The Menopause Bible: The Complete Practical Guide to Managing Your Menopause

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An illustrated and comprehensive handbook for women on coping physically, mentally and emotionally with "the change".

The hormonal changes in women during menopause have a dramatic impact on physical, mental, and emotional health. Although menopause is universal for women, no two go through it the same way.

The Menopause Bible is a contemporary reference book that explains what it is, what happens, what can be done to minimize its effects, and ...

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Overview

An illustrated and comprehensive handbook for women on coping physically, mentally and emotionally with "the change".

The hormonal changes in women during menopause have a dramatic impact on physical, mental, and emotional health. Although menopause is universal for women, no two go through it the same way.

The Menopause Bible is a contemporary reference book that explains what it is, what happens, what can be done to minimize its effects, and how to maintain optimal health. The book is designed to help all women whether choosing a drug-free transition or medical intervention.

The book covers every aspect of menopause:

  • Why and how menopause occurs
  • Symptoms of menopause
  • Specific related health issues such as osteoporosis
  • Sexual health and techniques
  • Drug and alternative treatments
  • Positive impact of proper diet and exercise
  • Regular health monitoring.

In-depth and up-to-date information on the controversial hormone replacement therapy (HRT) includes the risk factors, who can benefit, recommended monitoring procedures, and courses of treatment. While women with menopausal difficulties were once treated solely with HRT, now there are a number of options, including alternative treatments such as herbal replacement supplements.

Illustrated with full-color anatomical drawings and helpful photographs, The Menopause Bible enables a woman to take active control of her overall health at a critical time in her life.

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Editorial Reviews

Victoria Times-Colonist
Up-to-date, factual information -- with diagrams and full-color photographs... an excellent resource.
— Penny Draper
Good Times
Must-have... nutrition, diet, weight gain, exercise, sex, and depression... up-to-date chapter on hormone replacement and alternative therapies, with easy-to-understand answers.
— Liz Grogan
Journal of the National Medical Association
Medically correct, easy to read, well illustrated... The Menopause Bible is an easy, satisfying, enlightening read, that even specialists can learn from.
Detroit News
Comprehensive, illustrated...can help women cope with the physical, mental and emotional challenges that often come during this phase of life.
— Lauralee Ortiz
Balance Magazine
Every woman over 35 should have a copy.
— Richelle Doliner
Victoria Times-Colonist - Penny Draper
Up-to-date, factual information — with diagrams and full-color photographs... an excellent resource.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
A must-have book for women over 40... topics that include nutrition, diet, weight gain, exercise, sex, and depression... up-to-date chapter on hormone replacement and alternative therapies, with easy-to-understand answers.
ON) Solutions (Toronto
[Editor's Choice] The book is designed to help all women, whether they choose a drug-free transition or medical intervention.
Detroit News - Lauralee Ortiz
This comprehensive, illustrated handbook... can help women cope with the physical, mental and emotional challenges that often come during this phase of life.
Balance Magazine - Richelle Doliner
This comprehensive, illustrated book gives women all tlhe information they need to understand the physical and emotional changes that may occur and the options that are available to deal with them. Every woman over 35 should have a copy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554070671
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robin N. Phillips is Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    Menopause Questionnaire

  2. What Happens During Menopause?
    • Changes to the Menstrual Cycle
    • Changes to Organs and Systems
    • Premature or Early Menopause
    • Abnormal Bleeding
  3. Self-help for Symptoms of Menopause
    • Hot Flashes
    • Night Sweats
    • Fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Concentration and Memory Problems
    • Mood Swings
    • Headaches
    • Vaginal Dryness and Itching
    • Bladder Problems
    • Skin Changes
    • Breast Tenderness
    • Bloating and Gas
    • Hair, Nail and Tooth Problems
    • Heavy or Irregular Bleeding
  4. Maintaining Bone Health
    • How Bones Are Made
    • How and Why Bones Change
    • Keeping Track of Bone Health
    • Osteoporosis
    • Self-help for Bone Health
    • Drug Treatments
    • Joints and Menopause
  5. Sex and Sexuality
    • Changing Sexual Responses
    • Assisting Desire
    • Safe Sex
    • A Baby at Your Age!
  6. A New Look at Nutrition
    • Nutrition and Menopause
    • Phytoestrogens
    • Menopause Superfoods
    • Key Nutrients for Bone Health
    • Protecting Your Heart Through Diet
    • Managing Your Weight During Menopause
  7. Reviewing Your Exercise Routines
    • What Exercise is Right for Me?
    • What Your Changing Body Requires
    • Aerobic Exercise
    • Increasing Muscle Strength and Endurance
  8. A Supportive Lifestyle
    • Psychological Effects of Menopause
    • Taking Control of Stress
    • Recognizing Depression
    • Kicking Harmful Habits
  9. Hormone
    Therapy
    • Understanding Hormone Therapy
    • Forms of Treatment
    • Side Effects and Stopping
    • Key Issues
    • Seeking Help
  10. Alternatives to Hormone Therapy
    • Natural Remedies
    • A Menopause Herbal
    • Other Supportive Therapies
  11. Looking After Your Body
    • Taking Care of Your Skin
    • Hair, Teeth and Nails
    • Eyes and Ears
    • Back Care and Posture
    • Sleep Well
  12. Safeguarding Your Health
    • Being Body
      Aware
    • Specialist Testing
    • Reproductive Organ Diseases
    • Reproductive Organ Cancers
    • Breast Diseases
    • Cardiovascular Diseases

