- Author: Mary Jane Minkin
- Author: Carol V. Wright
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Published: November 2004
- ISBN-10: 0300104359
- ISBN-13: 9780300104356
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2005
- Subject: MEDICAL / General
Provides valuable new information on menopause and how women should approach it in a handbook that offers sound guidance for women dealing with the physical and emotional health issues surrounding menopause, covering such topics as hormone relacement therapy, PMS, treatments for the symptoms of menopause, osteoporosis, cancer prevention, and sexuality. Original.
Ten years after their first work on female sexual health was published, the authors are bringing out a related work to a public that's ready to embrace a once-unmentionable topic. Menopause today has moved from being a shameful stage of life to one of great interest, as health-savvy women are seeking to gain all the knowledge they can about how best to deal with their changing bodies. And since the publication in 2002 of the first results of the massive Women's Health Initiative clinical trials, women of a certain age are particularly interested in the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. In a Q&A format that successfully elucidates and addresses readers' most common concerns, the authors (and particularly Doctor Minkin, a gynecologist in practice for 25 years) cover it all. There are sections on differentiating perimenopause from plain old PMS, menopause, and mental health, and coping with those irritating symptoms (hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings). An assessment of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy is followed by a practical guide. In addition, the authors offer straight talk on sexuality, an entire section devoted to "Fibroids, Incontinence, Itching, and other Midlife Annoyances," and an extended discussion of cancer of the reproductive organs, and surgical procedures. A comprehensive work aimed at an audience eager for information—this is the place to turn. Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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