From Kirkus Reviews
paper 0-89793-259-5 Although imbalances of the so-called ``male'' hormones are estimated to affect up to 10 percent of all women, the resulting disorders receive little press. Sufferers will welcome this competent guide to the causes and treatments for such disorders. Cheung (A Break in Your Cycle: The Medical and Emotional Causes and Effects of Amenorrhea) first explains the complexity of the body's hormone system, including how women's and men's bodies both use the same hormones; it is the amount and balance of each that determines the characteristics of each sex. We know much more about the function of some androgens (e.g., testosterone) than others. But as Cheung makes clear, the signs of something going awry are easily identifiable. Symptoms generally appear gradually and can be grouped into: changes in appearance (unexplained weight gain, both hair loss and unwanted hair growth, acne), menstrual abnormality and infertility, and metabolic and systemic disorders (these, the most serious of the symptoms, include increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer). Diagnosis generally involves blood tests, and treatment is through hormonal therapy. Cheung is clear, reassuring, and doesn't pull any punches: ``Weight gain, mood swings, and loss of interest in sex can be the results of androgen imbalance, but they can also result from too much food, too little exercise, or a lack of challenge and discipline in our lives.'' A straightforward, helpful primer for a rarely discussed subject. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
Theresa Cheung is the author of A Break in Your Cycle. She lives in Dallas.