by Kate Muir
When will the perimenopause strike? And what even is it? Is the menopuase doing something to my brain? What is HRT? And is it dangerous? Frankly, what the hell is going on?
Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause (but were too afraid to ask) is the thinking woman's guide to the menopause, bringing you answers to all those questions hidden behind a venner of misplaced shame, bad science and centuries of patriarchy.
Muir speaks with a vibrant and diverse cast of people who share their experiences of the menopause with heartfelt honesty, letting us in on their hard-earned wisdom. On her own tumultuous journey through the change, she underwent both personal and professional upheaval, experienced a dramatic health scare and was told to pop a giant sparkly purple magnet in her pants.
She also questions why the medical establishment is getting the menopause so wrong, as she debunks the myths that surround hormone replacement therapy and exposes the sloppy science and hysterical headlines that have negatively impacted women's health for the last twenty years.
With the help of a panel of doctors, scientists and health experts, Muir unpacks the science behind hormones and ageing, and takes a close look at the different options available for treating both body and mind during the profound changes that take us into midlife and beyond, shaping and defining the latter half of our lives. The healthcare choices we make can have impacts as wide ranging as protecting against Alzheimer's disease, safeguarding mental health and boosting sex drive.
This groundbreaking guide is a social, cultural and scientific exploration into a criminally overlooked and under-discussed phenonmenon that will affect one billion of us by 2025. And it is a manifesto for change, calling for equality in healthcare and an entirely new approach to the menopause.
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Date of Publication: 20/01/2022