A lot has changed for Pat Wingert and Barbara Kantrowitz, co-authors of Is It Hot in Here? Or Is It Me? since their exhaustive, encyclopedic but immensely readable book about all things menopause was published by Workman in 2007.
Not only has the book been updated for 2009, it has a new title, The Menopause Book, and a new bright red cover with a pink M on it. We caught up by phone with Wingert, a Newsweek correspondent who won the Endocrine Society’s Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism with Kantrowitz this year, for a Q&A on the changes in the book.
Besides the new name, what’s different in this update?
We completely revised the chapter on hormones. The initial Women’s Health Initiative results came out in 2002 and revealed that extended hormone use could lead to an increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Prior to that time, most doctors had urged all menopausal women to take hormone therapy as a way to keep their bones strong and keep their hearts healthy even though there were a lot of questions about its effect on breast cancer.
So we went from everyone being told that they should be taking hormone therapy to the current message that hormone therapy is good for some women and some should avoid it.