The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change

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Menopause doesn't have to be a dreaded curse of aging during which we can look forward only to hot flashes and whacked-out hormonal mood swings. According to Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom), menopause often marks the beginning of a woman's most sexually passionate, creatively inspired, and professionally productive phase of life.

While this may sound like wishful thinking, Northrup backs up her good news with solid medical expertise. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, Northrup has specialized in using a mind-body approach to women's health for decades, which means she doesn't just write about hormones, but also examines how a woman's lifestyle, emotions, and beliefs are affected by menopause. With the right diet, attitude, and perhaps some supplements along the way, women can actually look forward to a resurgence of energy and a revolutionary opportunity for personal growth--one that rivals the hormonally driven period of adolescence in its scope and urgency, she claims. And yes, at just under 500 pages, The Wisdom of Menopause does explain how to have a positive and healthy menopause in concise detail. Northrup has indeed "written the book" on menopause.

It helps that Northrup has been through menopause herself (she vowed she wouldn't write a book on it until she was on the other side). Readers have the sense that they are gleaning advice from a knowledgeable holistic doctor as well as a sage aunt whose life was radically altered by the "change of life" (Northrup divorced at the onset of menopause). After she shares her personal story of "the change," Northrup delves into a significant discussion on how self-sacrifice catches up with women in midlife. Suddenly, hormones are directing women out of the caregiver role and into an inwardly focused assessment of life and its meaning, she explains. Resentments (not hormones) are what spur the notorious surges of anger, as women reexamine the agreements surrounding their relationships with colleagues, friends, and family members.

From here, Northrup guides readers into a thorough section on menopausal hormone changes--a discussion that is scientifically informative, yet entirely accessible. While acknowledging the need for hormone-replacement therapy and the tremendous relief it can provide (helping to alleviate insomnia, hot flashes, and depression), Northrup encourages women to avoid synthetic hormones and instead consider "bioidentical" hormones (such as estradiol, estrone, and estriol). She also devotes an entire chapter to foods and supplements that support hormonal balance. By the way, she says to skip the wild Mexican yam creams: "they certainly don't provide the documented benefits of progesterone." Be warned: some readers may find the advice in Wisdom of Menopause too alternative for their liking. For example, in her discussion on insomnia, one of Northrup's recommendations is to cover the mirror at night, following the ancient Asian design principles of feng shui. (Skeptics will find Northrup's medical assertions carefully cited and footnoted in the rear of her book.)

Northrup gives a solid and practical diet plan that supports hormonal balance while countering the weight gain that so frequently plagues menopausal women ("focus on portion size, not calories," "eat protein at every meal," and cut down on refined and high-carbohydrate foods). Readers can also expect a thorough mind-body discussion in subsequent chapters that cover breast health, bone loss, and cultivating midlife beauty, along with chapters titled "Sex and Menopause: Myths and Reality" and "Creating Pelvic Health and Power."

She concludes with a list of mail-order and online resources, such as retailers for bioidentical hormones, progesterone cream, Chinese herbs, soy products, weight-loss audiocassettes, lubricants, and Kegel weights. Northrup takes a truly comprehensive approach to all the effective treatments of menopausal symptoms so that women can make their own highly informed and wise choices. --Gail Hudson

Through her bestselling books, groundbreaking PBS specials, and up-to-the-minute clinical knowledge, DR. CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP has earned a place as one of America’s most trusted medical advisors.

In The Wisdom of Menopause, she once again challenges convention with this inspiring look at one of the most commonly misunderstood female health issues. The “change” is not simply a collection of physical symptoms to be “fixed,” DR. NORTHRUP claims, but a mind/body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. The choices a woman makes now–from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet–have the power to secure her health and well-being for the rest of her life. Through her personal story and many fascinating case histories, Dr. Northrup shows:

• How menopause jump-starts changes in the brain, issuing a dramatic wake-up call to body, mind, and emotions
• How to ensure the long-term health of breasts, bones, and heart
• How the body adjusts naturally to changing hormones
• Why bestselling drugs like Premarin may not be the best choice
• How to deal with metabolism shifts, weight gain, sexual problems, and appearance issues
• How to negotiate the challenges of “the empty nest” and midlife marriage

And much more.

In a book destined to be a classic, DR. NORTHRUP shows women how they can make menopause a time of personal empowerment and positive energy–emerging wiser, healthier, and stronger in both mind and body than ever before.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change, 2nd Edition
    The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change, 2nd Edition As usual Cristine has alot of down to earth factual information to help a woman going thru Menopause know its not a case of going nuts. Its just another request from the Lord! Who else can do it all? Women of course :) ...more info
  • Awsome Information!
    I was confused after leaving my OB/GYN's office with the vauge explanation of what I was experinceing but after reading this book it all made sense and gave me tools and recommendations to help alleviate my menopausal symptoms.

