A Psychotherapist and Gynaecologist look into the question is hormone replacement therapy needed during menopause? Not all women want or need hormone replacement therapy because not everything that happens at this time in your life is the result of hormones. The book provides practical guidance both medical and psychological and reflects the rich tapestry of many women in their life journey.
Over the last seven years, the question is HRT dangerous? has evoked major debate. Media headline about a possible increase in breast cancer and cardiovascular disease in women on HRT have alarmed and confused many women. Many have stopped HRT but are still needing support through body changes during the trying time of menopause. For some women there is a need for HRT. But they are needing the reassurance that HRT is not all that bad. Some important facts will help.
In this book we explain how symptoms due to hormone deficiency need to be differentiated from medical and emotional causes so appropriate treatment can be given.
Hormones begin to change and decline between the ages of 35-55, during what is called peri menopause. We have therefor included stories of women of all these ages, not just from women who are going through menopause.
….So if it not my hormones though is it ME? What is happening to me? What can I do? Most of us now believe what goes on in the inside of the mind will eventually show up in our body. We are familiar with phrases like ‘ It makes me sick just thinking about it!’ Her resentment was eating away at her.’ He’s a real pain on the neck!’. We know instinctively a healthy mind is necessary for a healthy body. Medical research now confirms this. But as well as physical and hormonal changes there are emotional responses that can threaten to overwhelm us. If these are understood and dealt with we need not be overwhelmed….