Women's Health and Pregnancy Loss

Here is a selection of books recommended by doctors on female sexuality, menopause and breast cancer. There is also a selection of books on little discussed topic of pregnancy loss, which can have a profound effect on people.


* Come as you are by Emily Nagoski

Come as You Are reveals the true story behind female sexuality, uncovering the little-known science of what makes us tick and, more importantly, how and why. Sex educator Dr Emily Nagoski debunks the common sexual myths that are making women (and some men!) feel inadequate between the sheets.

Underlying almost all of the questions we still have about sex is the common worry: ‘Am I normal?’ This book answers with a resounding Yes! We are all different, but we are all normal - and once we learn this, we can create for ourselves better sex and more profound pleasure than we ever thought possible.



*The M Word: Everything You Need to Know About the Menopause by Dr. Philippa Kaye (GP)

The menopause does not have to mean the end of your libido, of sex, of work, or of feeling like who you used to be. The M Word is a complete one-stop guide to the peri-menopause and menopause, covering everything from understanding symptoms to managing relationships to which treatments really work. Discussing HRT as well as self-help and lifestyle tips, this book will be your companion through the years before, during and after the menopause.


* Me & My Menopausal Vagina: Living with Vaginal Atrophy

by Jane Lewis.

One women's journey of menopause and vaginal atrophy. Written in collaboration with her daughter in a `tongue in cheek' way to help break taboos of vaginal atrophy. This book is informative, serious, tear-jerking and guaranteed to make you laugh. Through this book you'll learn the hidden secrets of menopause aimed to help you during your own experiences, informing women, men and health professionals of all ages.



* The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control by Trisha Greenhalgh

The authors are outstanding doctors who have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. A trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information. Designed to empower you during your breast cancer treatment, it covers: Breast cancer treatment, coping emotionally, sex and relationships, staying healthy during and after treatment, dealing with the fear of recurrence, living with secondary breast cancer.


* Ask Me His Name: Learning to live and laugh again after the loss of my baby by Elle Wright

A moving account of Elle's pregnancy, Teddy's life, and what happens when a mother leaves hospital with empty arms. In the UK, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss, but conversations about the heartbreakingly frequent experience are few and far between. In this honest and hopeful exploration of mothering, Elle shows us how she navigated a parenthood no one had prepared her for.


* Saying Goodbye by Zoe Clark-Coates

Losing a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, leaves so many parents lost in grief and full of unanswered questions.
Zoë Clark-Coates, and her husband Andy, have personally faced the loss of five babies.
Now, Zoë writes a moving account of their experiences and how they found a way through to provide help and support for others.