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New Mayo Clinic book guides women through menopause

As preteens, girls often take health classes to teach them about their changing bodies during puberty. For moms-to-be, classes deal with pregnancy and newborn care.

Yet, few classes are offered about menopause, a part of life that 6,000 U.S. women reach every day. A new book released today aims to address that gap, “Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution: A Doctor’s Guide to Relieving Hot Flashes, Enjoying Better Sex, Sleeping Well, Controlling Your Weight and Being Happy!”

“This book serves to inform women about what’s happening to their bodies, what treatment options are available and how to remain healthy in the years past menopause,” said Stephanie Faubion, medical editor of The Menopause Solution and director of the Women’s Health Clinic and Office of Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic. Faubion, a North American Menopause Society – certified menopause practitioner, is one of the nation’s leading experts on menopause and regularly treats women with menopause-related conditions.

Menopause, which occurs 12 months after a woman’s last menstrual period, marks the end of menstrual cycles. Menopause can happen in a woman’s 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the U.S., Faubion said. Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution provides the latest clinically proven information and a reference tool for women seeking answers to questions about what is happening before, during and after menopause.