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The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism Paperback – May 25, 2021
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“Gunter, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, follows-up the bestselling The Vagina Bible with another essential book on women’s health. Like her previous guide, Gunter’s latest book will find a wide audience, with its clear writing and up-to-date research.” —Library Journal STARRED Review
“Gynecologist Gunter (The Vagina Bible) helps women navigate the ins and outs of menopause in this delightfully conversational and strongly feminist guide. Gunter isn’t shy about revealing ineffective and possibly dangerous menopause remedies she sees celebrities hawking, such as much-touted bioidentical hormones, and in so doing provides a great service to readers having trouble sorting through their choices. Plain talk and valuable information abound: “The liver isn’t weak or diseased because it doesn’t beat like the heart, and women aren’t diseased because the ovaries stop making estrogen.” Readers looking to separate menopausal fact from fiction should take note.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Menopause Manifesto gives women the playbook to follow when discussing these matters with their doctors. This, along with The Vagina Bible, deserve a prominent place on every woman’s bookshelf. Doctors should also do themselves a favor and get their own copies.” —New York Journal of Books
“The wise and feisty Dr. Jen Gunter has ridden in (once again) on her white horse to save the day! Read this book immediately.”—New York Times bestseller Ayelet Waldman, author of A Really Good Day and Love & Treasure
"As a fellow Gynecologist, I am so appreciative of Dr. Gunter's work and how she has laid the groundwork for communicating no-nonsense, science-based, health education to our patients. She is changing the way we practice medicine and communicate with our patients and her books are leading the way to more informed and empowered generations."—Dr. Danielle Jones (Mama Doctor Jones)
“Dr. Gunter has managed to write a book that's just as important for healthcare providers as it is for women themselves. Where was this kind of resource when I did my medical training?! This is the new "it" book for women who want to prepare for or understand what menopause is (and isn't).”—Dr. Jennifer Lincoln
"Dr. Gunter has done it again, but this time with a focus on mature women. The Menopause Manifesto is the definitive guide to navigating the menopause based on science, not fiction. Between The Vagina Bible and this book, Dr. Gunter takes the mystery out of women’s health and replaces it with evidence-informed concrete recommendations. Brava!" —Dr. Lori Brotto, Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health, Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and author of Better Sex Through Mindfulness
Praise for Dr. Jen Gunter and The Vagina Bible
"Empowerment of women through accurate information about their own bodies is the "vagenda" of ob-gyn and New York Times columnist Gunter's comprehensive, pseudoscience-bashing discussion of all things vaginal and vulvar. Gunter approachably, respectfully, and even playfully presents a huge amount of reproductive and sexual health education information to women, with the assurance that they can use it." —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Dr. Jennifer Gunter is the world's most famous--and outspoken--gynecologist. And she's on a mission to empower women with medical facts, taking on wellness gurus, old wives' tales and the patriarchy." —The Guardian
"If you don't know who Jen Gunter is, let us introduce you to the most badass obstetrician and gynecologist around. She's passionately advised against sticking jade eggs up your vagina, addressed abortion fallacies, and has even argued against why your partner should not use tape on the tip of his penis as birth control." —Women's Health
"Stories debunking viral nonsense about women's bodies often cite the same doctor: San Francisco-based gynecologist Jennifer Gunter, M.D. Whether she's taking down Goop's ode to vaginal steaming or womb detox pearls, Dr. Gunter has become a leading internet proponent of leaving your vagina alone. Gunter frequently writes about gynecological snake oil...She's like Twitter's gynecologist." —The Cut
"Dr. Jen Gunter is the internet's favorite Goop critic." —Recode Decode
"As an OB-GYN with nearly three decades of experience, Gunter knows from crotches....Shaky assertions made by natural health products serve only to misdirect women, Gunter argues in her new book, The Vagina Bible, a sassy manual of anatomical and self-care tips...As the global wellness industry tops $4.2 trillion, Gunter is on a mission to arm women with science-based advice in hopes of stanching the spread of health misinformation. Increasingly, she's been sounding the alarm about how confusion surrounding women's bodies fuels larger efforts to control them." —Mother Jones
"Armed with science (and snark), Dr. Jen Gunter takes on Trump, Goop, and all manner of bizarre health trends...Dr. Jennifer Gunter presses a provocative crusade to protect women's health, preserve reproductive freedoms--and, while she's at it, dismantle all the dubious, dangerous medical advice she comes across in the wilds of the internet...a valiant defender of science." —STAT News
"Routinely responding with snark and medical data to [unfounded] pronouncements on diet and female genital health." —The New York Times
"Reading The Vagina Bible is like having the best, realest, most honest talk ever with your best friend- if your best friend happened to be a leading expert in women's health. I want to give this book to everyone I know." —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author
"The Vagina Bible--Dr. Jen Gunter's savvy, detailed, funny and wise guide to female health--should be required reading for every woman seeking smart information about her body. I don't say this often but it's a don't miss book." —Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poison Squad
"Dr. Jen Gunter is a fountain of critically important information and she's funny as hell. Buy this book if you have a vagina or if you spend any time at all in reasonably close proximity to one."
—Ayelet Waldman, New York Times bestselling author of A Really Good Day
"Men who want to understand the experiences of their partners or provide sound guidance to their daughters should turn to The Vagina Bible. Jen Gunter offers authoritative information with her trademark clarity and good humor." —Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh
About the Author
- Publisher : Citadel (May 25, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0806540664
- ISBN-13 : 978-0806540665
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.96 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jen begins the book with a history and anatomy lesson; defining body parts, vocabulary and how we got to this stage of life, what our potential path was. The last part of section one discusses the how, why and timing of menopause and the timing of your last period, maybe!
Section Two is for understanding all the changes that will occur during Menopause: cardiovascular, hot flashes, abnormal periods, bone health, brain health, vaginal changes, bladder health, sex and rest
Part Three includes: specifics on hormones, supplements, diets, dryness, birth control etc. and Part 4 is taking charge and putting it all together. There are summary charts and tables in an Appendix at the back of the book along with chapter by chapter references, some of which are interactive from the Kindle edition.
Highly approachable and accessible; a must read for all📚
Advanced copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley . All opinions are my own.
Thanks, NetGalley,. for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Dr. Runels- I want you to know how easy would it would be for you to prove that “O shot” works. Have somebody reputable enroll patients in a randomized blinded trial where some of them get your product and others get a little saline. The fact that this hasn’t been done and your product has been on the market for 10 years is extremely telling. You know it doesn’t work.
I appreciate Gunter explored the history both through the term and the misogynistic approach through the years. She explored the varying symptoms, treatment options, and things to discuss with your doctor in a relatable and down-to-earth, evidence-based approach. This book is a definite must-read that helps to prepare the reader for each stage they will go through. Thank you, Kensington Books, for sending this along.
Dr Gunter's down to earth and fact based approach removes all the silly taboos on the subject of women's bodies and allow for frank and feminist discussions, even among men. And while reading this I feel more educated, I do not feel any entitlement to lead the conversation. But rather I feel like I'm in a much better position to listen and provide empathy. Which I feel is the best thing any man can do.
Thank you Dr Gunter for providing me the facts to make me a better and more understanding partner.
Top reviews from other countries
typos ("cuelty" and "hornones" within one paragraph), and a baffling chapter title "cinematic universe of hormones". Um, okay. I think the humorous language could have been reined in, but YMMV. Overall, an informative book that reminds us to advocate for our bodies and our health. The book would have benefited from a closer edit.