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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  305 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
An expert in women's health offers a safe, proven, effective hormone balance program for the more than 50 million women suffering from premenopause syndrome
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Grand Central Life & Style
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Natalie
Jan 21, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title may throw you off because you think, "I'm not even CLOSE to menopause, what does this have to do with me?" But the truth is I believe every woman should read this book. Do you wonder about why there are so many women these days who have trouble conceiving? Do you wonder why girls are hitting puberty faster? Do you wonder about things like breast cancer and ovarian cancer and if there's anything you can do about it? Do you care about about your own reproductive health as well as the rep ...more
Neeter L
Mar 03, 2007 Neeter L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend men read this too! It gives a clear concise picture of what is going on in our women, in your life!

Dr. John Lee~

So, you want to try natural hormones. Great! But before you take pills, rub on cream, or apply patches, it’s important to know the basics of what you’re doing and why. Hormones bring important messages to every cell of your body, with potent results. The hormone imbalances that led you to this book in the first place can be corrected—or made worse—depending on your treatme
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Robyn
Jun 15, 2009 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a life changing book to read. I know the title is a little overwhelming but the book really has nothing to do with menopause so don't be afraid! The book talks about how when you are 15-30 your body can bounce back from a lot of things that throw you off balance when you get a little older & have more kids/responsibility/stress. It is so interesting how so many of the things that we do each day and things that we are exposed to in the environment can effect our bodies. I had no idea ...more
Jen
Premenopause is kind of a scary term, but basically fits the ages 30 to 50. I liked the book, found many nuggets to take away. Two issues. One,I would have liked to see the author emphasize testing more strongly, I feel everyone should test before taking any hormone, period. My second issue is that it recommends progesterone cream for pretty much everything (I expected this, Lee came up with the stuff). To my understand, there is a good chunk of research that shows women need to be extremely car ...more
Angela
Apr 21, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is awesome. I love how it promotes balance and provides a thorough education on the subject.
Teri
May 24, 2011 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a must read for women, even those who have no reproductive issues. A detailed yet accessible book that explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of hormonal imbalances in women - many if not most of which go undiagnosed and untreated, or misdiagnosed and improperly treated. Full of case study examples that illustrate what can happen with different imbalances, I found myself thinking of at least one woman I knew with the stories presented in each new chapter.
Enormously useful, s
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Monica
May 03, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Simply written, clear and full of useful information and studies cited to show women that there are alternatives to the dangers of conventional HRT. Every woman should read this. Dr Lee has made a difference to thousands of women through the safe and effective use of bioidentical progesterone.

As he has pointed out, progesterone is measured in nanogrammes while estrogen is measured in microgrammes. This shows that our body produces and needs more progesterone relative to estrogen. When we approa
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Donna Cardinale
Apr 30, 2016 Donna Cardinale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The information shared in this book about natural progesterone cream convinced me to start using it. At that time I had breast fibroids which my doctor assured me could have turned cancerous. I was going through having mammograms and breast ultrasounds alternately every three months. However, after 3 months after using the cream my next mammogram showed absolutely no fibroids. I wish I had known about this before my hysterectomy several years before, which was due to fibroids in the uterus. If I ...more
Kathleen
Aug 29, 2007 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
Ok, don't think I'm crazy for reading this even though I'm only 33! It's all about hormone balance and how being off-balance effects your health. It also talks about the dangers of hormonal contraceptives (ie the pill), and gives suggestions for keeping your hormones in balance. I figure it's never to early to learn about this stuff since I'll be dealing with it eventually!
Aimee
Feb 27, 2009 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did I get through college without hearing about this book??? It is the best book I have read on natural ways to balance hormones -- completely in line with my philosophies on natural healing, stress management, and life as a woman. A fantastic asset for any practioner to own!
Emma Stockwell
Apr 08, 2015 Emma Stockwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the medical jargon I found this book to be a real eye-opener! Having just reached the grand age of 40 I started getting some changes..well we won't go in to that but it was enough for me to read up some more about the premenopause or perimenopause.

Being quite an old book now I am sure that some of what the authors say has been proved/disproved and I have not had the time to look in to all that yet. But, a lot of the claims in the book certainly make sense and I think all over 30's shoul
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Mandy Dale
Aug 20, 2014 Mandy Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Information is clear and concise, easy enough for the layperson to understand. It covers a great many areas of bodily functions and more details are given the further the book is read, enabling the reader to discern what is necessary and superfluous before initiating laboratory testing, etc.

