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WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,579 ratings  ·  235 reviews
With WomanCode, holistic health coach Alisa Vitti shows women how to maintain health and vitality with a food-based program to rebalance their hormones.

Alisa Vitti found herself suffering through the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and was able to heal herself through food and lifestyle changes. Relieved and reborn, she made it her mission to empower other
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by HarperOne
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Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
While this book was filled with silly shit like swearing an "Oath To Your Ovaries" (fuck off), I really did find a lot of helpful information between its Price-purple-rain colored covers. If you appreciate or can withstand the eccentric snatch-worship hippie shit (not that I don't worship at my own temple...I'm fucking awesome) it's got some cool science minded information about how your hormonal cycles affect you, what foods help to alleviate symptoms, cure hormone-related problems and have mor ...more
Ann Alton
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
A LOT of self-promotion, branding and pep-talks. In between all the rah rah being a woman is so awesome, and your "Flo" is awesome too, there is some pretty good advice.

My advice? Get it from the library.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, fitness
I really despise the name of the book, because it's actually about your endocrine system and bringing it into balance. Super interesting (and not as condescending as the name suggests) so far.

Now that I'm done...I liked it! The author shares her system for working with your cycle to bring your endocrine system (adrenals, blood sugar, fertility - it's all related) into balance. She's got good info on managing your blood sugar, your stress, and then syncing up your life to your natural cycle via e
Laura Holmes
Aug 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book, but it ended up being a huge disappointment. I felt like Alisa spent too much time talking about less important matters and not enough time touching on the aspects that I was truly interested in. For example, she spend page after page talking about how important it is to eat the proper way for balanced blood sugar levels but then spends only 3 pages giving the actual information on how to eat this way. I, for one, do not need more motivation to eat the rig ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book contains:

35% promises of big revelations that will be soon revealed (and never really will), "success stories" and advertising for online courses;

25% strict 'advice' about how to live your life which I feel can be triggering and/or discouraging for people with ED/self-acceptance issues, as well as impossible to reach if you're a human being;

20% information about the menstrual cycle and related biological changes and effects (the endocrine system);

20% woo-woo rambling about energies and
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Well. I heard about this book from listening to The Lively Show podcast. As a sufferer of PCOS, I thought this might be helpful, but much of the diet kind of stuff is what you can read on any uber-healthy trendy blog--wheat, dairy, and sugar are out; vegetables and lean protein are basically the only things that are in. I can't subscribe to such a restrictive diet.

I DID like the in-depth explanation of different phases within the menstrual cycle, along with her tips on how to maximize your natur
Emily Peebles
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having been raised in Texas—where our women’s health education consisted of a five-minute anatomy video, a stick of deodorant, and a maxi-pad—I possess a shockingly limited knowledge of the functions of my own body and hormones. In addition to strengthening my mind-body connection, this book has been influential in informing me of those seemingly mysterious hormonal processes that should have been taught to me long ago. It has taught me, too, that what happens in my body doesn’t have to be a sou ...more
Lisa de Jong
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is really excellent! It has been a life saver for me this year and I'm so glad I decided to follow much of the advice as a new year's resolution. Vitti also has brilliant videos on Youtube. Some of the best advice is to eat plenty of fruit and veg. It's a given but your 5 a day is not enough. You need to vary them a lot more and rotate them so instead of having a large serving of broccoli with your dinner, make that broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and green beans.
Also, not eating when yo
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has some good principles. I'm going to try this for a few months and see if it makes a difference. Must be pretty convincing if it got me to quick eating sugar and soda. I feel better and think more clearly. I've lost weight and am sleeping better. We'll see in a couple of months if it is helping with my hormones.

Update: It has been 2 months and I am feeling much more calm and haven't had as much PMS and anger. I think it is helping. I have eliminated some of the endocrine inhibitors in my routi
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard the author on a podcast and immediately purchased this book. It was pretty informative about how everything works together in your body and how food and lifestyle choices impact a womans health. The author did not go very in depth as far a food and life style choices that are most beneficial, only briefly touching on it. I found that this book was basically meant to overview these topics and serve as a brochure guiding you to buy the authors $300 program. That was a little disappointing ...more
Andee Marley
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
eat veggies, drink water, listen to your body, rest, there are four main hormone cycles a month. I purchased the app 'hormone horoscope PRO' to help me keep track. very long winded, could have been a Ted talk
Caiti S
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This is a book about women's health with a particular focus on how our cycle of hormones affect so many parts of our lives—not just our periods, but our skin, weight, appetites, and energy levels—and what happens when these cycles get thrown off through stress, poor diet, or by being artificially controlled by birth control pills. I was inspired to read this book about women's health after hearing the author speak on one of my favorite podcasts, The Lively Show. She had a compelling s ...more
Bree Riley
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
An awful lot of this book was dedicated to talking about how great this program is. So much of the information felt watered down with trust-me-this-works kind of statements. And it's fine to include that kind of thing. But confine it to the introduction please-for-the-sake-of-actual-content.

This book was written from a very cis-gender, hetero-normative perspective. Which is exactly what I anticipated going in. But just a head's up in case you didn't catch that vibe.

Most of the content focused o
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health
Her plans are very restrictive and I feel that only people who have a certain degree of time and money can afford to go on them. Also I wasn't a fan of the fact that she's against manufactured hormonal contraceptives (e.g. the pill, patches, etc.). As a broke college graduate with PCOS, I don't think I could follow Vitti's approach without my oral contraceptives.
I don't know how to feel about this one.