    This book was a Godsend and will keep it handy for reference through this turbulant time I am going through.

    Millbrae, CA...more info
  • Good reference book
    I have used this for reference but it is not one that I wil read throughout....more info
  • Help me through menopause!!
    This book was highly recommended to me by a friend. Amazon is great with having great books always ready to order-and gave it a shot. The book is wonderful-answers many of the "questions" that women approaching this time of their lives needs to ask. Glad I have this book on hand for future reference!!...more info
  • Amazing, Physiological, Sociological and Spiritual,..all in one!
    Greatly surprised and encouraged by the content of this book. It gives the reader some very good tools, mostly in understanding what is happening to us as we age. Great guide for midlife!...more info
  • Book
    This book has opened my eyes for so many issues related to Menopause. I highly recommend it to ALL women of every age....more info
  • The Wisdom of Menopause by Dr. Christiane Northrup
    received book"The Wisdom of Menopause, in excellent shape of new condition
    if you are in a spot in your life of pre or post memopause this is a book
    that will help tremendously. The Doctor is very informative....more info
  • what a lifesaver
    This is a must have for all women going through pre menopause or full on menopause .I frequently look things up in it and it has helped me imensley very much reccomended....more info
  • Eye-opening!
    This book literally changed my life...the way I think, eat and exercise. It has influenced my priorities, emotions and health and I recommend it not only to all women going through menopause...but to all women PERIOD; young and old. I even encourage all MEN to read this to better understand the women in their life and what they go through. It was an easy, fast read and I keep it handy to refer to it often as a resource. I so related to her perspective - Can't wait to read her other books!...more info
  • Lots of information here
    While this book has a LOT of information, she also is into "New Age" thinking. ...more info
  • The Wisdom of Menopause
    Received the book in excellent shape ... now to find the reading time. It's pretty fat!...more info
  • I'm not crazy, just going through Menopause
    Wonderful information. After reading just the first few pages, I realized I wasn't crazy, just starting Menopause. This book has a lot of good information. Should be given to every women for their 40th birthday....more info
  • Great information
    This book has some great info. that you never hear about. She talks about how menopause can bring out a lot of physical symptoms if there are things going on in your life that you haven't dealt with, like stress....more info
  • This is a Godsend...
    This book is a permanent fixture on my nightstand. I had so many questions about menopause, and never got any answers. It's like just the word, is taboo, lol. No one ever talks about it!

    Dr. Northrup's book explains EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING you could possibly want to know about menopause, and tips on how to survive it. I've already taken some suggestions, and feel a hell of a lot better.

    This book was the best money I have ever spent in my life. I took it to the doctors office on my last visit. I knew what questions to ask, and what I wanted done thanks to the book. What WAS broken, is NOW fixed!!!

    My hot flashes have subsided. My family is glad to have me "normal" again. Not the "evil witch" that appeared after the onset.

    Thanks Doc, for writing this book. You literally saved my life.

    ...more info
  • The Wisdom of Menopause
    I thought the medical information helpful and the book easy to read. However, I do not share the authors veiw of seeking "Spiritual guides" and tarrot cards to quide her life. I think that type of information took away from the medical validity of the information on Menopause she was providing. ...more info
  • The Wisdom of Menopause book review
    This just wasn't the book I was looking for. There is focus on the very high level life transition that may be going on during menopause. The first chapter is almost entirely spent on the author's divorce experience. I was looking for a book that dealt with the signs/symptoms associated with menopause and possible solutions and while the book contains that, there is just too much of the author's personal experiences in many of the chapters. One phrase that caught my attention was the she found meaning in the name "menopause" in that it may reflect a time for women to "pause from men". My husband and I have had many laughs about that one! ...more info
  • Lotus Guide Magazine Review
    The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing during the Change (2nd ed.)
    By Christine Northrup, M.D.

    Written as only a woman could write about the complexities of going through menopause, Christine brings her vast conventional knowledge into a perfect relationship with complementary medicine. She sees menopause as an opportunity for creating emotional and physical health by addressing the symptoms along with their emotional counterparts. Christine guides you step by step in easy-to-understand language by helping you find your own body wisdom. Christine Northrup is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist with more than 25 years of experience and past president of the American Holistic Medical Association. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The View, and Good Morning America.

    Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide Magazine ( info
  • Not helpful for me
    This book isn't what I was expected. I expected to learn more about the stages before menopause, and I did, but I didn't expect to read something that, in some ways, was depressing. The author explains her life and how menopause affected her when she didn't realize it, causing her marriage to fail. But with me, this is the happiest time of my life with a new marriage. It's hard to read the depressing divorce stories while my marriage is happy and a new beginning on life....more info
  • This book is a must-read for every woman over 40!
    I wish I had this book 20 years ago. It is full of the latest information about hormone replacement: Synthetic hormones from horse pee-Bad! Bio-identical hormones-Good! Normally I read books and pass them on to my friends. This one I am keeping as a reference and telling friends they MUST buy it for themselves....more info
  • The Wisdom of Menopause
    It is a very informative book and as always, I received great service from info
  • 2 Extraordinary Books for Mid-Lifers
    I have been educating myself about menopause since I hit 40. This book covers everything I discovered plus gives a spiritual side that medical literature never covers. It is full of excellent practical advice. Dr. Northrup combines traditional medicine with other 'medicines' in a nice balance. 'THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE' and Stop the Age Clock: Look 20 Years Younger, 20 Pounds Lighter and 200% Prettier in Only 20 Days are life changing books. I can't recommend them too highly!
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  • Generally Good book, only one or two complaints....
    OK, i love to read about health and hormones. I have them all. This is generally a good book if you have access to good medical care and to alternative solutions (a doctor who will work with bioidentical hormones for example). Thankfully I do and I do use natural progesterone cream. The confusing things: she touts soy quite a bit. However, you can find that soy is not "all that" and the studies she quotes seem to be all done by the soy industry. Search on soy and you will see what I mean. Also, if you are estrogen heavy, I have read to avoid soy as it mimics estrogen. Those with certain breast cancers are told to stay away from soy for that reason. She doesn't seem to explain that clearly or perhaps I just have it all wrong. The other sticky point is she says not to starve yourself yet she recommends Reliv and Usana products. Both are MLM which means expensive and not USP quality tested like other great brands. The USANA website says that the RESET program she recommends if very low calorie which means starvation. This backfires eventually. I also found some stuff about USANA that their supplements are not as complete as the label says. So, I question her judgement there. I also wonder if one gets so thin when nature wants to hold on to some fat as the norm, if she osteoporosis is the next step as that can happen when you get too thin and don't build bone. I think for diet I prefer Schwarzbein (although this gal isn't too far off....she leaves alot of it up to you). And high fiber (but low processed food, ditch the "whole grain bread" in lieu of natural carbos like greens and sweet potatoes) is a better choice. But, if you are in menopause and not sure what to do or where to start, this is a good general book. It is helpful that she is a GYN and she has been through menopause so she gets kudos for that! There is my two cents worth....more info
  • Wisdom of Menopause
    this is the most benificial book for women starting menopaus. The very exceptional information that every women and man needs during this trying time. The more we understand the more we can have a pleasant time with menopause....more info
  • Great reference book
    Dr. Northrop writes about an all too often ignored phase of life women go through. She is candid and writes in a way that allows the reader to relate to her and feel as though they've been heard....more info
  • I highly recommend this book to my clients
    As a psychotherapist specializing in perimenopausal, menopausal, and post menopausal women's issues, I advise all of my clients to read this book. It offers clear, concise information regarding both the physical and emotional changes that occur during menopause, and presents unbiased facts regarding hormone replacement therapy that will assist you in making informed decisions regarding your health care. [...]...more info
  • Great book
    I received my book in a timely manner and it was just as the add indicated. Great Condition! I am enjoying the book and I say...why pay $29.95 (new) for a book when you can get it on for $.99 plus shipping. I'll never buy a book new again....more info
  • A woman's "bible" on "the change"
    I thank God for this book. I have been reading books for 10 years trying to find the answers to what is happening to me. This book is for women who not only want to know but want to know how to respond and help get through it with sanity intact. This is THE best resource. Men just don't get it. I'm sorry, but no male doctor book has the depth and understanding this female doctor has. It is worth so much more than the's priceless....more info
  • Incredibly irresponsible advice and a bunch of rubbish!
    I read several recommendations of this book so I borrowed it from the library. What a load of rubbish! The more I read, the more I was shaking my head in disbelief. She seems to use this book as a rant about her role in her marriage. Then there's all the random comments about tarot cards and angels, etc. She claims her husband didn't support her when she started her holistic medical centre for women. I couldn't help wondering if perhaps her husband didn't support her because the new age ideas she was bringing into the venture were insane. I also dislike the assumption that we all have emotional baggage to unload which explains our irritability and anger during the transition to menopause. I do believe that a predisposition to depression and other mental health ills will contribute to the extremes of emotions during menopause but that's definitely not the whole of it.

