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Menopause Confidential

A Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife
Narrated by: Tara Allmen
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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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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  • Lana Randazzo
  • 20-04-17

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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  • JoanAnn Natola
  • 20-10-16

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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  • History Buff
  • 24-03-19

enjoyable listen and informative



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

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  • Julie A. Mason
  • 17-04-18

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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  • Jules
  • 14-10-19

So informative

very easy to listen to and understand, discusses everything re menopause and explains it in an intelligent but simple way
thank you !

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  • Tonya
  • 06-10-19

Hoped for more

Was somewhat annoyed at how she goes on and on about what she does and how she does things. What works for one will not work for everyone. I’m not interested in what worked for her, I’m interested in options that may work for me. Seems as though she thinks really high of herself. Had to stop listening.

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  • RetiringToBigSkies
  • 18-09-19

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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  • EKS
  • 17-09-19

Must Read for your Health & Happiness

Dr. Allmen provides key facts and concise information for you to be able to make a highly educated decision regarding your well being during this transition in our lives. She will also personally call you or email you even if you are not her patient! I have already recommended this book to my closest friends. Thank you Dr. Allmen for the fresh, direct, and fun way of presenting what is deemed a tough topic to even discuss for many women. I look forward to being your patient when I turn 55!

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  • Debbie Gilliam
  • 08-07-19

Amazing Book/audio book!

Listening to the Dr. Allmen read her own book helped me so much!
It was like listening to a friend - in fact, I contacted her and she called me today! She gave me guidance and specific steps to follow. I know that things are going to improve!
Great book -current and relevant! Thank you so much!


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  • Janet Norris
  • 19-06-19

Just the Facts Please

The much needed information is lost between cheesy attempts at humor, too many cliche's and anecdotes to take seriously. I had a bit of difficulty getting through it.