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Change Your Menopause

Book Review:
Change Your Menopause: Why One Size Does Not Fit All

Wulf Utian, MD, PhD, DSc(Med), FRCOG, FACOG, FICS
Beachwood, OH: Utian Press, 2011
219 pages

Change your Menopause provides information and advice about the menopausal transition and postmenopause by an author who is a world authority on the subject. Dr. Utian has spent his career championing menopausal women via his research, 40 years of clinical practice, and the development of interdisciplinary societies with a scientific focus on menopause. He provides a necessary authoritative medical voice amongst many other publications on the subject.

The book is organized into chapters on scientific information on menopause, followed by medical advice, and then Dr. Utian’s self-help tips and philosophy. He calls this positive approach his “Get Up and Go Lifestyle.” Chapters discuss complementary and alternative therapies, sex and andropause, and hormone therapy. He also provides four practical recommendations:

  1. Self-education
  2. Changing detrimental life habits
  3. Eight tools for change (including diet, exercise, total body care, good medical care, judicious use of medications, and a healthy lifestyle)
  4. Eight practical to-do lists

The book is an easy-to-read, chatty, and practical guide with concrete recommendations to improve a woman’s health and symptoms as she goes through her own personal menopause. The chapters are arranged for easy retrieval and review. There are common-sense steps for change provided by a clinician who has devoted his life to improving the health of aging women. I think the majority of readers will find this book very valuable. Change Your Menopause provides an upbeat philosophy as well as important information from a trustworthy expert, which will help the individual woman navigate her own menopausal journey.

Review written by:
Wendy L. Wolfman, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, NCMP
Director, Menopause and Premature Ovarian Failure Unit
Mt. Sinai Hospital
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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