The years a woman goes through “the changes” come with several unique challenges. We may feel our bodies have betrayed us, as what has always seemed normal suddenly goes off-kilter. So it’s understandable that we reach for support during these turbulent years. In Womenopause, authors Lovera Wolf Miller, M.D. and David C. Miller, M.D. explore some of these changes, and offer their suggestions in how to handle them.
A score sheet is offered for a woman to determine how much difficulty she’s having in certain areas: Hot Flash Fever, Mood Matters, Sexercise, Vagina Sahara, Skinny on Skin, Insomnia Queen, and Plumbing & Pain scores combine for a total wScore. The higher the wScore, the worse the symptoms.
Menopause hormone therapy (MHT) is recommended in almost all cases where symptoms are problematic. Drugs like cycle regulators (birth control pills), anti-depressants, and others are presented as ways for women to cope with the difficulties of these body changes. In addition to the drug remedies offered, lifestyle changes are suggested, such as quitting smoking, getting more exercise, eating only “real” foods, and losing weight.
While the subtitle suggests that this book is about lifestyle, I found that it read more like a medical pharmaceutical textbook. If you’re looking for guidance in taking prescription drugs to manage menopause, you’ll find some good information here. But if you’re like many women who believe menopause is nothing more than a natural body change, and prefer to skip the drugs, you’ll find very little that will help.
Take the quizzes for yourself and let your own body be your guide. Ultimately, it’s up to you what decisions you want to make, and how you plan to handle this life transition.
Reviewer: Alice Berger