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The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause Hardcover – July 1, 2008

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"Seaman touches on nearly every aspect of women's health...as she helps readers frame key questions, evaluate research studies, consider treatment options and move gracefully through menopause and the years leading up to and following it. This volume sheds an invaluable light on a long-cloudy subject." -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Seaman was a leader in the women's health movement. An alumna of Oberlin College, she was a Sloan/Rockefeller Advanced Science Writing Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. She was a cofounder of the National Women's Health Network and a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine. Her previous books include The Doctor's Case Against the Pill, Free and Female, Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones, Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann, The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth, and For Women Only! Your Guide to Health Empowerment.

Laura Eldridge is Barbara Seaman's longtime associate. Eldridge grew up in New York and Salt Lake City and attended Barnard College.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743276787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743276788
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,394,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Tracy on September 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read five other books on menopause and pre-, peri-, and post menopause, prior to picking this one up at the library. This one helped me the most. It explains in some detail the studies done on hormones (natural, bioidenticals, and traditional) and what they have and haven't proven. The authors try to present the information in a straight-forward way, without too much bias, so you have the information to make a healthy decision for yourself along with your doctor.

The menopausal years can make you feel a little crazy and not like yourself. This book helps identify what is attributable to horomones and what is normal, healthy aging. It also provides information about what symptoms hormone therapy can help, and how to cope with other symptoms or feelings that HT can't help. And it backs everything up with scientific studies - not just the opinion of one doctor, pharmaceutical company, celebrity, or health guru. Plus the information is very up to date, which is important as the information about hormone therapy changes and improves. If you're questioning whether or not to take hormones, or what kind of hormones to try, I suggest reading this book.
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Do not waste your money and time with other books about menopause. I did and not only most books are negative and give you a terrible picture of this change of life, but they are often too oriented "pro" or totally "con" HRT and other approaches.
This one is open and nicely wrote. With a good sense of humor, it approaches each point with a positive and realistic attitude. It is easy to read, informative and never boring.
To keep on your bedside table.......
Agmari
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My search for straight-forward information about menopause ended when I found this book.

Thirty years ago, Barbara Seaman's "Free & Female" was a revelation for me. It provided the straight-forward information I needed during that time of my life. Now Seaman had done it again, this time for menopause and not a moment too soon!

I had been flailing around the internet seeking answers to many if not all of the questions posed in this book. Happily, she and co-author Laura Eldridge have found the answers and deliver them in clear, concise language understandable to anyone without a medical degree, i.e most of us.

Highly recommended for everyone--the women who are going through this transition, those around them who are wondering what the heck is going on with their wives, sisters, daughters, friends and the medical professionals we turn to for help during this time of change.
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I enjoyed this book- good overview of ALL symptoms of aging that are female-related (bladder, heart, bones, skin,etc) and not just hot flashes of menopause. However, they completely omitted the most troubling symptom I experienced- tachychardia, or heart pounding and racing, along with dread and anxiety. I looked under "heart rate, anxiety, pounding, tension, tachychardia"-nada. I have seen this described in various other books,so I know there is awareness out there. Big lack in this book.
Also, while I appreciated the detailed descriptions of hormone therapy considerations, I would hardly call their view "unbiased." It's their perfect right to be biased: it's just that on the front cover they say they aren't. For several of the rotten symptoms mentioned (interrupted sleep, night or day sweats, excessive bleeding) they suggest to just wait a few years till they subside. Quality of life during those "few year" may matter to some! Would we tell a man to just bleed, monitor his iron, and be patient? I don't know...
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