Spoke to a registered dietitian today and it was obvious that she was not familiar with most of the information in this book which given it yet another reassurance that this information is truly unique and i
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Debbie
May 31, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book more closely relates to women ages 30 to 50 who haven't yet gone through menopause. The term "premenopause," the authors explain, is not a real medical term, but describes the 15 to 20 years of hormonal ups and downs that precede the end of menses. I'm sure anyone who has had irregular periods or moods swings associated with their cycles can relate to the issues this book addresses.

Dr. Lee wrote the book What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You about Menopause and is a co-author of this book
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Shana
Mar 24, 2013 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not planning to finish this book, start to finish, but will use it as a reference. Why? Because the edition I have was published in 1999 and with 15 years of additional research and information, I want to come closer to the present. I give 4 stars rather than 3 assuming that more recent editions solve this problem.

This book is importan to me because it describes me in so many ways. After years of symptoms, then the blood test of my FSH levels that simultaneously confirmed that 1) all my sym
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Mickalene
Apr 08, 2013 Mickalene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book came recommended by a friend. I learned so much about hormones and my body by reading this book -- more so than any other research I've done and talking to countless doctors. VERY informative, a must-read for all women, especially if having fertility issues or being told by their doctor they need a hysterectomy. Wish I would have read it before I started having children. It provides a natural, more gentle approach to taking care of our bodies than what is current practice by doctors an ...more
Stacey Novak
Jun 17, 2014 Stacey Novak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some awesome insight into why we act like we do and how other methods can help before having a script wrote but also giving you and your physician something to talk about.
Elaine
Jun 11, 2011 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm..... the book gives a heads up to alternative options that one may not be presented with while visiting a conventional doctor. I tend to be suspicious when claims are made regarding conspiracies in terms of Big Pharma and how they will influence policy and medicine. I think this book could have been written without that aspect. Just show the science or how current understanding is flawed. Leave the politics out.

I should also add that I tend to be skeptical of anyone that criticizes suppleme
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skhart1964gmail.com
Excellent!

Very informative..a must read for all women! Next for me is What Your Dr Does Not Tell You About Menopause
Rachel
Apr 17, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I'm at that age when this book is relevant. Good information, but poor documentation of research; for example: the claim that fish is better for us than flax as a source of Omega 3 b/c flax leads to imbalance, but no reference of any study done to support the claim (not to mention that there was no distinction made between the dangers of farmed fish or the environmental consequences of ocean-caught fish). I am, happy with their encouragment to avoid factory-raised meats, which m ...more
Anastasia
This book contains a lot of very useful information. There are several parts that don't apply to me, but there is enough material to make it worth the read. Every woman over 30 should read through this book at least once.
Maegan
Oct 31, 2014 Maegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! No matter your age or stage in life, this book is an interesting read for women's "hormone health". Great information.
Melissa Filtz
Jul 06, 2016 Melissa Filtz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gave excellent information on how female hormones work, and what happens to them as you age. Learned a log about progesterone, and how important it is to maintain levels as you get older.
Erin
Aug 23, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much great information. Need to read it again and make notes!
Bee
Apr 09, 2014 Bee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, health
Fantastic. Every woman over the age of 30 should read this.
Emma Bliss
Aug 08, 2014 Emma Bliss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously every woman over 35 should read this book!
kmm1985
Excellent book in a great series.
Stacey Novak
Jun 23, 2014 Stacey Novak rated it it was amazing
Recommend this book for anyone 30-50. Great insight.
Angelyn
Jan 20, 2014 Angelyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. I wish I would have read it years ago. It was written 10 years ago and seems to have been ahead of it's time.
Amy Shaw
Jul 21, 2008 Amy Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every woman should read this book. It is loaded with great information on how our bodies work and how important the roles of hormones are to your body working correctly. It's a tuff read. Lots of medicial and chemical references - it's like reading a text book. But there is still great information in the book and many stories about women who have used natural means to relieve symptoms related to hormonal issues.
Genevieve
Nov 14, 2008 Genevieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great information, I was having all of the classic premenopausal symptoms, crazy how accurate he was. Using my Arbonne progesterone cream and poof, no more issues...
Every woman should read this book - very important! He links cancers and all kinds of issues like weight loss to a need for progesterone and too much estrogen.
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