Book Review

A Woman's Guide to Natural Hormones

Christine Conrad
Penguin Putnam, Inc;

This is an excellent resource for patients who are interested in natural hormone replacement therapy. It is a “must-have” for every compounding pharmacy to sell and/or lend to patients.

A Woman’s Guide to Natural Hormones is hot off the press! The latest book on natural hormone replacement therapy, it is the new and improved version of Conrad’s first book, Natural Woman, Natural Menopause (New York:HarperPerennial,1997). The forewords are written by Leo Galland, MD; Jesse Hanley, MD; and Carolyn Shaak, MD, FACOG; all of whom are exceptional physicians specializing in women’s health care. Every woman who embarks into the world of compounded natural hormone replacement therapy should read Natural Woman, Natural Menopause, Wright’s Natural Hormone Replacement for Women Over 45, and this book. The text of A Woman’s Guide to Natural Hormones clearly explains the meaning of the word “natural” and presents options in natural hormone replacement that are available to women, including the mechanism of action of natural hormone replacement, the sources of those hormones, and how to use them. Readers will find suggestions about how to obtain natural hormone replacement by prescription from a physician and how to work with a compounding pharmacist to prepare and customize therapy. The text is written in an easy-to-read format, and an accessible question-and-answer section is provided at the end of the book. Additional topics include premenstrual syndrome, postpartum depression, fibroids, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, infertility, hysterectomy, osteoporosis, and more. This book is free advertising for your compounding pharmacy!

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Nov/Dec 2000