Now available, the first comprehensive, user-friendly guide to an overlooked,
The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional, and Sexual
Well-Being, by Johanna Skilling
Foreword by Eileen Hoffman, M. D.
Fibroids are the least studied but most common growth that human beings
can have -- but they ONLY occur in women. The Journal of Obstetrics and
Gynecology reports that they affect up to 80 percent of the female population:
one in every three women!
Yet there is little information readily available on this perplexing
malady, and very little mention of this epidemic in the press. Treatment
options vary from radical hysterectomies to vitamins. Fibroids are the
#1 reason for hysterectomies... but up to 90% of these surgeries -- some
call them amputations -- are unnecessary.
When author Johanna Skilling was diagnosed with fibroids, she was frustrated
by the lack of data -- so she set out to close the information gap, in
the hope of finding some answers for herself and for other women. The result
is FIBROIDS: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional,
and Sexual Well-Being.
Johanna addresses many of the common misconceptions about fibroids,
including the notions that they always require a hysterectomy (they don't);
that they destroy a woman's fertility (not necessarily) and that they are
malignant (generally not). Johanna explains simply and easily what fibroids
are, what influences their growth, what to expect after a diagnosis, and
how to live with fibroids if surgery isn't chosen. She discusses both traditional
and alternative treatments, the effects of dietary changes, ways to improve
emotional well-being, and frankly discusses the effect of fibroids on a
woman's sex life.
The book also provides a wealth of information on female sexuality
and the woman's reproductive system, from the complex role of estrogen
and other hormones to the impact of fibroids on pregnancy. The notes to
each chapter provide a comprehensive bibliography of articles and research
available on fibroids and related subjects.
While many women with fibroids have no problem at all, other women
suffer enormously, losing everything from their self-esteem and their sex
drive to their ability to have children. Johanna interviewed dozens of
women to get the total picture of life with fibroids: quotes from many
of these women are included, with stories that are inspiring, practical,
sometimes tragic,sometimes funny -- showing readers that they are not alone
and, most importantly, that they can recover from fibroids and take charge
of their lives again.
Ordering Information, USA
FIBROIDS can be ordered from your favorite bookstore. If you prefer,
you can order it on-line at Amazon Bookstore Inc.,
the oldest feminist bookstore in the U.S. Their website is http://www.amazonfembks.com search
for"fibroids". You can also e-mail an order to them at
The complete ordering information is below (cut
and paste into the body of the e-mail; be sure to include your shipping
address, phone number and credit card number for purchase).
Ordering Information, Canada
Contact the fabulous independent Women in Print Bookstore, Vancouver:
Phone: (604) 732-4128 Fax: (604) 732-4129
FIBROIDS: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional,
and Sexual Well-Being, by Johanna Skilling
Foreword by Eileen Hoffman, M.D.
Published by Marlowe & Company, a division of the Avalon Publishing
Group, distributed by Publishers Group West .Trade paperback original;
277 pages; notes
$15.95 U.S., $24.95 Canada
You can also check out the author's Web site at www.fibroidguide.com
You can get the correct information
if you go to these pages published by the U S Naval Observatory:
(that`s a capital "i" in
A comprehensive site from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich will put right any doubts:
Irregular menses identify women at high risk for polycystic ovary syndrome
(PCOS), which exists in 6-10% of women of
reproductive age. PCOS is a major cause of infertility
and is linked to diabetes.