A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

Every woman, as she gets older, must face the onset of menopause-either naturally occurring or brought on surgically. As we learn more about menopause and the effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a number of questions arise. The most hotly debated of them all: should women receive HRT?

This book grew out of the need for a balanced examination of all the relevant issues-not for medical practitioners but for women of all ages-and is written in the context of how women experience the transition of menopause. Drawing on a number of population studies and their own research, contributors from different fields take on subjects ranging from HRT as a social issue and the psychosocial aspects of menopause to the role of diet and exercise in midlife health and what natural therapies may have to offer women. Other chapters thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of HRT and explain what hormones are and what they do. Readers will find the latest facts and medical opinions on how HRT can affect the likelihood of developing osteoporosis and bone fractures, breast and gynecological cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, urinary problems, and vaginal thinning.

For the millions of women who fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum of menopausal symptoms-and those at either end of the continuum-this easy-to-understand guide blends thought-provoking opinion with facts into one clear, concise source.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

This volume joins an expanding list of titles and provides useful, readable, and authoritative information about a range of health concerns that affect the perimenopausal and postmenopausal woman... This is an important, interesting collection of essays that can be safely recommended to consumers and mental health professionals who want to educate themselves about the most crucial aspects of menopause, hormone replacement therapies, and alternative treatments.

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Reviewer: Rita H. Kelly, CNM, MS (East Carolina University)
Description: This is a guide to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss, as fully as possible, the matter of HRT for the inquiring woman. This objective is worthy, but the level at which it is written makes this book beyond the scope of the average woman.
Audience: It is written for the average woman, according to the editors. It is full of good information, but at the level of the practitioner/clinician rather than the average woman. Both editors have respectable credentials as do the contributors.
Features: It includes coverage of all subject aspects of ovarian failure. These include the controversies that surround the general subject of HRT. Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) is not individually discussed in the book. A chapter on the World Health Organization view of the aging woman is included.
Assessment: This book is a good overview of the information available today. Additionally, it takes a look toward future developments of non-HRT/ERT approaches to osteoporosis.
Rita H. Kelly
This is a guide to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The purpose is to discuss, as fully as possible, the matter of HRT for the inquiring woman. This objective is worthy, but the level at which it is written makes this book beyond the scope of the average woman. It is written for the average woman, according to the editors. It is full of good information, but at the level of the practitioner/clinician rather than the average woman. Both editors have respectable credentials as do the contributors. It includes coverage of all subject aspects of ovarian failure. These include the controversies that surround the general subject of HRT. Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) is not individually discussed in the book. A chapter on the World Health Organization view of the aging woman is included. This book is a good overview of the information available today. Additionally, it takes a look toward future developments of non-HRT/ERT approaches to osteoporosis.
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Drawing on a number of population studies as well as their own research, contributors take on subjects ranging from HRT as a social issue and the psychological aspects of menopause to the role of diet and exercise in midlife health and what natural therapies may have to offer women. Readers will find the facts and medical opinions on how HRT can affect the likelihood of developing osteoporosis and bone fractures, breast and gynecological cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, urinary problems, and vaginal thinning. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880487825
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorraine Dennerstein is Director of the Office for Gender and Health, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Julia Shelley is affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Mothers' and Children's Health, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

Hormone replacement therapy: the question for midlife. The controversial menopause: an overview. Hormones: what they are and what they do. A medical perspective on menopause. Why hormone replacement therapy is a social issue. Consumers or victims? the menopause, hormone therapy, and the mass media. Psychosocial aspects of menopause. The role of exercise and diet in midlife health. What do natural therapies have to offer the debate? Summary: what World Health Organization experts say. Index.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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