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4.0 out of 5 stars NEEDS FURTHER UPDATING..., 6 Dec 2003
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This book is an excellent overview of menopause but needs further updating in light of the current controversy over Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The author is still all aglow over HRT, and it is heralded within the pages of this book as if it were the end all, be all for menopausal women. While this was the general prevailing medical view, it seems that further research has put its value in question somewhat, and HRT is now at the heart of some heated medical controversy.
Still, if the reader is aware already of this budding medical controversy over HRT, the book does offer some insights into menopause in an informative and fairly concise fashion. This should prove to be especially helpful to the hordes of baby boomer women who are entering this phase of their lives. The book also provides information into holistic, alternative ways of addressing some of the issues attendant in menopausal women. It appears that nature may provide some palliatives that some women may find preferable to the drug-infused approach of some medical practitioners.
Overall, this is an excellent, well-researched book and one that a lay person can read with ease. It provides interesting insights into the emotional, psychological, and medical concerns of peri-menopausal and menopausal women and discusses some of the remedies that are available, if necessary, to ease women through this major life passage. The book has clearly been a labor of love for the author, and she has endeavored, with success, to remove the mystery that has enshrouded menopause for so long.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells You What Other Women Are Experiencing, 23 Nov 2002
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Imperial Topaz (Marrakesh, Morocco) - See all my reviews
Chapters are short and easy to read. This book deals not only with the technical aspects that most books do, but primarily with particular women's experiences with those various aspects--especially their feelings. This is what is left out of most of the other books. I recommend this book together with a more techinical book. But if you can only buy one book, buy this one instead. The main thing this book left me with was a feeling that instead of menopause being something that will just happen to me, there are a lot of things I can do, in a proactive sense, to manage the menopause. This is the most positive book I have seen on the subject, and helps me decide about all the questions to discuss with my doctor. Without reading this book, instead of being ready with a list of questions for my doctor, I would have passively listened to whatever he said, and thought that was it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars menopause - hormones and emotions - the truth, 27 Jun 2011
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L. S. Sinclair "louise318" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Silent Passage: Revised and Updated Edition (Paperback)
Gail Sheehy takes an entirely different view to the usual " embrace the menopause and suffer" female writers. This writer speaks candidly about women who loathe menopause. Gail Sheehy doesn't sugar coat this disturbing experience but tells it like it is.
There are women who feel desexualised , women who suffer depression. There are quotes from women who feel ashamed of menopause and those women who will go to any lengths to hide signs of it.
The current anti hormone hysteria was clearly on it's way when this book was being written. Gail Sheehy writes of opposition to hormones and puts it in perspective with her observations that the NHS doesn't want to fund it. Clearly it is usually the richer women with greater choice who obtain relief from menopause - poor women at the mercy of the NHS often get thrown a prescription for anti deppressants ( anti deppressants are a new drug compared to HRT) so who can tell what horror stories will unfold in years to come.
A gripping book for those who are interested in emotions and menopause.
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