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The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Hardcover – October 15, 2008

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"Northrup writes from experience and, more importantly, from her professional expertise as a physician who has treated many women and researched menopause.'" -Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Christiane Northrup, M.D., a board-certified ob-gyn, is a visionary pioneer; beloved authority in women’s health and wellness; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause. Her third book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, was voted Amazon’s number one book of the year in both Parenting and Mind/Body Health in 2005. Following a 25-year career in both academic medicine and private practice, Dr. Northrup now devotes her time to helping women create vibrant health through tapping into their inner wisdom.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401922376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401922375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christiane Northrup, M.D., visionary pioneer in women's health, is a board-certified ob/gyn, former assistant clinical professor of ob/gyn at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and New York Times bestselling author of "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom" and "The Wisdom of Menopause". In 2013, Reader's Digest named Dr. Northrup one of "100 Most Trusted People in America."

Internationally known for her empowering approach, Dr. Northrup embraces medicine that acknowledges the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit, and teaches women to create health by tuning into their inner wisdom. After decades spent transforming women's understanding of their sacred bodies and processes, Dr. Northrup now teaches women to thrive at every stage of life in her latest New York Times bestselling book "Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-being".

As a business owner, physician, former surgeon, mother, writer, and speaker, Dr. Northrup acknowledges our individual and collective capacity for growth, freedom, joy, and balance. When she's not traveling, Dr. Northrup loves dancing Argentine tango, going to the movies, getting together with friends and family, boating, and reading.

Don't miss Dr. Northrup's cutting-edge information. Join her worldwide community on www.drnorthrup.com, Facebook, Twitter, and her Internet radio show Flourish!

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Format: Hardcover
I'm a Northrup fan because of her classic, The Wisdom of Menopause, which is a truly useful and amazingly thorough book - - and because Northrup has women's best interests at heart. However, this book was a disappointment. it's well written ... but just a "yawn" to quote another reviewer. I bought it on name recognition. If a newcomer to the women's health and wellness scene had written this book, I have my doubts it would have been published. Hay House, I'm disappointed. Having said all of this ... the book is a light and quick (very light, very quick) read, and Northrup does give women permission to feel good. I suppose some women will find that liberating. Having given myself this permission long ago, the book didn't live up to my expectations.
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I found this book a great change from Dr. Northrup's other books, which I have read over and over again. It took me reading this one twice to see its magnificence. It combines ancient simple philosophy with modern science to transform our bodies at the deepest level via our chemistry and biology all done through positive thinking! Dr. Nothrup teamed up with the Noble Prize winning M.D, Dr. Murad and Dr. Edward A. Taub, using their biological theory of the free radical gas in our bodies called Nitric Oxide and how it can transform us on an upward cycle by focusing on pleasure and positive life force energy to create more and more nitric oxide. This is a very healthy free radical just as there is good and bad cholesterol. I found this simple yet profound book exactly what I needed to here. We all do tend to favor negative energy and compete for who has it the hardest, which is destroying our health by depleting our nitric oxide levels. By focusing on the positive and learning to love and accept ourselves we can transform our lives with an abundance of powerful good feelings, joy and hope. It's a new approach to the power of positive thinking with science by Medical Doctors, who won a Nobel Prize for their efforts, to back it up!

I feel very empowered to acheive optimal health through these new theories. I already eat with nutritional excellent from the book, "Eat To Live" by Joel Furham, M.D. and I am at my ideal weight. I exericise a lot and take many suppilmental vitamins and yet I have high blood pressure and suffer from anxiety. Just after reading this book and finding faith in it's words, I feel so much better and I even got my sex-drive back! This is a short easy book to read and I highly recommend it to everyone, not just women.
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I am perplexed by Northrop's book. In chapter 2, she claims that prolactin is "the hormone of bonding" and that it "makes you feel bonded to the person (or people) you're interacting with at the time." My husband and I have been tracking research on the hormones related to mating neurochemistry for years. Researchers agree that oxytocin, not prolactin, is the "bonding hormone."

We think Northrop's right that the pleasurable feelings from connecting with others are very healthful, but oxytocin, not prolactin, is probably the reason. Indeed, prolactin (which rises after orgasm in both men and woman) may be more closely related to unpleasant mood swings. For example, men with high prolactin levels sometimes report low libido, headaches, erectile dysfunction, and anxiety. Women report similar symptoms. In one study, three quarters of women with unexplained high prolactin levels were suffering from depression, anxiety, and hostility.

This brings me to Northrop's indirect suggestion that masturbation is an ideal source of good feelings for women because of the short-term changes it produces in the body (endorphins and nitric oxide). Unfortunately, masturbation doesn't connect us with others. It's a solo performance. And, although sexologists aren't yet acknowledging it, there seem to be very real differences between masturbation and intercourse. The two are not interchangeable. Consider this woman's experience:

"It has been a year since my husband's death and I decided to see if I was still capable of orgasm. (My husband was very sick for several years before his death, so it has been a while.) The very next morning I woke up slightly depressed. Each night I masturbated again, trying to shorten the time to climax. Each morning I woke up a bit more depressed.
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I wanted to like this book, I really did. But I found it lacking in many ways. There just wasn't a lot of good information that I didn't already know, and in some sections it just wasn't clear. I didn't come away from it with a feeling that I had learned much that was new or exciting. I know this isn't what I expected, because the book is advertised as a "breakthrough" but it certainly was not a breakthrough for me. I thought the author was just re-hashing old information from her previous books which were more informative than this one. I'm sorry to say, but I just wouldn't waste your time or money on this book. Overall, I just feel that she didn't put a lot into this book and it is disappointing. Normally I don't write negative reviews, but I have to agree with some of the other writers who say that this book is a letdown.
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