What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You

Hachette Go. Jun. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780306874765. pap. $19.99. HEALTH
As with any health topic, it can be difficult to find resources that are evidence-based but also readable. The latest by activist and educator Corinna (Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up) offers witty writing that will appeal to readers seeking guidance on the physiological and psychological symptoms of menopause. Brief chapters feature illustrations and bulleted lists to highlight specific points, and recount not only changes within the body but provide tips on grieving your former self. While there are older books on menopause, libraries should review these for accuracy. New research has shown there to be many fallacies in the way menopause has historically been understood and treated; Corinna covers the evolving science at length and also takes care to detail what to expect during perimenopause, especially in terms of cognitive and physical changes. Alongside natural remedies, they provide advice for talking to medical providers.
VERDICT This newest work by Corinna is an excellent option for readers experiencing menopause or living alongside someone who is. While it is not as scientifically rigorous as The Menopause Manifesto by Jen Gunter, this book still offers a helpful overview, with up-to-date research and friendly advice on accepting one’s new body.
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