    Index
    Acknowledgments


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Preface

Introduction

Menopause is a fact of female life. All women will go through it (if they live long enough!), but some will feel the effects profoundly, others will feel some of the effects, and still others may feel nothing whatsoever and glide through the whole experience, oblivious to the whole "change of life" apart from the obvious cessation of menstrual periods. As an inescapable fact of life, it's essential that women know what to expect and when to expect it, and understand the issues that may arise and the options that are open to them.

What May Happen

With the approach of menopause, production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone declines, causing menstruation to cease. This, in turn, can cause a number of symptoms. Some of these may be short term, such as hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats, loss of libido, headaches. Others are usually longer term, such as vaginal and urinary problems, and may become permanent but are not life-threatening, and can be remedied or at least alleviated by several therapies.

However, there are other consequences of the decrease in sex hormones at menopause that are dangerous and may be unnoticed, until they pose a serious problem. One of the main risks at menopause is the development of osteoporosis, a loss of bone mass that can be seriously debilitating and even life threatening. Other conditions that more readily arise after the decline in estrogen production are coronary heart disease leading to heart attacks, cerebrovascular disease leading to strokes, and certain cancers.

On the positive side, there are many treatment options available depending on your symptoms, from hormone therapy (HT) to nutritional supplements and from dietary changes to beneficial exercises. HT has proved invaluable to millions of women around the world, but the debate surrounding it is controversial and ongoing, and the guidelines on its use have changed in light of recent research.

Reviewing the Options

Creams, patches, tablets, suppositories, implants, even nasal sprays are widely available, and they have given relief from menopausal symptoms and long-term protection from certain conditions.

However, getting to grips with the advice being offered by different experts is at times mind-boggling, so it is essential that every woman considering HT is fully informed of her options, and discusses these with her healthcare provider to ascertain what each treatment can offer, and to balance any potential benefits against any possible risks.

In addition, as we approach midlife, other life changes begin to take place — at home, at work and at play. For women with families, this is often a time when children leave home and when partners may also be going through a time of transition in their own lives, both of which can cause anxieties. New light is often thrown on the work-life balance, and women begin to look forward to lessening (or, sometimes, strengthening) their commitments at work. Also, whereas younger adults are driven by personal ambition, adults entering midlife tend to find intellectual pursuits and interests far more inspirational. With all this turmoil and activity, it's no wonder this time of life is referred to as "the change"!

Your Life Your Way

Along with providing you with information on various therapies and techniques, this book can help you overcome the negative aspects of menopause and has been written to inform you of the positive changes that can happen at this time. For far too long menopause has been seen in a bad light — the end of something rather than the beginning of something new. A century ago, female life expectancy in the U.S. was just 51 years, and many women were not expected to live to experience the symptoms of menopause. Now, females are expected to live well into their eighties — which means that for many of us, almost half our lives will be spent as postmenopausal women — one very good reason to explore all the possible avenues to make your experience of menopause a good one.

In addition to an increased lifespan, women are now more vocal and more curious about things they can do for themselves. Menopause was never a subject for discussion or comparison in our grandmothers' or even our mothers' generations. Information was limited and "grin and bear it" was the maxim to live by — what other options were there? However, breakthroughs in science and medicine, along with new thinking about alternative therapies have changed all that. Moreover, women are eager to know more and to put that knowledge to use. Unwilling to simply place their trust in doctors who "know what's best," women are much more determined to take control of their health issues and find workable alternatives to complement or replace traditional medicine.

The Aim of This Book

These are the most important reasons why The Menopause Bible has been created. It has been designed to bring you the most up-to-date information from experts in the various fields of female health. Most health books written for the layperson provide a single point of view and therefore present the author's own biases and perspectives. In most cases this is fine — you want your information to come from a respected specialist source. However, because of the complex nature of the physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual changes that occur at menopause, it's not always possible to ensure that one author has expertise in all related fields. In The Menopause Bible, a team of respected authorities from a variery of fields have written on their specialist subjects. The team ranges from physicians and psychologists to sex therapists, herbalists and nutritionists, and their common goal is to inform you about the preventive medicines, therapies and self-help techniques that will help you at this time. They provide in depth information on what you can expect, when you can expect it, and what to do when symptoms or situations occur.

