Managing Menopause Beautifully: Physically, Emotionally, and Sexually

Overview

Some 38 million girls were born in the United States between 1946 and 1964, and now about 2 million of them each year are entering the menopausal phase of life. But these Baby Boomers are not docile, do-as-they-are-told, and ask-no-questions women. They insist on full information, options, and participation in the decision-making process regarding how they will navigate this potentially challenging phase. In this breakthrough book, Dona Caine-Francis offers a reader-friendly primer on everything women need to ...

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Overview

Some 38 million girls were born in the United States between 1946 and 1964, and now about 2 million of them each year are entering the menopausal phase of life. But these Baby Boomers are not docile, do-as-they-are-told, and ask-no-questions women. They insist on full information, options, and participation in the decision-making process regarding how they will navigate this potentially challenging phase. In this breakthrough book, Dona Caine-Francis offers a reader-friendly primer on everything women need to know to remain physically, emotionally, and sexually vibrant before, during, and after menopause. A certified sex therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Caine-Francis goes beyond the standard explanations and suggestions for menopause. She challenges women to consider the menopausal years a time of opportunity, a chance to seize the day and reinvent the self in three dimensions—physically, emotionally, and sexually. *This book, be forewarned, contains adult material.

Special features here include vignettes from therapy sessions for menopausal women and their partners, explanations of the five myths of menopause, a review of hormone therapy of all kinds, complementary and alternative medicine, insights into romance at midlife, and a chapter devoted to partners of these women to help them share an understanding and offering suggestions to keep the fires flamed. Strategies for sexual wellbeing of menopausal women may otherwise and elsewhere be neglected, but Caine-Francis provides a focus to such strategies and offers practical solutions to enhance sexual connections with partners.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I was pleasantly surprised to find this dimension of balanced living presented and hope that other writers on the topic will follow her example in this regard. . . . For mature women and men this volume presents a detailed explanation of the phases of menopause, suggestions for coping well with the transition, examples of individuals and couples, and exercises for embracing mid-life's seasoning. The author successfully does this professionally and with humor."

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Catholic Library World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313348242
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2008
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Psychology Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

DONA CAINE-FRANCIS, NP, CNS is an ANCC Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and AASECT certified sex therapist at Lake Norman outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is past president of the North Carolina Nurses Association and currently serves on the National Board for the American Nurses Association's Center for American Nurses. She is the author of When Benjamin Wants to Know: Family Conversations About the Facts of Life and When Jessica Wants to Know (forthcoming). She is a national speaker on "Speaking of Sex How to be an 'Askable Parent'" and "Sex and the Seasoned Woman: A Menopausal Survival Kit."

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Table of Contents

Foreword Judy Kuriansky Kuriansky, Judy

1 Menopause: Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Reinvention 1

2 Menopause Basics: What Is Happening to My Body? 8

3 The Changing Body of the Perimenopausal and Menopausal Woman 23

4 Hormone Therapy 38

5 Reinvent the Physical You 60

6 Reinvent the Emotional You 73

7 Complementary and Alternative Strategies for the Midlife Woman 95

8 Sexual Revitalization 110

9 Romeo Meets Juliet at Age 55 177

App. A Coping Techniques for Today's Busy Woman 183

App. B Negative Coping Skills 185

App. C Scale of Relationship Intimacy 186

App. D Resource Web Sites 188

Notes 191

Index 199

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