Hot and Bothered
What No One Tells You About Menopause and How to Feel Like Yourself Again
by Jancee Dunn
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Pub Date 02 May 2023 | Archive Date 02 May 2023
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons
When Jancee Dunn hit her mid-forties, she was bombarded by seemingly random symptoms: rampant insomnia, spring-loaded nerves, weirdly dry mouth, and Rio Grande-level periods. After going to multiple doctors who ran test after fruitless test, she was surprised to finally discover the culprit—perimenopause. For more than two decades, Jancee had been reporting on mental and physical health. So if she was unprepared for this, what about all the women who don’t write about health for a living?
Hot and Bothered is the book she wishes existed as she was scrambling for information: an empowering, research-based guide on how women can tackle this new stage of life. Menopause isn’t a disease, but a natural, normal life transition. Why, then, are we still speaking in whispers about something that affects half the earth’s population?
Through in-depth interviews with renowned menopause experts and trusted authorities, Dunn peels back the layers on this still-mystifying topic with her trademark humor and unpacks the science on both hormonal and nonhormonal treatments. She provides actionable ways to improve sleep, sex, moods, mental clarity, and skin; details the latest treatments for hot flashes; and explores the best practices to stop “peezing” (that would be peeing when you sneeze, thanks to your new urinary issues). Dunn’s clear, easy-to-follow advice will help you reclaim yourself—and fully embrace life’s next chapter.
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This is a must-have resource! It is full of great strategies, advice, and easy to implement ideas. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
This book is a must-read for all women in their 40's approaching menopause. Dunn made this read full of valuable information while making women approach this season of life with the knowledge of how to tackle all the changes their body is experiencing. Full of ways to embrace this season of life with optimism and ways to tackle the adverse reactions one may experience. Definitely read pre-menopause in order to embrace and not be surprised by all the changes when they arrive.
This book should be provided to every woman when she hits the age of 40. Without Hot and Bothered, I would continue to think I'm the only woman on planet earth whose body went haywire at the start of perimenopause.
Women after 35 are treated as invisible in so many aspects of their lives, so it comes as no surprise that something 50% of the world population will go through is swept under the rug. But with books like this, and writers willing to ask questions about why we ignore menopause as a medical condition, maybe change can occur.
There are no easy answers in here because research isn't happening with regard to this part of women's health. On the upside, Dunn will inspire many of us to start becoming the squeaky wheel and no longer accept the it-is-what-it-is or it's-all-in-your-head answer.
Thank you to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication May 22, 2023.
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Edited by Callie Smith Grant