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13.09.2019- On My Bookshelf: Period Power by Maisie Hill

As much as we live in an age of candour, and a culture which has definitely shifted more toward sharing, there are definitely areas which are still hugely taboo, and as such rarely discussed openly and in a way which is conducive to inviting a stronger understanding of a specific issue, debate or situation. One such area is periods, the female reproductive system and overall menstrual wellbeing- something which regular perusers of these pages will know I'm really keen to do some serious mythbusting around, particularly in light of my own experience of an undiagnosed ovarian teratoma last year. It does feel like the tide is slowly turning around the visibility of menstrual wellbeing, but finding accessible and easy to understand information about the myriad of issues encompassed under this one umbrella term is still quite a daunting task, which is why I was delighted to discover Period Power, a book by the wonderful Maisie Hill, designed to help readers better understand all facets of periods, with a particular emphasis on harnessing cycles to make each month more manageable.

If you've ever had, or indeed if you still have (and let's face it, who doesn't?!) unanswered questions about periods, then this is a read which is 100% for you. It’s written in a way which is really accessible (and also laugh out loud hilarious), and is a truly indispensable guide to harnessing the power of your cycle for the better. As well as tackling a whole host of taboos, Period Power also draws candid attention to the perils and pitfalls of PMT (aka the Jekyll and Hyde effect), as well as offering practical advice on how to capitalise on the hormonal shifts which happen each month- empowering us to make the most of when we’re feeling our best and giving us permission to take better care of ourselves when we’re not on top form. In short, it’s a fantastic, medically grounded toolkit full of no-nonsense advice and insight, and something which I can quite believe hasn’t existed before now- I honestly can’t advocate picking up and copy and reading it for yourself. 

*I was very kindly gifted a copy of Period Power to review. As ever, my opinions and impressions are 100% honest. 

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