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.
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.
'I've read a few menopause books and hand on heart, this is the one that I'll keep on my bookshelf (the others I've given away). It may not be the most medically encyclopedic or touchy-feely, but it is the only one I've read that I wish I'd read five years ago. I didn't have to re-read paragraphs or feel that I needed to make notes to understand what was being said.