Menopause SourceBook

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Don't be overwhelmed by the bombardment of information about menopause. Whether you're premenopausal or actually in menopause, it's possible to have all the pertinent facts and be aware of all the issues that surround this controversial topic. How do you accomplish this? By using The Menopause Sourcebook as your survival guide to this important part of your life. Within these pages you will find the information that you need to actively and successfully participate in your health care during menopause. Hot ...
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Overview

Don't be overwhelmed by the bombardment of information about menopause. Whether you're premenopausal or actually in menopause, it's possible to have all the pertinent facts and be aware of all the issues that surround this controversial topic. How do you accomplish this? By using The Menopause Sourcebook as your survival guide to this important part of your life. Within these pages you will find the information that you need to actively and successfully participate in your health care during menopause. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and weight gain are all signs that your body is going through menopause. The Menopause Sourcebook demystifies this time of change by explaining what is happening with your body and what your options are for dealing with and treating these symptoms. From the conventional treatments of estrogen and progesterone supplementation to the alternative approaches of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, homeopathy and herbal remedies, this book helps you to make sense out of all your choices. Gretchen Henkel, the author of Making the Estrogen Decision, emphasizes that women who take charge, and actively participate in their health care during their menopausal years tend to do the best. Your first task is to find a health partner during this transitional time, someone with whom you can consult and use as a source of current medical information. This book provides guidelines to help find the right professional for you and your comfort level. Preparing your body for menopause will help to make the transition less traumatic. Proper exercise, diet, and state of mind can help offset the symptoms of menopause. Ms. Henkel offers guidelines and resources to make sure you approach this stage of your life from a position of strength. Whether it's information about sex, osteoporosis, heart disease, or just dealing with the stress of going through menopause, you'll find up-to-date information and advice in The Menopause Sourcebook. Each chapter has

"...provides information on conventional treatments as well as homeopathy & herbal remedies...helps women prepare their bodies for menopause through diet, exercise, tests, and screenings."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565658707
  • Publisher: NTC Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Ch. 1 Information Gathering 1
Menopause at This Point in History 2
Must I Deal with Menopause? 6
Ch. 2 The Before-Menopause Checkup 15
Bones, Calcium, and Exercise: Do You Have the Right Prescription? 18
Heart, Blood Vessels, and Estrogen 21
Don't Forget Breast Health 27
Let's Talk About Weight 30
Adjusting Image to Reality 33
Good Health and Your Comfort Level 35
Ch. 3 Is This It? The Signs and Symptoms of Menopause 38
How to View Your Symptoms 39
Menopausal and Perimenopausal Symptoms 43
Keeping Track 48
A Plan of Action 50
Ch. 4 The Physicality of Menopause: Managing Your Symptoms 53
Where Women Obtain Information 56
Take the Commonsense Approach 57
The Estrogen Question 63
Alternative Approaches 70
Making Sense of It All 76
Ch. 5 Sex During and After Menopause 81
Does Menopause Spell the End of Desire? 83
The Physiology of Sexual Changes 87
The Totality of Sexuality 89
Getting Help for You and Your Partner 94
Ch. 6 Menopause and Beyond: Should You Be Worried? 97
Concern vs. Worry 98
Heart Disease: Be on the Alert 100
Your Bones: Constantly Changing 108
Urogenital Health 116
Ch. 7 The Body/Mind Connection: Menopause and Emotional Stress 120
How Women Feel About Menopause 122
Emotions and Stress During Menopause 123
Steps You Can Take 130
Ch. 8 Integrating Change and Exploring Opportunity 136
Menopause as Passage 137
Tackling the Tasks of Growing Older 138
Finding Your Path 139
Appendix A Calcium-Rich Foods 142
Appendix B Comparison of Calcium Supplements 145
Appendix C Dietary Recommendations for Health 147
Appendix C-1: American Heart Association Diet 147
Appendix C-2: Eating to Reduce Cancer Risk 150
Appendix D Height and Weight Tables 152
Glossary 153
Notes 162
Bibliography 166
Index 169
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