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Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Period Power is a profound but practical blueprint for aligning daily life with the menstrual cycle, to give women a no-nonsense explanation of what the hell happens to their hormones every month and how they can use each phase to its full advantage.

Ninety per cent of women experience symptoms of PMS, a syndrome which features a wide range of signs and symptoms and yet there’s a
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Green Tree
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May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I should have stopped reading this book when I read the most vapid sentence ever uttered by human beings: "The Universe has got your back." UGH.

There were some helpful hints in this book, but nothing new if you know about the female menstrual cycle. Then there's some psychobabble. I really do want to read a good book with new research on the psychological changes during the menstrual cycle.
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So. Much. Woo. 😔

Save your money and look for a book about the menstrual cycle that sticks to facts and evidence.

There are portions of this book, like the first section, which provide a genuinely helpful insight into how our cycles work from a biological perspective. I did learn a lot about my body.

But (and it’s a big one) beyond that there is so much woo and quackery that I almost couldn’t finish the book (I held out in case there were any more nuggets of useful informat
Susie Dumond
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what your body is doing while you’re on your period? Have you ever experienced a change in your cycle or symptoms and been unsure what it meant? Period Power is a fantastic guide to your body, your cycle, and ways to improve your relationship to menstruation. Maisie Hill strikes a great balance between accessibility and scientific background, making this book both readable and reliable. Don’t let the casual tone fool you; Period Power is full of research, experience, and p ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, feminism, nonfiction
I make no secret of the fact that I hate my periods. I hated them when they started, and twenty years later I hate them even more. However, this is the first book I’ve ever read, or indeed come across, on the subject of menstruation. I saw a copy in a bookshop and immediately became hopeful that it could tell me what I’ve been doing wrong all these years. The blurb makes some pretty grand promises about ‘taking control of your menstrual cycle’ and by nature I’m inclined to put great faith in rea ...more
I initially rated this 3 stars but have now downgraded it to 2 after I ruminated on it some more over the weekend. This was mainly due to a level of unease that Period Power left me with, as well as a feeling that I didn't really take as much away from it as I'd hoped.

I don't know if this was mainly because I'd already fairly recently read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (which was a phenomenally helpful and insightful text, almost like the bible of fertility really), but I didn't
Camelia Bhaskar
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I donot know why our society still makes its a taboo and a burden to talk about Menstruation and reproduction when our species is continuing just because of these!
This book is NOT ONLY about Period but way more than that.It is so beautifully written in lucid words it never felt heavy even presents  motivation that however our body looks WE ALL ARE BEAUTIFUL naturally.

Let me write about this powerpacked informative guide . 350 pages poured  with knowledge regarding these topics
Moumita Roy
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
" Period " is a topic mostly we, the women hesitate to talk about openly . We try to look it as a secret . Period is something we do not discuss we just "Whisper" . None can not blame us because we have been taught to do so from the very fast time . So, as a result , we careless about the problem related to menstrual cycle .

When I picked this book up and the fast introduction pages look like the biology book from 12th grade . I was thinking it's going to be as-usual-bio book. But when I starte
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every woman should read this.
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book gave me whiplash. No doubt the author knows what she's talking about (she is fully qualified, after all) but one minute I'd be reading scientifically backed information about periods or hormones or the menstrual cycle, and the next I'd be told that the universe has my back during my spring. The more pseudo-scientific aspects of this book, and the whole idea of terming phases of your menstrual cycle as seasons and using that to shape your behaviour in each one, respectively, didn't real ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
I really loved Period Power by Maisie Hill. It looks at everything related to periods and hormones. It uses an inclusive language throughout which I found really refreshing. It also focuses on individual choices and remains respectful of people’s decisions about their own bodies. With a book like this, not all the advice or research presented will suit everyone but I felt it presented all available options in a clear way. The audiobook, read by the author, was really engaging.
Chitra Ahanthem
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are looking for a book that talks in plain English about the details of periods and how they affect the functioning of countless women across the world, this is for you! The language is reader friendly and not stepped in medical/technical parlance.

I grew up wanting to know how periods would change me a as a human being but dreaded it too for periods meant asked to curtail my movements in the house: the kitchen was off limits and I was expected to wash my mosquito net and bed sheets on th
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I pre-ordered this book so it arrived the day it was published (July 2019) and I have loved having this book around for the past month. The book talks about how our bodies go through seasons throughout each month that relate to where in your cycle you are (from the winter of your cycle to spring summer and autumn) - and it’s incredible how useful this model has been. The idea that we can need to go/will go slower or faster at different parts of the month, and that we feel deeper rage or greater ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so pleased this book exists. If only i had read something like this when I was a teen I think life could be so different. Maybe I’d have more understanding of what my body needs. I’m just very happy I’ve read it now and recommend it to all my female friends!
Dominika Michalkova
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually liked this book quite a lot. I have learnt to understand my body, my emotions and hormones better, and to realize what is going on before/during/after my period. I would recommend this book not only to a women, but also to a caring men who would like to understand better their other halfs.
Fran Walker
Jun 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is 10% very interesting facts and info about hormones/stages of your cycle etc that I'm very glad to have read and 90% filler/absolute nonsense.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
"Period Power" is a women's health book focused on our menstrual cycle and reproductive hormones. It has some really useful scientific information plus her ideas about how to deal with the ups and downs of your cycle. It gets detailed and technical (which I wanted!), but it's not difficult to follow. You can understand the author's points even if some of the technical terms are new to you. You can jump to a section that interests you and start there. She usually gave a detail explanation in one ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A book that is entirely about a woman's menstrual cycle and is both fascinating and educational. Yes, please. When I was a teenager, this was a topic that wasn't talked about openly, and any literature that was available featured antiquated information, so I'm glad to see more accessible literature on the market. This book was loaded with up-to-date science, interesting facts, pie charts and graphs to help you better understand the female reproductive system. Some of the topics covered at the hi ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Period Power by Maisie Hill is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late May.

