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Menopause, the end of menstruation and fertility, is a natural biological process, not a medical condition. Even so, the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can disrupt a women's life and require treatment if severe. Very often, women arrive at their menopause years without knowing anything what they might expect, or when or how the process starts and how long it may last. Many women have not been informed about this stage of life, in the US it may often be the case that physicians, older female family members or members of a women's social group have provided no insight or information. With confusion over the risks of estrogen therapy, the proliferation of alternative therapies, concerns about osteoporosis and heart disease, and questions about sexual health, the need for clear useful information is endless. What Nurses Know...Menopause sheds new light on this natural biological process and it's symptoms from a trusted source: nurses. Simply organized and clearly written What Nurses Know...Menopause provides individuals, their families, friends, and healthcare practitioners the answers they need and want.Special Features Include: Numerous sidebars and call out boxes with "Nurse Notes" and "New Nursing Research Points to..." Definitions of Common Terms Resources, online tools and specific websites at the end of chapter to help those going through menopauseAbout the Series Nurses hold a critical role in modern health care that goes beyond their day-to-day duties. They share more information with patients than any other provider group, and are alongside patients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, offering understanding of complex health issues, holistic approaches to ailments, and advice for the patient that extends to the family. Nurses themselves are a powerful tool in the healing process. What Nurses Know gives down-to-earth information, addresses consumers as equal partners in their care, and explains clearly what readers need to know and wants to know to understand their condition and move forward with their lives. ;"1. Just the Facts Please; What's happening and why; 2. Symptoms and Solutions; 3. If only I could remember...Mind over Menopause; 4. Where did my body go?; 5. Hormones: To Replace or Not to Replace; 6. Natural Strategies; 7. Sexual Issues; 8. Nutrition; 9. Protecting your heart and bones; 10. Mood swings, depression, anxiety; Appendices: A. Resources; B. When to See your Health Care Provider; C. Definitions ";"Karen does a particularly good job covering hormone therapy starting with an overview of research studies including the Women s Health Initiative and current recommendations about HRT. For those who are considering HRT, and are weighing the risks vs. benefits, she provides a list of factors that you should think about and review with your physician. And for those who are thoroughly confused about what bio-identical hormones really are, you ll find a comprehensive explanation without bias, which is rare these days." - menopausetheblog.com "Nurses are experts at translating knowledge for patients. Rouse, a registered nurse, has written this book for women experiencing this bewildering time in life through the eyes of a nurse. The easy-to-read text mixes understandable explanations with solid medical knowledge. What Nurses Know outlines the physiology of menopause, its symptoms, and includes tips and recommendations for its management. The symptoms reviewed range from hot flashes and night sweats to decreased libido and sleep disturbances. The book also includes an honest appraisal of the benefits and risks of hormone therapy. There are sidebars from nurses and quotes from women about their experiences. Overall, What Nurses Know...Menopause is an enjoyable, informative read and highlyrecommended."- Lisa Astalos Chism DNP, APRN, BC, NCMP, North American Menopause So
Published: Demos Health on May 15, 2010
ISBN: 9781932603866
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The introduction to this book put me off a bit since it began with more than one incomplete sentence and was not well written. However things improved after that inauspicious beginning and I found much helpful information in this book. The first two chapters "Menopause: An Overview" and "Just the Facts, Please: What's Happening and Why" were very good at communicating the facts about menopause, enabling even non-scientific types like me (who never really understood what exactly a hormone is) to grasp the basics of this important part of life.The book doesn't stop with mere factual information about menopause but has several chapters to help those women who suffer in varying degrees the discomfort and annoyances of this stage of life. Help is offered for dealing with hot flashes, night sweats, and sleep disturbances. Since many women don't necessarily care about the scientific basis of menopause, but need to know how to live with these things - and hopefully improve them - I found these chapters very useful.The author also addresses sexuality, bone health, hormone therapy, health and harmony, and being beautiful in her helpful, down-to-earth manner. Each chapter has comments by real-life women, is full of up-to-date information based on recent medical knowledge and research, and ends with a list of web resources where the reader can go to learn more about a particular topic.All-in-all, this is a good resource and one I anticipate referring to frequently.read more
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Being of that age when changes are occurring in my female body I found that this book had some useful information. There is much debate going on as to whether or not HRT is beneficial to women going through menopause. This book gives you the information so you can make your own decisions. Also goes into bone health and sexual health at that stage in a woman's life. I found many useful tips in this bookread more
