Self Help Books About Menopause

Self help books about the menopause – wow, where do you start? Search menopause in Amazon and there are 2329 available on Kindle, with 952 of those on Kindle Unlimited alone.

There are books by medical experts, celebrities, nutritionists, fitness gurus and more. Books about menopause symptoms, solutions, personal experiences, diet, exercise, HRT and natural remedies. 

photo of a sunset over the sea with the text in black capital letters " Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flashes. Male menopause? you get to date young girls and drive motorcycles.” john wayne and Tea and Cake for the Soul in white dancing script at the bottom

There are even menopause books for men – about both the female and male menopause! Read on for my thoughts about the following self help books for menopause that I’ve enjoyed or found useful.

My selection of self help books about the menopause includes:

So … That’s Why I’m Bonkers by Sheila Wenborne

The Happy Menopause by Jackie Lynch

Men … Let’s Talk Menopause by Ruth Devlin

The Menopause Monologues 1 & 2 by Harriet Powell

Menopause: 35 Women by Caroline Vollans

I’m Not Dead Yet (Adventures of a Menopausal Woman) by Janice Ann Coulson

Self Help Books for Menopause

So … That’s Why I’m Bonkers by Sheila Wenborne

So … That’s Why I’m Bonkers is a self help book about the menopause that is tackled with a bit of humour and some fun illustrations. As it only takes a couple of hours to read, it’s the perfect  introductory book for women approaching the change of life, and even for their men folk who are wondering what on earth is going on!

The book discusses symptoms such as of lack of sex drive, forgetfulness, tearfulness and feeling that quite frankly you’re going mad. It is all told in a Victoria Wood type tone.

It covers lesser publicised symptoms such as menopausal acne, dizziness, vaginal atrophy, memory loss, mental health problems, crawling skin, and aching joints.

There is an interesting section about history and myths, with viewpoints from around the world as to whether or not culture or ethnicity has a bearing on it. I liked one anecdote that women who were post-menopause in ancient times were respected as the female elders and thought of as a teacher, healer and leader.

There’s lots of helpful information and advice on dealing with symptoms including lists of vitamins, herbs and medications, as well as various relaxation exercises and alternative therapies including the author’s own business of magnetic aids called Aura3.

There is a whole section on sex, celebrities who discuss menopause, crime benefits, and a bit about the male menopause including a fabulous quote from John Wayne (see above image).

 

book cover titled so that's why I'm bonkers, a girls guide to surviving the menopause picturing a woman standing naked by an open door with a man sitting in a chair wrapped up in hat coat and scarf for a post self help books about the menopause

 

The Happy Menopause by Jackie Lynch

The Happy Menopause is written by nutritionist and author Jackie Lynch. There is a clear introduction about what to expect from this self-help menopause book which focuses primarily on nutrition and lifestyle.

Each chapter deals with an ailment of menopause and covers the symptoms, why it happens, ideal nutrition, what to avoid, and lifestyle tips.

I found chapter 2 particularly interesting about the effect that low blood sugar and stress has on the body in relation to the menopause.  I know that it’s important to get magnesium into the body but I found it very useful to know that it can be achieved by having a bath with 2/3 handfuls of Epsom salts in the water as your skin absorbs the magnesium in the salts.

At the end of the book, there is an in-depth guide to nutrients and micronutrients which is useful for anyone whether you are menopausal or not.

The book is a 2-3 hour read and a useful resource to refer back to if needed. Published by Watkins Publishing.

blue book cover with two apples shaped into a heart titled the happy menopause by jackie lynch

 

Men … Let’s Talk Menopause by Ruth Devlin

I first featured a full review about Men … Let’s Talk Menopause last year, but have had such good feedback from men that I wanted to make sure it was included here too.

Let’s face it men get a raw deal from our menopause symptoms too and can be left feeling bewildered, hurt and angry at what is happening to their wives or partners.

This no-nonsense guide explains it in simple terms in an hour’s reading and is a perfect way to explain what happens during menopause. you can read my full review of Men … Let’s Talk Menopause HERE.

white book cover with a picture of a cactus in a pot title men lets talk menopause by ruth devlin for a post about self help books for the menopause

 

Personal Experiences of Menopause

As well as factual and medical books about the menopause, I find it highly beneficial to read the personal experiences of other women who are or have been through menopause.

