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Product Details

  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (December 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761138080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761138082
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Workman's enviable success with the classic pregnancy "bible" What to Expect When You're Expecting has no doubt sparked this guide, which claims to do for those at midlife what Heidi Murkoff's series has done for pregnant women. The company has tapped two respected Newsweek health writers for this map to everything a woman might encounter before, during and after menopause. An attractive, user-friendly format with sidebars, charts, illustrations and q&as guides readers through hundreds of pages of material. Chapters progress from the basics (types of menopause, onset and duration, testing); hormonal changes and their impact on sleep, sex, moods and memory; and lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress); to heart and bone health, cancer, treatment options and medications. As Wingert and Kantrowitz point out, we've come a long way from when symptoms associated with menopause included "uncontrollable peevishness" and "perversion of moral instincts," yet many women remain reticent about their experiences, fear aging and feel incapable of the new challenges presented by their bodies along with the rest of their obligations. Such readers will welcome Wingert and Kantrowitz's inclusion of suggestions for self-care and their positive focus on what, they say, can be a healthy and productive time in a woman's life. (Feb.)
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"Dr. Spock for aging women... extremely well researched and presents cutting-edge science in a readable and comprehensive way. An excellent reference."- The North American Menopause Society. "Sympathetic, very readable, comprehensive... I highly recommend this excellent guide." - Isaac Schiff, M.D., Harvard Medical School. "Required reading for women wanting to maximize the second halves of their lives."- Wulf H. Utian, M.D., Ph.D., founder and executive director, The North American Menopause Society. "Bravo! This book should be a birthday gift for every 40-year-old (actually, probably earlier)."- Barb Malat, CPNP, PA-C, co-chair, Menopause and Hormone Therapy Committee, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is very interesting, easy to read, and informative.
B. Occhiuzzo
Five hundred plus pages could be cut to half if the authors dropped the question and answer format in each chapter.
L. Ruth Douillette
This is a book that I highly recommend to anyone going through the rollercoaster of menopause/perimenopause.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Judy Herr on January 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Wonder about why your body is acting the way it is? Prefer to read some background info first and then talk to your doctor about it? Yeah,... me too! This book was very helpful. It's more than about menopause. It's about women getting older and all the changes that occur in and around you. The writing style and layour were very accessible, and it was easy and efficient to locate info on a particular topic. The early positive press was right-- I've recommended this to my Women's email list and to my book club!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Menopausal Mary on January 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Finally, women get the definitive book about menopause--the book that all women of a certain age will embrace!! During your child bearing years, you needed a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting. Now, when you are menopausal, you need Is It Hot in Here? You will use this book in the same way-after you read it thoroughly once, you can go back to it again and again for reference, and for reassurance that what you are going through is perfectly normal. I was familiar with the fine work of both authors, from reading their articles, mostly on health and education in Newsweek, and I am not surprised that they have tackled this exhaustive subject well.

They have clearly done solid research, and the book is chock full of easy to read and use charts, sidebars, and diagrams, however, the beauty of the book is its breezy and chatty tone. Most important, is the sense one gets, over and over, of how much menopause is not the end of life, so to speak, but should be viewed as the gateway, to a great second or even third act! I highly recommend this book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jk Sozio on January 4, 2007
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Thank you, Pat and Barbara, for this wonderful work! Finally, a comprehensive, readable, empathetic and humorous book on a very complicated and personal subject. It truly resides above all the "noise" surrounding the subject of menopause. I've had a case of analysis paralysis trying to make sense of the tomes of materials available, so I'm both thrilled and relieved to find so many answers to my questions here in one complete and comfortable source.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AJ on January 3, 2007
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One of the best books on this subject that i have ever read. It was helpful, informative, and well-researched. I am recommending it to everyone i know
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on February 5, 2007
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I love this book! I've been looking for an informative book about menopause and found it with this book. It has questions from everyday women about what they're experiencing, with very detailed answers. So many symptoms/consequences of menopause I never knew existed, until I read this book. I'm recommending this to all my female friends who are looking for answers to the "mysteries" of menopause and what we can do to help ourselves get through it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Occhiuzzo on December 28, 2006
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I was thrilled when I got a copy of this book because it was just what I was waiting for; an explanation to the bodily changes I am going through now. The book is very interesting, easy to read, and informative.The question and answer approach used in the book,makes reading less tedious and easier to absorbs the facts of menopause. I would recommend this book to any woman who is appraoching this phase in her life. An excellent book!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By drebbles VINE VOICE on August 20, 2007
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"Is it Hot in Here? Or is it me? The Complete Guide to Menopause" has three parts: "The Basics"; "What You're Feeling Now"; and "Staying Healthy Forever". The chapters in part one are called: "What's Happening?" and "The Hormone Question". The chapters in the second part are: "Hot Flashes"; "sleep"; "Sex"; "Bleeding"; "Aches and Pains"; "Moods and Emotions"; and "Thinking and Memory". Chapters in the last part include: "Bones"; "Eyes and Ears"; "Heart"; "Cancer"; "Diet and Exercise"; and "Looking Good". There are also two Appendices. The first appendix is organized by chapter and is filled with charts and graphs related to each chapter. The second appendix lists websites and books for further information on menopause. Each chapter in the book explains the subject and has a question and answer section.

"Is it Hot in Here? Or is it me? The Complete Guide to Menopause" is one of the best books on Menopause that I've read. I especially liked that fact that the authors emphasize the positive side of menopause saying it is not an ending, but a beginning and the fact that menopause is a natural process not a disease. I also liked the fact that each chapter had a list called "when to see the doctor". Each chapter is full of useful information and several of the chapters have charts or diary suggestions that can be very helpful. The book addresses the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy and alternatives to HRT. The diet and exercise section not only discusses what to eat and how much exercise to do but includes recipes and gives several exercises, with illustrations, to do. The question and answer section was very informative although there were a few times when I found there were questions that I had that weren't asked.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Cornwell on December 30, 2006
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People are not comfortable talking about getting older, much less menopause, so this book is a great way to get your questions answered. It is fact-based and upbeat. I like the way it is divided into topics (such as bones, heart, and moods) so I could dip into the ones that interest me most and skip through the others. The book also includes a valuable appendix of databases, associations and experts to consult for more information. A great resource for every woman!
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