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Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices Paperback – January 21, 2003
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In this revised edition, Dr. Love offers a remarkably clear set of guidelines as to what the studies have shown about the risks regarding heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and other conditions, and what effect hormone therapy has on osteoporosis. She offers definitive expert advice about whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy and, if so, for how long, as well as how to taper off hormones; and she introduces the alternative methods for treating the symptoms of menopause.
Dr. Love stresses that menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured--it is a natural life stage, and every woman ought to choose her own mix of options for coping with symptoms. A questionnaire about your own health history and life preferences helps you develop a program that will best fit your unique needs. With clarity and compassion, she walks you through every option for both the short and the long term, including:
- lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, and stress management)
- alternative therapies (including herbs and homeopathic remedies)
- available medications other than hormones
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The best thing about this book is its perspective. Susan Love writes as a woman experiencing menopause. She's a doctor and serious researcher who insists on hard EVIDENCE, not just good theories. She's a doctor who feels a responsibility to her patients and readers, a responsibility to fully and accurately INFORM them, so that they can make their OWN choices. She's a researcher who knows how to analyze and re-analyze data. She is open minded.
This book sets out to inform women about menopause, its mechanisms, its symptoms, its accompaniments, and ALL the available treatment choices from positive thinking, to diet, to acupuncture, to herbs, to pharmaceuticals, to exercise, and everything in between. It includes information on what is and isn't known about each possible treatment, as well as the risks and benefits of each.
Dr. Love is not looking for "converts" to one side or the other of the "hormone wars," as so many menopause/hormone authors seem to be. She is not the sort of doctor who tells patients/readers what to do. She clearly feels that every woman should make her OWN choices, and that those choices will be different for each individual woman. While educating her readers, she is also good enough to state her own positions, so readers can factor in consideration of her personal prejudices. Yet, she clearly supports women's choices whether or not they are ones she would make herself. She asks only that those choices be based on understanding and knowledge.
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Women and men of all ages would probably benefit from reading Chapter Two alone. The pharmaceutical companies are not (necessarily) your friends.
Dr. Love is a recognized voice in the field of women's health, and the information she presents in this book is backed up by numerous references to scientific studies whose results have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Love provides a comprehensive overview of perimenopause and menopause, and she uses the analogy of the hormonal shifts that women experience at this time in their lives as akin to the hormonal shifts young women go through when they first begin menstruating. Hearing that analogy made a lot of sense to me -- and it also allowed me to be kinder to myself when I experience the mood swings I've been having.
A few reviewers have commented that this book meanders off into discussions of "hokey" things like acupuncture and treatments that come from Eastern medicine, but I feel like this is on of the books strengths. In a fair and balanced way, Love discusses the dangers and also the benefits of hormone replacement therapy, but she also addresses alternative treatments for those of us interested in different approaches.
Ann Louise Gittleman's book _Before the Change_ is another good book that offers useful advice about using nutrition to help with perimenopausal symptoms.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this as a gift to a friend who didn't know she was in Peri-menopause. She said it helped her get a grip on what was happening to her.Published 1 month ago by Laura Steinert
very informative book.. this is a great book for when you are looking for answersPublished 3 months ago by charlotte
Love this book. A wealth of information for women. Had a previous copy when I went thru menopause. Bought this one for my daughter.Published 4 months ago by Margo Haren
i use the progesterone cream recommended here is the one I use. thank god for this book . Highly recommended to anyone who wants to avoid HRT which has been shown to cause cancer... Read morePublished 5 months ago by heidi schlossberg
It's a very helpful book, but it needs to be updated with current information on hormone replacement therapy.Published 11 months ago by Chris Gordon
There is so much info to absorb but this was a very helpful book. There is just so much on this subject that you need to re read and highlight things so you can rememberPublished on March 30, 2014 by Renee Miller