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The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women

The Menopause Industry: How the
Medical Establishment Exploits Women
Sandra ConeyPenguin1991

Healthy women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s have become a commodity to be exploited for commercial gain. They are being targeted by pharmaceutical companies, medical manufacturers, and doctors with products and services to sell. They are asked to mistrust their own bodies and to rely instead on medical procedures and drugs.
Sadly, as menopause has grown into a money-making enterprise, the truth about what happens naturally during this time has been lost. Many women don’t know who to believe or what to do.

Should you have hormone replacement therapy? What are the side effects? What percentage of women actually develop osteoporosis or breast cancer? Do you really need cervical screening or a hysterectomy?

Coney destroys the myth that menopause is a disease with inevitable symptoms like depression, osteoporosis, and low sex drive. She explains what is really known about midlife health, explores the effect of society’s negative views of aging, and examines the benefits and risks of common medical interventions like hormone replacement therapy, mammography, and cervical screening. After you read The Menopause Industry, you will be aware, informed, and able to make the right choices for you.

“The justification for interfering in well people’s lives must be firmly established before it is acted upon,” Coney states in her exploration of one of the hot topics of the 90s. With baby boomers reaching menopause, the author contends that modern medicine sees this as another area of life to be managed by an establishment steeped in negative stereotypes of menopausal women. Menopause, she says, is a natural part of life, not an illness, and it doesn’t necessarily require medical intervention. A New Zealander involved in women’s health issues for many years, Coney (Hysterectomy) examines menopause, osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy and cervical and breast cancer screening programs, charting “medicine’s discovery of the midlife woman.” She shows that some medical interventions have been widely promoted before “the risks and drawbacks have been fully resolved” – a strategy she calls into question. This is a serious examination of many of the important health issues faced by midlife women, not a pop guide to getting through. Quotes from medical literature and from her many interviews illustrate and personalize her thesis.

Review in Publisher’s Weekly