A Menu for Menopause

by | Jan 2, 2024 | Moving Through Menopause Podcast, Podcasts

“The Menopause Menu” with Dr Susan Baumgaertel


For this podcast episode, Dr Susan Baumgaertel and I celebrated the launch of her new book, “The Menopause Menu.” She described it as an experiential guide to Menopause that weaves scientific knowledge, complementary approaches, and delicious recipes to help women navigate the complexities of menopause. Our conversation delved into the inspiration behind the book, its unique structure, and the collaborative spirit that is sure to secure its success.

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Our discussion

1. Science explained:

– Dr. Susan emphasised the importance of combining evidence-based medical approaches with holistic and complementary approaches.
– This book aims to provide women with a comprehensive resource that is simple, accessible and avoids the pitfalls of either oversimplification or confusing her readers with jargon.

2. 16 chapters packed with advice:

– “The Menopause Menu” comprises 16 chapters, each focusing on a common menopausal symptom.
– The topics covered include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, libido changes, mental health, chronic illnesses, and many more.

3. The Culinary Connection:

– Each chapter is organised under headings that you might find in an up-market restaurant menu and packed with anecdotes, poems, activities and evidence-based self-help suggestions.
– The recipes are carefully chosen to support specific symptoms, making the book a holistic guide that includes dietary recommendations.

4. Collaborative Insights:

– The book incorporates contributions from patients, colleagues, friends and experts, including poems, haikus, quotes, and insights from colleagues and ordinary women like me and you.


5. Menopause Bingo:

Try your hand at Dr B’s “Menopause Bingo”, it’s a light-hearted way to identify the common symptoms of Menopause.

6. Addressing Mental Health:

– Dr Susan recognizes the often-overlooked mental health component of menopause and emphasises the importance of normalising the emotional aspects of this life stage.

7. A Whole System Approach:

– We discuss the challenges of navigating menopausal symptoms when they impact multiple bodily systems simultaneously.
– This book supports an integrated approach to health, acknowledging the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being.


“The Menopause Menu” is a valuable resource that combines medical expertise, collaborative insights, and culinary delights to empower women on their menopausal journey.
Dr Susan Baumgaertel’s passion for Menopause care shines through and this book offers women a supportive and informative guide to mastering the menopause transition.

My Thanks to:

Susan J Baumgaertel MD

Purchase your copy of The Menopause Menu here

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