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What Nurses Know... Menopause by Karen Roush is a very readable and very informative book that touches on many aspects of menopause. I learned new things in every chapter and was reminded of things that I had been taught many years ago. It also gave me vital and current information with which to make decisions about hormone therapy in any of its forms. The chapters on bone health and sexuality were interesting, as well as the one on weight management. I got a little confused with some of the acronyms and some I had to go back in the text to look up. This is a small complaint, though, and may be due to the foggy brain of a menopausal woman! I recommend this book highly. Lots of good, current information and great tips for coping with all the changes. I plan to read this through a second time with highlighter in hand and keep it close for handy reference.read more
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The introduction to this book put me off a bit since it began with more than one incomplete sentence and was not well written. However things improved after that inauspicious beginning and I found much helpful information in this book. The first two chapters "Menopause: An Overview" and "Just the Facts, Please: What's Happening and Why" were very good at communicating the facts about menopause, enabling even non-scientific types like me (who never really understood what exactly a hormone is) to grasp the basics of this important part of life.The book doesn't stop with mere factual information about menopause but has several chapters to help those women who suffer in varying degrees the discomfort and annoyances of this stage of life. Help is offered for dealing with hot flashes, night sweats, and sleep disturbances. Since many women don't necessarily care about the scientific basis of menopause, but need to know how to live with these things - and hopefully improve them - I found these chapters very useful.The author also addresses sexuality, bone health, hormone therapy, health and harmony, and being beautiful in her helpful, down-to-earth manner. Each chapter has comments by real-life women, is full of up-to-date information based on recent medical knowledge and research, and ends with a list of web resources where the reader can go to learn more about a particular topic.All-in-all, this is a good resource and one I anticipate referring to frequently.
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Being of that age when changes are occurring in my female body I found that this book had some useful information. There is much debate going on as to whether or not HRT is beneficial to women going through menopause. This book gives you the information so you can make your own decisions. Also goes into bone health and sexual health at that stage in a woman's life. I found many useful tips in this book
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What Nurses Know... Menopause by Karen Roush is a very readable and very informative book that touches on many aspects of menopause. I learned new things in every chapter and was reminded of things that I had been taught many years ago. It also gave me vital and current information with which to make decisions about hormone therapy in any of its forms. The chapters on bone health and sexuality were interesting, as well as the one on weight management. I got a little confused with some of the acronyms and some I had to go back in the text to look up. This is a small complaint, though, and may be due to the foggy brain of a menopausal woman! I recommend this book highly. Lots of good, current information and great tips for coping with all the changes. I plan to read this through a second time with highlighter in hand and keep it close for handy reference.
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Chock full of very useful information. The writing is clear and often humorous. My only quibble is that the indexing is screwed up so finding something by topic is difficult. I will be keeping this one handy for years. ;o)I will be keeping an eye out for more of the 'What Nurses Know... ' books.
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What Nurses Know... Menopause by Karen Rousch is an outstanding exploration of the information related to women and menopauses. Throughout the past decade, I've read many books on this subject and this is one of the best. Filled with the latest research on topics such as hormone therapy, bone health, and sexuality, Rousch presents multiple perspectives and provides helpful advice based on solid medical practices.Whether you're in your 30s-40s and thinking about menopause or in your 50s-60s and experiencing the aftermath, this book is for all ages but particularly those wanting to be prepared. Menopause is a part of the lives of all women, so it's essential that we be prepared. This book provides important information about both mental and physical health during this important part of our lives. I made it through menopause and you can too! This book provides a great foundation for your exploration of this topic.Read and reviewed as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
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This book will inform you, whether you know a little or a lot about what is happening to you. Roush covers every issue, from definitions to vitamins to mental health. Although I read the book cover to cover, I feel that you could use it as a reference to answer those questions you have now, and save the rest for later. I would recommend it to anyone that is anticipating the menopause years.One quibble: I looked for something in the index that I had read earlier in the day and the page numbers were incorrect.
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