    I didn't read that much further. Every so often I would come across something that made sense but there was so little substance it was not worth continuing. I have since read comments about so much incorrect information that I find it frightening that so many women are following her advice and risking their health. ...more info
  • Great Info
    This book is full of wonderful information that somehow has passed women by. We have been made to feel that what we go thru at menopause is normal and nothing we can do about it. This information gives power back to us as women and helps us to understand what our bodies are going thru and what we can do about it....more info
  • An awesome reference book!
    I appreciate the personal perceptions and insights that Dr. Northrup provides. It's a great reference book and also a publication that puts you at ease....more info
    I am still reading the book & it is so insightful to what I am going through. I honestly feel I have learned more about myself than any Dr. visit would have accomplished. It is such a wonderful experience to learn I am not alone with peri-memapause nor am I crazy.
    Thank you so much for all the info and tools that is going to change my life...more info
  • Author has Baggage
    I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this book. I definitely got some helpful guidance from chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7 (Hormones, Hormone Replacement, and Nutrition), but I was annoyed by many of the other chapters. Christiane Northrup starts the book by justifying why she got divorced during her menopausal years. Also, I noticed throughout the entire book a general aversion to men. She treats the subject of marriage and family like it's a ball and chain for women. Almost all of the examples are negative when it comes to family life and heterosexual marriage. If you want a book about perimenopause and menopause that is not filled with the author's baggage, I'd recommend The Change Before the Change by Laura E. Corio, M.D....more info
  • The Wisdom Of Menopause
    I ordered this book for my daughter, and it arrived at her house in good condition and in a short period of time, she and I were both happy and satisfied with the service we received. We will both order more books with an assurance of great service.

    Linda Creech...more info
  • A Total Approach to Menopause
    I can't imagine a more comprehensive resource for women seeking information about going through this important transitional phase of life.

    I love the fact that Christiane Northrup is not only a medical doctor, but a spiritual person with a total-person approach to health and a metaphysical outlook. She brings a balanced, holistic approach to women's health, with the reassuring guidance of one who has not only helped many others, but who has experienced the complexities of mid-life for herself.

    Each chapter addresses a different aspect of women's health and well-being at menopause: things such as brain health and memory, sexual myths and reality, pelvic exercises, food supplements, life fulfillment issues, mood swings, aging gracefully, skin care, diet for a changing metabolism, exercise, sexual organ health, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis, breast health and heart disease. All these subjects are covered in great, almost tedious detail.

    Some chapters provided life-changing insight. I devoured her clear descriptions of how a woman's diet should be modified at mid-life, as well as her ideas about the best ways to exercise. The author clearly knows her material, and has helped countless patients with a staggering variety of women's health issues.

    Although some parts of the book did not interest me, for example hormone replacement therapy options, I was impressed with the thoroughness and degree of experience and expertise the author brought to each subject addressed.

    This book is a must-have resource for any woman over 45 as a way to prepare for and experience the menopausal years with knowledge and insight....more info
  • Keep it by your bedside
    I grab this book whenever I wonder "is this normal for my age?"

    I dont know how my mother went through menopause with a male OBGyn and no book to guide her through...

    Get the book if you are over 40...more info
  • Superb and a Most Essential Book for all Women to Read
    Brillian book, most essential for all women to read in their years leading up to the menopause. It addresses all aspects of symptons all women will experience at some point in their life, gives you remedies for a natural approach to handle it or what you should ask your doctor should you need more help. It also gives you scenarios from real people she has treated, which I am sure some women can relate to. Most of all it gives you some reasoning and direction for what is happening in your body and why it happens. It is a bible for all women. ...more info
  • Wisdom of Menopause
    This book has so much more information than you would expect to find. It is very deep and covers all of your questions; that you didn't know you had. One of the best on the market; especially since she is an OBGYN and has experienced this herself....more info
  • Excellent Information for Women
    Christiane Northrup has written an excellent book for women who are going through perimenopause and menopause. Especially useful for women who are suffering from symptoms of hotflashes, depression, listlessness, etc. She doesn't tell you what to do, she just gives you the information so that you can talk with your Dr. to discuss the approach that best suits you....more info
  • Excellent Resource for women!
    I purchased two copies of this book for my daughters for a stocking stuffer. Once I started looking it over, I was even more impressed with Dr. Northrup! I have seen her on PBS specials and have one of her health tapes, as everything she writes is just excellent.

