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Dear Menopause, I Do Not Fear You! A Modern Woman's Guide to Thriving Through Midlife

Book Review:
Dear Menopause, I Do Not Fear You! A Modern Woman's Guide to Thriving Through Midlife

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Soma Mandal, MD
Independently published; 2019
142 pages

This book was a joy to read! The author has done a wonderful job of discussing many of the socially taboo topics important to menopausal women. In her words, this book is “menopause myth busting.”

Mandal first discusses how to recognize the changes of perimenopause and menopause, explaining the difference between the terms and what to expect during that time. She then gives a wonderful historical and cultural review of menopause. After that introduction, she gets to the work of “myth busting” in detail. Chapter by chapter, she addresses different symptoms/concerns of menopausal women, with treatment options available. Chapters include discussions of body/weight changes, hair loss, brain fog, breast changes, skin changes, heart health, thyroid disease, vaginal health, night sweats, and bone loss. All is written with a sense of humor and a very positive outlook on the changes to expect.

Mandal finishes the book with chapters on hormone therapy, natural therapies, supplements, meditation, and yoga. Each chapter gives an explanation of options available, allowing readers to find the options that best work for them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to recommend it to my patients. It acknowledges and thoroughly discusses some distressing symptoms experienced by most, if not all, menopausal women, but does so in a very positive manner. My favorite quote is, “Menopause is not the end of life as you know it. It’s actually a perfect opportunity to reinvent yourself.”

Reviewed by
Cynthia B. Evans MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine


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