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Change Your Menopause: A Great Book on Menopause

Chapter 5 explains Why Everyone’s Menopause Differs and goes into the changes in your hormones, your personal psychological makeup and the world around you responds to menopause – how does it feel to be over 50, to lose one or both parents, have kids leaving for school or marriage, etc.

Chapter 6 gets to the “fun part.” Dr. Utian offers 12 tips to help you change your menopause. It’s the foundation for a healthier you. He then goes on to offer Eight Essential Tools to build on your new foundation. Finally, the book offers a To-Do List of Eight Critical Actions. It’s a simple but powerful list of how to live a fuller, more vibrant life. These actions range from creating your bucket list to using your imagination to visualize yourself as who or what you would like to be. I think this chapter will be particularly useful for everyone.

Chapter 7 goes into Effective Treatments. Here he offers advice I strongly agree with – start with the least invasive or potentially harmful and work your way up. I like this approach because if you find what works early on, you’ll never need to try or be exposed to the “stronger stuff.” Dr. Utian also points out that the vulva – the area outside the vagina – is different from the vagina, so it needs different treatments.

He also discusses bladder and heart issues and treatment for osteoporosis.

Chapter 8 is all about hormones – the risks and the benefits. As he says, “it’s your decision” and it’s really important you talk about this with your doctor or health care provider to find the risks and benefits and see if it’s a good choice for you. Choosing to take or not take hormones is an individual decision.

Chapter 9 is all about Alternative / Nonprescription Therapies. There is a lot of information here from lifestyle changes to over the counter remedies. The important thing to note is that there are a lot of options, so learn about them now.

Chapter 10 is something important to discuss that often doesn’t get enough time in the doctor’s office – sex. There are a number of sexual problems that can occur during menopause. The book underscores the importance of sex and maintaining your sexuality and goes about suggesting ways to help you do just that. Dr. Utian discusses lack of arousal, lack of orgasm and painful sex. He even mentions that sometimes it is the male partner who is having the problem. And what about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during the transition into menopause or how lesbians might experience menopause compared with the general population? These topics are also discussed.

In short, I think Change Your Menopause is a great book for women in and around menopause. You will find lots of useful information reading it and having it as a reference on your bookshelf so you can go back to it often.

It’s a perfect complement to Eat to Defeat Menopause, which offers some basic medical information on menopause and 130 recipes from my kitchen the kitchen of my co-author, Karen Giblin. There are also guest chefs including a former white house chef and other top chefs from around the country. Click here for a recipe from our book.

Related:
7 Tips to Improve Your Menopause Mind
How to Lose Weight During & After Menopause
Best & Worst Foods for Menopause Symptoms

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Dr. Mache Seibel

Women's health expert and guest speaker Dr. Mache Seibel addresses consumers' critical needs from weight control to HRTmenopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years and is founder of My Menopause Magazine on the Apple Newsstand (http://bit.ly/MyMenoMag). Download the Free App and first Free issue. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. Visit his award-winning website DoctorSeibel.com to sign up for his free monthly newsletter.

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1:07AM PDT on May 17, 2014

Interesting, thanks.

12:44AM PDT on May 17, 2014

Ask most women if they think menopause is a BIG deal - IT IS, it is a very big deal. One would have to be a woman to understand this..

It is great to see that alternative medicine is mentioned in chapter 9. The problem is that there are still women suffering for a broad range of menopause symptoms even after having tried alternative medicines, mainstream medicine like HRT and many other drugs. For those of you who belong to that category and who feel you haven't found relief - NEVER GIVE UP!

Its time2heal, its time for finding true balance and the ability to heal. In Sydney Australia women are taking a different approach to fighting menopause.

Time2Heal, Sydney.

8:49AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Wonderful review. If I could find something to eliminate the night-time hot flashes that didn't involve hormone replacement therapy, I would have no worries whatsoever! I feel like one of the more fortunate women.

5:42AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

Thanks for the great and detailed review - I just ordered this book from Kindle.

3:18PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

thanks!

2:25PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

thanks

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