Menopause Monologues 1 & 2 by Harriet Powell

I have featured The Menopause Monologues 1 and 2 on my blog previously but wanted to include them both in this round up of books.

Both books feature very honest accounts of how the menopause has affected the lives of the women and men featured in this book.  There is a selection of funny and tragic stories, but also feature a new generation of women who are determined that others know where to go to find help to be happy and healthy.

You can read more on my original post about The Menopause Monologues 1 & 2 HERE

blue book cover with an oval centre piece picturing a womans face crying holding a happy mask title The Menopause Monologues by Harriet Powell

Menopause: 35 Women by Caroline Vollans

Menopause: 35 Women Speak is very much along the same lines as The Menopause Monologues.  The author Caroline Vollans asked her audience a question. “What would you like to say about the menopause?” The responses formed the book.

The women are from different generations, class and ethnic backgrounds and you will see that all three factors have prevented women from speaking out in the past.

I think there is something in here that every middle aged woman can identify with. Some of the responses are in art form which I found an interesting and unique approach. This is available in paperback and on Kindle Unlimited

yellow and white book cover titled menopause 35 women speak by caroline vollans. the letter U in pause is a circle with two vertical lines in it like a pause button on a cd player

 

I’m Not Dead Yet (Adventures of a Menopausal Woman) by Janice Ann Coulson

I’m Not Dead Yet (Adventures of a Menopausal Woman) is not your typical menopause book, but a personal travel diary of one woman whose menopausal symptoms caused her to pack in her job and take herself off to Asia on her own for 3 months!

Whilst Jan does talk about the annoying symptoms of the menopause, and her own fears and foibles, this story shows menopause in a more positive light. A time to put yourself first, not to do jobs that cause you stress and upset, and start a new chapter in life. It’s also even more admirable that Jan wrote and published this herself!

It’s told in the first person and written in a very witty tone. It was full of interesting travel information and fun observations of the people she met along the way. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. A really enjoyable read.

I really admired her for taking this leap and I think if we were to meet in real life I’d rather like her. The story was told in such a personable way, I almost feel like I know her already.

I did wonder whether to put this in my Tripfiction book post that focuses on travel destinations all over the world, but as the menopause has affected Jan’s decisions and actions, even more so when she comes home, I thought it was a relevant book to include in this collection.

Definitely worth a read if you have Kindle Unlimited

book cover titled I'm not dead yet, adventures of a menopausal woman by Jan Coulson featuring a cartoon photo of a woman wearing an asia style conical hat standing in a puddle of water with hand luggage

I’d also like to draw your attention to a poetry book that I’ve featured on Tea and Cake for the Soul called A Cat Shaped Space by Milly Johnson where Milly kindly shares an excerpt of her poem The Menopause. See if you recognise any of the symptoms. 😉

Have you read any of these books, did you find them useful?

Or maybe you have other menopause books to recommend?

There are many other menopause self help books out there and I will come back to this post and update if as I read more,  but you might also like to look up:

The Good Menopause Guide by Liz Earle
The Natural Menopause Plan by Maryon Stewart
Menopause: The One Step Guide by Kathy Abernethy
Me & My Menopausal Vagina by Jane Lewis
Confessions of a Menopausal Woman by Andrea McLean
Older and Wiser by Jenny Eclair

 

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15 thoughts on “Self Help Books About Menopause

  1. This is such a good list. I’m suffering with so many symptoms, my palpitation being the worst possible side effect. Will go take a look at these.

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  2. This is a great list! Had to share and I’m saving, too. I think it’s about that time I start reading up on this hot mess. 😂

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  3. It’s so good to know there are some very decent reads out there, and it definitely helps to get personal recommendations so we can navigate to the worthwhile reads. I know a couple of women, one in particular that was an old family friend, who have had (and are still having!) a long, bumpy ride with menopause so I’ll send this on. Great work with this, Jo, very helpful! xx

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