Barbach, L.  (2000)  The Pause Positive Approaches to Menopause NAL/Dalton

Block, J.D.  (1999)  Sex Over 50 Reward Books

Doress-Worters.  Laskin-Siegal, I.  The New Ourselves Growing Older:  Women Aging with Knowledge and Power Simon & Schuster

Livine, S.  (1992)  Sexuality in Midlife Plenum Press

Rosenthal, S. H.   (1999) The New Sex Over 40 Putnam Publishing Group

Sachs, J.  (1999)  Sensual Rejuvenation Dell Publishing

Sheehy, G.  (1998)  The Silent Passage Simon & Schuster


  • The New Our Bodies, Ourselves (Boston Women’s Health Book Colletive, (1992):  This book, in its updated edition, has become a classic for its sensitive treatment of a wide range of women’s health issues.  The collective now offers another book, Ourselves Getting Older  (Boston Women’s Health Book Collective,  (1987), focusing on the issues of older women.  Both are highly recommended.
  • A Friend Indeed:  This monthly newsletter, edited by Janine O”Leary Cobb, is written for midlife women, providing current information and support related to the menopausal transition.  Write to Box 515, Place du Parc Station, Montreal, Canada H2W 2P1.  A superb source of information.
  • The national Women’s Health Network, 1325 G St., N.W., Washington D.C. 20005, 1-202-347-1140:  This organization is the preeminent lobby group for women’s health advocacy and has prepared packets of information on several aspects of menopause, including a position paper on hormone therapy.
  • The Society for menstrual Cycle Research:  This is a professional organization of clinicians and researchers that meets biannually to present research and clinical findings related to the menopause and the menstrual cycle.  The organization has published several outstanding books, including Changing Perspectives on Menopause (Voda, Dinnerstein, & O’Donnell, 1982) and The Menstrual Cycle:  Synthesis of Interdisciplinary Research (Dan, Graham, & Beecher, 1980)
  • Menopause A Positive Approach (Reitz, 1977):  Although dated this book remains a favorite for its incisiveness in depicting the influences of ageism and sexism in the menopause and for its warmth and support for midlife women.
  • Menopause Naturally,  revised (Greenwood, 1989):  Written by a woman physician, this is a “common-sense” guide in down-to-earth language that tackles issues of midlife from a strong health promotion perspective.
  • Menopause – The Silent Passage (Sheehy, 1992):  Even though Phyllis Mansfield is cited four times in this book, it does not receive an unqualified recommendations.  Sheehy tried to write a supportive book, but what emerged was somewhat alarmist.
  • Menopause-A Well Woman Book (Montreal Health Press 1992):  This is a very fine book.  It provides lots of excellent information, including diagrams, and portrays menopause as a natural event.
  • The Change  (Greer, 1992):  A long-awaited book by a feminist scholar, bringing together medical, social science are literary references.  Stuffed with material that sometimes makes this ‘longish’ book hard to read.  Very strong sections include discussions of sexuality and aging from a feminist perspective.
  • Transformation Through Menopause  )McCain, 1991):  Book views menopause as an empowering experience that women can use for personal growth.  Touches on the spiritual at times.  Overall very personally uplifting.
  • Understanding menopause  (Cobb, 1993):  Janine O’leary Cobb (see above #2 also) thinks and writes from a woman-centered, caring perspective.  Highly recommended.
  • The Pause (Barbach, 1993):  lonnie Barbach offers a balanced presentation of the menopause experience and includes a chapter for the significant others in menopausal women’s lives.
  • Menopausal Years.  The Wise Woman Way:  Alternative Approaches for Women 30-90 (Weed):  Susun Weed is it author of three books containing valuable material on alternative (nonmedical) strategies for good health.

Complied by Phyllis Kernoff mansfield, PhD., Associate Professor of Health Education and Women’ s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University