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

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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
Paperback, 656 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Bantam (first published March 6th 2001)
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Mar 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read the first, oh, hundred pages and then I started skimming for things to snort at. There were lots of things for my skeptical atheist self to snort at. Including gems like:

"The difference between the postpartum period and perimenopause is that during perimenopause you're giving birth to yourself."

"It has now been scientifically documented that specific patterns of emotional vulnerability affect specific organs or systems of the body." (No footnotes or citations here.)

"One of the first thin
Re-read updated 2012 version: November - December 2019

This version was 745 pages, including the index. The information from the author ends at page 666 and includes the resources section which I found very helpful, too.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this updated version! The book contains updated "wisdom" advice from Dr. Northrup as well as recent studies on women's health, bio-identical hormone therapy--now referred to HT for hormone therapy and so much more. I try not to write in my books and s
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perhaps a bit unusual for me, a male, to have read this book. My goal was to understand and support my wife as she is in that stage of her life. To that end this was a successful read. There were also some gender neutral ideas which I appreciated for myself.
Doctor Northrup did a thorough job of going through a variety of related topics and weaving them into the fabric of menopause and how it can be a welcome stage of life.
Did I skim through sections of this book? Absolutely. But I did gain so
Dec 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A good read if you'd like insights from a physician who also believes in acupuncture, herbology, Chinese thoughts, etc. Quite forward thinking. Wish I had this to read in my late 30s so I knew what I was in for.

As it was, I stayed clear of hormone replacement therapy having seen it work disastrously for my mother. Turns out most of what happens in peri-menopause is the result of a woman's body saying "Hey, you must start listening, and being genuine with yourself, honey. Don't sublimate anymore.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Once again, I have profoundly mixed feelings about a health-related book. Is it the books, or is it me? Anyway, take the rating of a three as more like an average of reactions all over the map.

This book was initially recommended to me by a friend who suggested using it as a reference: Look up your menopausal symptom of choice, and she'll recommend supplements, dietary changes, and medical treatments pertinent to that issue. It may well be that it would work better in that mode. I instead decide
Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
When I pick up a book by an M.D. I expect fact based, peer-reviewed, science. Dr. Northrup does not deliver on that. In the opening chapter she writes about fibroids being caused by blocked creative energy or repressed emotions about my mother. I stopped there.

May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
If you are a woman 35 and over, you need to read this. The years of transition--before menopause--actually may be the hardest. Northrup, a New Age M.D., writes a very detailed and personable reference book (not to be read cover to cover, but by topics) for what every woman age 30-50+ needs to know.
Kelly Sapp
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm loving this book, and there IS wisdom in listening to what our bodies are telling us. My mother used to always say, "thank God for that time of the month, otherwise we'd never clear the air of those things that bother us all month long, but during that time, we have had enough to speak up." Basically, this book says the same is true of menopause. Things become crystal clear. We must either listen to our bodies, and grow, or hold it all in, and die. This can be in dead-end jobs, life-sucking ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was quite turned away by the author’s presumption that stuffed/unaddressed emotion contributes to hormonal imbalance. To me that is victim-blaming. I’ve always known exactly what my emotions are. I’ve never stuffed a single one. They are all addressed. If you don’t believe me, ask me therapist. Still, with all the addressing and knowing and unpacking, I struggle tremendously with PMDD; and let me tell you, perimenopause is kicking me right in the vulva right now. I don’t appreciate the implica ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I complained to my doctor that there are no "Growing and Changing Me" classes for women approaching menopause, she recommended this book. I found it to be very informative and inspiring.

Northrup sees menopause as a series of changes designed to turn us away from the other-focused, other-nurturing phase of our lives (largely caused by the hormones that kick in at puberty) and toward a phase of life that will help us live out our own passions and dreams. She mixes "you-go-girl" style inspira
Sylvia B
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a woman's MUST HAVE!! I read it when it first came on the market and continue to use it as a reference book. I can't tell you how many times I've recommended this to my clients.

If you don't own a copy, get one immediately!
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love Christiane Northrup....She's like a friend who has ALL of the answers. And not just any answer, ones backed up by research and personal experience. ...more
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Easy to read explanation, encouraging and sensible advice. But such a big book! Too big to read in bed!
Sonia Dyett
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is a combination of science-based medicine and a whole lot of new age hogwash and naturopathic crap. As soon as a medical doctor talked about astrology and her body being influenced by the planets, she’s lost all credibility to me. And even if you took her advice seriously, it’s way too confusing to figure out what to do based on a dozen random recommendations about what could be wrong. Save your time and money.
Sue Blanch
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There’s more to menopause than you think

The Wisdom of Menopause is essential reading for every woman nearing menopause. Whether you are just on the approach to this stage of life or are deep in the throes of chaotic bleeding, hot flushes or night sweats. It’s also invaluable for post-menopausal women who struggled with the change. If this is you, it will enable you to look retrospectively at what happened and to understand why.

