Reference Library

The aim of the NZ Early Menopause Support Group reference library is to help give members access to as much information as possible because your long term physical and emotional health will benefit from access to a wide range of resources.

We do not advocate any particular way of managing your symptoms or looking after your long term health, but we do strongly urge you to research your options fully and always discuss treatment options with your medical practitioner.

To follow is the list of books currently available. If you would like to borrow one, please send us an email for more information.

Alternatively, you can purchase many of these books from www.fishpond.co.nz, Australasia’s local online store. Every book bought through a link from our site returns a small investment to this support group and helps us maintain our library.

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Premature Ovarian Failure/Early Menopause General

New! Before Your Time: The Early Menopause Survival Guide – Evelina Weidman-Sterling PhD and Angie Best-Boss

Before Your Time: The Early Menopause Survival GuideOn the back cover...

Every year more than two million women enter early menopause and find themselves suddenly dealing with a host of unforeseen (and little discussed) issues... The good news: there is more research and information available now than ever before to keep you safe and healthy, and it's all right here!

Reviews

Nicole:- Written by two women's health advocates this is a very comprehensive book. Although it's not a first-hand account, the authors do a very good job of covering the various aspects of healthcare and including the latest thinking from the US.

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The Premature Menopause Book – Kathryn Petras

The Premature Menopause BookOn the back cover...

If you are one of the women experiencing early menopause, you have hundreds of questions, but have probably found few answers... until now. The Premature Menopause Book is the first book focusing on this difficult transition – written by a woman who faced the same questions: What is happening to me? Why do I feel this way? What can I do about it? Do I need hormones? How can I have a baby despite this condition? How can I feel like "me" again?

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Nicole:- Excellent book. I refer to it often as it has information on just about everything I've experienced.

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Early Menopause Guidebook – North American Menopause Society

On the back cover...

To promote the understanding of the physical and emotional changes that accompany early menopause as well as the health issues later in a woman's life that may be related to menopause.

Reviews

Nicole:- This publication is so big because it attempts to cover every kind of 'early menopause' experience, be it spontaneous, surgery-induced or medically-induced. It seems a bit overwhelming in its complexity but is laid out well with headings and sub-headings so you can skip to the relevant bits for you. I thought there were some needless references to 'middle age' and 'mid life' issues from time to time, but all in all it's a good resource.

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Faces of POF – International Premature Ovarian Failure Association

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For those with Premature Ovarian Failure and for those who would help them, Faces of POF shows you the power and strength that other women with POF and their families have used to move through the physical and emotional process.

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Nicole:- I must say I found it difficult to get into this book. I hardly identified with the first few stories and I was about to write it off as completely irrelevant; yet another resource that had let me down. But then I started recognising parts of the stories: the shock of diagnosis, the barrage of unfamiliar terminology, the desperate search for information, the fear of what the future holds. Finally, I found what I had anticipated: a community of women who had gone through something so similar to what I was experiencing. It gave me strength to feel understood, to feel "normal". Most important to me were the glimmers of hope that wove their way through the stories. Almost every single story included the initial reaction of despair and depression, but so many of them also offered solutions. Every woman must come to terms with her diagnosis in her own way and it was inspiring to read the various ways these women had done it. There were also a few stories from husbands and mothers which offered more of an insight into their experiences. Of course not all the stories were helpful – the term POF seems to cover a vast range of experiences that suggests to me we're not all going through the same thing and a lot more research needs to be done in this area. The older stories illustrated that doctors have come a long way in accepting this condition, but it was clear even in the newer ones that they still have a long way to go. I'm sure some women in this group would agree with that! This book illustrates that the more vocal we get, the better awareness and understanding there will be. Through their struggles with various health systems, these women have all helped pave the way to make my diagnosis as prompt as it was. Their stories now help to ease the pain of my personal journey. To me this is a book of hope and healing borne through sharing stories. It provided comfort that my disappointment, anger and frustration are all normal reactions to a devastating diagnosis. It gave me different ways of viewing my situation: it reminded me of what I have and what I'm glad I don't have; it helped me to see this diagnosis as an opportunity to take stock and sort out what it is I want out of my life; it showed me how far I've come but also helped light the way for the journey I still face. I shed many tears and I laughed out loud, sometimes both at once! These are all beautiful stories, thoughtfully written by strong women who don't want us to feel alone. I just want to say thank you to each and every one of them.

