I'm Too Young to Get Old: Health Care for Women After Forty
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Titel: I'm Too Young to Get Old: Health Care for ...
Verlag: Three Rivers Press
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If you're a woman over forty, you probably have questions and concerns about your health. Unlike your mother and grandmother, you don't want to go passively--or silently--through the next half of your life. Want to know about contraception--or pregnancy--after forty? Will being on the Pill increase your risk for cancer? Is hormone replacement therapy right for you? I'm Too Young to Get Old has answers to all these questions and much, much more. Renowned gynecologist and Today show health contributor Judith Reichman, M.D., understands what today's women need to know, including such topics as:
How to cope with changing hormones, moods, body temperatures, and sleep patterns
Hormone replacement therapy
Cancer prevention and detection
Coping with urinary incontinence
Sexuality from forty to ninety (See the chapter "Sex, Hormones, and Rock and Roll")
Preparing for a healthy second half of life despite our abuses in the first half
Written in a warm, accessible style and laced with the humorous perspective of someone who's going through this stage of life herself, I'm Too Young to Get Old has all the authoritative, up-to-date information you need to take control of your health.
Reichman is a renowned gynecologist and frequent contributor to the Today show. Here she discusses in friendly "girlfriend" language the issues that confuse and worry women ages 40 and older. The book starts with asubject that women in this age range usually don't concern themselves with--contraception--and includes some shocking statistics (half of all pregnancies in women older than 40 are unintended; the abortion rate in this age group is only second to that of teenagers). Reichman explains the pros and cons of different forms of contraception, including the mini-pill and surgical options; she omits natural family planning, but she does include 10 methods that are in development and awaiting government approval.
For women having difficulties becoming pregnant, Reichman details a dozen tests that hopeful couples can use to pinpoint the problem; the stages of the procedures, costs, and potential complications are included in down-to-earth, nonintimidating language. The true value of this book, though, are Reichman's answers to scores of questions that nervous patients might be too upset or too afraid to ask--or might not even consider--as well as those that physicians might forget to address or lack time to fully explain.
The chapters on menopause and cancer, and the lucid and lengthy explanations of risk factors, treatments, and side effects, are the most useful parts of the book. Who knew, for example, that living at altitudes above 10,000 feet can cause menopause to begin as much as two years earlier than normal? Reichman also includes clear explanations of--and prevention tactics for--scary health problems that commonly affect women in this age group, including bladder-control problems, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
For those women who have trouble communicating with their physicians, Reichman will provide much-needed answers and advice.
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