• Menopause Confidential

  • A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife
  • By: Tara Allmen
  • Narrated by: Tara Allmen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An authoritative guide to understanding and navigating the hormonal changes and health issues women experience in midlife and beyond, from one of the leading medical experts in the field.

The physical changes that occur after women turn 40 are unavoidable - and can be unnerving. Menopause affects every aspect of life, from sex and sleep to mood and mental clarity to weight and body temperature. While there are a number of resources available, many are confusing and contradictory. Now, Manhattan gynecologist Dr. Tara Allmen, an experienced, nationally board-certified menopause practitioner and the recipient of the 2015 Doctor's Choice National Award for Obstetrics & Gynecology, shares her knowledge to help women be their happiest and healthiest and turn this challenging time into an exciting one.

Written in her effervescent yet assured voice, Menopause Confidential provides simple strategies and cutting-edge information on:

  • Hormonal changes and the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause
  • The health risks associated with midlife - from cutting through the conflicting opinions and advice about health screenings (do I really need a colonoscopy? How often should I get a mammogram?) to common medical conditions, such as osteoporosis
  • Various remedies, both allopathic and natural, to combat symptoms and empower women to make the best choices for their individual needs
  • Practical tips and resources for mitigating the effects of menopause

Fifty-one-year-old Dr. Allmen knows firsthand what women are going through and shares stories of her own personal travails and solutions. Women can't turn back the clock, but they can take control of their health and flourish in midlife. Menopause Confidential encourages them to be informed, be proactive, and be their greatest selves.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Tara Allmen, MD (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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I was always so good at focusing, what happened?

Would you consider the audio edition of Menopause Confidential to be better than the print version?

YES YES YES...there is nothing like hearing Dr. Allmens witty repertoire in her reading of this amazing midlife, health go-to book of information!

What did you like best about this story?

So many wonderful points in the story... Dr Allmen's ability to connect with us on a personal level and professional level with humor and fact shines throughout this program! What did I like best? Each of us will find a story in this book that resonates with us, Menofog, dementia, hotflashes, no rest for the weary !

What about Tara Allmen’s performance did you like?

Humor for sure...personal connective stories and professional facts make you happy you took the time to listen to this book!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It could be... but I listen to audiobooks during long runs so I wanted to preserve some chapters for later runs because it was so interesting, I was able to listen and run, learn and laugh at the same time.

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Read this book!

This is the first book I've reviewed. I did my research before deciding to read this particular book on menopause and women's health. I liked that Dr. Allmen is a practicing physician and has studied menopause specifically for many years. I had already been to several doctors about my premature menopause symptoms and was not happy with the options I was given. After reading this book, I decided to become an actual patient of Dr. Allmen. I thought the treatments she outlined in her book were based on extensive research and at times contradicted what other Gynecologists had told me in the past. It was refreshing to see that there are other treatment options out there for me. It's unfortunate though that most women I know are unaware of these options. I will be personally spreading the word! Lastly, I truly enjoyed Dr. Allmen's wit throughout the book. It was a great listen. I look forward to my upcoming appointment.

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Not what I had hoped for

I don't have a mother I can turn to during this change of life so I am looking for the nitty gritty, 'what to expect while you're expecting' style of book. This wasn't it.

This book was more like a conversation with a friend or a marathon internet search. Perhaps that is what Dr. Allman wanted; a broad view and stereotypical explanation of terms (think 'Menopause for Dummies' style). Her views are very one sided, 'my way it the highway' approach and is sadly, over-generalized. Basically what I'm trying to say is that this book covers what you already know even if you don't have a mother to ask.

I will say that Dr. Allmen has a very pleasant voice and tries very hard to make a rather dark topic more lively with jokes peppered throughout. The biggest annoyance is the constant reference to other chapters with long, irritating titles. When you finally get to that chapter she referenced 20+ times before, the answers are not there.

The takeaways from her book: talk to your doctor, don't smoke, lose weight, eat better, exercise, lift 5lb weights, get your pap every three years, buy Neutragena/Cetaphyl skin care products, embrace your grey hairs and pop estrogen after full menopause.

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enjoyable listen and informative



easy to listen to, lots of research and practical information, silly jokes delivered. try it.

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Menopause Confidential: Priceless!

What made the experience of listening to Menopause Confidential the most enjoyable?

I first bought this book exactly one week ago on Audible.com. I am now finished with the book. It is bittersweet. What will I listen to next? This book has been SO informative! It has answered all my questions and more. I am at the beginning of my peri menopausal journey so I plan on listening to this book again in a couple of years as I progress through this phase of life. Every topic is covered from the inside out and everything in between. I highly recommend this book no matter where you are in this journey. Plus, Dr. Allmen is there for you! I had posted a question on her blog. Within hours she emailed me to ask for my phone number. Once I gave her my phone number, she called me within 2 hours and gave me personal advice. I appreciate her dedication to her career of helping women in their midlife health.

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A MUST read (listen) for ALL women

Dr Allmen thoroughly entertains while teaching you all you need to know about perimenopause/menopause. I guarantee you'll have plenty of "ah ha" moments and realize that what you're experiencing is normal. But, have no fear, Dr. Allmen has the solutions to all of your issues.

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There is a solution to midlife malaise. HRT is safe!

I loved that this book debunked all my reservations about HRT with scientifically sound reviews of past studies that were misleading.

I was astounded by the benefits of estrogen (heart, brain, bone, hair/nails and sexual desire/functioning).

The delivery was just the right amount of science empathy and new information, leaving me with excitement and an urgent mission to take charge of my optimal health.

A mild mannered friend nearly insisted everyone of “the girls” read Hormone Confidential. I can’t recommend this book enough - a must read for women 40ish to 60ish and good info for everyone.

Thank you Dr. Allmen - Sharon B

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Must read if you are reaching your 40s

It is a must read if you care for your midlife health.. Gives best tips for healthy life style choices and recomendations for medical visits regarding womans health depending on age.
Recomendations based on medical evidence supporting use of hormonal therapy : how, when, why, pros and cons.

Dr Allmen is gynecologist specialized in menopause. She has a very smooth narrative so you never get bored despite scientifical evidence and she has an amazing sense of humor.

Thanks so much Dr Allmen for sharing your knowledge and personal experience.

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Like listening to a friend…who happens to be an expert!

Dr. Allmen speaks plainly and with thoughtful, humorous directness.
I’m so glad I found this book—now that I’ve been listening, I plan to purchase the actual book!
Perimenopause (and menopause) are much less scary to me now.
Thank you, Dr. Allmen!

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Thankful Dr Allmen wrote this book and gave me hope!

At 52, I know I’m still in menopause. I needed help so I found this audiobook. It’s like listening to a friend tell you about life. I have enjoyed listening to Dr Allmen and because of her advice, I feel like I will actually make it through this phase of life!

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Informative

this was well narated making it an easy listen. jam packed with everything you need to know to look after your health without feeling bogged down in technical terms.

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  • Anonymous User
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Meh...

As another reviewer said, this book is very self promoting and I felt it really lacked impactful advice in the assistance of my perimenopause.