Hormone Decision

Overview


Do you have questions about menopause and the use of hormones?

The generation of women approaching or entering menopause today has heard more on the subject than any previous generation. First hormones were good. Then suddenly they were bad. Now they don't seem to be in the news much at all. But for the woman realizing that her body is starting to change, all these ...

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Overview


Do you have questions about menopause and the use of hormones?

The generation of women approaching or entering menopause today has heard more on the subject than any previous generation. First hormones were good. Then suddenly they were bad. Now they don't seem to be in the news much at all. But for the woman realizing that her body is starting to change, all these conflicting reports can be frightening. The truth is that every woman is different, and no one answer is correct for everybody.

Tara Parker-Pope, who has written about health for both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, details all the latest research on menopause in a clear, easy-to-read style that makes it possible for you to:

  • understand the research
  • ask intelligent questions
  • choose whether or not hormone therapy is right for you.
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"A very fair and balanced look at the hormone decision. I recommend it very highly." — Dr. Ronald Hoffman, host of WOR Radio's Health Talk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416562016
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tara Parker-Pope, a professional reporter for twenty years, writes a weekly consumer health column and daily health blog for The New York Times, and prior to that was the health columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Her special Wall Street Journal report on the findings of the Women's Health Initiative earned her the Media Award from the North American Menopause Society, as well as the Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care from the Columbia University School of Nursing.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition     ix
Introduction     xix
Untangling the Controversy
Hormone Confusion: Making Sense of the Headlines     3
Hormone History: The Pendulum Swings     28
Hormones and the Symptoms of Menopause     50
Understanding the Science
Hormones and Your Heart     71
Hormones and Your Breasts     96
Hormones and Your Bones     126
Hormones and Your Vagina     143
Hormones and Your Brain     162
Hormones and Your Skin     193
Hormones and Other Body Parts     208
Making Your Own Choices
The Progestin Question     225
Prescription Hormones: Pills, Patches, Creams, and Rings     250
Hormone Alternatives: Drugs, Supplements, and Other Options     275
The Hormone Decision     297
Endnotes     325
Acknowledgments     349
Index     353
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