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

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,683 ratings  ·  349 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
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
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.
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
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
Marie Folie
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
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
Kateryna Kateryna
Jun 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I started the book with an open mind, but the amount of bullshit was just overwhelming. The thing that I hated the most is that scientific facts, such as the way your endocrine system works or the phases of your menstrual cycle, are presented together with alternative medicine mumbo-jumbo such as traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic treatment and naturopathy. And then Alisa starts talking about "feminine energy" vs "masculine energy", which is a bit too esoteric for a book that claims to b ...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
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
Eva B.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, feminist
Have found this book bc I'm using MyFlo app and was curious to know the rest. Basically Alisa Vitti's assumption is women have a 28 days cycle, not a 24h one as men, therefore to get the best of our bodies and mind and our way of living we should eat/do workout/plan and make love paying attention to the phases of the cycle we're in (lutheal/ovulatory/menstrual/follicular). And I find it extremely fascinating, and definitely relevant

TMI from here= I have cramps during period and it's mostly heavy
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
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
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.
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.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely did not live up to expectations. Everything could have been summarised in a 20 pages PDF instead of the bunch of meaningless pages loaded with self high fives. I wish she would have focus more on the diet and provide support evidence of why she suggest each food item for each cycle. Quite a let down.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
After all the cheerleading/advertising for online courses and promises about how much following the WomanCode protocol will change your life, there is some useful information about syncing the foods that you eat with different stages of your cycle and how foods affect your hormones. However, I wish there was a more useful section where all the information about each cycle phase, what to eat, exercise, and what to expect from your body/emotions was all broken down into an easy to follow chart. Bu ...more
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
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
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.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this book quickly to see if I could glean any new tips for dealing with PCOS and PMDD diagnoses. My critiques: this book is extremely gendered, can run a little hyperbolic, and doesn't have any citations. However, under all that, there is some great information in this book. Would recommend to anyone who's dealing with hormonal or reproductive health issues for the first time, unless they're triggered by intensely binary gender stuff. I wish there was a second edition of this book that wa ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing particularly constructive that could not be found in the online articles that I had been reading prior to finally purchasing this book. I felt the book was full of promises for people who join the WomanCode program - more of an advertisement than answers to the questions I feel.

I did learn a couple of new things. Hopeful and interesting, but not very informative.
Melissa Christine
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first 70 pages of this book are floof, personally when I buy a book that is supposed to help an aspect of my life I want it to cut to the chase. I don’t want to read 70 pages about how the book will eventually explain to you what to do. I preferred Code Red by Lisa Lister in regards to this topic.
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.
Danielle DeVane Wells
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is my opinion that every woman should read this book! This book is full of scientific evidence and research for supporting your endocrine system , healthy fertility and menstrual cycles. The author has practical ideas on how to get these areas under control and in a healthy state. While she can be a bit repetitive, her information is easy to understand. Loved this book!!!!
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Way better than her other book. Lots of practical advice, I may end up buying a copy to keep on hand.
Shannon Canaday
Mar 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whiffers
1 star - whiff

OMG - I thought I maybe I was somehow rereading the same page over and over again but nope, this book is just SO repetitive it's painful! It reads like one of those websites where you scroll and scroll and they're all confident and excited and bright and colorful and they keep telling you what you'll learn and how they'll teach you something and you keep scrolling and scrolling until you eventually get to the end and see that it's only 9 easy payments of $675 and you click away dis
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
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
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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 and r

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