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Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause
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by The Boston Women's Health Book Collective

With a preface by Vivian Pinn, M.D., former director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause” includes definitive information from the latest research and personal stories from a diverse group of women.

Topics include:

  •  Female sexual “dysfunction” at midlife — myth or reality?
  •  How do commercial interests affect treatments for menopause?
  •  Is hormone treatment safe? And who should take it?
  •  What do women need to know about heart disease and osteoporosis?
  •  Are “natural” or bioidentical hormones better than synthetic hormones?
  •  Can herbs help with hot flashes or insomnia?


    What makes this book different:

    • Reflects the expertise of dozens of women, including health care professionals and activists.
    • Based on the best, most up-to-date scientific evidence.
    • Independent of commercial pressures; OBOS does not take any money from pharmaceutical companies.
    • Provides social, political and economic context for individual women’s experiences.


    Who’s afraid of menopause? Not the authors of this book, who offer practical health information and the wisdom of experience to help other women through this life transition.
    – Kathleen Turner, actress

    Our Bodies Ourselves has done it again! After raising us from girlhood to womanhood and never shying from “taboo” topics, our beloved guides to our own bodies are now here to lead us through menopause with this detailed, inclusive, and woman-centered book a must-read for every woman in her middle years.
    – Helen Zia, former executive editor of Ms. Magazine and author of “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People”

    I highly recommend this wonderful book to any woman navigating the changes of midlife. The mix of sound information, inspiring stories and insight into the social context of menopause is unique and invaluable. Any midlife woman can use it to find information and affirmation to make health decisions that are right for her.
    – Karen Carlson, MD, Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School