This book will help to demystify the physiological reasons behind your symptoms, make sense out of the seemingly contradictory information about hormone therapy and heart disease and other health outcomes, and clarify how your own physiological makeup will help to determine what’s best for you. In short, this is a unique and indispensable guide to optimal health during menopause, the most comprehensive and up-to-date book on hormone therapy and alternative treatments, written by a highly respected expert in the field and a champion of women’s health.
Hot Flashes, Hormones, and Your Health answers your questions about menopause, hormone therapy, and other treatment options, while providing a step-by-step, personalized framework for making the most informed menopausal hormone therapy decision for your own symptoms and health profile. It answers the following:
Which women are now considered good candidates for hormone therapy and who should avoid it at all costs?
How can you calculate your personal risk for common conditions likely to be affected by hormone therapy – namely heart disease, stroke, blood clots in the legs and lungs, breast cancer, and hip fracture? How should these calculations guide your decision-making process?
For women who are good candidates, what is the best formulation and dose of estrogen to take, the preferred progestogen, and the optimal duration of treatment? What’s the truth about “bioidentical” hormones?
For women who can’t – or prefer not to – take menopausal hormone therapy, what are the best options for symptom relief and general health?
What is the appropriate role for soy, black cohosh, and other alternative remedies for symptom relief and general health?
How can you work effectively with your healthcare provider to manage the transition to menopause?
Manson notes that the guidelines in the book are not intended to replace advice and medical care provided by your personal physician or healthcare provider.