On the one hand, this made me think about my cycle, and how everything affects my hormones. It made me more aware of my own body, and taught me some natural ways to take care of symptoms and prevent them from happening (at least according to her, I haven't tried it yet). I also like that this method of cycle syncing doesn't require much of you to give it a try. Some adjustments in food and exercise. So I will give it a go, and see whether it works for me.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oh my word. Self-help-y books either gel with you or don't. This one and I are a super-don't. Our personalities are at complete odds with one another. Ovary oath? The branding forcefully sprinkled throughout is nauseating. The bibliography is sparse and short, and there are very few footnotes matching data or statistics to conclusions. As a scientist, I do not trust her, at all.

However: it's obvious to me that this has worked for some women, and majority of recommendations are hardly
Sarah Zpektackular
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-health
The information that was there was good. I would have a more scientific description about the particular foods she recommends for the different phases of a woman's cycle. However, she included way too much self-promotion. I wanted more information about her system, so I decided to look on her website. She has a program for individual assistance on woman's health issues. This costs $297, even though she advertises it as affordable for all women. In conclusion, even though there were some good bit ...more
Claire Holland
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up after deciding to stop using birth control pills due to some health issues. It's mainly been helpful in figuring out how to adjust my diet in order to get my cycle back on track after years of artificial hormones. I skipped over a lot of the more hippy-type stuff (I'm not making any vows to my ovaries, sorry), but the science was accurate and useful.
Tamra Wade
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved! Loved! Loved this book! It is a must read for every woman. Get to know your body. Alisa Vitti provides a step by step approach to getting your cycle and hormones in balance.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this and I think that every woman can benefit from the Woman Code. I love figuring out how my body works, and what it does to keep me alive. The only thing I would say is that as someone who has been in recovery for her eating disorder, I didn't love how much of the book was specific foods, what to eat when, etc. I could tell that Vitti has an incredibly healthy and clear headed mindset on food (she obviously views it as fuel, not something to be earned, necessary for li ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had heard about this book and wanted to try and balance my hormones a bit more. There was more advice in here about food related ways to fix your hormones than I was expecting, but I think it is worth exploring if you have any hormone related issues. Most women unfortunately, probably do have hormone issues - feeling tired, moody, acne, cravings, etc. I am going to try fixing my hormones as much as I can by eating certain foods and paying attention to how those foods make me feel. I definitely ...more
Kelly Little Hansen
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This year I have had 3 pretty heavy health diagnoses, one an auto-immune disease and the other PCOS. While this book can at times be silly and self congratulatory, I found a lot of the information helpful. It’s an excellent resource if you’re concerned about balancing your hormones, curious about your endocrine system, and lost by how to care for your body after a hormone driven health diagnosis. While I wouldn’t rely just on this, it’s a great resource.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-again
If you want to learn more about the female body and your hormones, this is a great book. Vitti does a great job explaining how to align nutrition and your lifestyle in sync with your hormones. Definitely a book I will read again.
Annie Tucker
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has become my bible. Far more women than you think, or they even know, suffer from hormonal issues. Including me. Alisa has changed so many women's lives on how to get in touch with their body and realize how an underlying issue internally can be affecting a multitude of things elsewhere. If you suffer with PCOS or hormonal issues, drop everything and buy this book.
Fallon Smith
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every woman needs to read this. We get so busy and forget to listen to our body but it has a lot to say. Highly recommended!
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I started skimming a little over halfway through. It seems there is a lot of useful info here, but putting it into practice is another thing entirely.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was definitely helpful in understanding my cycle and things that negatively affect it. However, the book lacked a lot of practical how-to information. I finished the book but I'm still not entirely sure how to fix my cycle issues except eat healthy, exercise, and take certain supplements... I think Alisa could have gotten to the point much faster and more clearly than she did. Also, I did not agree with a lot of her ideas in the later chapters of the book. Overall, it was a helpful boo ...more
Kyla Sutro
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought I knew my body ... as a dedicated salve as well as it's loving master. There is always something more to learn in this world and I got to learn a whole heap about myself from Alisa Vitti's Woman Code. I especially liked the From Vicious to Delicious Cycle chapter and my generous, loving and patient husband has greatly enjoyed my reading (and following) Chapter 8, Super Charge Your Sex Drive. I'm half way through my second read and I've been taking notes to better solidify my roll as lo ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I heard this author speak on Jess Lively's podcast and I really enjoyed her talk. The book was good as well. I agree with other reviewers that it is inappropriately titled though. It really should be 'how your endocrine system works and how to work with your menstrual cycle' or something like that. It really explains the different phases of your cycle and how you can plan your food, work, exercise and more to complement your cycle. Interesting read!
Teri Temme
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's all about the hormones people! Excellent resource and food guide for balancing your hormones and paying attention to what your body is trying to tell you. Every woman should read it. I wish it would have been written years ago! It's amazing what your hormones are responsible for and what conditions we overlook. Also goes into masculine and feminine energies - very interesting. Author does tend to repeat certain items, but overall it is a great read.
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Alisa Vitti, HHC, Integrative Nutritionist, Reproductive Endocrinology, Author of WomanCode, Founder & CEO of

Alisa is an integrative nutritionist who teaches women how to use their hormonal and neurochemical patterns to create extraordinary lives. She is the best selling author of WomanCode and the founder of, a virtual health center that supports women’s hormonal a
“Hormones affect everything. Have you ever struggled with acne, oily hair, dandruff, dry skin, cramps, headaches, irritability, exhaustion, constipation, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, clotting, shedding hair, weight gain, anxiety, insomnia, infertility, lowered sex drive, or bizarre food cravings and felt like your body was just irrational? It’s not; it’s hormonal.” 5 likes
“PCOS, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), fibroids, cystic ovaries, depression, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, unexplained infertility, low libido, acne/rosacea/eczema, weight problems, human papillomavirus (HPV)—a lot of weighty medical terms to describe a lot of serious and challenging conditions. How can one protocol prevent and treat so many different “castaway conditions”?” 1 likes
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