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Fact Sheet for Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

For years, Our Bodies, Ourselves has provided readers with indispensable information on women's health and sexuality. Now we have brought the same knowledge and perspective to Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, published by Simon & Schuster in October 2006.

Hot Topics:

  • Female sexual "dysfunction" at midlife -- myth or reality?

  • How do commercial interests affect treatments for menopause?

  • Is hormone treatment safe? And who should take it? 

  • What do women need to know about heart disease and osteoporosis?

  • Are "natural" or bioidentical hormones better than synthetic hormones? 

  • Can herbs help with hot flashes or insomnia?

Also Included:

  • Self-help and prevention strategies for managing the menopause transition.

  • Complementary health practices and conventional medical treatments.

  • The challenges for women who experience early or sudden menopause.

  • How ageism, sexism, and the medicalization of menopause affect our experiences.

What Makes Our Book Different

  • Reflects the expertise of dozens of health care professionals, lay activists, and ordinary women.

  • Based on the best, most up-to-date scientific evidence.

  • Independent of commercial pressures; our organization does not take any money from pharmaceutical companies.

  • Provides social, political, and economic context for individual women's experiences.

About Our Organization

  • Our nonprofit group provides information about women's health, sexuality, and reproduction.

  • Our Bodies Ourselves is also known as the Boston Women's Health Book Collective.

  • Advisory board members include Susan Love, MD, Isaac Schiff, MD, and Gloria Steinem.

  • Our books have been translated and/or adapted into 20 languages.

  • Our Bodies, Ourselves was first published over 36 years ago. The eighth edition of this landmark book appeared in May 2005.

For More Information:

Anne Miller Sweeney






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