Shannon:- The faces of POF was exactly what I needed when my mind was spinning in circles about my new diagnosis, but didn't have any one to talk to... it was also great when I was flying for work and the time on the plane was torture until I picked up the book... There was one story that could have been written by me, and some with angles I never considered. All in all, a useful, easy to read book.

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Menopause Before 40 – Karin Banerd

Menopause Before 40: Coping with Premature Ovarian FailureOn the back cover...

Karin Banerd adds an important voice to menopause literature, addressing the distinct needs of the woman in premature menopause, as they are quite different from those of natural menopause.

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Early Menopause, Why Me? – Dr Sheralyn McGuinness

Early Menopause: Why Me?On the back cover...

This book explains the changes, causes, consequences and care of early menopause. This is a simple book with a clear message.

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Health Matters

Strong Women, Strong Bones - Miriam E Nelson PhD

Strong Women, Strong Bones: Everything You Need to Know to Prevent, Treat, and Beat OsteoporosisOn the back cover...

An authoritative new book explaining everything you need to know to prevent, treat and beat osteoporosis.

Reviews

Nicole:- Written for an Australasian audience it fully covers the anatomy of bone, how to assess your risk of osteoporosis and offers good nutrition and exercise advice.

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Hormone Replacement, The Real Truth - Dr Sandra Cabot

Hormone Replacement the Real Truth: Balance Your Hormones Naturally and Swing from the Chandeliers!On the back cover...

Dr Cabot takes away the fear and confusion about hormone replacement that is gripping women all over the world. A must read for women of all ages.

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Natural Hormone Balance for Women - Dr Uzzi Reiss

Natural Hormone Balance for Women: Look Younger, Feel Stronger and Live Life with ExuberanceOn the back cover...

This is Dr Reiss' breakthrough, step-by-step programme for women to take control of their lives by restoring hormonal balance (using "natural" hormones).

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Infertility

New! Baby Gone: True New Zealand Stories of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss – compiled by Jenny Douché

Baby Gone: True New Zealand Stories of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant lossOn the back cover...

When our babies have gone it's a heartache that no one can heal, but our shared bond is something that no one can take from us.

Inside this book are 45 true New Zealand stories about living with infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. The stories are written from the heart by those affected. If you, or someone you know, is missing a part of their lives, this book may give great comfort. Hold it close and dear.

Reviews

Nicole:- This is a very moving book full of powerful stories. I sat down on the couch and read it cover to cover in one afternoon. I identified with so many aspects of the recollections contained in here. I smiled, I remembered, I cried. For some people, trying to create a family is a long, hard road. This book tells our stories. They tell us that, although this is not an easy road, it is survivable. And we’re definitely not alone.

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Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates - Diane Ehrensaft PhD

Mommies, Daddies, Donors, SurrogatesOn the back cover...

Dr Diane Ehrensaft - a developmental and clinical psychologist who's worked with families formed using assisted reproductive technology for more than twenty years - helps you anticipate the big questions and find solutions that are right for you and your loved ones.

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Nicole:- Excellent practical advice. It really helped me get my head around the complexities of egg donation to create a family. It is an American publication and some of the references don't apply here, but the issues are universal and addressed with a lot of care.

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Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation - Ellen Sarasohn Glazer & Evelina Weidman Sterling

Having Your Baby Through Egg DonationOn the back cover...

