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100 Questions & Answers About Menopause

Author(s): Ivy M. Alexander, PhD, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut
Karla A. Knight, RN, MSN, Health Care Writer
  • ISBN-13: 9780763727291
  • ISBN-10:0763727296
  • Paperback    322 pages      © 2005
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While some women sail through menopause, others experience a whole range of symptoms, from hot flashes to sleepless nights. If you or a loved one is suffering from the uncomfortable and often unpredictable symptoms of menopause, then this book offers the guidance and advice you need. 100 Questions & Answers About Menopause helps you understand menopause symptoms and treatment options, including lifestyle changes, alternative therapies, prescription medications, and more. The book discusses difficult issues surrounding the hormone therapy controversy, natural hormones, and how to make the best decisions about treatment and lifestyle. The authors, a nurse practitioner and a nurse, both with extensive clinical experience, provide practical, authoritative answers to questions about menopause and related problems, as well as other midlife health risks such as osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this condition.

2006 Winner of the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association
Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication!


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Features & Benefits

Concise, easy-to-read paperback book

The question and answer format mimics an actual physician consultation

Provides both the patient’s and physician’s perspective on Menopause

Provides practical answers to questions about treatment options, quality of life, caregiving, sources of support, and much more

Written by an expert author team with extensive experience


Part 1: An Overview of Menopause
Questions 1–14 describe the physiology and hormonal changes associated with menopause, including:

• What is menopause?

• How long can I expect to menstruate? Can I predict when I’ll have my final

menstrual period?

• What other circumstances can cause menopause?

• What is a hysterectomy, and how does it affect menopause?

Part 2: Experiencing the Symptoms of Menopause
Questions 15–33 address hot flashes, irregular menstrual periods, mood changes, inability to sleep, decreased sexual drive, weight gain, and other symptoms related to menopause, including:

• What kind of symptoms can I expect to experience as I transition into


• What is a hot flash?

• What causes me to be so irritable and cry so easily?

• Why do I seem to forget things more easily?

• Why can’t I get a good night’s sleep?

Part 3: Evaluating Symptoms: Is It Menopause?

Questions 34–53 address the importance of having certain symptoms and other midlife health risks evaluated by your healthcare provider, including:

• Are there health problems that I should be screened for as I approach

menopause and after?

• What is osteoporosis? I’ve heard that I’m at greater risk for it during menopause.

Is that true? Why am I more at risk for osteoporosis during postmenopause?

• How do I know if I’m depressed?

• Am I more likely to get breast, endometrial, ovarian, or cervical cancer after


Part 4: Lifestyle Changes and Alternative Therapies

Questions 54–72 address lifestyle changes and alternative therapies that are helpful

in managing menopausal symptoms, including:

• What are phytoestrogens? Are they the same as natural hormones?

• Are there other herbs that would be helpful in treating my symptoms?

• Is there a special menopause "diet"? What foods will help me stay healthy

at midlife?

• What would help me sleep better?

• Will regular exercise help my symptoms? What kind of exercise is most

appropriate during menopause?

Part 5: Hormone Therapy and Other Treatment Options

Questions 73–90 describe hormone therapy (HT), the side effects, risks and benefits of its use, and other treatment options, including:

• What is hormone therapy? What are the benefits of HT? Why would I want to

take it?

• What questions should I ask my clinician when I am considering going on

hormone therapy?

• How can I manage the side effects from HT so that I don’t have to stop

taking it?

• What other prescription medications might be effective for my symptoms?

Part 6: Menopause: You and Your Family

Questions 91–100 address the problems and issues that arise as a result of

menopause in your family, and where to go for more information, including:

• In some ways, I want to change my life. Is that a common feeling during


• Some people say that women become more creative during menopause. Is

that true?

• Is it normal to mourn the loss of my fertility?

• How can I help my partner understand what I’m going through?

Appendix A
This appendix gives a list of organizations and web sites that can provide you with additional information about menopause and its many symptoms.

Appendix B
This appendix gives a table listing different forms and preparations of hormone therapy.


Ivy M. Alexander, PhD-Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut

Ivy M. Alexander, PhD, C-ANP, is an Associate Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing and Director of the Adult, Family, Gerontological and Women’s Health Primary Care Specialty. She is also a practicing clinician in the Internal Medicine Department of the Yale University Health Services. Dr. Alexander received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Pennsylvania State University, her Master of Science degree from Northeastern University, a Post-Master’s Certificate in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine with a focus on women’s health since 1992. Dr. Alexander has published numerous articles concerning women’s health, is active in several state and national organizations, and is regularly invited to speak at national meetings. Her primary interest is menopause and midlife health issues, and she is currently conducting research focusing on menopause experiences and midlife health perceptions among black women. Dr. Alexander lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ray, and daughter, Lauren, and their two dogs and two cats.

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Karla A. Knight, RN, MSN-Health Care Writer

Karla A. Knight, RN, MSN, has been a nurse for 28 years. She was a pediatric nurse practitioner for many years in the office of the late John R. Craig, MD, of Waltham, Massachusetts. She has also worked with children and families in ambulatory clinics, hospitals, and long-term care. Ms. Knight has been a health care writer since 1997 and was a contributing writer for Nursing Spectrum for six years. Her many articles have appeared online as well as in magazines and specialty publications. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Nursing. Ms. Knight is coauthor of 100 Questions and Answers About Menopause. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Tom Murphy, and their three children, Erin, Kyle and Kelsey.

  • “This 322-page book offers a well-written and comprehensive manual for women on an often-confusing subject. We are besieged with inaccurate information about menopause from television, newspapers, Internet, and books, and it is refreshing to find this accurate source… This book is heartily recommended for women at perimenopause and early postmenopause.”


    --Robyn B. Faye, MD FACOG
    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Drexel University
    Philadelphia, PA
    NAMS Menopause Practitioner
    Member, NAMS Consumer Education Committee



    “For so many women, menopause seems like a complicated subject.  Thank you to Ivy Alexander and Karla Knight for presenting information so clearly for women, helping them understand the symptoms of menopause, the range of treatment options available, the importance of an individualized treatment plan, and overall, helping women improve their health.”

    -- Amy Niles, President and CEO, National Women's Health Resource Center

    "Finally! A book that truly and comprehensively addresses the nuts and bolts regarding menopause. Read it from cover to cover -- there is something here for every member of the family."

    -- N'Zinga Shani, Hamden, CT

    "This book provides an excellent resource for women who are experiencing menopause and navigating the many symptons that can accompany menopause.  The authors offer balanced and practical information about lifestyle, alternative therapies, medications, and hormone therapy for managing menopause related symptons."

    -- Susan Wysocki, RNC, NP, President and CEO, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health

    "100 Questions & Answers About Menopause is an excellent book to keep at your side for quick reference. Written in a question-and-answer format by a nurse practitioner and an RN with a master's degree, the paperback addresses common questions voiced by women who are perimenopausal and menopausal. The clinical expertise of the authors contributes to the relevance of questions and the reliability of answers."

    -- Jill Cash, NP, ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners, October 2005