The Estrogen Errors: Another Book for Your Menopause Library
As a women’s health writer, and bono-fide book junky, I’m always on the look-out for good books on women’s health, particularly on the subjects of perimenopause and menopause.
I came across The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone is Better for Women’s Health, by co-authors, Dr. Susan Baxter, PhD, and Dr. Jerilynn Prior, MD, a couple of years ago. Intrigued by the title, I was very interested in reading the book, but didn’t want to shell out the full price for it. Instead, with absolutely no shame whatsoever, I contacted Dr. Baxter, and essentially begged for a complimentary copy to “review” on my blog (wink wink).
Fortunately for me, Dr. Baxter found my shameless audacity to beg for a copy of her book a bit charming, and a subsequent personal friendship ensued, but alas, still no free book. Her publisher didn’t allow for complimentary copies to be distributed in their marketing plan. So, I ended up shelling out full price for the book, which, by the way, I have not regretted.
I have read literally hundreds of books on women’s health. There have been a number of them which have stood out, and that I would certainly recommend. However, none of them, in my view, adequately address the common issues and complaints I hear from women every single day, when they seek help from their physicians for perimenopause. Issues that seem so clear cut and obvious to women, but for reasons that I cannot explain or understand, continue to be issues which women cannot get help with. Such as:
- My doctor will not listen to me when I try to tell him/her about my perimenopause symptoms
- My doctor says I’m too young for perimenopause
- My doctor just hands me a prescription for birth control pills or antidepressants for my perimenopause symptoms
- My doctor thinks perimenopause is all in my head
Not only do Doctors Baxter and Prior directly address these issues in The Estrogen Errors, but they also dare to ask several very important questions as well; questions which go right to the heart of the medical system, and why women have such a hard time getting the care they really need and want. For example:
- Why is modern medicine stuck in antiquated medical paradigms which continue to define menopause as a “deficiency disease” rather than a natural life cycle
- Why are individual women measured against a boiler plate medical template of “normal” and declared “abnormal” when their symptoms do not fit the template?
- Why are gynecologists the “de facto” experts and authorities on women’s health?
- Why is “listening” to a patient describe how they feel to ascertain an accurate diagnosis considered revolutionary? After all, we do know how we feel, don’t we?
With the exception of one chapter which I found a bit heavy with medical jargon and explanations, The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone is Better for Women’s Health is a provocative and compelling book, but is also remarkably easy to read. Doctors Baxter and Prior dare to challenge the medical status quo and the assumptions (and dare I say, presumptions) regarding women’s health which are so staunchly rooted in the thinking of physicians and in our medical system.
They are loyal and dedicated advocates for women’s health who see clearly what the problems are in our medical system from the inside out. If I were to be limited in my suggestions to only one book that every woman should have for her library, The Estrogen Errors, without question, would be that book. At $49, it is an expensive book to purchase. However, I guarantee you; it is worth every, single dollar.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.