Many women are confused about the treatments available for menopause. While they may be experiencing severe symptoms, the news about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) use is not encouraging. HRT may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots in the lungs and legs.Read more...
Many women are confused about the treatments available for menopause. While they may be experiencing severe symptoms, the news about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) use is not encouraging. HRT may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots in the lungs and legs. On the other hand, there is lesser known treatment-Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)-that can help effectively diminish menopausal symptoms without the dangers of synthetic drugs. In her new book, Dr. Amy Lee Hawkins provides women with a complete guide to understanding and using BHRT to diminish or eliminate the symptoms of menopause.
What You Must Know About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is written in easy-to-understand language. It covers the basics of hormones, discusses the controversy surrounding hormone replacement, details hormone treatment principles, and provides a guide to maintaining a healthy weight and metabolism. Each discussion is supported by up-to-date scientific articles published in respected research journals and medical texts. In addition, the book's appendix includes numerous questionnaires that can help you understand your personal situation.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of menopause, you want to choose the safest and most effective route to feeling better. What You Must Know About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy provides the information you need to make the best possible decisions about your health.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-12-17
- Reviewer: Staff
Certified pharmacist Hawkins issues a ringing endorsement of a lesser-known and non-patentable method of treating menopause in this short, accessibly written primer. A specialist in the procedure she recommends, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), the author ascribes the health issues experienced during otherwise similar courses of treatment to the use of hormones derived from other animals and plants, rather than "bio-identical" ones taken from humans. Closely involved in this area as the CEO of Pharm-D Partners, Inc. and founder of Hormones in Harmony Consulting, Hawkins diligently includes everything that a woman or her health specialist might wish to know before starting treatment, including the tests required, an inventory of the symptoms that indicate out-of-balance sex hormones, and information about the dosages administered during BHRT therapy. She recommends a specific titration schedule for those currently on synthetic hormones and discusses the optimal maintenance schedule for smoothly transitioning through menopause in radiant health. Additionally, women for whom hormone replacement is either undesirable or not possible will find a treasure trove here of alternative nutritional solutions to the health concerns associated with menopause. (Oct.)