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Menopause: Answers at your Fingertips

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    ISBN: 9781859591550
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Dr Heather Currie

This book has been commended by the British Medical Association.

The menopause is an inevitable and natural part of every woman's life. Some breeze through it without any problems at all. Most are not so lucky; two-thirds of women suffer from one of the characteristic symptoms, and one in five finds that it profoundly affects their mood and quality of life.

The irony is that, partly because of well-publicised dangers of HRT, many women put up with more pain and discomfort than they need to. This useful book shows that there are many ways in which you can improve and even banish your symptoms.

Some questions answered:

  • I am in my late 40s and don't think I've ever had a hot flush, but my periods are increasingly irregular and sometimes heavy. Is this the menopause and how long can I expect it to carry on like this?
  • Why was I told to keep taking HRT until I'm 50? I had an early menopause when I was 38.
  • Why I am still having periods at the age of 55?
  • I am 47 and have noticed what I presume are menopausal symptoms. When do menopausal symptoms normally begin?
  • My friend sailed through the menopause without any flushes but I'm still having them after 6 years. Am I doing something wrong?
  • I don't have very good bladder control anymore. Often, if I cough or sneeze, or don't get to the loo in time, I leak - it is so embarrassing. Can anything help?
  • Will HRT balance the hormones and prevent facial hair?
  • I had breast cancer and cannot take HRT, so what can I do to keep my bones strong?
  • How long will my menopausal symptoms go on for after I've has a hysterectomy?
  • If I keep taking my contraceptive pill into my late 40s, will it hide any menopausal symptoms I might be having?
  • I can't believe how much weight I've put on over the past year.  It's all round my middle - is this middle-age spread?
  • Do I need to have a mammogram before I start HRT?
  • How long can I take HRT for?
  • I've been on HRT for a few years. I'm going to Australia for a holiday and am worried about getting a blood clot on the flight. Is this likely?
  • I read that eating more soya will help my flushes. How does it work and what can I buy that has soya in it?
  • I saw an advert for bioidentical hormones, which sounded wonderful. What are they and are they any good?

Table of Contents:

Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 The menopause - what happens and when?
Part 3 Diagnosing the menopause
Part 4 Menopause symptoms
Part 5 Osteoporosis (by Katrina Martin)
Part 6 Menopause after hysterectomy
Part 7 Contraception - what to use and when to stop
Part 8 Diet, exercise, lifestyle and general health
Part 9 Hormone replacement therapy
Part 10 Non-HRT drug therapies
Part 11 Alternative and complementary therapies
Part 12 Medical problems and the menopause
Part 12 Sex, relationships and work

"This is a comprehensive book that could help a lot of women through a difficult and confusing time."                 
Jennie Bond, Former BBC Royal Correspondent

"This book seeks to answer all those questions you have been afraid to ask, all those issues, which may seem trivial but when answered, put your mind at rest....You will dip into it time and time again."
Kathy Abernethy, Senior Nurse Specialist, The Menopause Clinical and Research Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex

For further information about all aspects of menopause, please visit the leading website

About the Author:
Dr. Heather Currie, MB BS, FRCOG, MRCGP, MFFP is Associate Specialist Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries.

In 1993, she set up the first Dumfries hospital-based menopause clinic. She continues to run menopause clinics and is a member of the British Menopause Society Council. She is also the founder and Managing Director of the website, and the Menopause Matters magazine.

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