Menopause For Dummies, 2nd Editionby Marcia L. Jones, Theresa Eichenwald, Nancy W. Hall
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Although menopause is a natural and inevitable stage in every woman’s life, its physical, mental, and emotional manifestations can vary greatly from one person to the next. Add to this all of the conflicting “expert” information about the benefits, risks, and side effects to which women are exposed on a daily basis, and it’s easy to see why most find it difficult to make informed choices about how to deal with their menopausal symptoms.
Authored by a team of acknowledged experts in treating menopausal symptoms, Menopause For Dummies arms you with all the information you need to stay in control every step of the way. In plain English, it explains the role menopause plays in a variety of common health problems, such as osteoporosis, stroke, and heart disease. It walks you through proven measures for minimizing your risk of developing complications through including diet and exercise, stress management, hormone replacement, and other techniques. And it arms you with authoritative, up-to-the-minute coverage of:
- Premenopause how to identify it and what it means
- The stages of menopause
- How menopause can affect your body, emotions, and libido
- The latest facts about hormone replacement therapy
- The pros and cons of various alternative treatments
- The best ways of handling hot flashes
- Easing symptoms with diet and exercise
- Preventing bone loss
- Helpful lifestyle changes
With Menopause For Dummies in your corner you’ll have a kinder, gentler “change of life.”
Meet the Author
Marcia L. Jones was a freelance writer for more than 20 years. Theresa Eichenwald, M.D., is an internist with experience in caring for menopausal women. Nancy W. Hall has written extensively on health, pregnancy, and child development for over 18 years.
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The following may sound like an unimportant fact but it is not. The author claims that the term progesterone is a class of drugs and the most commonly used member of this class are progestins. This is incorrect and the mistaken information leads to serious consequences. Progesterone is the name of a hormone; the only hormone a women makes after ovulation and to a lesser extent in the adrenal glands. The class of drugs is progestins. So progesterone, the natural hormone, is a member of the class of chemicals called progestins. Only progesterone has bio-identical effects on the body. The commonly used progestins such as Provera, are altered chemicals with some very different effects on the body. Provera, for example, causes birth defects. Without high levels of progesterone, on the other hand, you cannot carry the baby to full term. Progesterone reduces the risk of breast cancer by 80%, according to Dr, David Zava, co-author of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer", Provera does not. I recommend Dr. John Lee's book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause" as a must read for the full story.