Cracking the Menopause: While Keeping Yourself Together (Hardback)
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Cracking the Menopause: While Keeping Yourself Together (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 16/09/2021
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Providing a clear-headed and authoritative guide to an oft-neglected topic, Frostrup and Smellie discuss all aspects of the menopause with candour and wit alongside wryly funny illustrations and contributions from a range of experts.

It's time for us to start talking about the menopause. Cracking the Menopause, from straight-talking broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and award-winning health journalist Alice Smellie, has all the information you need - with a generous side order of humour. Designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to manage your symptoms from perimenopause onwards, this essential book separates the myths from the reality and offers expertise, hope and advice.

Featuring case studies from women in every walk of life and all stages of their menopause journey, Cracking the Menopause opens up the conversation about an urgent topic that half the population will experience, but barely anyone is talking about.

Why has the menopause been overlooked in medical research?

Why is it ignored by society (except as the butt of bad jokes)?

What are the symptoms, when will it happen, and what does it really mean?

Answering all these questions and more, Mariella shares her own journey through the menopause - along with the latest science and funny illustrations - to provide an informative source of wisdom, humour and enlightenment.

Drawing on cutting-edge research and featuring interviews with a wide range of experts, from leading gynaecologists to psychologists, sleep specialists, nutritionists and more, this book provides advice and recommendations you can trust.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529059038
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 566 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 37 mm


A fresh, insightful take and a great read. - Helen Fielding

Essential reading for everyone. - Marian Keyes

I inhaled this book, it's fantastic. Women of all ages need to read it. It’s genuinely helped me understand why I wake up at 5 a.m. and made me laugh along the way. - Claudia Winkleman

Cracking the Menopause should be mandatory for every medical student and pretty much anyone else who cares about the quality of a woman’s life over the age of forty. Mariella and Alice have just written one of the most important books of the year, bravo. - Gabby Logan

Menopause is the dark matter of modern medicine, until now almost totally neglected. This book shrugs off generations of silence and stigma. It’s confessional, scientifically accurate and extremely funny. It’s for anyone who will experience the menopause themselves or who knows someone who will . . . so that’s basically everyone. - Dr Chris van Tulleken

Optimistic, hilarious and informative. A rallying cry for women to love and look after themselves at any age. - Susannah Constantine

This book is nothing short of revolutionary! Finally, some validation for women who’ve been swirling around aimlessly seeking answers in tomes of patriarchal gibberish. This book arrives at exactly the right time; a guidebook for that stage in life, previously only surviving in shadows and whispers. MENOPAUSE, at long last: a badge of honor. - Naomi Watts

A fabulous read. For me, this is the first conversation around the menopause that is inclusive of ethnically diverse voices. This is a must-have, revolutionary book for everyone to read. - Dr Nighat Arif

This friendly, feisty book has all the myth-busting facts, tactics and strategies we need to sail through menopause and not just survive, but thrive. - Alice Hart-Davis, founder of The Tweakments Guide

Brilliantly well-informed, hugely helpful and, above all, empathetic to women’s needs: I wish I’d had this to read when my own perimenopause kicked in. - Saska Graville, MPowered Women

A must-read for women of any age. It does not just crack the menopause, it makes it cool. I, for one, cannot wait to become a grumpy and free menopausal woman after reading this book. - Miriam Gonzalez Durantes

It’s astounding and shocking that a process over half the world’s population will go through is still so poorly understood. This book goes a long way towards clearing up the myths and misconceptions that still surround the menopause. - Lydia Slater, Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar

It’s fascinating, and a little scary that men are so ignorant about something that will probably significantly affect someone they’ve lived with for two decades! - Mark Pougatch

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“I wish this had been written 10 years ago”

Packed full of volumes of information on both peri and menopauses, and the odd humorous anecdote, it should be read by everyone, (and that includes men) over 40.

n 10 years ago. The style of writing is easy to... More

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“Great resource”

This book was perfectly timed for me as I started my first week on HRT after years of fighting to be heard. I started reading and felt the awe of realisation that I had found what I needed. I posted on social media... More

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“Required reading”

A brilliant and insightful read into the menopause which, in my opinion, should be issued to every woman in their late 30’s so they can recognise the symptoms and get some help rather than suffer in silence or be... More

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