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

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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 the
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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 information - there weren’t)

Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, food, feminism
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
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I see a lot of people dismissing this book for being "woo", and yes, some of it gets a bit hokey. But do we want to read a scientific textbook, or do we want to be seen. The reason there is so little science in the book, is because science doesn't really give a crap about women and their menstrual "problems".

Maisie Hill approaches the subject with love, care, and tenderness. And sometimes that's what we need. I will openly admit I cried my eyes out in the first chapter. I was in a bad place wit
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
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every woman should read this.
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. ...more
Tineke Dijkstra
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book!!!!! This must be my favorite non-fiction in a long long time. Maybe of all non-fiction I’ve read so far, ever.
It’s well researched (for as far as I can tell), an easy read, very informative, dense, useful, funny at (many) times and inclusive in its language. It’s easy to understand despite the many biology lessons.
I’ve been reading the entire work throughout several months and during my last cycle, I’ve been reading about the different seasons while I was in a specific season (readin
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
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
Oonagh Moon
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'll start with what I liked. The first section that stuck to biological fact was genuinely insightful. The book also encouraged me to pay more attention to my cycle all month long, not just the week of my period. Self-knowledge is power and I agree with Maisie Hill that the subject of periods and women's bodies is glossed over by educational and medical institutions to the extent that women grow up knowing little about the monthly cycle that takes place in their bodies, ashamed of a natural bod ...more
Moh. Nasiri
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Medical book to be read by women and even men to avoid unwanted problems and have a healthy balanced lifestyle.
خلاصه این کتاب پزشکی را درباره بررسی علمی دوران پریود زنان از بلینکیست گوش دادم که تا شاید بصورت آگاهانه و علمی با این موضوع مهم و البته تابو در جوامع روبرو شویم. خلاصه کتاب را در زیر گذاشتم.
Blinkist summary:

“She’s probably just on her period!”

How often have you heard, or overheard, this statement? Even in ostensibly progressive societies, it’s all too common for men to dismiss women’s
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Short review --> "There are a lot of issues with this book, but regardless every single menstruator should read it: it sets a baseline for knowledge that's gatekept, particularly around hormones and irregular period cycles."

Longer review -->
Okay so look, I could talk about periods all day my friends. I'm also lucky and gay enough to not have to be on hormonal birth control, and so I know my cycle quite well. At the risk of TMI, what matters to this review is that I think my hormones? or my respo
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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 that need to be le
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
Anna Bogdanova
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Pros: full of interesting insights about what my hormones are doing while I'm just sitting there. I wish I knew this stuff sooner and just learning about it is pretty empowering.
Cons: I, a grown woman, do not enjoy being talked to as though I'm a small child. All this fluff about the universe having my back and "isn't our body wonderful" etc. just feels disingenuous and rather saccharine. Also, the author has me doubting her credibility since she mixes science with thinly veiled ads for the alte
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.
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
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this book is really good if you want to understand what is happening to your body throughout the whole monthly cycle, not just your period. i feel much more connected to myself
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are thinking about reading it and feel the previous reviews mentioning woo approach make you feel a bit uneasy, I definitely suggest to read it. Unless you obtain a full overview about periods. My point is that you shouldn't be put off by couple of recommendations in the book which you may not agree with since she also recommends harnessing the issues or concerns you may face with a qualified practitioner. You have the power to choose how you approach, she just suggests different methods ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank-you Maisie Hill x
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Generally helpful but the 50 pages devoted to diet culture were annoying.
Bookishbong  Moumita
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
Amy Beer
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone woman in the world, regardless of age, needs to read this book! I am a fiction lover through and through so “Period Power” is not my usual choice of book at all. I know there are some great works of non-fiction art out there but they just don’t do it for me. However I saw this book on Instagram and, as someone who has always struggled with my periods and hormones, thought I’d give it a go to see if there was anything I could learn - boy was there a lot I could learn!
This book taught me
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was interesting, but some things just fell out of place for me. I learned a lot about my menstrual cycle and I just might try to keep better track of my period. However, the structure of the book was just not it for me. Having a paragraph dedicated to the health struggles of black women in the chapter about your fall just did not make sense. Much like the paragraph about what could cause pain during sex. The info itself is super interesting and important but the struggles of black wome ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was interesting seeing the criticisms on Goodreads about this book being 'woo'. While I do agree that some explanations include mentions of 'the universe' etc, which some people may not believe in, I (as a not very 'woo' person) really didn't feel that it took away from the quality of the book's information and would recommend it to anybody who menstruates. In fact, a lot of the information had been touched on in my three years of reproductive anthropology courses so it can be backed up with ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
WOW this book has a lot of info in it that I wish I had known, oh, 20 years ago... super informative and very affirming of the power of the period and the menstrual cycle. She does go a little overboard with pop culture references in my opinion (a good way to make a useful book feel really dated in the near future), and while she does touch on the subject of folks who menstruate but aren't female, I definitely noticed numerous instances where she could have used more inclusive language. She also ...more
Abi Jones
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Overall, I felt this book was longer than it needed to be and a little repetitive. I would still definitely recommend it to a friend as I think it has excellent nuggets of information in there. I particularly enjoyed learning about cycle tracking, female anatomy and contraceptive methods. I found the mention of alternative and Chinese methods a little too much and didn’t find the different in-depth discussions on menstrual problems helpful but this was personal preference and probably down to th ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading!!
Eefje Smeulders
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Yes, I learned quite a lot that I didn't know yet about my own body, but the writing style made it very difficult and exhausting to read this book. ...more
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