Where to go?
If you are overwhelmed by possible perimenopausal or menopausal
(peri/meno) symptoms, where should you go for information? Not
to newsgroups, at least not initially. There are many good reasons
to post to net news, but included in the favorite expressions of
welcomers here at asm are the statements "Do your homework. Do
your research." It's a good idea to do it in advance. The
following represents my opinion.
- The best source of cohesive information about these life
transitions can be gotten from books. Though medical information
in books is dated sometimes even before the book itself is
published, books can provide you with a fundamental overview and
be reassuring. Confusion about using or not using hormones can be
clarified by reading books that present and debate the pros and
cons. Even if you are firmly committed to the idea that no
unnatural substances will ease your passage through peri/meno,
you should hear out all possible sides. You can scan these 3-4
books in the bookstore and request that your library order them.
Library policies generally require that they fairly represent all
viewpoints and provide current books on health issues.
Essential Guide to Menopause (American Medical Association
Essential Guides Series) by American Medical Association,
Angela R. Perry (Editor) 1997.
"The American Medical Association sorts through a wide array of
professional views to compile solid, clear-cut information on
menopause in one comprehensive volume."
Estrogen: How and Why It Could Save Your Life,
by Dr. Adam Romoff.
"Romoff... cites studies showing that many women would be saved
from heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, and
Alzheimer's disease by taking estrogen. He further argues that
the risk of breast and uterine cancer has been greatly
exaggerated. " [It is a very brief book].
Could It be Perimenopause? By Stephen R. Goldstein and
"...perimenopause begins a decade before menopause and carries
its own line of symptoms...includes information that explains
not only what's going on, but how women can cope with and
The authors point out that many treatments i.e. Black Cohosh
and soy simply add to the fluctuating hormone problems of
perimenopause. They advocate using very low dose birth
Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book.
Reassuring information-very comprehensive. Dr. Love presents
the breast surgeon's perspective of hormone therapy.
- If your symptoms are affecting your quality of life or especially
if they are disabling, you should consult with a health care
practitioner. We go regularly to our dentist without balking,
but many people view a consultation with a doctor as a sign that
they have failed to take care of themselves. The Federal
government has given more recognition to alternative healthcare
treatments and you may decide to go that route. But, a face to face
consultation is important. Doctors in other newsgroups
frequently warn posters about the inaccuracy of information
exchanged on the Net. Be wary of people who give you a diagnosis.
You should probably not reveal critical or personal information
about your medical history publicly.
- For very current information about the latest reasearch:
- For camaraderie, especially if you believe that exogenous
estrogen is bad for women with intact uteri, you should feel
comfortable and welcome in the newsgroup. Threads about healthy
living can be fun. You'll find some informative and tasty tips
about diet now and then. Some contributors are skilled at online
research and provide information to explain studies or to counter
a perceived media and medical establishment manipulation of
women. Several a.s.m. related web sites do the same. Many of the
women in the group bring charm and wit to the menopause topics.
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