Convention has it that the menopause phase begins when our periods an
Allyson Shaw
As I read through this book, my initial excitement of finding something that described my constellation of body issues/events abated. I found the outdated information on weight and BMI index and contradictory information about carbs, etc. to be frustrating. This is a personal thing but the book assumes a different relationship to physicians and medical care than most people have-- if you have an HMO or use the NHS doctors will not be willing to work with you if you just want a comprehensive chec ...more
Mary Marsell
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I have officially finished reading this book, slowly and carefully noting advice and tips for this stage of my life, The Wisdom of Menopause is the kind of resource book that will have to be pulled from the shelf frequently for reminders about so many health issues related to this period of time. As well as recommending this book to all, I'm curious about Christiane Northrup's other book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom. I'm sure it's equally full of guidance and healing. ...more
Lenny Husen
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Rounding up because this is a truly fantastic book and well-written book.
HIGHLY recommend for those women "d'une certaine age."--any woman who is Peri-Menopausal or who is Menopausal, or any Ob/Gyn or Primary Doctor. This is THE PERFECT GIFT for any woman you know who is turning 51.
(I would say turning 50, but that is such a traumatic birthday that I wouldn't risk it. On a woman's 50th, you give her the gift of telling her how beautiful she is and how she doesn't look 50 and looks m
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm at that point in life when I need to learn all I can about what is happening or going to happen... ...more
Pamela Angelo
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is a godsend for anyone going through perimenopause or menopause. Christiane Northrup writes an easy to understand book with a wealth of information.
Bev Sturgis
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Pratheesh Parameswaran
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is no secret that relationship crises are a common side effect of menopause .Usually is attributed to the crazy-making effects of the hormonal shifts occurring woman's body at this time of transition . what is rarely acknowledged or understood is that as these hormone-driven changes affect the brain ,they give a woman a sharper eye for inequity and injustice , and a voice that insists on speaking up about them . In other words , they uncover hidden wisdom-and the courage to voice it . As the ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot, a lot, a lotta information. It is not a quick read and I had to stop periodically to take a break in order to better digest what I was reading. I like the fact that she is an MD, but heavily subscribes to an alternative approach in all things health related. I did not like the fact, that because her divorce ended up resolving mental, emotional, and health issues for her, she seems to think that approach will help everyone. The subtle undertone I got early in the book was if ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book when I was going through perimenopause and I learned so much from it. As I was reading it, there were parts I couldn't understand but by the time my sister was going through it I told her, that this book will help you with what you need but keep the book because as your journey progresses, other parts of it will become clear. It helped her. I bought her, her own book because I was still using mine. Now my daughter is going through it and I bought the book for her. Som ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF - Sadly, like most books for women, this is geared towards women who were married and had children who want to "free" themselves from the burden of their husband and children. Clearly, women who are single, and/or didn't have children (!!!!) don't have as much to worry about with menapause - we'll just keep on trucking in our happy-go-lucky lives, hopefully not regretting our bad life choices that brought us to this point in life. ...more
B. Lee
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-wellness
I have to admit that I found the weaving of astrology, eastern medicine, and western medicine, a bit disorienting, frustrating, at times even off putting. But the overall holistic mind-body exploration of midlife womanhood was nevertheless compelling. It’s overlong, but deeply informed by frequently cited medical literature, while remaining quite readable (and she weaves her own story into much of it, which makes it tangible and relatable). I highly recommend.
Allie MacPhail
I was hoping this would have all the answers for why life can change so drastically at midlife. Sigh.. not sure there really is a book for that. This book however is a decent reference to go back to. I did not like some of her philosophy of how to deal with changing relationships but the sections referring to physical emotional changes were decent.
Liz Armstrong
I used to use this as a reference book so didn't read in sequence. I've since discovered Christiane has very opposite views on some things to me so I have donated it unfinished. If you are thinking of buying this Google her or read her Twitter to quickly get an idea whether she's someone you want to be listening to. ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the support of mind body connection especially in relation to menopause. It was an empowering read that encourages women to stand up for themselves after years of downplaying their emotions to keep the peace in families.

Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of excellent info about menopause and how to make it as peaceful a transition as possible. I didn't read all the supplement info or other medical stuff that wasn't pertinant to me. So i may have read half the book, skimmed another quarter and skipped a quarter. ...more
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“with a woman’s life expectancy at eighty-four years, it is reasonable to expect that she will not only live thirty to forty years beyond menopause, but be vibrant, sharp, and influential as well. The menopause you will experience is not your mother’s (or grandmother’s) menopause.” 0 likes
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