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Readers familiar with Our Bodies, Ourselves, first published in 1970, will find the same comprehensive, balanced and empowering approach in this volume. The authors consider menopause within the totality of women's health and as a natural process, not a medical problem. They detail typical menopausal symptoms, mainstream and alternative treatments, and risk factors for such conditions as osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and diabetes as women age. They explain the biology of menopause; provide up-to-date perspectives on hormone replacement therapy (HRT); discuss sudden and early menopause due to surgery, medical treatments or genetic risk factors; and offer personal reflections by individual women. The sections on how to evaluate research findings; make wise health-care decisions; understand the social, cultural, economic and political frameworks in which women's health care is viewed and formulated; and nurture the self—mind, body and spirit—during years of change on all levels will prove most useful. As a general reference on menopause, this volume will be embraced by a wide female audience. (Oct.)
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"So much has been learned about menopause in the last twenty-five years -- what a challenge it had to be to treat the subject in a comprehensive, comprehensible manner, which this book admirably does....A worthy companion to the classic pathfinder book by the same organization."

-- Isaac Schiff, M. D., chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at Massachusetts General Hospital

"Who's afraid of menopause? Not the authors of this book, who offer practical health information and the wisdom of experience to help other women through this life transition."

-- Kathleen Turner, actress

"Our Bodies Ourselves has done it again!...Our beloved guides to our own bodies...lead us through menopause with this detailed, inclusive, and woman-centered book -- a must-read for every woman in her middle years."

-- Helen Zia, author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People and former executive editor of Ms. Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743274873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743274876
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 11, 2007
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When we are teenagers and pre-teen girls, everybody's attention is on explaining what to expect at our first menstrual period. Whether the information is accurate or not, whether it comes from a girlfriend or a parent or a Sex Ed class, we're given a lot of data: this is how pregnancy happens, here's the basics on tampon usage, and so on. And girls talk amongst themselves about the subject, announcing (with some odd sort of pride) that they have their period, and what cramps feel like, etc.

But at the other end of the fertility cycle, the situation is much different. I didn't even know when my sisters had their "change of life;" it isn't the sort of thing we discuss. I realized recently just how little I knew about menopause, and what to expect, either as a normal part of the process or something that ought to send me scurrying to the doctor. It was time, I decided, to do some research.

Back in the 70s, I bought the original Our Bodies Ourselves; in fact, I still own the same copy. I learned to trust that book for health explanations that were also balanced, such as explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each method of birth control. And the authors made the topic interesting, compassionate, and relevant, which was saying something. Little or nothing was written in that book about menopause, however; even if it had been, I knew it'd be long out of date!

I'm pleased with this book, for the same reasons that I loved the first Our Bodies Ourselves. It's written conversationally, not like a medical text that makes me worry if this material will be on the final exam.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Forsyth on November 24, 2006
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There's nothing like hot flashes and night sweats to send you in search of a resource to provide answers and empathy -- not necessarily in that order. Our Bodies Ourselves: Menopause serves up both in equal parts. Well-researched facts combined with personal anecdotes make this a marvelous book for anyone approaching, in or even contemplating menopause. It may not have eliminated my "symptoms," but it certainly eliminated my misconceptions! Having looked at pretty much all of the books available, I can confidently say that this is definitely the best of them.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Louise A. Venden on October 16, 2006
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I sought out and read many books on menopause over the past five years, but none have been as readable, complete, and respectful to readers. The compelling personal stories resonate and create trust in the book's authoritative medical and non medical advice. Concise descriptions of even rare conditions depict the care that must have been taken to write this book. Unlike many menopause tomes, it does not talk down, preach, or prostelitize. This books offers alternative opinions on aspects of this important transition and gives women confidence to chart their own course.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Blue Jeeper on November 16, 2007
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The book is ok. At the same time I bought this book I also purchased one by Cr. Christiana Northrup on menopause called "The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change", which I much prefer. The second volume encourages trying a holistic approach to menopause before resorting to hormone replacement therapy. Our Bodies, Our Selves barely mentions that approach as a suitable means of treating symptoms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna Toman on May 21, 2007
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This is a spectacular book. There is so much biased junk out there. This book provides the scientific basis for what is happening to our bodies and then provides the pros and cons of all of the different therapies, combined with real life stories of people who are going through it or have gone through it. Finally a true and reliable source that is documented, unbiased and easy to read and follow.

If there is one book to buy about what is happening to you, this is the one! Thank you!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane T. on May 5, 2012
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As a woman who has an average grasp of science and statistics, I found the chapter on hormone therapy to be out of date and anti-pharmaceutical. A look at the WHI data charts and one could tell the sample size for the regressions was too small, i.e. the number of women who later developed a certain condition after HRT. Sample size has to be quite large in order to break down data into sub-categories. An example is the number of women over 65 who go on to develop dementia. There would be many other factors that could influence the outcome that were not screened for in simple division of the results into HRT and Placebo such as family history. Sample size needs be be large enough so that these other, possbily more important variables, would be not a factor.

There was little mention of bio-identical oral progestin, specifically Prometrium, which is widely used. I expected a table with specific next generation pharmaceuticals, including Enjuvia. I concluded that this book needs an update on hormone therapy, and more science behind it.

I also found the anti-pharmaceutical industry tone to be annoying. Many women are seeking current, informed reviews of hormone therapy so that they can themselves make informed decisions affecting their lives. This book does not provide this in its 2011 edition.
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