Period Library

Period library

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We’re taught not to discuss periods in public. Instead we say it’s ‘that time of the month’ when ‘Aunt Flo is visiting’ and we’ve ‘got the painters in’. But the truth is that it can be bloody hard living in a body that bleeds once a month. Ever stuffed a tampon up your sleeve on your way to the office bathroom? Avoided eye contact with the cashier as you paid for your sanitary pads? Felt overwhelmed, exhausted and annoyed? Well, you are definitely not alone. It’s time we started speaking up about our menstrual cycles, and now everyone’s friendly neighbourhood period coach, Claire Baker, is here to start the conversation!

Talking you through her 50 best pieces of advice, Claire explains the ‘four seasons’ of our menstrual cycle and how they vary hormonally to affect everything from mood, motivation and memory, to energy levels, focus and stress. The advice is divided into five main areas – Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Period Positive – all packed with straightforward science, cycle-syncing suggestions, frank and funny commentary and relatable real life advice that encourages you to experiment with a whole new way of living and bleeding.

Illustrated throughout, this simple and empowering book at once reassures, educates and amuses. It’s the perfect gift to remind someone you love – or yourself – to join the menstruation conversation, see ‘the curse’ as the superpower it can be and #AdoreYourCycle.

‘Maisie Hill has written a bloody brilliant book (pun intended). Everything you need to know about periods and how they affect you and your life is here. It’s revolutionary’ – Miranda Sawyer

‘Thank GOODNESS for Maisie Hill! Flipping open the lid on a vital conversation. It’s about time we claimed the power of our periods!’ – Gemma Cairney, broadcaster & co-founder of Boom Shakalaka Productions

‘This is such an important book. Maisie’s insights and cycle strategy have changed my life and my cycle. Period Power is written with such intelligence, humour and a deep understanding of women’s health. If you have a period you need to read this book.’ – Anna Jones, author of The Modern Cook’s Year

Period Power is the handbook to periods and hormones that will leave you wondering why the hell nobody told you this sooner.

The hormones of the menstrual cycle profoundly influence our energy, mood and behaviour, but all too often we’re taught that our hormones make us unreliable, moody bitches, or that it’s our lot in life to put up with ‘women’s problems’. Maisie Hill, a women’s health practitioner, knows the power of working with the menstrual cycle and refuses to accept this theory. Instead, Maisie believes that our hormones are there to serve us and, if utilized correctly, can be used to help you get what you want out of life. Yes, we are hormonal, and that’s a very good thing.

This revolutionary book reveals everything you need to know about taking control of your menstrual cycle and outlines The Cycle Strategy to help us perform at our best, throughout our cycle. In Period Power you will discover how to:

– maximise your natural superpowers each month while making adjustments for the darker days, and use Maisie’s
favourite tips to improve them
– identify your personal patterns, powers and pitfalls for each phase of the menstrual cycle
– plan your month to perform at your best in all aspects of your life
– figure out if you have a hormonal imbalance and what to do about it.

Period Power is a no-nonsense guide with all the tools you need to improve your menstrual health.

Join Dr Nat Kringoudis in this eye-opening book as she tells you everything your PDHPE teacher never did about how hormones affect sexuality, physical health and appearance and mental wellbeing. She will show you how to make your hormones happier than a Pharrell Williams song (and change your life in the process).

Your body is talking … It’s time to listen!

Feeling empowered and comfortable in your skin, understanding how hormone health affects your physical and emotional health, making good choices in your sexual relationships, and looking and feeling good – all this is possible with Dr Nat Kringoudis at your side. Let’s face it, as young women we aren’t necessarily taught everything we need to know about managing our hormones, our fertility and our sexual health; even our friends don’t always share with us their anxieties about their bodies, or their emotional and sexual wellbeing. In Beautiful You, doctor of Chinese medicine, fertility queen and hormone health guru Nat Kringoudis will open the discussion on understanding your own body, balancing hormones and
sexual empowerment.

Through her clinical practice and her online resource, the Pagoda Tree, and her powerful fusion of Western and Chinese medicine, Nat has helped thousands of women change the way they think about their health, and so transform their lives: now you too can learn how to make your hormones happier than a Pharrell Williams song!

A frank, funny, age-appropriate guide for pre-teens about getting your period, from Dr Melissa Kang (a former Dolly Doctor) and Yumi Stynes (all-round excellent woman).

Getting your period for the first time can be mortifying, weird and messy – and asking questions about it can feel even worse.

But it doesn’t have to be like that!

This little book is packed with honest advice on all the things you need to know: from what cramps feel like to whether you can feel it coming out, to what you should do if your pad leaks onto your clothes.
Welcome To Your Period includes case studies, first-person accounts and questions from real teens (and answers from real experts – us!) so you can manage your period like a boss.

PERIOD founder and Harvard College student Nadya Okamoto offers a manifesto on menstruation and why we can no longer silence those who bleed–and how to engage in youth activism.

Throughout history, periods have been hidden from the public. They’re taboo. They’re embarrassing. They’re gross. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex ed program, they are misunderstood. Because of these stigmas, a status quo has been established to exclude people who menstruate from the seat at the decision-making table, creating discriminations like the tampon tax, medicines that favor male biology, and more.

Period Power aims to explain what menstruation is, shed light on the stigmas and resulting biases, and create a strategy to end the silence and prompt conversation about periods.

As young girls, most of us were given the talk about how to manage our periods. It’s the beginning of a tedious bloody grind, one of the last great taboos. But the truth is, the menstrual cycle has benefits – big, fantastic, daily, monthly, even lifelong, benefits.

Every month, you have four hormonal phases that keep coming around. Each phase bears its own gifts and ways of making us feel: a time to dream, a time to do, a time to give and a time to take. Once you know what these phases are, you can predict them, plan for them and use them over and over again. In fact, harnessing your period superpowers will make you unstoppable (until you choose to stop, that is).

Period Queen takes the worst thing about being a woman and turns it into the best thing. Author and period preacher Lucy Peach urges us to stop treating periods like nature’s consolation prize for being a woman, banishing the notion that hormones reduce us to being random emotional rollercoasters. Become an expert in recognising what you need at different times of the month and learn how every cycle gives you a chance to cultivate the most important relationship of your life: the one with your precious self. It’s pretty bloody amazing.

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