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

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Published: 12/05/2022
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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: 9781529059052
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 195 x 129 x 23 mm


'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, to understand and prepare for all things menopause.' - Dr Nighat Arif

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

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

'Cracking the Menopause is the book we've all been waiting for: it needs to be read by everywoman over the age of twenty and preferably any men who want to live or work in harmony with opposite sex. The historical lack of education, discussion and consequently the prevailing squeamishness about a huge biological stage in every woman's life is frankly a nonsense. Let's all get over it, get educated and then enjoy the 'second spring' as the Japanese call it.' - Gabby Logan

'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 Winkelman

'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

'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

'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

'Until it started to happen to me my knowledge of the menopause was pretty pathetic and based on sitcom-style stereotypes. If I had read this book in my thirties I'd have known what was coming down the track. Knowledge is power and I want to feel more powerful than ever in the second half of my life - so thanks Alice and Mariella, this book should sell millions.' - Gabby Logan

'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

'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

'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

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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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