Holy Redeemer Gynecologist Co-Authors Guide to Patients' Common Questions
Posted Date: 3/13/2014
Philadelphia, Pa. — March 13, 2014 — With a growing number of women frustrated by gynecologists’ hurried explanations and confused by health advice on the Internet, Dr. Scott Thornton and his wife Dr. Kathleen Schramm have updated their 1998 gynecological guide to address medical advances and complementary and alternative treatment options. Their newly released book — Ask Your Gynecologist: Answers to Over 200 (Sometimes Embarrassing) Questions Women Ask Through Every Age and Stage of their Lives —is based on the common concerns that Dr. Thornton receives from patients at Holy Redeemer Hospital.
“This book is intended for readers who want a quick answer at any given moment. In today’s fast-paced world, most women don’t want to comb through cumbersome guides on their most sensitive and embarrassing health issues,” said Dr. Thornton.
As the founder and director of New Horizon Menopause Center, Dr. Thornton integrates traditional medical treatments with exercise, nutrition and complementary therapies into a holistic approach for managing menopausal symptoms. Recognizing the growing interest in alternative medicines, the authors conducted extensive research, including only options that have been tested in well-designed research studies.
"Many products aren't regulated by the FDA, so outlandish claims are made without being substantiated. With so much unreliable and biased information on the Internet, we felt it was important to provide patients with options that have some degree of credibility," said Dr. Thornton.
Organized by the stages of women’s lives, the book’s first chapters address concerns about selecting a gynecologist, menstrual cycles, pelvic infections and gynecological disorders such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. For the perimenopausal years, the book’s second half focuses on hormonal replacement therapy, breast concerns and cancer risks. The final chapter provides an overview of gynecologic surgeries and resulting complications. The new edition also uses example patient stories to help women relate the medical facts to life situations.
“Women want not only to understand their problems but also the underlying rationale for decisions,” Dr. Thornton said. “We aimed to use the same straightforward language and conversational tone that a patient would receive at the doctor’s office. And by coming to their appointments better informed, we hope that women will have a better idea of what concerns to discuss with their doctors.”
Dr. Charles Lockwood, Dean of Ohio State University’s College of Medicine, said this book reviews both basic and complex concepts in a way that can easily be understood by patients.
“Even more important, the authors keep readers well apprised of some of the controversies in our field that could be important to patients seeking advice from a physician,” Dr. Lockwood said.
Holy Redeemer Hospital, located on Huntingdon Pike in Meadowbrook, PA, is a 242-bed community hospital. Holy Redeemer gynecologists treat women at every age and stage of their lives. With approximately 2,800 births each year, Holy Redeemer is known for its Maternity Center, which includes a 19-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Holy Redeemer has obstetricians and neonatologists on-site 24/7, as well as highly trained labor, delivery, and pediatric nurses to ensure that mothers and babies receive the highest level of care at all times. For more information or to make an appointment with a Holy Redeemer obstetrician, call 1-800-818-4747 or visit www.holyredeemer.com/maternitycare.