Every Woman's Guide to Taking Charge of the ChangeDid you know that the symptoms associated with menopause can begin fifteen years prior to its onset? During this seldom-recognized stagecalled perimenopausemany women may experience hot flashes, mood swings, irregular menstrual cycles, sleeping disorders, and what some describe as PMS all month. It doesn't have to be that way. Authors Nancy Lee Teaff, M.D., and Kim Wright Wiley offer real solutions in a reader-friendly style. Inside you'll learn everything you need to know about this important stage of life, including:What perimenopause is, how to diagnose it, and what it means to you The effectiveness of different medical treatments and natural alternatives How to create a healthy lifestyle through stress management, weight control, exercise, diet, and nutrition How perimenopause affects sexuality, fertility, and pregnancyThis book gives you the tools you need to stay healthy and feel good about yourselfbefore, during, and after the change.From the Trade Paperback edition.