Every aspect of egg donation is covered with clarity and precision with illustrative vignettes highlighting true to life situations associated with donor egg use.

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Making Babies: The New Zealand Guide to Getting Pregnant – Dr Mary Birdsall

Making Babies: The New Zealand Guide to Getting PregnantOn the back cover...

Starting a family is one of the biggest decisions to make in life, yet getting pregnant and having a child when it best suits you is not always easy or as straightforward as you might think. Couples faced with difficulties conceiving often don't know where to turn for help. Making Babies is written to help you better understand your fertility and what it takes to get pregnant.

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Taking Charge of Your Infertility – "Melbourne IVF" Counsellors

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This book explores commonly experienced emotions and reactions to fertility problems and suggests ways to make this difficult time easier to manage. The book also discusses issues which may be raised, such as using donors, genetics, adoption, stopping treatment and dealing with loss.

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Nicole:- Very useful tips for navigating the minefield of emotions surrounding infertility.

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Battles with the baby gods – Amanda Hampson

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If you, or someone close to you, have been trying without success to have children and feel isolated or unable to share the experience. Battles with the Baby Gods will show that you are not alone.

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Never to be a mother: A Guide for all women who didn't, or couldn't, have children – Linda Hunt Anton

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Linda Hunt Anton presents an uplifting and practical step-by-step programme that helps women acknowledge their sense of loss and enjoy rich, fulfilling, "childfree" lives.

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Nicole:- For those at the end of their fertility journey, this book is a wonderful resource. The author is a social worker/therapist who surveyed a wide cross-section of women when writing this book, as well as drawing on her own experiences. The first half includes a broad range of experiences and sheds light on many different paths to childlessness and I think most people will find a story they identify with. From there she moves into her 'Ten steps to resolution' which you'll probably want to take your time moving through.

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The Infertility Cure: The ancient Chinese wellness program for getting pregnant and having healthy babies – Randine Lewis, PhD

The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Programme for Getting PregnantOn the back cover...

This is a groundbreaking alternative approach to treating infertility using traditional Chinese medicine – on its own or to optimise the latest Western-based reproductive technology.

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Inconceivable – Julia Indichova

Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph Over Despair and StatisticsOn the back cover...

In a narrative filled with humour, heartache, and hope, Julia Indichova fearlessly documents her allegedly impossible mission to conceive a child.

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Other

Could it be the Perimenopause? – Dr S. Goldstein & L. Ashner

Could it be the Perimenopause?On the back cover...

How women 35–50 can overcome forgetfulness, mood swings, insomnia, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and other telltale signs of hormonal imbalance.

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Other Recommended Books

Premature Menopause, A Multidisciplinary Approach – Dani Singer & Myra Hunter

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Premature menopause can have profound implications both for the woman herself and her partner and family. She is faced with physical and emotional concerns that are usually not considered until much later in life. The editors bring together experts from a range of disciplines ... as well as hearing from women themselves. Through its multidisciplinary approach the book offers up-to-date information on the topic, as well as practical suggestions for improved health care.

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Reclaiming Desire: 4 keys to finding your lost libido – Andrew Goldstein & Marianne Brandon

Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost LibidoOn the back cover...

A woman's sexuality is vital to her self-image and self-esteem. Reclaiming Desire is the only book to address low libido by considering the whole woman – her physical health, her emotional resilience, her intellectual fulfilment, and her spiritual beliefs. At last women can get a complete, accurate picture of their sexuality ... determine what could be sabotaging their sex drives – and what will help bring it back.

Reviews

Nicole:- I will borrow this book from the library again as I didn't get through it the first time. It challenged me as it touched a few raw nerves and addressed some real issues I've been struggling with. I don't think it's designed to fix the 'problem' on the spot as it's an issue that only time and some TLC can heal. But I think the principles described here are valid: there is no quick-fix for difficulties in this area of your life and the authors' holistic approach certainly appealed to me.

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