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The Secret Pleasures of Menopause Hardcover – October 15, 2008
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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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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I ordered this book because of the problems I was having with menopause. Dr Northrup's words of encouragement along with her medical advice helped me tremendously. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't read this fast enough, great book! Very informative and necessary!Published 5 months ago by Donna A Davis
I was hoping for more general information about menopause and practical ways to combat issues. Though she does give specific ideas on how to thrive during this time, much of her... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lisa Brown
She hits it out of the park feel bad about getting older ladies you won't after reading this book you will feel valued and beautiful about your wisdom you now have.Published 11 months ago by Debra Searcy
Good for All Women at any age. Especially the area on Nitrate Oxide. We can really contribute and co-create our health!!!Published 12 months ago by ktid