Hot Topic: And Other Thoughts on the M*N*P**Se
Allegedly, there has never been a better time to be a menopausal woman. We can take hormones; technology is such that 60 really is the new 40 (or maybe even the new 35). And for quite a few women there is liberation and even empowerment in reaching this key milestone of maturity. Except a few nagging questions do remain: what is the point of us now that we are officially biologically irrelevant? Can men still see us (even if we're not wearing purple...)? Will flaxseed help? With her disarmingly intimate and completely accessible voice, Christa D'Souza takes us on a wry and well informed journey through the m*n*p**s* (why is the very word still taboo?). She recounts what happened to her, and what will happen to you - the physical symptoms and the emotional ones too. Drawing on the latest medical and psychological research, Hot Flashes takes the heat out of a much-misunderstood fact of life. It is a treat of a book, courageous, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling.
"Menopause is something none of us want to talk about, it s a club that no one yearns to belong to. So I am on my knees, weeping with gratitude to Christa D'Souza for writing about menopause in a way that doesn't make me want to run screaming for the hills. Finally, a cool look at hot flushes... Men, if you want anything more than the most shallow relationship with a woman over 40, man up and read this book." --Kate Reardon. "Christa D'Souza is warm, witty and wise. No woman - or man, come to that - should be without this book." --Cressida Connolly. "At last a no-nonsense, myth debunking and even amusing look at the M word. The final step to equality has to be turning the menopause from its current secret, shameful status into a topic we can happily discuss, learn to best negotiate and celebrate. In these pages Christa D'Souza puts us firmly on that path." --Mariella Frostrup. "With this book, Christa has branded the over-40s as the cool kids. Who else could make a book on the menopause a rip-roaring, witty but intelligent read? I laughed and laughed and learnt." --Anya Hindmarch. "Been there... survived that... but how I wish I'd had this menopause tour guide to get me through. Brilliant and beautifully written." --Christiane Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent.
Christa D'Souza has written for publications such as the Guardian, Daily Mail, the Times, the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, and the Evening Standard, and is currently contributing editor of British Vogue. In her articles, she often probes body issues such as ageing, weight-control, diet, cosmetic surgery, and her own battle with cancer. She lives in London, with her husband and two sons.