About the book

Planning my Fabulous 50th and I smacked into the throes of perimenopause - although I'd never heard of it! Hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, anxiety and no one to talk to about this. Even my GP hadn't mention the pending hormonal changes. Once I wrapped my head around the 35 recognised syptoms (and counting) and that I had 29 of these, I committed to learning everything I could and telling everyone I could. My journey through menopause has had trauma, heartbreak, humour and enlightenment. While I share my personal experience about each perimenopause symptom, I navigate conversations with experts from around the world for my podcast "Sexy Ageing" and learn that there are many things we can do to support our menopause transition - both naturally and medically. Each symptom is broken down into a story that you can probably relate to, an explanation of what is happening in the body to cause that symptom and then top tips to support you as recommended by the experts in this field. My experience is supported by other women's stories and from their sharing, we learn that every woman's journey is different.

Book Review - Testimonial

“My Menopause Memoir is a stumble through Tracy’s B-roll as her shit came unstuck. Her deeply personal journey through menopause, as, along with her sisterhood, Tracy plots, what can be, a relentless march through the 35 known symptoms of peri, meno, and post-menopause – from hot flashes to considering HRT – the war on our physical, mental, and emotional equilibrium – in essence, losing who we are. But more importantly – Tracy shares the next steps in the path back. Part lifestyle, part intervention - Tracy fosters a healthy respect for medical research, lifestyle hacks, and pragmatic self-experiment.”

Emma Barry - Global Fitness Authority, Author

“Tracy’s memoir captures true emotion associated with a normal life transition for someone, who despite being self-aware, felt it came as a complete surprise. Tracy has spent a lifetime striving to be natural and in tune with her mind and body but despite having these skills she needed to delve into the science to understand these new changes. Now, supported by her new knowledge of the latest evidence in mid-life medicine and still not experiencing the quality of life she knew she could achieve, she explains how hormone replacement therapy is safe, effective, body-identical and still aligns with her values. And fundamentally it provided the symptom improvement she needed to live her life as she wishes. Her quest to explore the physiological changes associated with menopause is supported by poignant stories from other women which will resonate with the readers experience.”

Samantha K Newman MBChB BSc (Hons) Founder of femaleGP, NZ Director of Newman Medical Services

“My Menopause Memoir takes the topic of menopause that often has shame and embarrassment associated with it, and turns it into a discussion that empowers women and their bodies. Tracy adds much needed humor to the subject to make us all feel ‘normal’ and her personal stories shine through to entertain and educate all and let us know we are aren’t alone. It's a must read not only for all women, but also their partners and families to truly understand this important life stage, and the impact it can have on our daily lives”

Natalie Dau Creator of Rockstar Fit and Host of Zero to Hero TV

“I want to thank you so much for your book. I read it with tears streaming down my face because, finally I felt understood and most of all I felt "normal". If I had only known half of what is in here 5 years ago I would be in a better place today. Like you, I had no-one to talk to and having suffered from depression and anxiety most of my life I just thought that my medication had stopped working. When the hot flashes were out of control, my own mother told me to "Just to get on with it", she got through it and so can I and that was all that was said on the matter. At the worst, I was planning to end it as I did want to live like that anymore. I could not even teach my group fitness classes as my confidence was at an all time low, and I couldn't see a way out. It was not until I called my doctor sobbing uncontrollably during the 2020 lockdown that she twigged and suggested oestrogen patches. I think they saved my life. I would love to say its been an easy road since, but I still have bad weeks. Weeks where the brain fog and anxiety gets on top of me. I have taken on board a lot of what you have said in the book and made some dietary changes and have just started on progesterone cream so I will see how that goes. I just wanted to reach out and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your book has literally changed how I feel about myself.”

Deborah - Group Fitness Teacher