    I wish this book had been available when I was in my forties; I know my daughters will thoroughly enjoy reading and learning from the information Dr. Northrup provides....more info
  • Book Review
    Book was listed as used but in good condition. When I received the book it had a cut in the back cover and in about 20 pages in the back of the book....more info
  • Every 40ish Woman Should Read This Book
    I have gained so much information about menopause from this book. Christiane is wonderful at telling it like it is and I am so grateful for that. We can do so much to take charge of our own lives and this book gives all the angles, from homeopathy to medicine/drugs and learning to trust our instincts. Women need to begin by taking real care of themselves and everything else falls into place. If you have questions about menopause READ THIS BOOK! And live it's message....more info
  • A revealing read
    I haven't finished it yet and I don't expect that I will for some time yet.....but what a great book this is....a mine of information that is so relevant to women approaching and experiencing menopause....not just physical but also personal, emotional, spiritual and nutritional!! What a time it is in our lives and how to make it the best that it can be for each woman as an individual......Sharyn ...more info
  • Good but not as good as I expected
    Lots of sound medical advice and explanations but this book would have been more readable (and much shorter) if she had left out some of the personal and New Age info. Other books I've read on the subject have pretty much the same information on perimenopause so I didn't find much new. Got it from the library or else I probably would be returning it to get my money back....more info
  • is it me or is it hot in here?
    Knowing what your going thur before you think your the only one really helps. The first time your body changed it was weird and you thought your friends had all the facts. This time there is an expert who knows the facts and the territory. Let this book help....more info
  • Great Book!
    This is a fabulous book - a resource that addresses everything you can imagine and more!...more info
  • The Perfect Gift
    My sister and I enjoyed a program broadcast before the holidays on PBS. We were both taken how right on everything she talked about was about things we were both experienceing heading into menopause. I ordered and it arrived just in time for Christmas. Book a great source and reference and we both enjoyed reading it cover to cover....more info
  • Great Read. Must Have, Excellent knowledge shared by author
    Fabulous must have book for the baby boom generation and after. This book will keep you glued to the pages and will provide many answers to many questions previously not even addressed. Buy this will not be sorry!...more info
  • tons of information
    I would reccomend this book to all the ladies 30 and older. Tons of information, and referance material....more info
  • Relief from the inside out
    This book helps to take a different approach to a common occurance in womens' lives. The experience can be overwhelming but by stepping back,attempting to research relief we have more control on how we get through it. Plus having options rather than one pill fits all gives hope. She addresses the issues well and we know she has come out on top. So can we....more info
  • Super Help for Women!!!
    This book is a wonderful guide for women about to travel thru menopause and those of us already on this road! The info about general mental changes, possible medical needs (both allopathic and homeopathic) are fantastic! Dr. Northrup uses her personal experiences to the benefit of us all and I find that a super method of getting her point across to the reader. I'm glad that I broke my budget to buy the book. It helps me each and every time I open it and read a section in it.

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  • Empowerment
    This book is about personal empowerment for women through education about developing a wise and healthy lifestyle now through menopause. I recommend that every woman 30 years of age and older read this book. It offers wisdom, education, resources and tools of empowerment that can only lead to a more healthy, happy and prosperous life! This was a book club selection for our book club which attracted the highest attendance in our book club history. Share this book with the women in your life that you care about and love.

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    For too long women have suffered thru menopause with no one to tell them what options they have and how they should approach menopause. Thankfully someone has not only broached the subject, but now we have the information we need to get past this....more info
  • Menopause book.
    I returned this item as it was not what I had expected. I think it was a lot of philsophizing and not in a good way. Didn't find it helpful....more info
  • My mom loved it
    I bought it for my mom, she's on that age and she read the whole book in less than 2 weeks and she was very satisfied with its content....more info
  • Worst Amazon experience ever
    We were greatly dissapointed with Amazon's customer service. We ordered this book through your web site. Having not received the book we contacted Amazon for support. They referred us to a third party, Z Books. Z Books has the worst customer support that we have experienced in the years that we have dealt on line. This negative experience was enough to convince us to NEVER use Amazon's service again. We have yet to receive our book, which we paid to recieve, and we have yet to receive any communication from Amazon or Z Book. Please do not send me any more communication. ...more info
  • The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change, 2nd Edition
    I was very disappointed with this book. I was looking for a book that discussed the body changes with menopause. Instead I got a book that was very pro divorce. It was interspearsed everywhere throughout the book. Very sad that alot of people might read this book because the author is well known and they will be encouraged to drop everything and think only of themselves at the expense of their families, especially their children. I ended up throwing the book in the garbage can. ...more info
  • A Wealth Of Information
    All women of all ages should have this book by their bedside! This book is such a well needed book for women even if they are not going through menopause. Hats off to Christiane! Great book!...more info


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