The Hormone Decision

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 25, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 373 pages

Do you have questions about menopause and the use of hormones?

The generation of women approaching or entering menopause today has heard more on the subject than any previous generation. First hormones were good. Then suddenly they were bad. Now they don't seem to be in the news much at all. But for the woman realizing that her body is starting to change, all these conflicting reports can be frightening. The truth is that every woman is different, and no one answer is correct for everybody.

Tara Parker-Pope, who has written about health for both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, details all the latest research on menopause in a clear, easy-to-read style that makes it possible for you to:
  • understand the research
  • ask intelligent questions
  • choose whether or not hormone therapy is right for you.
 

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Contents

Making Sense of the Headlines
3
The Pendulum Swings
28
Hormones and the Symptoms of Menopause
50
Understanding the Science
69
Hormones and Your Heart
71
Hormones and Your Breasts
96
Hormones and Your Bones
126
Hormones and Your Vagina
143
Hormones and Other Body Parts
208
Making Your Own Choices
223
The Progestin Question
225
Pills Patches Creams and Rings
250
Drugs Supplements and Other Options
275
The Hormone Decision
297
Endnotes
325
Acknowledgments
349

Hormones and Your Brain
162
Hormones and Your Skin
193

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About the author (2008)

Tara Parker-Pope, a professional reporter for twenty years, writes a weekly consumer health column and daily health blog for The New York Times, and prior to that was the health columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Her special Wall Street Journal report on the findings of the Women's Health Initiative earned her the Media Award from the North American Menopause Society, as well as the Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care from the Columbia University School of Nursing.

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