Menopausal Years

Menopausal Years coverMenopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90

There is a 2002 edition of this book called “New Menopausal Years. You can weed that one too.

I’m 44 years old, so I’ll be making my way into this section of the library very soon. If this is what I find when I go looking for information, I will be very disappointed.

The table of contents reads like a horror show. It’s not reassuring at all! The section on depression reads “Step 0: Do Nothing. Welcome to the Dark.” The advice goes on with more steps that are a bit more reasonable, to be fair, but the author already lost me! The book is definitely very holistically-oriented, with a push to try herbal and other natural remedies in place of drugs. That’s just fine for a public library collection, but it still needs to be kept up to date. I graduated high school the year this was published and now I’m the target market 26 years later.


Menopausal Years back cover

Menopausal Years table of contents

Menopausal Years table of contents


  1. If I decide to “bury myself in leaves or sand” it will be because I’m playing with my kids, not because of menopause!!

  2. I’m 44 too and this really scares me. Puberty was bad enough, I’m scared that as soon as I hit the big M I’ll be locked up in the hospital or prison.

  3. Not everyone has horrible problems with menopause. Apart from the occasional hot flash I suffered no real problems at all.

    1. I may not be that lucky. I read that women can start having hot flashes several years before and after menopause, and they can have it several times a day, with each flash lasting at least 30 minutes. And some women feel like they’re gong to faint.

      Sooo much to look forwards to. 🙁

  4. Seconding what Thipu said. Menopause didn’t start until I was 50 but aside from a rare hot flash and the total disappearance of my waist it’s been a non-event.

  5. So … what you’re advising here is that we weed Weed. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)

  6. I am past Menopause, thank you. While it wasn’t a picnic at the beach, it certainly wasn’t that bad. Having met Weed on a couple occasions, I’m not surprised at the harshness of the narrative. While her knowledge of herbs is very good, her manner with people leaves a lot to be desired.

  7. I have recommended this book to many. I am an acupuncturist and found the herbal knowledge spot on, accessible and for once someone is not treating menopause like a disease.

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