Understanding and being attuned to your body & hormones, then putting Hill's plan into action, so your period positively benefits your health. She's extremely forthright, no-question-is-dumb, insightful, and plainspoken - the precise tone I'd prefer for a women’s health resource. Also, I stand up and applaud that Hill uses non-binary terminology when possible and addressing menstrual awareness groups who work
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The kind of book a wish I read at 18. while some of this you know already, it goes into a lot of detail about how hormones effect the body, how you might feel at different parts of your cycle, outside factors that have an effect on this, and how hormones used in contraception will effect your natural cycle. Too in depth for me (but will be relevant to some) are the bits on conceiving, diet, and medical gynecology issues, so can tune in and out of these where needed.

There's quite a few reviews o
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
First of all, this book is really inclusive and that alone is worth a star.

The first (few) chapters really worked for me. I learned a lot from my cycle and my body and I found it very interesting. However, you have to be a bit spiritual to go with it I guess. Believing in seasons and the moon cycle will work in your advantage when reading this book. If that’s not your cup of tea, find a different book.

In my opinion there is also a lot of crap in this book, especially the last few chapters.
Hanna Maria
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really liked the book in the beginning and the way menstrual cycle is divided into seasons as in some weird level it made sense to me. I also really liked the more scientific 1st part of the book. I started to loose interest by the castor oil pack part and closed the book when sugar was called 'deadly white powder'. The book didn't have the best flow, especially where the 'seasons' were explained as I found that they were filled with small sections of writing about wide array of topics to do w ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I have struggled with hormone balance for a long time and have been looking for books to help me get in control of what is going on in my body.

I really enjoyed the framing of the book, turning on its head the notion that we are victims of our hormones and instead seeing differing hormone levels and their associated psychological and physiological effects as bringing a set of strengths with them. The challenge then becomes to what extent it is possible to align your life to suit those
Susan Mills
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the author's approach to menstrual cycles. It has been super helpful for me to think of my cycle in terms of seasons, and actually makes complete sense to me. I read the first half of the book super quickly (2 days or so), and then struggled with the second half for about 4 weeks. I found the second half rather repetitive in places, and decided to skim read or skip to the relevant parts for me at that point. Perhaps that's how the book is intended though, just took ...more
Chesny Lacy
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this book in amazing. It is so informative with lots of helpful and useful information. I am quite surprised we are not taught half of this stuff in schools or college!! I am definitely going to start tracking my cycle from now on as I believe the benefits will be amazing for my hormonal, mental and physical health. I can't wait to start being more aware of me and my body. I really recommend reading this book! Definitely going to keep this for any future daughters!
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
There is some very useful info embedded in the beginning, and then a lot of filler. I didn’t like the author’s tone, it grated on me, in particular their attitude against the use of SSRIs and the shaming of ‘the pill’. It tries to be a self help book, a long-form opinion editorial piece and a science textbook, and because of this it felt like a series of jumbled up blog posts. The book is three times the length it probably needed to be. Not for me, I’m sure others less aware of menstrual cycle s ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s a mixed bag: a lot of it is helpful and a large part properly science-based; the rest can feel like reading a horoscope, with all those lunar cycles and random generalisations. But I do appreciate that the book is extremely supportive in tone and it has inspired me to pay much closer attention to my body and my period, something I’ve never really done.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This borders on unreadable for me. Such a weird mix of science, pseudo-science, spirituality, opinion, waffle and sheer guff. The actual science was interesting and I’m pleased to have learned a few new things about my cycle. But this was so excessively long and tries to cover way too much, it became tedious beyond belief.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This should be how our sex education lessons are taught in school. If this had been handed out instead of an out of date video being played in front of the whole class whilst my teacher embarrassedly made his excuses and disappeared for the duration of the “educational” video then I’d have been a lot better informed about how my body worked when I was 13 as opposed to 20 years on aged 33.
Dominika Giszter
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! In a very clear and easy-going way explains the biology of the cycle. I found it refreshing and inspiring - it motivated me to start the seed cycling and the calendar method! Strongly recommend to any woman who'd like to learn the basics of how to take care of their cycle and general health :)
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Alright so. Here's the thing-- and it's the same exact thing that a lot of other reviews have pointed out-- this book has some genuinely good information and interesting facts and I wanted to be able to trudge onward and finish it but the sheer amount of fluff ("the universe has got your back"... yeah, okay pal) that surrounds the half decent stuff just wasn't worth it.
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