A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy / Edition 1

A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy / Edition 1

by Julia Shelley
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American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated


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A Woman's Guide to Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy / Edition 1

Every woman, as she gets older, must face the onset of menopause-either naturally occurring or brought on surgically. As we learn more about menopause and the effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a number of questions arise. The most hotly debated of them all: should women receive HRT?

This book grew out of the need for a balanced examination of all the relevant issues-not for medical practitioners but for women of all ages-and is written in the context of how women experience the transition of menopause. Drawing on a number of population studies and their own research, contributors from different fields take on subjects ranging from HRT as a social issue and the psychosocial aspects of menopause to the role of diet and exercise in midlife health and what natural therapies may have to offer women. Other chapters thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of HRT and explain what hormones are and what they do. Readers will find the latest facts and medical opinions on how HRT can affect the likelihood of developing osteoporosis and bone fractures, breast and gynecological cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, urinary problems, and vaginal thinning.

For the millions of women who fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum of menopausal symptoms-and those at either end of the continuum-this easy-to-understand guide blends thought-provoking opinion with facts into one clear, concise source.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780880487825
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Hormone replacement therapy: the question for midlife. The controversial menopause: an overview. Hormones: what they are and what they do. A medical perspective on menopause. Why hormone replacement therapy is a social issue. Consumers or victims? the menopause, hormone therapy, and the mass media. Psychosocial aspects of menopause. The role of exercise and diet in midlife health. What do natural therapies have to offer the debate? Summary: what World Health Organization experts say. Index.

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Susan M. Love

This brief overview of the HRT question wonderfully reflects current opinions and controversies. By presenting menopause as a normal biological, psychological, and cultural phenomenon, the authors empower women to find the solution which most fits their own situation.

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