“Hot and Bothered removes the shame, disdain, and mystery that’s surrounded menopause….An informative, entertaining and desperately needed book.” —Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass
When Jancee Dunn hit her mid-forties, she was bombarded by seemingly random symptoms: rampant insomnia, spring-loaded nerves, weirdly dry mouth, and Rio Grande-level periods. After going to multiple doctors who ran test after fruitless test, she was surprised to finally discover the culprit—perimenopause. For more than two decades, Jancee had been reporting on mental and physical health. So if she was unprepared for this, what about all the women who don’t write about health for a living?
Hot and Bothered is the book she wishes existed as she was scrambling for information: an empowering, research-based guide on how women can tackle this new stage of life. Menopause isn’t a disease, but a natural, normal life transition.Why, then, are we still speaking in whispers about something that affects half the earth’s population?
Through in-depth interviews with renowned menopause experts and trusted authorities, Dunn peels back the layers on this still-mystifying topic with her trademark humor and unpacks the science on both hormonal and nonhormonal treatments. She provides actionable ways to improve sleep, sex, moods, mental clarity, and skin; details the latest treatments for hot flashes; and explores the best practices to stop “peezing” (that would be peeing when you sneeze, thanks to your new urinary issues). Dunn’s clear, easy-to-follow advice will help you reclaim yourself—and fully embrace life’s next chapter.
About the Author
Jancee Dunn is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including How Not to hate Your Husband After Kids and her essay collection Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?, a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Parents. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, writer Tom Vanderbilt, and their daughter.
“Hot and Bothered removes the shame, disdain and mystery that's surrounded menopause ever since the first vaginas roamed the earth. As a longtime fan of Jancee Dunn's writing and a fairly new fan of menopause (buh-bye cramps and bloating, hello white pants!) I'm so thrilled that Jancee lends her journalistic savvy and hilarious voice to such an informative, entertaining and desperately needed book.” —Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass
“The iconic oracle Jancee Dunn does it again. A trademark blend of humor, science and storytelling, Hot and Bothered is a must read for all women and those who love them.” —Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play
“Jancee Dunn has provided a vital guide for all women fumbling in the dark who might be wondering what on earth is happening to their bodies, their minds, their relationships, and in some cases even their careers. This is a book that dares to address the terrible taboo that shrouds menopause in perpetual shame and secrecy.” —Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage
“Every person’s menopause experience is different, but Jancee Dunn’s book highlights with candor, thoughtfulness, and wit, a shared desire of people in that phase of life—and any phase of life, really: to be seen, heard, and loved.” —Abby Norman, author of Ask Me About My Uterus
“Full of actionable information and humor, and completely devoid of the medical gaslighting so many people experience as they enter perimenopause.” —Chelsea Conaboy, author of Mother Brain
“Are You There, Jancee? It’s Me, Ovaries. This book is a gift to every woman who’s ever wondered, ‘Am I going mad?’ and ‘Why isn’t anyone talking about this stuff?’ and especially, ‘Is it hot in here, or is it just me?’" —Faith Salie, author of Approval Junkie
“Janice Dunn has crafted the most up-to-date, scientifically-sound, helpful, relatable, and enjoyable book on menopause I’ve ever read.” —Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., author of A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex and Becoming Cliterate
“Hot and Bothered should be required reading for every person approaching, enduring, or even contemplating menopause. I learned something on every page of this exceptional book.” —Danielle Friedman, author of Let’s Get Physical
“Accessible, pragmatic guidance on navigating menopause and an indictment of the cultural silence and medical ignorance surrounding an experience shared by half the population." —Maya Dusenbery, author of Doing Harm