Overall, their goal is to provide reassuring information that will help you navigate this important period in your life and to empower you to come through it healthy and revitalized and ready to deal with whatever life holds from then on.

Robin N. Phillips, M.D.

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Introduction

Introduction

Menopause is a fact of female life. All women will go through it (if they live long enough!), but some will feel the effects profoundly, others will feel some of the effects, and still others may feel nothing whatsoever and glide through the whole experience, oblivious to the whole "change of life" apart from the obvious cessation of menstrual periods. As an inescapable fact of life, it's essential that women know what to expect and when to expect it, and understand the issues that may arise and the options that are open to them.

What May Happen

With the approach of menopause, production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone declines, causing menstruation to cease. This, in turn, can cause a number of symptoms. Some of these may be short term, such as hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats, loss of libido, headaches. Others are usually longer term, such as vaginal and urinary problems, and may become permanent but are not life-threatening, and can be remedied or at least alleviated by several therapies.

However, there are other consequences of the decrease in sex hormones at menopause that are dangerous and may be unnoticed, until they pose a serious problem. One of the main risks at menopause is the development of osteoporosis, a loss of bone mass that can be seriously debilitating and even life threatening. Other conditions that more readily arise after the decline in estrogen production are coronary heart disease leading to heart attacks, cerebrovascular disease leading to strokes, and certain cancers.

On the positive side, there are many treatment options available depending on your symptoms, from hormone therapy (HT)to nutritional supplements and from dietary changes to beneficial exercises. HT has proved invaluable to millions of women around the world, but the debate surrounding it is controversial and ongoing, and the guidelines on its use have changed in light of recent research.

Reviewing the Options

Creams, patches, tablets, suppositories, implants, even nasal sprays are widely available, and they have given relief from menopausal symptoms and long-term protection from certain conditions.

However, getting to grips with the advice being offered by different experts is at times mind-boggling, so it is essential that every woman considering HT is fully informed of her options, and discusses these with her healthcare provider to ascertain what each treatment can offer, and to balance any potential benefits against any possible risks.

In addition, as we approach midlife, other life changes begin to take place -- at home, at work and at play. For women with families, this is often a time when children leave home and when partners may also be going through a time of transition in their own lives, both of which can cause anxieties. New light is often thrown on the work-life balance, and women begin to look forward to lessening (or, sometimes, strengthening) their commitments at work. Also, whereas younger adults are driven by personal ambition, adults entering midlife tend to find intellectual pursuits and interests far more inspirational. With all this turmoil and activity, it's no wonder this time of life is referred to as "the change"!

Your Life Your Way

Along with providing you with information on various therapies and techniques, this book can help you overcome the negative aspects of menopause and has been written to inform you of the positive changes that can happen at this time. For far too long menopause has been seen in a bad light -- the end of something rather than the beginning of something new. A century ago, female life expectancy in the U.S. was just 51 years, and many women were not expected to live to experience the symptoms of menopause. Now, females are expected to live well into their eighties -- which means that for many of us, almost half our lives will be spent as postmenopausal women -- one very good reason to explore all the possible avenues to make your experience of menopause a good one.

In addition to an increased lifespan, women are now more vocal and more curious about things they can do for themselves. Menopause was never a subject for discussion or comparison in our grandmothers' or even our mothers' generations. Information was limited and "grin and bear it" was the maxim to live by -- what other options were there? However, breakthroughs in science and medicine, along with new thinking about alternative therapies have changed all that. Moreover, women are eager to know more and to put that knowledge to use. Unwilling to simply place their trust in doctors who "know what's best," women are much more determined to take control of their health issues and find workable alternatives to complement or replace traditional medicine.

The Aim of This Book

These are the most important reasons why The Menopause Bible has been created. It has been designed to bring you the most up-to-date information from experts in the various fields of female health. Most health books written for the layperson provide a single point of view and therefore present the author's own biases and perspectives. In most cases this is fine -- you want your information to come from a respected specialist source. However, because of the complex nature of the physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual changes that occur at menopause, it's not always possible to ensure that one author has expertise in all related fields. In The Menopause Bible, a team of respected authorities from a variery of fields have written on their specialist subjects. The team ranges from physicians and psychologists to sex therapists, herbalists and nutritionists, and their common goal is to inform you about the preventive medicines, therapies and self-help techniques that will help you at this time. They provide in depth information on what you can expect, when you can expect it, and what to do when symptoms or situations occur.

Overall, their goal is to provide reassuring information that will help you navigate this important period in your life and to empower you to come through it healthy and revitalized and ready to deal with whatever life holds from then on.

Robin N. Phillips, M.D.

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