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Menopause topic of Alpine County presentation

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Dr. Gena Pennington, medical director of Women’s Health Services for Humboldt County (Calif.) Health Department, will give a presentation on Traditional and Alternative Approaches to Menopause.

The program will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Alpine County Library in Markleeville. Dr. Pennington has more than 25 years of experience in dealing with women’s health issues and recommends this program for menopausal and premenopausal women. Men are also encouraged to attend.

Several years ago Gail Sheehy broke the taboo of talking about menopause with her book “Silent Passage.” Rather than looking at menopause as a disease, Sheehy’s book set out to render normality to a normal process.

In the years since Sheehy’s book, many more books have been published, popular magazine articles written and support groups formed for menopausal women. Some advocate hormone replacement therapy, some rely on preparation well in advance of menopause for a symptom-free passage and others promote combinations of therapies.

Thanks to Dr. Pennington, the Alpine county Library has a good collection of books about menopause and women’s health concerns. These books and a list of popular sources of information about natural and alternative medicines will be available at the program.

“Bring your questions and enjoy an evening discussing mid-life changes, transitions through menopause, and various approaches to relieving the symptoms of menopause,” said Alpine County Librarian Diane Bingham.

This program is sponsored by the Alpine County Friends of the Library. Call the library at (530) 694-2120 for more information.