wilk

We hear a lot these days about the menopause, but there may be up to fifteen years of hormonal changes in a woman’s body before she reaches the point where her periods stop. These years can be turbulent both emotionally and physically – with panic attacks, insomnia, acne, hot flashes, weight gain and low moods. It’s not uncommon for women to feel like they’ve gone crazy.

Find Perimenopower here 🙋🏿‍♀️

Need a break from non-fiction?

Finally, if you are tired of serious non-fictional reads, consider reading Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder for a fun, engrossing fictional read about a scientist who discovers the key ingredient to lengthening fertility sourced in the Amazon rainforest.   

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, does not take the place of medical advice from your physician, and is not intended to treat or cure any disease. Patients should see a qualified medical provider for assessment and treatment.

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Julia Walker
perry expert Julia (RN, BSN, BA) is a registered nurse based in Colorado. Julia's nursing background in women’s health has ranged from neonatal and postpartum care to labor and delivery, to outpatient gynecological medicine for both adolescent and adult populations. She specializes in helping women optimize their health during perimenopause and beyond.

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