Menopause Confidential is written by Tara Allmen, MD. Dr. Allmen is the recipient of the 2016 Castle Connolly Top Gynecologist New York City Award, the President of the North American Menopause Society Foundation Board and one of the leading experts in the field of midlife women’s health.
Given Dr Allmen’s background, I was expecting something special from this book and I wasn’t disappointed.
Tara describes herself as a Physician, wife, mother, dog lover, philanthropist and menopausal woman.
The book starts with a very candid account of Tara’s personal life and career to date. It is rare in a book of this nature that the author is quite so candid, however, Tara manages to pull this off with great wit as well as being informative throughout all of the chapters.
Tara shares here knowledge to help women be healthy and happy during their transition through menopause. As well as the information you would expect from a ‘menopause’ book, this book cuts through conflicting opinions and advice about things like whether or not we need a colonscopy and how often we should get a mammogram. Tara offers a head -to-toe and everything-in-between guide to living a healthy live.
“It doesn’t have to be all sweaty, sleepless nights, dispiriting weight gain, irritable moods and diminished sex life. There’s no need to throw up your hands and accept that you will never feel like yourself again”.
“Once we hit menopause we will be menopausal until the end of our days – that’s hopefully quite a long time, so we need to be positive and proactive”.
What makes this book different is that the author shares stories of her own personal travails and solutions throughout. It is written in a very realistic, uplifting and witty manner making it a pleasure to read.