Every day is a school day!
And I firmly believe that one of the best ways to enhance your learning is through books.
Which is why I wanted to share with you some the menopause books I often get asked about.
Since the day I discovered I had gone through my own early menopause, I have read dozens of books and articles, research papers and completed multiple courses on menopause. I was determined to figure this thing out, and as a someone who loves to learn and who loves books, well, books are a fantastic way to learn about (almost) anything.
Unlike today, when I started, there wasn’t much about menopause out there – a few books, the odd blog and a few medicine focused research sites.
Thankfully things are changing, and to help you along the way, I'd like to introduce you to my top four favourite health books. All great books – ones which I recommend to the students in my Become a Menopause Coach Diploma course as they contain excellent information and/or advice.
What's so special about learning from books?
It isn’t just the actual advice that makes a book a great way to learn, although this is clearly a key part.
The thing I love about books, all books, is that they take you on a journey.
While your experience of the journey is your own, the author has planned their book in such a way as to ensure that you build upon each layer of knowledge, that you are taken on a path from one thought or area of learning to another.
They’ve taken the time to figure out the best way for you to learn from their knowledge – all you have to do is follow their lead, and read!
Of course, when you read, you are engaging many different parts of your brain in a way that a quick glance through social media could never do.
But it's not just about the practical advice you gain from a book - reading about menopause can also be a form of self-care (something which I recommend to everyone!) It's a way to take a break from the chaos of daily life and focus on yourself for a while.
Even better, a good book helps you realise that you're not the only one going through menopause.
Menopause Books I recommend
So, here are the books I want you to consider reading no matter how much you already know about menopause: whether you want to build on your menopause knowledge or are just interested in finding out more, all these books are an excellent resource.
First up, we have MenuPause by Anna Cabeca, a book written to help you manage your menopausal symptoms by improving your nutrition.
Full of recipes which are designed to help you through any number of menopause symptoms, this book will become the book you use for more than one recipe!
Anna’s recipes and plans are inspired by different approaches to menopause around the world and brings them together in this book to help you gain control over your symptoms AND enjoy food. What’s not to love about this book?
Next, we have The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup.
This is bit of a heavy weight – a full and excellent guide to navigating the change of life in a way that works for you. Dr Northrup covers everything from HRT to mindset, pelvic floor health to personal empowerment. You’ll finish the book filled with confidence as you navigate your menopause journey.
Third on the list is Manage Your Menopause Naturally by Maryon Stewart – a book which helps you identify what to focus on first for the most impact, and which then guides you through a plan to help you feel better without relying solely on medication.
It’s a great book by a great author!
Finally, we have Oestrogen Matters by Avrum Bluming.
This book dives into the topic of hormone replacement therapy.
After a stellar rise, and then a huge fall in trust and medical support, Dr Bluming & Co argue that HRT is actually safe and effective. While HRT is something you might want to learn about and discuss with your doctor, this book provides very solid and sensible answers to many of the questions that people have.
More than just menopause books
If you're looking to up your understanding of menopause, or are looking to get stuck into some serious reading, I can recommend these books to support the knowledge that you gain.
I believe that knowledge is power. The more you know about what's happening to your body, the better equipped you are to deal with it.
That’s why these books are a great way to start developing your understanding of menopause.
I’m also a huge fan of sharing knowledge, which is why I also run free online courses: Menopause The Basics which will help you get to grips with the key basic information about menopause.