The menopause. There - we've said it. It's a huge part of every woman's life and yet it remains one of society's last taboos. An emotionally complex issue that can trigger a whole host of physical and mental side effects, it's a big deal. So why aren't we talking about it?
Talking about stuff is what women do best; we share and offload, we laugh and we bond over the ridiculous and incredible things our bodies go through. Hearing other people's experiences is what makes our own so much more bearable - because we know that we aren't alone. This is the book that Andrea McLean wished for as she found herself in uncharted territory, grappling with the physical aftershock of a hysterectomy and the psychological fallout of a difficult menopause.
After announcing live on Loose Women that she would be absent from the screen as she recovered from surgery, Andrea was inundated with letters from other women struggling with the realities of the menopause, who were delighted that someone was finally talking openly and frankly about it. Typically candid, and including tips and tricks on diet, exercise and even your sex life, in Confessions of a Menopausal Woman Andrea brings her trademark humour and honesty to a very hot topic.
Andrea McLean is one of the primary anchors on the award-wining ITV lunchtime talk show Loose Women. Before she joined the show in 2007, she was best known as one of the core team of presenters on the ITV breakfast programme GMTV. Andrea has just celebrated her twenty-first year with ITV. She began her career as a freelance travel writer and has gone on to write for Red, Best, Scottish Woman, The Mirror and numerous women's weekly magazines. Her autobiography, Confessions of a Good Girl, was a Sunday Times number one bestseller.