“This is a book that has been needed for a very long time indeed. It will bring relief and clarity to the millions who are faced with what can be a devastating diagnosis. Whether you felt that motherhood was the path for you or not, our identity can be so intricately woven with our reproductive status, and being robbed of that involuntarily is a profound and life-changing loss.
What I found outstanding about this book is that alongside the clearly explained medical sections are significant chapters dedicated to the potential emotional, relational, and psychological fallout from a diagnosis of POI or early menopause and where to seek guidance, connection and support. This is something rarely touched upon by medical professionals at the time of diagnosis and, in its absence, patients (and those around them) can be left feeling scared, isolated and overwhelmed by this frightening landscape they are left to navigate alone.
This is also a radically inclusive book, touching upon the experiences and perspectives of those who are other than white, cis-gendered, heterosexual, able-bodied, middle-aged and middle class – which makes for an incredibly refreshing and much-needed change! The menopause can be a challenging time of life for anyone as they cross over into a new way of relating to their body, and society’s harsh judgments about post-menopausal bodies – this book will be a wise and comforting friend for those who face this challenge earlier than expected and help them feel empowered and less alone.”