#CrackingTheMenopause is a fabulous book that I have recommended to all my friends. We're all reaching the stage of being peri-menopausal and are scrambling around for information. As with so many areas of healthcare, the focus on the male experience means key stages in women's lives are overlooked. This book attempts to redress the balance on the menopause and it's a welcome introduction to the issues.
From HRT to the workplace, Mariella Frostrup provides facts, statistics, advice and case studies to illustrate the reality of the menopause. There is no preaching - just lots of information so the reader can make their own informed decisions about a range of areas including treatment, exercise and diet. Everything is clearly referenced so you can read further on the sections that interest you. I was left armed with information and with a clear idea of actions I wanted to take.
Despite being crammed full of research, this is not a dry, medical tome. The tone is often light, snarky, funny - everything you would expect from the author. The topic is approached with heart and humour but there is also an awareness that charting the move from fertility to menopause is an emotional journey. Every aspect of this shift is treated sensitively.
Whether you're looking for information, advice or are just greedy for more stories about how the menopause affected other women, I strongly recommend this book.
Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for this review copy.