An Arizona-based physician aims to help women live better lives through hormone replacement therapy in this debut self-help guide.
DeRosa, a physician, often sees patients suffering from maddening menopausal symptoms without proper treatment, including migraines, depression, anxiety, heart palpitations and a lack of sexual desire. As a result, she’s on a mission is to address what she calls a “hormonal disorder crisis” among aging women. Overall, her message is one of empowerment: “Take control of your hormonal health! We are women, hear us roar!” She cites money, misogyny and religious and political ideology as factors that contribute to the problem. A hefty part of this short read deals with issues of sexuality, with lessons that directly tie desire to hormones. She points out that doctors don’t take women’s sexuality seriously, and that too many of them rely on a flawed Women’s Health Initiative study that warned of the dangers of hormone replacement therapy. She also says that doctors often prescribe antidepressants or therapy for problems that will only respond to hormone replacement. They just don’t know any better, she says; they lack the training, and they’re unduly influenced by Big Pharma. DeRosa explains hormone-disorder symptoms in simple terms, focusing on the three main culprits: estrogen, testosterone and thyroid hormones. Using metaphors and visualizations, she helps to simplify hormones’ complicated roles. She also effectively uses case studies to illustrate various outcomes and treatments. For example, the story of Ashley, a 27-year-old with complicated hormone issues, fuels DeRosa’s argument that such problems aren’t reserved for older women; the author herself experienced menopause at the age of 35. The wealth of information here can be frightening, even when DeRosa attempts to lighten the tone, but she offers many helpful tips on how to choose the right doctor for hormone replacement, as well as a checklist of symptoms, and even testimonial letters from satisfied husbands.
A passionate women’s-health guide.