Ask Dr. Marie: What Women Need to Know about Hormones, Libido, and the Medical Problems No One Talks About / Edition 1

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One of America's most trusted voices on women's health offers women expert, reassuring advice on all that occurs "down there" "For this book, Marie Savard draws on a lifetime of head-smart and heartfelt experience in caring about and for women. And she knows how to communicate in a manner that is both informative and supportive. Information that is both accurate and understandable—a winning combination."—Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News Medical Editor "I continue to marvel at Dr. Marie's ability to break complex medical issues into digestible, easy-to-understand nuggets. Her care and concern for women is evident, and women are better for it."—Rene Syler, author of Good Enough Mother What would you ask if your best friend were also a physician? What might your mother ask, if she had the nerve? The questions—and the answers—are in Ask Dr. Marie. By addressing women directly and honestly, but with compassion and understanding, ABC News Medical Contributor Dr. Marie Savard reveals that there are no off-limits questions, no dark secrets of womanhood. . . .This edition has been revised and updated with the latest women's health information—including new guidelines for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer, and for the HPV vaccines Cervarix and Gardasil.

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Editorial Reviews

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Named "one of the best health books for 2009" by The Wall Street Journal. “Dr. Marie has crafted a straight up, accessible summary of the most important questions on female sexuality and reproduction. She will help move you from embarrassment to empowerment.”—Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, author of Healing from the Heart and coauthor of the best-selling YOU: The Owner’s Manual Library Journal; Savard, Marie, M.D. Ask Dr. Marie: Straight Talk & Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions. Globe Pequot. Aug. 2009. c.352p. illus. index. ISBN 978-0-7627-4944-7. $24.95. HEALTHIn this medical guide for women, Savard, medical contributor for ABC News and an internist specializing in women’s health, addresses basic anatomy and physiology, sexuality, and the importance of health care. She examines life stages and the accompanying bodily changes: puberty, childbirth, and menopause. The book's final sections cover the brain/body connection and such common health problems as urinary tract infections and digestive ailments. She also discusses the differences between men and women as they age and takes a liberal approach to hormone replacement therapy, arguing that perimenopausal women with no risk factors can take HRT and FDA-approved bioidentical skin patches safely.Verdict While less comprehensive than Our Bodies, Ourselves, this book takes a conversational tone and employs a supportive approach that will appeal to women in need of basic information.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA Book launch on Good Morning America: id=8246221 “For this book, Marie Savard draws on a lifetime of head-smart and heart-felt experience in caring about and for women. And she knows how to communicate in a manner that is both informative and supportive. Information that is both accurate and understandable—a winning combination.”—Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News Medical Editor "I continue to marvel at Dr. Marie's ability to break complex medical issues into digestible, easy-to-understand nuggets. Her care and concern for women is evident and women are better for it." — Rene Syler, Journalist and author of Good Enough Mother"Dr. Marie is one of America's most trusted voices in women's health, and her ability to make complex topics simple and understandable has made her my go-to person for health information."—Marissa Jaret Winokur, Tony Award-winning actress
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762760008
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Savard

Marie Savard, M.D., medical correspondent for ABC News, is one of the most trusted voices on women’s health, wellness, and patient empowerment. She is the author of three books, The Body Shape Solution to Weight Loss and Wellness (Atria 2005), How to Save Your Own Life: The Savard System for Managing—and Controlling—Your Health Care (Grand Central Publishing 2000), and The Savard Health Record (Time-Life Books 2000). “Dr. Marie” is a frequent speaker and spokesperson on behalf of a wide array of women’s health issues, featured in print, radio, and television. She speaks at more than two dozen medical and women’s conferences every year, including the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” events. She is frequently sought after to serve as spokesperson for a variety of women’s health issues. Major recent appearances include Oprah, the Today Show, the Early Show, and frequent appearances on Good Morning America and other ABCNews shows. She has done several Sirius radio programs, including Martha Stewart Living Radio and Fitness Guru. She has been consulted for articles in Elle, U.S. News & World Report, Prevention, Glamour, Health, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, and Philadelphia magazines, and she is on the Family Circle advisory board. Dr. Marie is the only doctor on the popular, and is often interviewed for articles posted on,, and is also the chief medical advisor of Philadelphia-based NewCourtland, a leading long-term care provider of community services, affordable senior housing, nursing homes, education, and workforce development. In addition, Dr. Marie provides commentary on the latest women’s health information through her website (, blog, and monthly newsletters. She lives in Philadelphia.Sondra Forsyth is a journalist specializing in women’s issues including health, sexuality, and relationships. She is a winner of the prestigious National Magazine Award, given jointly by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the American Society of Magazine Editors, for an article on cancer prevention. She has also won an award from the American Digestive Health Association. Currently a Contributing Editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and, her by-line has appeared in scores of major magazines. She is the author or co-author of ten books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Doctor Will See You Now vi

Part 1 What's Going on Down There?

Chapter 1 Welcome to Yourself: A Guided Tour of Your Inner Terrain 2

Chapter 2 Sex Smarts: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Having Fun in Bed 16

Chapter 3 How to Get the Health Care You Need at Every Age 77

Part 2 The Seasons of Your Life

Chapter 4 Coming of Age: A Period Piece 122

Chapter 5 For unto You a Child Could Be Born: Charting Your Course 139

Chapter 6 The Bonus Years: Making the Most of Menopause and Beyond 171

Part 3 Is This Normal or Should I Call My Doctor?

Chapter 7 "Female Problems" from Cause to Cure 200

Chapter 8 Internal Plumbing Down There: Bowel Problems from Cause to Cure 235

Chapter 9 Internal Plumbing Down There: Urinary Troubles from Cause to Cure 265

Part 4 What Happens Down There Doesn't Stay Down There

Chapter 10 The Female Emotional Response: How a Woman's Brain-Body Connection Differs from a Man's 298

Chapter 11 Waist Management: Winning the War against Womanly Weight Gain 314

Afterword:"Lifestyle Pill" Dr. Marie's 328

Index 331

Acknowledgments 337

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Whatever they call it, for many women the area “down there” is only half-familiar, its problems mysterious and  hard to discuss. They tend to think their concerns are unique, specific, unsolvable, and embarrassing. But after fielding thousands of women’s health questions during her career, Dr. Marie Savard can safely say that she has heard it all at least twice. In Ask Dr. Marie, she explains what’s what, what’s normal, and what to do when problems occur—as if she were a sister or best friend with all the time in the world to discuss symptoms and solutions.

Beginning with a primer on what goes on down there—including “A Guided Tour of Your Inner Terrain,” and “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Having Fun in Bed”—Dr. Marie then goes on to
address related issues by life stages, sharing advice on how to get the health care you need and answering the questions women have about everything from hemorrhoids to urinary tract infections, menstruation to menopause, fibroids to fat cells, explaining causes and treatment options, and how they affect the rest of you (including your sex life). She also lists specific concerns and questions to bring to your doctor’s attention, so you can make the most of the little time you have during an appointment.

Written by an exceptional doctor with equal parts compassion and experience, Ask Dr. Marie is an invaluable resource for women of all ages and all backgrounds.
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