The M Word

Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause

  • Imprint: Vie
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 13 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781787832947

About the book

The menopause does not have to mean the end of your libido, of sex, of work, or of feeling like who you used to be. The M Word is a complete one-stop guide to the peri-menopause and menopause, covering everything from understanding symptoms to managing relationships to which treatments really work. Discussing HRT as well as self-help and lifestyle tips, this book will be your companion through the years before, during and after the menopause.

Topics covered include:

  • Hot flushes and other physical symptoms
  • Psychological symptoms
  • Sex, libido and contraception
  • HRT and other treatments
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Health after the menopause
  • And much more!

Written in a positive, uplifting and light-hearted style, with plenty of quotes from real women, this book shows you how to not just survive, but thrive through the menopause, letting you remain you.

About the author

Dr Philippa Kaye is a GP with a particular interest in children’s, women’s and sexual health. She has written multiple books on topics ranging from pregnancy and fertility to child health and child development, and she has a weekly column in Woman magazine as well as contributing to other magazines and newspapers. She is regularly seen broadcasting on radio and television in programmes such as The Victoria Derbyshire Show. She is also the GP ambassador for Jo’s Cervical Cancer trust. Dr Kaye is based in North London where she lives with her family: 1 husband, 3 children and 3 clucking, egg-laying chickens. 

Reviews

As a teen I remember my mum mentioning “women of a certain age” with a knowing look; her and my nana talked in hushed tones about “the change”. I remember thinking “who are these women? What changes?” – I kept my fingers crossed that the change that happened was the acquiring of some sort of superpower: invisibility or the secret overnight sprouting of wings.

Turns out it's the menopause; less exciting than the ability to fly or disappear but seemingly just as mystical. This book is here to de-mystify the menopause.

Dr Kaye is my GP and over the years she has proved to be empathetic, interested and straight-talking. She’s the mate who’s always got your back, she knows her stuff and tells you exactly how it is.

In this book she walks you through the maze of the menopause, and guides you through all the twists and unexpected turns your menopausal journey will take you on. Talking about periods is no longer done in hushed tones – my teenage daughter and I loudly discuss her period and her little brother knows all about them – we need to achieve that openness around the subject of menopause, and this book is a very good place to start.

'An excellent read on everything you need to know about the menopause – informative, easy to digest and well balanced.'

'I’ll be recommending this book to my patients – an eminently sensible and evidence-based guide for everyone to understand the menopause.'

'Philippa has been the go-to MadeForMums GP for years – she has offered enormous help to the mums who visit our site on so many topics related to parenting and women’s health... her advice is always practical, down to earth and just what our readers need to know.'