What Every Woman Needs to Know about Menopause: The Years Before, During, and After

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This authoritative book provides a practical guide to physical and emotional well-being during the premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal years. Based on the experience of a woman gynecologist who has been treating menopausal women for twenty years, the book presents thorough, unbiased answers to the questions women ask about this crucial time in their lives. Women reading this book will feel as if they are conversing with an informal, sympathetic, and knowledgeable female physician who is explaining in ...
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Overview

This authoritative book provides a practical guide to physical and emotional well-being during the premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal years. Based on the experience of a woman gynecologist who has been treating menopausal women for twenty years, the book presents thorough, unbiased answers to the questions women ask about this crucial time in their lives. Women reading this book will feel as if they are conversing with an informal, sympathetic, and knowledgeable female physician who is explaining in everyday language why they feel as they do and what their options are. Written in a user-friendly question-and-answer format and incorporating helpful illustrations, a resource guide, and a glossary of common terms, this book will give these women the information they need to make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Marianne H. Hutti
This is a comprehensive, empathetic, authoritative guide for women coping with the myriad symptoms, problems, and concerns associated with the perimenopausal and menopausal period. It uses an interesting question-and-answer approach to providing current information to midlife women. Topics discussed in the book include menstrual physiology, signs and symptoms of menopause, PMS, osteoporosis, women and heart disease, risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, sexuality, fibroids, itching and other midlife annoyances, reproductive organ cancers, and common midlife surgical procedures. The purpose of the book is to provide comprehensive information regarding the menopausal period so that midlife women may make more informed decisions regarding their health. It is written for midlife women who are approaching or currently experiencing menopause. The book uses an interesting question-and-answer format for providing information. The references are current, comprehensive, and pertinent. The book is nicely enhanced with black-and-white illustrations. It also provides a resource list of organizations that may be helpful to midlife women. This is a ^^must read^^ book for any woman with questions or concerns about midlife health issues. Menopause is a leading concern of women in the baby boom generation. This book provides comprehensive coverage of every question a woman may have regarding midlife changes.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although menopause has received plenty of attention as the boomer population has aged, sensible information is always welcome. This book is distinguished by the patient, reassuring tone taken by Minkin, who teaches obstetrics and gynecology at Yale's School of Medicine, and journalist Wright. In a Q&A format, they cyle through the premenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal years, separating effects on "mind" and the "body" in order to consider them as unique occurences requiring differentiated answers. The discussion of estrogen and hormone-replacement therapies looks carefully at what ERT can and can't do. The book concludes with advice on other midlife medical issues, surgical procedures, cancer, doctors and such lifestyle considerations as weight, exercise and drinking. Paging through this volume is like talking to a doctor whose waiting room is empty: there's lots to ask, and plenty of time for answers. (June)
Library Journal
Written by a gynecologist affiliated with Yale University Medical School, this latest addition to the popular literature about menopause offers current, accurate information about women's health in the latter part of life. Minkin clearly explains the anatomy and physiology of menopause, the signs and symptoms and how to cope with them, and the role of hormone replacement therapy. While in favor of hormone replacement, she describes its strengths and limitations and offers alternative treatments, encouraging readers to choose the best therapy for them. Minkin also covers general healthcare, choosing a practitioner, nutrition, exercise, sexuality, women's cancers, osteoporosis, and gynecological surgery. Black-and-white illustrations and charts augment her text. A glossary, an extensive bibliography of current medical literature, and a brief referral list of associations complete the book. Although less detailed than Dr. Morris Notelovitz's Menopause and Midlife Health (LJ 6/15/93) and Dr. Miriam Stoppard's Menopause (DK, 1994), Minkin's work is easy to understand. An excellent addition for women's health and consumer health collections that need material on menopause.Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Reviewer: Marianne H. Hutti, DNS, RNC, OGNP (University of Louisville School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive, empathetic, authoritative guide for women coping with the myriad symptoms, problems, and concerns associated with the perimenopausal and menopausal period. It uses an interesting question-and-answer approach to providing current information to midlife women. Topics discussed in the book include menstrual physiology, signs and symptoms of menopause, PMS, osteoporosis, women and heart disease, risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, sexuality, fibroids, itching and other midlife annoyances, reproductive organ cancers, and common midlife surgical procedures.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide comprehensive information regarding the menopausal period so that midlife women may make more informed decisions regarding their health.
Audience: It is written for midlife women who are approaching or currently experiencing menopause.
Features: The book uses an interesting question-and-answer format for providing information. The references are current, comprehensive, and pertinent. The book is nicely enhanced with black-and-white illustrations. It also provides a resource list of organizations that may be helpful to midlife women.
Assessment: This is a "must read" book for any woman with questions or concerns about midlife health issues. Menopause is a leading concern of women in the baby boom generation. This book provides comprehensive coverage of every question a woman may have regarding midlife changes.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300072617
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/23/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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Foreword


