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A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause

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Recent groundbreaking research has provided abundant new information on menopause and how women should approach it. This book carefully considers all these findings, explains in detail what we now know about menopause and its treatment, and offers sound guidance for women dealing with the physical and emotional health issues surrounding menopause.
Menopause specialist Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, nationally known not only for her expertise but also for her approachability, answers all ...

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Overview

Recent groundbreaking research has provided abundant new information on menopause and how women should approach it. This book carefully considers all these findings, explains in detail what we now know about menopause and its treatment, and offers sound guidance for women dealing with the physical and emotional health issues surrounding menopause.
Menopause specialist Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, nationally known not only for her expertise but also for her approachability, answers all the questions about menopause that women want—and need—to ask their health care providers. Dr. Minkin presents scientifically grounded information, explained helpfully and in a non-judgmental manner.

Among the topics included in this volume:

• Hormone replacement therapy, its pros and cons

• Controlling the symptoms of PMS

• Treatments for menopause-related hot flashes, insomnia, and depression

• Menopause and sexuality

• Osteoporosis

• Preventing and detecting cancer of the reproductive organs

• Healthy lifestyle choices for menopausal women

• What the Women’s Health Initiative study findings really mean

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Editorial Reviews

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In 2002, the National Institutes of Health ended the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) study that was part of the Women's Health Initiative after it was discovered that hormones-which were supposed to prevent heart disease and osteoporosis while relieving hot flashes and night sweats-actually increased the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer. Minkin (obstetrics & gynecology, Yale Univ. Sch. of Medicine) and freelance writer Wright have revised and updated their 1996 work, What Every Woman Needs To Know About Menopause, to help women cope with the resulting confusion. In a brief history of HRT and an explanation of the Women's Health Initiative study, the authors explain how to interpret the findings and put the risks of breast cancer and heart disease in perspective. The pros and cons of HRT, PMS and its possible link to perimenopause, treatments for menopausal symptoms, sexuality, and osteoporosis are discussed. The authors also cover cancer of the reproductive organs, heart health, general fitness for midlife women, surgical procedures, and "fibroids, incontinence, itching, and other midlife annoyances." Owing to its objective coverage of the HRT controversy and the Women's Health Initiative, this valuable resource and worthy replacement for Morris Notelovitz and Diana Tonnesson's Menopause and Midlife Health is essential for all public and consumer health libraries.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300104356
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2004
  • Series: Yale University Press Health & Wellness
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,437,478
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., is clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine and has a private practice in the New Haven area. For ten years she has also been the medical adviser to Red Hot Mamas, the nation’s largest organization providing patient menopause support. She is the official women’s health medical adviser for Prevention magazine. Carol V. Wright, Ph.D., writes on topics related to women’s health, travel, and cooking, and is the author of two books in the Blue Guide series: New York and Museums and Galleries of New York. Drs. Minkin and Wright have collaborated on two previous books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The women's health initiative and what it means to you 1
2 The physiology of menopause : how it happens 9
3 Signs and symptoms 18
4 Perimenopause or PMS? 45
5 Menopause and your body 58
6 Menopause and your mind 74
7 Coping with the symptoms 90
8 The risks and benefits of hormone therapy 108
9 A practical guide to hormone therapy 128
10 Osteoporosis and heart health : two long-term issues 152
11 Menopause and sexuality 170
12 Fibroids, incontinence, itching, and other midlife annoyances 189
13 Cancer of the reproductive organs 221
14 Major and minor surgical procedures 284
15 You and your doctor 321
16 Lifestyle 343
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