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Jen Gunter

Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism

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The Menopause Manifesto by Jen Gunter is a comprehensive guide to managing menopause. It offers evidence-based recommendations for improving symptoms and debunking myths around menopause.

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    We need to start talking about menopause!

    How often have you heard the word “menopause” in a movie, book, or TV show? 

    Maybe once or twice at most. Probably never. 

    Periods, at least, are joked about. But menopause is one of those topics that our society prefers not to discuss. We have the patriarchy to thank for that. 

    For centuries, our culture has nursed the idea that when a woman is no longer able to reproduce, she loses her social worth. Menopause was – and still is – viewed as some kind of biological flaw. It’s not. 

    Menopause occurs when there are no more follicles in our ovaries capable of ovulating. The final menstrual period, or FMP, typically happens between the ages of 50 and 52. But the menopause transition starts much earlier. Just like with puberty, the years leading up to the FMP are a bit of a hormonal mess. Irregular, missing, or very heavy periods are common. The natural drop of our estrogen levels is associated with a variety of other symptoms – from hot flashes to sleep disturbances to more serious health concerns, like osteoporosis. 

    But menopause itself isn’t some kind of disease. It’s a universal and purposeful feature of our biology. 

    The word “menopause” itself may not be very good at conveying that. Conceived by a French doctor in 1812, it’s a combination of the Greek words menes, meaning month, and pausie, meaning cessation. In the US, the term rose to prominence in the 1960s, when it was used to market hormone therapy. Pharma companies used it because “pause” sounds temporary – as if your periods would come back at some point. That’s misleading. “Pause” can also sound a little negative – as if life is on hold when you stop having periods. 

    Other countries have nicer expressions. The Dutch call menopause overgang, meaning “passage” or “bridge.” The Japanese call it kōnenki, which translates to “change of life.” Research suggests that women in countries with more positive terms suffer less with menopause symptoms. 

    It might be too big a task to change the word “menopause.” But we need to break our cultural silence around the topic. Many people today still don’t know what to expect when they enter the menopause transition. As a consequence, they don’t get the support they deserve. Considering that most of us will spend at least a third of our life menopausal, this is outrageous. It’s time we talked about menopause. 

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    What is The Menopause Manifesto about?

    The Menopause Manifesto (2021) is your roadmap to health and happiness before, during, and after menopause. Despite being the most important transition for uterus-owners after puberty, menopause is shrouded in mystery and prejudice. This guide combats ignorance with scientific facts, expert advice, and a healthy dose of feminism. 

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    The Menopause Manifesto (2021) provides comprehensive insights and guidance for navigating the menopause journey. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers modern, evidence-based information about menopause and challenges societal misconceptions, empowering women to make informed decisions about their health.
    • Addresses various aspects of menopause, including physical and mental health, sexuality, and relationships, providing a holistic perspective that covers the entire experience.
    • With its accessible language and relatable anecdotes, the book engages readers, ensuring that they gain valuable knowledge without feeling overwhelmed or bored.

    Who should read The Menopause Manifesto?

    • Menstruators and ex-menstruators
    • Science communicators and health educators
    • Anyone invested in women’s health

    About the Author

    Dr. Jen Gunter is a Canadian OB/GYN and columnist for the New York Times. As a fierce advocate for women’s health, she has amassed a large following on Twitter. Her previous book, The Vagina Bible, topped the Canadian best-seller list for nonfiction.

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    The main message of The Menopause Manifesto is empowering women with knowledge and advocating for better menopause care.

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    The Menopause Manifesto is a must-read for anyone going through menopause. It provides essential information and support to navigate this transitional phase.

    Who is the author of The Menopause Manifesto?

    The author of The Menopause Manifesto is Jen Gunter.

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