The subject of menopause receives much attention both from the medical community and from the press. The vast amount of information available — in books and articles, on radio and television — can be overwhelming, medically unfounded, even frightening.

Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, who is my colleague and friend, and her coauthor Carol V. Wright have written an authoritative, comprehensive book about menopause that reassures and informs women. In a single book, What Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause explores the known medical and alternative approaches to menopause. Issues range from who is a good candidate for estrogen replacement therapy to when is hysterectomy the right choice. Also discussed are remedies for menopausal anxiety, depression, and mood swings; effects of caffeine, alcohol, and diet; concerns about intellectual performance; changes in sexuality; links between estrogen (or hormone) replacement therapy and cancer and heart disease; the possibility of bone loss; such midlife annoyances as fibroids and the onset of incontinence; and the challenges and satisfactions of menopause. The contents cover the period from when a woman first becomes concerned about menopause to the time when she is comfortably into her postmenopausal years and has "just one more question."

This book not only educates women about the many choices available for noting the signs and treating the symptoms of menopause but also encourages them to participate in their own health care. Dr. Minkin urges women to review their options with their gynecologists or other health care providers.

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause reflects the wisdom of Mary Jane Minkin's long practice in obstetrics and gynecology. Over the past twenty years she has built up a treasury of important facts and misconceptions about menopause, and here shares them with the reader. Carol Wright, a patient of Dr. Minkin's and a professional writer, is the logical co-author: their collaboration began as conversations between doctor and patient. The authors have combines their strengths to produce an intelligent book that is easy to read. The style is a classical Socratic approach to teaching: questions (frequently those of patients) are asked and answered. To make the reading still more to the point, Dr. Minkin has included short anecdotes about her patients. She sets out to teach women about themselves and she succeeds.

Mary Jane Minkin was an honor student as the Yale School of Medicine and a star resident in obstetrics and gynecology during her training, and she has never lost her zest for knowledge and for teaching. She lectures about menopause to Yale medical students of obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine. She gives talks to various medical and nonmedical groups, among them Planned Parenthood, the Red Hot Mamas, and the Connecticut chapter of Operating Room Nurses. And she speaks frequently at bookstores and on public radio shows.

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Menopause covers nearly half a woman's life; it can serve as a personal guide through good and not-so-good times. Written in a lively style, it will remain current as you return to it again and again.

— Frederick Naftolin, M.D., D.Phil.
Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale-New Haven Hospital; professor and chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director, Center for Research in Reproductive Biology, Yale University


Excerpted from What Every Woman Needs to Know about Menopause by Mary Jane Minkin, M.D. and Carol V. Wright, (Foreword by Frederick Naftolin). Copyright © 1905 by Yale University Press. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Foreword
Preface
1 The Physiology of Menopause: How It Happens 1
2 Signs and Symptoms 10
3 Perimenopause and PMS 34
4 Menopause and Your Body 46
5 Menopause and Your Mind 61
6 Coping with the Symptoms 77
7 What ERT Can and Cannot Do for You 90
8 A Practical Guide to ERT 116
9 Menopause and Sexuality 136
10 Fibroids, Incontinence, Itching, and Other Midlife Annoyances 152
11 Major and Minor Surgical Procedures 183
12 Cancer of the Reproductive Organs 220
13 You and Your Doctor 271
14 Lifestyle 291
Appendix. A List of Fat, Cholesterol, and Calorie Content of Familiar Foods 311
Glossary 319
Bibliography 329
Resource List 337
Index 341
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