The Little Book of Menopause; Essays on the Biology and Management of Menopause
The Little Book of Menopause; Essays on the Biology and Management of Menopause by James Woods, Jr., M.D. and Elizabeth Warner, M.D.
About the book: Considerable confusion exists among women and their care providers regarding the biology of the menopause. Once considered a one year problem for some women, (at a time when premenstrual syndrome was considered just a mood disorder) menopause is now recognized as starting in the 40s, and for some, extending into the 70s. As such, in the past decade, this important field of women’s health has emerged as factual, structured, and formal. Why do these menopausal symptoms appear? How long do they last? What is their impact on personal lifestyle and business economics? And what safe measures can be employed to modify them? In recent years scientists have contributed significant information as to the etiologies of hot flashes, mood swings, memory loss, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, bone and heart health. Yet so little of this information is known to care providers who daily must care for these challenged women as the U.S. population ages. These essays will address the role of inflammation as the underlying cause of most of the menopause symptoms, the biologic impact that loss of estrogen plays in this process and the role that hormone replacement serves to reduce these symptoms. Care providers in women’s health now have a responsibility to embrace care of the menopausal woman with the same level of professionalism as they apply to obstetrics and gynecology of younger women. Our understanding of the biology of menopause now makes that possible.
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