8 Great books on Menopause

Written By
Women Like Me Team
Last updated
December 20, 2022

8 insightful, hilarious, touching and empowering books on hormones and menopause.

When a woman is approaching peri-menopause and or maybe already experiencing the first symptoms, she will generally turn to other women for advice. Women on online forums, girlfriends and female family members are all great resources to learn from and share with. But the medical community is understanding menopause from cause, to symptoms, to treatments to long-term impact better everyday. At some point you will probably find yourself looking for more solid and up to date information, to consume at your own convenience. Lucky for us, recently there have been some excellent books written on every that menopause involves. We rounded up our favorite eight books that look at Menopause from different angels - science, history, humour and even drawing!

Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women's Well-Being and Lengthen Their Lives -- Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cancer.

By Avrum Bluming, MD and Carol Tavris PhD.

What we like about it: Dr Bluming and Dr Tavris do a brilliant job at exposing the faulty science behind the fall and controversy behind Hormone Replacement Therapy. Read this if you want to understand why HRT is considered to be the most effective treatment for Menopausal symptoms.  It will leave you feeling empowered and ready to make an informed decision about your health.  Buy the book here, and find the audiobook here

The Menopause Manifesto

by Jennifer Gunter

What we like about it: Dr Gunter (you may know her from “The Vagina Bible”) is a fierce advocate for women’s health and has written a well researched book using science and hard facts to explain key concepts and counter stubborn myths and other Menopausee misunderstandings.  Buy the book here, and find the audiobook on Audible

Why has no one told me this before

by Dr. Julie Smith

What we like about it: short, bite-sized entries, you can turn straight to the section you need depending on the challenge you're facing. It offers practical solutions that allow you to optimise your mental health through Menopause (and beyond). Buy the book here and find the audiobook on Audible 

Still Hot! 42 Brilliantly Honest Menopause Stories

by Adams, Kaye, Allan, Vick

What we like about it: 42 stories from women of all walks of life, talking about how they dealt with their symptoms, the struggle and path to getting treatment and their heartfelt advice for other women going through menopause.  Buy the book here, no audio version available

Menopausal Mania & Mayhem: An Adult Coloring Book of Hormonal Heresy

by Cristin April Frey

What we like about it: it’s a witty, irreverent, and a (adult) coloring book - what’s not to like? Pour yourself a nice glass of wine or tea, grab your coloring pencils and have a fun uncomplicated few hours. Buy the book here, no audio version available

The Slow Moon Climbs

by Susan Mattern

What we like about it: The author draws on historical, scientific, and cultural research to show how perceptions of menopause have developed. She uses examples from the rainforests of Paraguay to the streets of Tokyo to explain how and why we need to change our current perception of Menopause. Interesting read. Buy the book here, and find the audiobook on Audible


by Amanda Thebe

What we like about it: sometimes the best advice comes from someone who has fought the same battles as you and came out on the other side thriving in life. Amanda has written down her personal account of what it’s like to try and lose the extra weight, improve your sleep and deal with (hormonal) depression. What makes this book even better is the hilarious and very relatable anecdotes.  Buy the book here, and find the audiobook here


by Katarina Wilk

What we like about it: the author's frank and friendly tone makes this feel like a book that is written by a (very knowledgeable!) close friend. It’s not as science driven as some of the other books, but it is easy to read and insightful and a good introduction to perimenopause.  Buy the book here,  no audiobook available

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