Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices about Menopause

Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices about Menopause

by Karen Lindsey
     
 
"We're the baby boomers," writes renowned women's health advocate Dr. Susan Love. "We wanted to change the world in the sixties. During the sexual revolution we claimed the right to enjoy our bodies. We wanted more knowledge about how our bodies worked. We read books about menstruation and childbirth. Now we're approaching menopause, and we want to decide for

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"We're the baby boomers," writes renowned women's health advocate Dr. Susan Love. "We wanted to change the world in the sixties. During the sexual revolution we claimed the right to enjoy our bodies. We wanted more knowledge about how our bodies worked. We read books about menstruation and childbirth. Now we're approaching menopause, and we want to decide for ourselves how we'll experience this process as well. But how do we do that? We're faced with all kinds of options, and with them all kinds of questions."

With Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book, Dr. Love will help you decide for yourself how you want to move through this stage of life. Here's the information you really want to know to answer your most pressing concerns:


You've been having symptoms — hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings. What are your options for coping with them?

You've read in the newspapers that after menopause women are in danger of heart disease or osteoporosis, and you don't want to wind up like that hunched-up elderly woman you saw in the supermarket checkout line. How likely is it?

Your doctor thinks taking hormone replacement therapy might be the answer, but you're not sure: How does it work? What can and can't it do? Is it safe?

Your mother sailed through menopause and your symptoms don't bother you. Do you need to do anything at all?

You've had breast cancer or heart disease. What choices will work for you?

You don't like the idea of medication. Are there any life-style changes or alternative approaches worth exploring?


With clarity and compassion, Dr. Love will help you sort through the answers to these and otherconfusing questions. She emphasizes that menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured; it's a natural life stage. She tells you what you need to know about coping with symptoms and addressing concerns about osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and more. And she walks you through every option for the short and long term.: lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, and stress management), alternatives (including herbs and homeopathic remedies), other medications, and a thorough discussion of the pros and cons of hormones. An in-depth questionnaire on your personal health risks and lifestyle preferences will help you put it all together to make choices to fit your unique needs—choices Dr. Love encourages you to reconsider as your life situation changes. Also included are guidelines for finding the right health care professional, a resource guide of helpful books, newsletters, and organizations, and more.

You know your body better than any doctor, and you're in the best position to assess your individual needs, risks, and lifestyle choices and to decide how you want to more through menopause. With Dr. Love's authoritative, comprehensive new book, you'll have the information you need to make the decisions that work best for you.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For the menopausal or perimenopausal woman confused by conflicting opinions regarding hormone replacement therapy, Love (Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book) cuts through the maze of contradictory data to provide information without hype or pedantry. In her information-dense volume, Love lists symptoms from hot flashes and mood swings to migraine headaches and memory lapses, explaining that many may simply be signs of normal aging, not menopause. Also discussed are osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer and endometrial cancer; risk factors and how they can be mitigated are outlined. She explains the many alternatives to hormone replacement, including lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, stress reduction), homeopathic remedies, vitamin treatments, acupuncture and herbs, as well as the sometimes necessary drugs and surgery. In spite of all that is reported regarding treatment for menopause and related conditions, there remains, says Love, no definitive, or "gold standard," research on hormones and postmenopausal women. The first such study, the Women's Health Initiative, is going on now but will not yield results until 2008. In the meantime, what should a woman do? "You make your own rules, and you reexamine them as you get more information and your needs change." Women seeking counsel that respects their concerns and allows them to make choices they feel safe with will find Love's reassuring, no-nonsense approach exactly what the doctor ordered. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Love, director of the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, is a leading world expert in breast cancer research and author of what has been called the bible of breast care, Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book (LJ 6/1/95. 2d ed.). Here, Love provides an intimate insider's look at menopause. At the core of this well-organized and clearly written book is an in-depth discussion of the risk factors associated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Love explores therapy options with a three-tiered system-lifestyle, alternatives, and drugs and surgery-and helps readers clarify their choices with a series of self-surveys. This well-referenced resource includes five appendixes on practitioners, product sources, patient education materials, publications, and lists of support organizations. Highly recommended for all consumer health collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/96; Love is profiled in Karen Stabiner's To Dance with the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer, forthcoming from Delacorte in May.-Ed.]-Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Wright State Univ. Lib., Dayton, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679449706
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.32(d)

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Meet the Author

Dr. Susan Love, M.D., is coauthor with Karen Lindsey of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, called "the bible" for breast care by The New York Times. She is a breast surgeon and an adjunct associate professor of clinical surgery at UCLA and director of the Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Institute. She was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Women's Health Initiative, helping to guide the largest study ever on postmenopausal women in this country.

Karen Lindsey is the author of Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: A Feminist Interpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII.

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