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  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143776277
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

This Changes Everything

The Honest Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause




The no-crap, must-have guide to perimenopause and menopause for every woman: What's happening, what you can do, and what really works.

A new and demographically significant generation of women as young as 35 is facing perimenopause and menopause – but not like our mothers or grandmothers did.

We are hungry for information and keen to talk candidly about everything: sex, mental health, self-image, alcohol, how menopause affects our stressful working lives, relationships, fertility and families – and what we can do about it.

Author Niki Bezzant has more than 20 years' experience writing and speaking about health and nutrition. In this book, she shares all the latest research and advice, giving readers real information they can use on everything from recognizing and understanding common symptoms like mood changes, weight gain, low libido, erratic and heavy periods, hot flushes and insomnia, to managing mental health, sexuality and relationships, exercise and nutrition tips. She explains which natural and medical treatments actually work and how to get the best help, with a healthy side-serve of humour, calling out sexism, snake-oil and bullshit along the way.

This Changes Everything includes menopause stories from well-known NZ women including Robyn Malcolm, Carol Hirschfeld and Michele A'Court, plus real talk from hundreds of NZ women, based on the author’s wide-ranging online survey and expert information from menopause specialists and doctors, to answer the questions women most want answered.

This is a must-have guide to perimenopause, menopause, midlife and beyond for every woman – the symptoms, the solutions and the stuff that really works.

Topics covered include:
What’s happening to me?
When menopause happens early
Hormones 101
HRT, MHT and other treatments
Hot flushes, night sweats, weight gain, migraines, memory and other physical symptoms
Anxiety, panic attacks, self-image and other psychological symptoms
Sex, libido and relationships
Health after the menopause
Diet and nutrition
Exercise
Sleep
Bloating and gut health
Lifestyle changes
Menopause for men: a cheat sheet
Taking back the power: a menopause action plan
And much more.

  • Published: 5 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143776277
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Niki Bezzant

Niki Bezzant is a multi-award-winning New Zealand writer, journalist, editor and commentator who has built a reputation for translating complex health and science jargon into easy-to-understand information for everyone.
She has been involved in New Zealand media for more than 20 years. Currently the editor of Thrive magazine and the health editor of Woman magazine, she is also a frequent contributor to New Zealand’s top print, online and broadcast media. She founded and edited the Cuisine website before becoming founding editor of Healthy Food Guide magazine, taking that title from an independent start-up to New Zealand’s top-selling food magazine, a position it held for over a decade.
Niki is a sought-after speaker and has given two TEDx talks, including ‘What social media is teaching us about life, health and food.’ She’s passionate about women’s health, especially empowering midlife women to become ‘vibrant, kick-ass old ladies’.

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