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Shmirshky: The Pursuit of
Hormone Happiness

 -By E. (Ellen Sarver Dolgen)
 -Published by Voice (Jan. 18, 2011)

  ISBN-10: 1401341683
  ISBN-13: 978-1401341688

    Available at and booksellers everywhere.
Whether you experience it naturally or it's triggered by a hysterectomy, menopause is a fact of life. But don't let "menopause" be a taboo, 4-letter word in your lexicon. Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness by E., is a helpful asset to spark a dialogue about and embrace menopause. The author addresses every facet of menopause in concise and comical chapters, making the topic an easier pill to swallow. The information is delivered directly and fluff-free in a conversational tone. In just 192 pages, E. covers all the major symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, mood swings, sleep deprivation, etc.); hormone replacement therapy; how to select the right doctor for you; how to interpret those numbers on your lab work; and the things you should consider before complying to a hysterectomy. Towards the back of the book, you'll discover fun terms and not-so-fun terms associated with menopause, a litany of resources and a few pages allotted for jotting down notes and journaling.

Our Bodies Ourselves: Women's Health & Sexuality -

A non-profit, public interest women's health education, advocacy and consulting organization, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) was established in 1970, commencing with the publication of the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. OBOS has inspired the women's health movement by empowering women to become engaged in the political sphere of sustaining good health for themselves and their communities. They've also introduced a myriad of concepts into public discourse on women's health issues, such as that women – as informed health consumers – are catalysts for positive social change. The website offers a multitude of resources and information on women's health topics in an easy navigational web community. The website and organization goes beyond just informing, it connects and empowers female positivity and healthy choices.

Check out the publications section of the website for books written either by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective or by founding members of the collective. ///
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