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Menopause: Hot Flashes and Other Symptoms of Menopause: The most important information you need to improve your health

Menopause: Hot Flashes and Other Symptoms of Menopause: The most important information you need to improve your health

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Menopause: Hot Flashes and Other Symptoms of Menopause: The most important information you need to improve your health

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Oct 1, 2012
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9781440561696
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Looking for support during the transition of menopause? The Everything Healthy Living Series is here to help. These concise, thoughtful guides offer the expert advice and the latest medical information you need to manage your pain and lead a healthy life.

Inside you’ll find expert advice and helpful tips on ways to turn down the heat, hormonal and nonhormonal medications, and mind-body exercises to reduce discomfort. As you experience the hormone swings and changes that accompany menopause, the more you know about what’s coming, the better you will be able to take charge of your transition.
Pubblicato:
Oct 1, 2012
ISBN:
9781440561696
Formato:
Libro

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Adams Media provides helpful, funny, and inspiring books on a wide variety of topics, so no matter who you are, we’ve got you covered. Our editors are just like you—living, loving, and learning every day. Our personal experiences and expertise in our given book categories allow us to bring you some of the best content on the market—from parenting to relationships, to the paranormal, cooking, and humor—we cover what you care about.

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Menopause - Adams Media

The Everything® Healthy Living Series

Menopause: Hot Flahses and Other Symptoms of Menopause

The most important information you need to improve your health

Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Avon, Massachusetts

Contents

Introduction

Coping with Hot Flashes

Hot Flash Facts

Techniques for Turning Down the Heat

Hormonal Treatments for Hot Flash Relief

Nonhormonal Medications

Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Alternatives

Mind-Body Exercises

The New You — Managing Physical Changes

Irregular Periods

Heart Palpitations

Involuntary Urine Release

Weight Gain

Other Physical Changes Associated with Menopause

Managing Cognitive and Neurological Changes

My Mind — Where Did It Go?

Insomnia and Its Role in Menopause

Understanding and Treating Sleep Problems

Headaches

Dizziness

Other Neurological Symptoms

Overcoming Mood Swings, Anxiety, and Depression

Menopause and Emotions

Mood Swings

Looking Stress in the Eye

Anxiety

What Is Depression?

Staying On the Level

Also Available

Copyright Page

Introduction

For more than 10 years, millions of readers have trusted the bestselling Everything® series for expert advice and important information on health topics ranging from pregnancy and postpartum care to heart health, anxiety, and diabetes. Packed with the most recent, up-to-date data, Everything® health guides help you get the right diagnosis, choose the best doctor, and find the treatment options that work for you.

The Everything® Healthy Living Series books are concise guides, focusing on only the essential information you need. Whether you’re looking for an overview of traditional and alternative migraine treatments, advice on starting a heart-healthy lifestyle, or suggestions for finding the right medical team, there’s an Everything® Healthy Living book for you.

Menopause

Despite its reputation, menopause is more than just some annoying phase that women go through. Like puberty, it is a physical marker that ushers you into a new stage of your life, and (like puberty) it requires time and information to understand all the changes. If you are a woman experiencing the hormone swings and changes that accompany menopause, then the more you know about what’s coming, the better you will be able to take charge of your transition.

Although the basics of healthy menopause boil down to the basics of all healthy lifestyles — exercise, diet, sleep, and state of mind — this book explores them as they relate to your journey through that last reproductive hurdle. It offers you choices for improving your health and well being, and ideas for making menopause the beginning of an exciting and enriching time. You have a continuing opportunity for improving your life, and menopause is the perfect excuse to take stock and make the changes you’ve been meaning to make for years.

The baby boomers have had an enormous impact on American life in their every stage of development. As children they required more and better schools; as young adults they redefined sexual expectations and intimacy; as a workforce they have changed the landscape of work environment; and it only stands to reason that they will change our collective outlook on getting older. With so many women approaching menopause, there will be more attention to this important stage of life, and there is already more research and information than ever before on women’s health over the lifespan. If you are approaching menopause or in the midst of it, you are in a lot of good company.

Above all, you need support and knowledge. You need information that teaches you about menopause and that helps you make the right choices for you. Keeping your perspective during a time of hormone shifts and life changes is no small matter. And keeping your health as you move through menopause and beyond will make the transition not a dreaded ordeal, but rather the open door to the rest of your life.

If you’d like to learn more about menopause, check out the print version of The Everything® Health Guide to Menopause, 2nd Edition, available in print (978-1-59869-405-5).

Coping with Hot Flashes

When women talk about the bothersome aspects of menopause, hot flashes are the symptom they cite — and complain about — most often. Though hot flashes fade over time, severe symptoms can disrupt both the waking and sleeping hours of your busy life for several years. Fortunately, there are many ways to relieve or reduce hot flashes, but you need to choose carefully — and be sure to consult with your health care professional.

Hot Flash Facts

Hot flashes are considered a vasomotor symptom. This means they are the result of a change in your body’s ability to regulate the opening and closing of blood vessels. About 75 percent of all women passing through the stages of menopause will experience hot flashes during some part of the transition. Though hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause, in many cases they are a minor inconvenience rather than an alarming problem. Hot flashes (sometimes called hot flushes) often begin with an increase in heart rate and a slight feeling of warmth, usually occurring in the face, neck, and shoulders.

A Range of Symptoms

Women describe hot flashes differently, depending upon how frequent or how dramatic their symptoms are. Mild or moderate hot flashes may last anywhere from one to fifteen minutes and cause feelings of mild warmth, accompanied by light perspiration and a slightly dry mouth. After the flash passes, the skin may feel slightly clammy. Mild hot flashes pass with little

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