Robin N Phillips, MD Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books; 2005
This wonderful 256-page book has 11 chapters that thoroughly encompass the topic of menopause. It begins simply with “What Happens During Menopause?” with clear explanations of the physical and hormonal changes, including premature or early menopause (for the 2% of women struggling with this), hot flashes, mood changes, bleeding problems, skin change, bloating, and hair and nail changes. The ever-important issue of bone health is emphasized, along with exercise, diet, and if necessary, medication.
The chapter on “Sex and Sexuality” covers changing sexual responses during the menopause transition, accompanied by exercises and pictures. Sex toys, lovemaking positions, safe sex, and birth control are discussed. The previously unrecognized older mother is talked about, with the health risks highlighted.
Nutrition for the changing female body is a thorough chapter that concentrates on foods to benefit the bones, heart, and weight. Exercise, exercise programs, lifestyle changes, and getting a handle on stress and depression are discussed in depth. “Looking After Your Body” and “Safeguarding Your Health” cover everything from hair, teeth, and nail concerns as you age, to going for your annual Pap tests and mammograms.
The pros and cons of hormone therapy and alternative methods are presented in easy and understandable terms, including side effects and how to stop treatment.
The Menopause Bible is complete and extremely well written. It is easy to understand and an excellent reference text -- either read cover to cover or kept beside the bed to answer questions as they arise
Robyn B. Faye, MD, FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor
Certified Menopause Practitioner
Member, NAMS Consumer Education Committee