Reassuring, accurate, informative help from a sympathetic guide.
Physician Moore is comfortable with traditional and alternative medical practices, and she incorporates here both approaches into her intelligent, practical discussion of menopause and its possible discomforts. Moore believes that “this time in a woman’s life is a natural phase of development, not a medical problem.” In her view, therefore, symptoms of menopause need not be routinely treated. Rather, she provides information, including that on “the availability of intervention,” so that women are equipped to make their own choices according to individual situations. She first explains the phases of menopause—perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause—and then looks at common health concerns of this age (including cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis). She then discusses the various allopathic, complementary, herbal, and homeopathic therapies that can support each phase of menopause. Finally, she discusses hormone replacement therapy. Throughout, thankfully, Moore stays away from the feel-good pep talks of some other guides for this age—she is down to earth all the way. On hot flashes and night sweats: “During the day, it is easier to appreciate a hot flash as a ‘power surge’ and to affirm your status as a new woman, but somehow resources waver in the depths of the night.”
Knowledgeable, sympathetic, practical help.