100 Questions & Answers About MenopauseAuthors: Karla A. Knight, RN, MSN, PhD Ivy M. Alexander
While some women sail through menopause, others experience a whole range of symptoms, from hot flashes to sleepless nights. If you or a loved one is suffering from the uncomfortable and often unpredictable symptoms of menopause, then this book offers the guidance and advice you need. 100 Questions & Answers About Menopause helps you understand menopause symptoms and treatment options, including lifestyle changes, alternative therapies, prescription medications, and more. The book discusses difficult issues surrounding the hormone therapy controversy, natural hormones, and how to make the best decisions about treatment and lifestyle. The authors, a nurse practitioner and a nurse, both with extensive clinical experience, provide practical, authoritative answers to questions about menopause and related problems, as well as other midlife health risks such as osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this condition.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part 1: An Overview of Menopause
Questions 1–14 describe the physiology and hormonal changes associated with menopause, including:
• What is menopause?
• How long can I expect to menstruate? Can I predict when I’ll have my final
• What other circumstances can cause menopause?
• What is a hysterectomy, and how does it affect menopause?
Part 2: Experiencing the Symptoms of Menopause
Questions 15–33 address hot flashes, irregular menstrual periods, mood changes, inability to sleep, decreased sexual drive, weight gain, and other symptoms related to menopause, including:
• What kind of symptoms can I expect to experience as I transition into
• What is a hot flash?
• What causes me to be so irritable and cry so easily?
• Why do I seem to forget things more easily?
• Why can’t I get a good night’s sleep?
Part 3: Evaluating Symptoms: Is It Menopause?
Questions 34–53 address the importance of having certain symptoms and other midlife health risks evaluated by your healthcare provider, including:
• Are there health problems that I should be screened for as I approach
menopause and after?
• What is osteoporosis? I’ve heard that I’m at greater risk for it during menopause.
Is that true? Why am I more at risk for osteoporosis during postmenopause?
• How do I know if I’m depressed?
• Am I more likely to get breast, endometrial, ovarian, or cervical cancer after
Part 4: Lifestyle Changes and Alternative Therapies
Questions 54–72 address lifestyle changes and alternative therapies that are helpful
in managing menopausal symptoms, including:
• What are phytoestrogens? Are they the same as natural hormones?
• Are there other herbs that would be helpful in treating my symptoms?
• Is there a special menopause “diet”? What foods will help me stay healthy
• What would help me sleep better?
• Will regular exercise help my symptoms? What kind of exercise is most
appropriate during menopause?
Part 5: Hormone Therapy and Other Treatment Options
Questions 73–90 describe hormone therapy (HT), the side effects, risks and benefits of its use, and other treatment options, including:
• What is hormone therapy? What are the benefits of HT? Why would I want to
• What questions should I ask my clinician when I am considering going on
• How can I manage the side effects from HT so that I don’t have to stop
• What other prescription medications might be effective for my symptoms?
Part 6: Menopause: You and Your Family
Questions 91–100 address the problems and issues that arise as a result of
menopause in your family, and where to go for more information, including:
• In some ways, I want to change my life. Is that a common feeling during
• Some people say that women become more creative during menopause. Is
• Is it normal to mourn the loss of my fertility?
• How can I help my partner understand what I’m going through?
This appendix gives a list of organizations and web sites that can provide you with additional information about menopause and its many symptoms.
This appendix gives a table listing different forms and preparations of hormone therapy.