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"There's no need to be a martyr!" insist the authors of The Change Before the Change: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Healthy in the Decade Before Menopause, ob-gyn Laura E. Corio and health writer Linda G. Kahn. They wrote The Change for women, usually over 35, who have started experiencing some of the symptoms that indicate that menopause is approaching. This transition time, which can last for several years before menstrual periods stop, is called perimenopause. Symptoms may include "irregular bleeding, hot flashes, palpitations, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, memory loss, vaginal itching and dryness, lack of libido, dry skin and hair, weight gain." The Change documents how perimenopausal women can counter these symptoms by adding certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and foods to their diet; making simple lifestyle changes; and using hormone preparations, including natural hormones and low-dose estrogen. At the same time, Corio and Kahn wisely stress that relief isn't a quick fix, but should be an ongoing collaboration between you and your doctor. "Your body is not a car that you simply take to the shop for a new set of spark plugs," they say. "It's a complicated, fascinating organism that should command your full interest and attention."

The book covers the symptoms of perimenopause; changes in fertility; long-term health of the heart, breasts, reproductive organs, thyroid, and bones; and therapies including medical treatments, supplements, and herbs. Corio and Kahn don't tell you what to do if you're encountering perimenopausal symptoms; rather, they introduce you to your options, as if you were a patient asking for advice. Many case studies and anecdotes from Corio's own patients make The Change lively and involving. --Joan Price --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When Corio, attending physician at Mount Sinai Hospital and cohost of the radio show Women for Women, was in medical school two decades ago, gender-specific medicine barely existed. Today, it is commonplaceDa huge benefit to the 50 million women in America (a third of the female population) who are of perimenopausal or menopausal age. Notable for its clarity, comprehensiveness, and currency, this book describes the signs and effects of perimenopause and suggests treatment options, focusing on the use of vitamins, minerals, herbs, foods, phytoestrogrens, and hormone preparations, all largely of the "natural" variety. Dosages and caveats concerning the use of these products are given, and Corio emphasizes that her suggestions should not be implemented without consulting one's physician. But this is more than a book about perimenopause; its intent is optimization of overall health, and its discussion extends to bones, breasts, the heart, screening tests, etc. The narrative is peppered with interesting and pertinent case histories. This book should be helpful to women of a certain age and is highly recommended.DLinda M.G. Katz, Florence A. Moore Lib. of Medicine, MCP Hahnemann Univ., Philadelphia
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553380311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553380316
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very informative!
S. Denney
The book made me giggle several times...."oh yeah, I am doing that...oh and that, too.
Deborah A. Brown
This is actually the second copy of this book that I have purchased.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Sharyn Wolf on November 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am thrilled with this book and looking forward to recommending it to my friends, family and patients with whom I have shared many of these symptoms without understanding what my body was trying to tell me. What a relief to know what's happening, to know what to do, to have this information come in such a thoroughly researched, easy to read, engaging book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Brown on November 11, 2002
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As an Labor and Delivery nurse, I have to get Continuing Educational Units for my license. This book was the text book for a at-home course. Anyway, knowing that I have some of the symptoms of perimenopause, I wanted to learn more about what I was going through and where it was all going. This book did all that and more.
Excellently written for the lay person or professional. Covers symptoms, pathophysiology (what is going on in the body), what to expect, what to do about it.....and maybe what other physical problems may be occurring that are not related to perimenopause and could be misdiagnosed.
The book made me giggle several times...."oh yeah, I am doing that...oh and that, too. You learn that you are not losing your mind, that it is all a natural process and YES, you can do something about it to ease the journey.
Actually, the woman's body is pretty amazing. It goes through so many changes throughout life. Sure keeps life interesting...grin.
So now I am purchasing the book for my friend...who ran out of the restaurant/bar the other night having a hot flash...she worries that something is not right...grin.
I am sure this will help.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By smartypants on July 13, 2010
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When I first got it, I picked this book up and opened it at random. The very first section that I looked at was regarding the fact that the body changes the places where it stores fat as you age. I don't know about you other ladies out there, but it was extremely relevant to me. No wonder my belly has started to stick out, even though my exercise and lifestyle has stayed the same.

The book covers not just the specific symptoms of menopause and perimenopause but it also includes an overall look at the changes in the female body during the years from about 35 to about 50. And apparently, there are a lot of them that I had no clue about.

I wish someone had given me this book three years ago. It would have been nice to have a warning about what to expect and what to look out for as my hormones are starting to go whacko.

It's weird that we don't find these things out until we've been struggling with our symptoms for months or years.

If you know a woman in her early 30s, give her this book now. Not for her birthday or some other occasion. Just as an everyday gift. After all, you don't want to get punched in the eye. "Are you suggesting I have violent mood swings? I'll show you a violent swing..."

But seriously, this is good information to have BEFORE you need it. Also, it wouldn't hurt if husbands read it too. It has lots of good information about WHY your woman is suddenly acting like a lunatic half the time.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This has a nice rahrah tone, but doesn't have the information or support suggestions I found in THE PAUSE by Dr. Lonnie BArbach -- a book I'm very glad my doctor recommended when I expressed my disappointment in this one. In THE PAUSE I found the kind of detail interpretation and facts which explained not just physical and emotional symptoms, but ways of handling them. It really helped me get going again and I recommend it instead.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on April 17, 2001
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"The Change Before the Change" is a great book explaining the physical and emotional changes during the perimenopause years, the years preceding menopause. The book offers ways to cope and deal with this period, such as the addition of vitamins and herbs, diet change and changes in lifestyle that may make the transitional period somewhat easier. Personally, having passed through this period, I found that if you wake up feeling grouchy as a bear, no vitamin or herb on Earth is going to turn you into Little Ms. Cheerful! The best medicine is often a true understanding of the changes taking place and the realization that they are a natural life-process, no matter how unnatural it may seem at the time.
This book addresses some very common concerns, but I think it is important to remember that what works for one does not necessarily work for everyone. In may cases, what does seem to be effective is having a positive attitude and making the commitment of time to do whatever it is that brings YOU peace of mind and tranquility, i.e. meditation, tranquility music, reading a book, aroma therapy, spirituality or a walk on the beach, etc. Difficult as it may seem, it is critical to find time just for you. After all, aren't you worth it? Throughout our life cycle, it is important to our well being to find a sense of balance and harmony.
"The Change Before the Change" is well researched and addresses concerns most women have at this time in their life cycle....
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2004
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While this book didn't answer all of my questions, it did go a long way toward assisting me in understanding what in the h*ll is going on with my body and mind. Dr Corio's attitude is straightforward; her advice seems logical - and dovetails with everything else I've been reading. Plus, she dishes out a goodly amount of common sense with her suggestions about supplements, vitamins, and minerals.
One caveat: This book was published before HRT was recognized as an unacceptable therapy for menopausal symptoms. Dr Corio, however, favors natural remedies over HRT in most cases, something that's comforting in a book published in 2000.
I heartily recommend this as an addition to any woman's wellness library.
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