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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091887771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091887773
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The word 'metamorphosis' is described in the Oxford Concise Dictionary as meaning: a change of form, (by natural or supernatural means) a change of character, conditions etc. How perfectly this word describes the state of a woman beginning -- or going through -- the trauma of the menopause! Is it me or is it hot in here? by Jenni Murray, should be compulsory reading. Not just for women needing help and advice on the complexities of the menopause, but also for men trying to understand why women are so complex at this time. Marcelle Smith, a Magazine Editor, once observed: " Women are like eggs, they hatch in their forties." Jenni Murray feels that her book is about, "a search for a better understanding of what is happening to us physically, what we can do about it and how we learn to make informed decisions about the best way to act as regards the medical profession, friends, children and partners." Primarily though, she hopes that through sharing our experiences of what we suffer or not, as the case may be, we find some comfort in the fact that we are not alone, that there are various strategies for making ourselves feel better and that these feelings will not go on for ever. Jenni's book covers everything in some depth including: what is the menopause? the pros and cons of HRT, alternatives to HRT, diet and exercise, "old age aint for cissies" some further reading and ends with some useful addresses. It is a marvellous book and very helpful. On a more personal level, my only complaint is that this book wasn't written earlier. Such a lot of pain and heartache could have been avoided and more questions answered. Oh well, better late than never I suppose!--Lynne Unwin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An authoritative and accessible guide for women approaching the menopause who are not ready to take to their beds and be waited upon!

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135 of 136 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar 2001
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The prospect of the menopause is daunting enough for most women, never mind the actual experience of it. It's probably the last taboo, the subject that, even among friends, we are loath to talk about because it draws a line across our lives in a way that nothing else does. Most of the books on the subject so far have been written with a preset agenda, but at last, Jenni Murray has provided us with an overview that gives enough information for us to figure out what might be the best option for us as individuals. At least it gives us the ammunition to make informed demands of our doctors, as well as an understanding of what's happening to our bodies and our emotions. And as you'd expect from the flagship presenter of Woman's Hour, it comes in an accessible package that never seeks to blind us with science in the cause of making the author seem like God. As someone who suspects she's definitely perimenopausal and probably heading into the full eye of the storm sometime soon, I found this a heartening read. Every woman should read this at least once (given how menopause affects the memory!) and then pass it on to their partners!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mediamum on 9 Feb 2007
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Simply a really helpful book. It is reader friendly, often amusing and always explains clearly any technical, chemical or gobbelldegook that you may have been told before. Through this book (which was recommended by my marvelous female GP)I have found the right help to get me through this part of my life. It was also interesting to hear how well known women have got through the menopause.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By SJS on 20 Jun 2011
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This book was published in 2000 and hasn't been updated. A large proportion of it is devoted to an examination of different forms of HRT but is littered with references to 'studies due to report in 2002' and such like which means it isn't particularly informative.

Jenni Murray's writing is humorous and humane (though I got a bit annoyed by the constant name-dropping of famous menopausal friends!), but the practical usefulness of this book is undermined by the lack of an updated edition.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar 2002
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I actually bought this book and had it sent to my mother.Afterwards I wondered if I had done the right thing as she is 65 and surely pretty much past all this menopause thing,but apparently not!She thoroughly enjoyed it,could relate to it really well,found it all extremely helpful,the info re HRT,the exercises and the alternative herbal remedies.Many women of her age have problems with HRT and are forced to stop and then apparently the menopausal symptoms return.
Since my mother is currently not on line I thought I'd write this on her behalf and recommend this book to all women in their mid-forties and up to read.Certainly well worth buying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Green on 30 Jan 2009
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I like the fact that whilst this book provides a balanced account of the menopause, it doesn't read like a medical text book. It includes real women's experiences, so you don't feel you're the only one going through hot flushes and sleepless nights etc. It outlines both the good and the bad aspects of going through the menopause, as well as the pros and cons of HRT and natural alternatives. All in all a comprehensive guide to the menopause.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By diane peart on 4 Jan 2010
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I bought this book approx 8 years ago and found it really informative and reassuring with a dash of humour and lots of tips. Before I had read the book, i thought I was suffering from an early onset of dementia as my memory had turned to mush, but I now know that its just a part of the process. I lent that book to a work colleague years ago and it has never been returned-typical! I immediately thought of buying another copy of this book when a friend of mine recently mentioned familiar symptoms.... do I expect to get it back? No!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KWren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
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This is the perfect read for women approaching the menopause, particularly those who were not expecting it just yet and therefore haven't been prepared for the wide-ranging symptoms awaiting including the tedious tsunami of hot flushes.

This book conveniently brings an analysis of treatment approaches together into one easy to read book, yet succeeds in avoiding over-medicalising a perfectly normal life transition. The inclusion of the experiences of real women is especially valuable for those of us feeling isolated and suffering in the midst of a still largely-taboo subject.

It's a comprehensive guide, very well written and includes a welcome touch of humour. I'd also recommend it for baffled husbands and partners to warn them what to expect too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fifty-plus on 11 Feb 2010
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I read this before I had too many symptoms of the perimenopause and found it excellent for background knowledge and then I read it again months later and underlined bits in red so that I had the references at my fingertips when I went to the doctor's. It is very useful guidance but it has not been updated recently.
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