Monday, February 13, 2012

Book Review: Womenpause: Stop Pausing and Start Living, Feeling Fit, Feminine and Fabulous in Four Weeks

Womenopause: Stop Pausing and Start Living, Feeling Fit, Feminine and Fabulous in Four Weeks by Lovera Wolf Miller, MD FACOG NCMP and David C. Miller, MD DABPM NCMP, is a comprehensive book about, you guessed it, menopause and everything that happens to get you there.  The book covers just about every topic surrounding the changes a woman may experience during this ever-changing time in her life.  It is very detailed and gives an abundance of medical/scientific information, along with personal stories and suggestions on dealing with the impact of menopause. 

Womenopause Book Chapters 
1. Feeling Fit, Feminine, and Fabulous in Four Weeks: The Womenopause Challenge
2. Ovaries-R-Us
3. wTimeLine: The Life Cycle of Menstrual Cycles
4. Uterus News: Film at Eleven
5. Perimenopause: A Euphemism for Chaos
6. Menopause: Kiss Your Periods Goodbye
7. Postmenopause: The wUpSide of Menopause
8. Induced Menopause
9. Hot Flash Fever
10. Vagina Sahara
11. Insomnia Queen
12. Mood Matters
13. Testing—Testing—1—2—3—Testing
14. Real Food: Fake Food
15. Shape Your Waist: Exposing the Metabolic Syndrome
16. Vitamin-X Exercise
17. Vitamins, Minerals, and CAMS, Oh My!
18. Sexercise: Romantic Aerobics for Innercourse & Outercourse
19. Women’s Health Initiative: A Tsunami of Angst
20. No Menopausal Hormone Therapy
21. Menopausal Hormone Therapy: The Red, Red Rose
22. Designer Therapy: Tailoring MHT for Specific Needs
23. Suzanne Somers is Aging
24. Medicines 4 Menopause
25. Manopause: It’s Not a Typo
26. Boning Up 4 Osteoporosis
27. Breast Cancer Prevention
28. Heart Health: Get Pumped
29. The Skinny on Skin
30. Death Prevention
31. Almost Forgot the Chapter About Memory

First off, don’t judge a book by the cover.  I think the cover looks very, well, 80s-ish.  It features a photo of the husband and wife team that just looks dated to me.  But beyond that…like I said, the book contains a tremendous amount of medical and scientific information.  Many books just supply very basic or limited amounts of information, but these authors are very detailed, so whether you have limited understanding of the topic or some understanding, it is a pretty good bet that you will learn more from reading this.

I did find the authors’ way of classifying stages of a woman’s life to days of the week unnecessary and felt it really complicated things.  If you are looking for a book that you can just reference and pick a particular chapter to read, this may not be the book without first reading the first four chapters.  Without reading the first four chapters, you may not understand the wtimeline as outlined in the beginning.  Outside of that, I think the book is definitely worth reading.

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Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this post.

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