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."
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.
Introduction. Part I: The Main Facts about Menopause. Chapter 1: Mapping Out Menopause. Chapter 2: Talking Biology and Psychology: Your Mind and Body on Menopause. Chapter 3: Fooling Mother Nature: Early Menopause. Chapter 4: Getting In Sync with the Symptoms. Part II: The Effects of Menopause on Your Body and Mind. Chapter 5: The Business of Your Bones. Chapter 6: Getting a Handle on Heart Health. Chapter 7: Dealing with Vaginal and Urinary Changes. Chapter 8: Examining Your Skin and Hair on Menopause. Chapter 9: Maintaining Your Sex Life Through Menopause. Chapter 10: Mental and Emotional Issues. Part III: Treating the Effects. Chapter 11: The Basics of Hormone Therapy. Chapter 12: Understanding Hormone Therapy and Your Heart. Chapter 13: Checking Out Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer. Chapter 14: Reviewing Reproductive Cancers and Hormone Therapy. Chapter 15: Considering Hormone Therapy and Other Health Conditions. Chapter 16: Making the Decision about Hormone Therapy. Chapter 17: Taking an Alternative Route: Non-Hormone Therapies. Part IV: Lifestyle Issues for Menopause and Beyond. Chapter 18: Eating for the Change. Chapter 19: Focusing on Fitness. Chapter 20: Enjoying a New Lease on Life. Part V: The Parts of Ten. Chapter 21: Ten Menopause Myths Exposed. Chapter 22: Ten Medical Tests for Menopausal Women. Chapter 23: Ten Terrific Fitness Programs for Menopausal Women. Chapter 24: Ten Powerhouse Foods for Menopausal Women. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Glossary. Appendix B: Resources. Index.