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Menopause: Its Not Just A Woman Thing

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Dr. Ernest Levister, Jr.
My wife will probably make me sleep in the guest room but I’ve got to share three secrets about menopause.

1. Fun in the bedroom doesn’t have to end with menopause; 2.  Menopause doesn’t have to drive everyone in the family nuts and 3. There’s a cool new book out peppered with good, easy to read information and whimsical illustrations that keep things on the light side.  I’m not sure why the ‘M’ word is such a forbidden subject among women and their men. Maybe it’s because men including most doctors know as much about the subject as they do about why real men don’t eat quiche.

Menopause is a normal, natural event—defined as the final menstrual period and usually confirmed when a woman has missed her periods for 12 consecutive months (in the absence of other obvious causes).  Menopause is associated with reduced functioning of the ovaries due to aging, resulting in lower levels of estrogen and other hormones.  It marks the permanent end of fertility. Menopause occurs, on average, at age 51. The years between puberty (when periods start) and menopause are called pre-menopause.

As for where to learn more, Newsweek writers Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert have updated their comprehensive 2007 bible “The Menopause Book”, (Workman: $17.95.)

The book contains the latest scientific research along with a lot of good sound advice on hormones, hot flashes, mood swings, libido, vaginal dryness and diet and exercise.  The book is a “Fact or Fiction” sounding board devoted to answering questions from real women about real concerns, myths and secrets relating to menopause.

The answers are straightforward, concise and informative. In addition to keeping the read light hearted and male friendly, the book is compact – under 10,000 pages! Just right for us guys to sneak and read.

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