Recommended books for Peri Menopause and Menopause….

Rachael CrowMenopause

The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup…..

includes mainstream info and alternatives, covers every aspect of peri menopause and menopause

“Dr. Christiane Northrup’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Wisdom of Menopause has inspired more than a million women with a dramatically new vision of midlife–and will continue to do so for generations to come. As Dr. Northrup has championed, the “change” is not simply a collection of physical symptoms to be “fixed,” but a mind-body revolution that brings the greatest opportunity for growth since adolescence. The choices a woman makes now–from the quality of her relationships to the quality of her diet–have the power to secure vibrant health and well-being for the rest of her life. Now completely revised, this groundbreaking classic draws on the current research and medical advances in women’s health, and includes – a new section on sex after 50–and how, if need be, you can rejuvenate your sex life
– updated mammogram guidelines–and how thermography improves breast health
– the latest on the glycemic index, optimal blood sugar levels, and ways to prevent diabetes
– dietary guidelines revealing that hidden sugar–not dietary fat–is the main culprit in heart disease, cancer, and obesity
– all you need to know about perimenopause and why it’s critical to your well-being
– a vital program for ensuring pelvic health during and after menopause
– strategies to combat osteoporosis and strengthen bones for life With this trusted resource, Dr. Christiane Northrup shows that women can make menopause a time of personal empowerment–emerging wiser, healthier, and stronger in both mind and body than ever before.”

New Menopausal Years : The Wise Woman Way by Susun Weed
I just love how Susun speaks as a wise grandmother, her herbal advice is second to none!

“The best book on menopause is now better. Herbal solutions for osteoporosis, hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, flooding, fibroids, low libido, incontinence, anxiety, depression.

Completely revised with 100 new pages. All the remedies women know and trust plus hundreds of new ones. New sections on thyroid health, fibromyalgia, hairy problems, male menopause, and herbs for women taking hormones.

Recommended by Susan Love MD and Christiane Northrup MD.

One of the world’s best selling books on menopause still comes on strong. Called “indispensable,” “incredible,” and a “treasure trove of information,” Menopausal Years is the “bible” for the 87% of American women over the age of fifty who want nothing to do with hormones.

Includes information and remedies for problems with premenopause — flooding, erratic periods, fibroids, spotting, water retention, muscle soreness — as well as menopause — hot flashes, sleeplessness, mood swings, headaches, palpitations, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and much more. Final chapters speak to post-menopausal women’s concerns: including ways to maintain heart health, prevent and reverse osteoporosis, deal with dry vaginal tissues and incontinence, ease aching joints, and maintain healthy libido.

The soothing, wise voice of Grandmother Growth guides each woman through the book and through her own menopause metamorphosis. Ritual interludes interweaves a spiritual dimension often lacking in other works.

Includes superb resource lists for menopause information, index, glossary, directions for using (and preparing) herbal medicines, complete descriptions of the most-used menopausal herbs (including nettles, ginseng, dong quai, red clover, oatstraw, and motherwort), recipes for heart- and bone-healthy dishes, and lots of illustrations.”

Red Moon Passage : The Power and Wisdom of Menopause  Bonnie J. Horrigan
I love how Bonnie has woven stories of amazing women around the theme of menopause . (out of print but can be found on Amazon Marketplace and Abe Books)

“In the spirit of The Feminine Face of God, Coming into Our Fullness, and the million-copy best-seller when I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple, Red Moon Passage celebrates menopause as a spiritual journey of transformation. Through the words of a culturally diverse group of some of the wisest and most visionary women of our time, this book conveys the idea that menopause, when approached correctly, can usher in a dynamic new way of being, filled with increased creative and intuitive abilities.Written with notable grace, Red Moon Passage contains a personal story of sorrow and triumph as well as enlightening conversations with eight extraordinary women for a number of spiritual traditions: Jeanne Achterberg, Paula Gunn Allen, Angeles Arrien, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Kachinas Kutenai, Carol S. Pearson, Jamie Sams, and Barbara G. Walker.”


Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life : Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science by Claudia Welch
I’ve found this book to be such a help in understanding the yin and yang of our hormones and particularly love her techniques to help with insomnia.

“Tired? Overworked? Stressed? Out of balance? Welcome to the twenty-first century, where women’s stress levels have reached unprecedented heights. Between myriad responsibilities, women burn through even the energy gained from sufficient sleep and a healthy diet. The result? Hormonal havoc. In clear, accessible language, internationally renowned doctor Claudia Welch explains hormones from A to Z, specifically how they relate to each other, how and why they become imbalanced, and how women can restore that balance. Welch includes simple diet tips, stress-management techniques, and natural sleep secrets. Using the principles of Ayurveda (popularized in the West by Deepak Chopra) and the holistic sensibility of Dr. Christiane Northrup, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life gives women the essential tools to achieve the perfect balance between their yin (sex hormones) and yang (stress hormones), and between the body and the mind.”


The Seven sacred Rites of Menopause by Kristi Meisenbach Boylan

Now THIS I loved! Her analogy of the peri menopausal women stepping on to the boat to Avalon really resonated with me…although I just admit she lost me towards the end when she brought in HRT, but the most of it is beautiful.

“Menopause is much more than just a list of physical ailments, menopause is a spiritual journey. Kristi Meisenbach Boylan outlines the seven rituals that menopausal women move through on their voyage to the wise-woman years. Learn why these seven ceremonial milestones should be viewed as celebrations, not as symptoms of illness or disease.”