"..an heirloom quality book honoring the pathways of women" -- The Library Letter, May/June 1993
"..the whole tone of this book is loving, startling, evocative, and ultimately healing" -- Freestone Innerprizes, Utah, 1993
"I loved this book, and will use it in my work with midlife women" -- Sadja Greenwood, M.D.
"It provides rich meanings for menopause for me and my contemporaries. Highly recommended. " -- A Friend Indeed
"Very insightful with a holistic approach, this is a must companion for every women in menopause." -- Library Journal
From the Author
Some tribal people believe that menstrual blood, when no longer being used to make babies, turns into wisdom. My original title for this book was "Blood into Wisdom," for that is what it's about - the alchemical transformation that happens inside us at menopause. The publishers changed the title but I have always wished they hadn't.
When I first wrote this book, I felt as though I was swimming against the tide by encouraging women to explore menopause and live it fully, as I had done, rather than medicating it away with HRT. I had discovered - both in my own life and through my clinical research with other women - what a fascinating and growthful time it can be, when we embrace it instead of hiding from it, and I wanted to shout this from the rooftops. But not many people were listening. I felt like a lone voice back then.
Now, with more and more damning evidence piling up against HRT, women are realizing the truth, and casting around for alternatives. Many who did start on HRT have asked me "Should I stop taking the pills?" I say yes. But do it very, very slowly, so as not to shock your body with too sudden a change. Then go forward into the next adventure. After all, "life is either a daring adventure - or nothing." I've written a sequel to this book too, entitled "Elderwoman," also available on Amazon.