Menopause Bootcamp: Optimize Your Health, Empower Your Self, and Flourish as You Age (Hardcover)
The doctor known for her “Menopause Bootcamp” gatherings, shares her 360-degree holistic approach to this natural life stage in this empowering and joyful guide to help women not just survive this physiological and psychological transition, but thrive.
Over the course of her twenty-year medical career, Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz noticed a shocking dearth of information and support for women beginning and experiencing menopause. For too long, this crucial stage in women’s lives has been given perfunctory notice in medical schools and is often either a hidden secret or the punchline to a joke—denying women the information and support they need. This disregard, coupled with the unconscious misogyny and ageism that run rampant in our culture, portrays menopause as something to be afraid of, and worse, adds a patina of shame around the blessing of aging and the beginnings of a new, normal, and enriching phase in a woman’s life.
Known across Los Angeles for her Menopause Bootcamp retreats, Dr. Suzanne, as her patients call her, believes that the 27 million women entering menopause each year deserve thoughtful, candid, modern, holistic information about the physical and psychological issues that arise in this transitional stage, including changes in libido, metabolism, body image, and fears over genetic age-related illnesses. She contends that menopause is a whole life condition and deserves a wide-ranging approach that combines meditation, yoga, therapy, herbal supplements, along with the most-up-to-date science and conventional medical solutions.
Packed with answers to common questions and helpful insights, infused with Dr. Suzanne’s expert, but warm, and sometimes, laugh-out-loud honesty, Menopause Bootcamp is a welcome invitation to embrace and even celebrate this remarkable developmental phase in the lives of women. It’s a welcome reminder that life doesn’t end at menopause—it’s the start of something new and wonderful.
About the Author
A diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz received her medical degree in 1996 from the USC School of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA. Dr. Gilberg-Lenz is involved in women’s empowerment and public education, and appears frequently as an expert in women’s health and integrative medicine on TV, in print, and online. She was board-certified in integrative and holistic medicine in 2008 and completed her clinical Ayurvedic Specialist degree at California College of Ayurveda in 2010. Dr. Gilberg-Lenz has appeared on Today, CNN Headline News, and Steve Harvey. Dr. Gilberg-Lenz is cofounder of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Green Committee and is deeply committed to the promotion of healing that involves individuals, families, communities, and the planet.
“I feel a thousand times smarter after reading Menopause Bootcamp. Why does no one tell us?? As a woman approaching a certain age, I'm so grateful to Dr. Suzanne for demystifying and educating on this very natural process with her compassion and humor and experience. This book is so rich with important information that I can return to it for years to come.” — Rashida Jones, Grammy Award-winning actor, writer, and producer
“Menopause Bootcamp is a remarkable feat. Gilberg-Lenz is a renowned MD, who combines medical wisdom with lifestyle wellness practices to improve women’s quality of life. Menopause is not the end; rather, it’s a metamorphosis of body and spirit. This phase in a woman’s life has been overlooked for far too many years. I’m delighted to encounter a paradigm shifting perspective from an open-minded, patient-first, radically honest leader in the field.” — Mark Hyman, MD, Director, the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and New York Times bestselling author of The Pegan Diet
“Menopause Bootcamp takes a fierce approach to this key life transition for women. Fueled by unapologetic anger at how menopause has been twisted and misunderstood by the patriarchy, this book not only gives women the truth about our bodies in middle-age, but helps us embrace our authenticity and wholeness as wise women." — Kristin Neff, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Author of Fierce Self-compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive
“No one ever told me about menopause. It was just a weird, ominous word that I suddenly became aware of when it started happening to me. I know we all wish our mothers had told us exactly how to deal with our periods, but I truly think we need them to prepare us for menopause. For those of you who are young now, do yourself a favor: read this and don’t be afraid. Knowledge is power. For those of you who are my age—who grew up with the shame, under the cloak and dagger of never talking about it—I present to you Dr. Suzanne’s book.” — Pamela Segall Adlon, Director/Producer/Writer
"Accessible and down-to-earth, this will be a boon for women struggling with this time in their life." — Publishers Weekly