(CNN) -- Based on information from her own doctors and other medical experts and authoritative sources, Cristina Ferrare's "Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache" aims to help women understand their own bodies and begin to find answers for themselves.
Ferrare talk about vitamins, minerals, and herbs; stress and sexual desire; dealing with the symptoms of menopause and PMS; and how diet and exercise work to keep the body in balance.
I felt he didn't deserve it because he was so wonderful to me.
I was also afraid in the back of my mind that he would leave me one day, and that frightened me.
He said that pre-menopausal women usually lose their desire for sex during this period, and I simply blurted out that I had the problem. Cristina Ferrare: Well, I'm finishing up the tour of my book, "OK, So I Don't Have a Headache." Ive had several meetings on another talk show, but I love writing so much I may do that for a while. Cristina Ferrare: The motivation was the response that I received from the initial show I did.
The response that I received from my audience was so overwhelming, I was truly taken by surprise. The women that reached out to me were so despondent and desperate, I felt compelled to do something about it.
Chat Participant Is it the stress of our careers plus being mothers and all that goes with that, along with the diet and exercise? It all has to do with stress and what stress does to a woman's body and how it adversely affects your hormones. Chat Participant What sort of exercise do you suggest?
Cristina Ferrare: I suggest to start out by walking 20 minutes three to four times a week, gradually bringing it up to 30 to 40 minutes three or four times a week, which elevates heart rate.
" But I have wonderful recipes that have been 100 percent kid-tested, that have been passed by tons of kids. I've made lasagna, smoothies, all kinds of fun foods.... You sound like you have a very understanding husband.I don't do it anymore to try to lose weight, even though that is a wonderful side effect. Chat Participant So how do you go about making the changes in your book happen, and how soon do you notice a difference with how you feel about your partner?I do it now because it makes me feel good, and I want to feel good!! Chat Participant I get caught between a need and not wanting to "use" my wife. Cristina Ferrare: It's not about how you feel about your partner, it's about how you're feeling about yourself, what's going on with you and your body. You must first see a doctor, and if he or she tells you it's in your head, find another doctor that will listen to what you are saying.Cristina Ferrare: It started at the birth of my last child at 38 with terrible PMS, and at about 45 I lost my sex drive. Cristina Ferrare: You can get the book at every bookstore, for example Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, etc.Chat Participant What changes do you notice in yourself since you have changed the way you live? Ferrare, were you frightened, or was it just a state of being at the time?