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Introspection As hormone levels rise again spring brings new energy reaching its peak around ovulation which is your summer Your energy and mood drop again just before your period in fall a time when it s especially important to take care of yourself Actionable adviceUse homemade castor oil packs to ease menstrual crampsIf your periods are painful castor oil packs can be a simple and natural way to ease cramps All you need is a piece of cotton or wool flannel some castor oil and a hot water bottle You might also want to grab some old clothes and towels as the process can get a bit messy Let the flannel soak in the oil ntil it s fully saturated and place it on your abdomen with the hot water bottle on top Leave it there for 30 to 60 minutes and the hot water bottle on top Leave it there for 30 to 60 minutes and cramps should improve Afterwards you can massage the leftover oil into your skin Your menstrual cycle is regulated by the ebb and flow of the hormones estrogen and progesterone Menstrual tracking will help you take charge of your hormonal well beingHormones like estroge This book gave me whiplash No doubt the author knows what she s talking about she is fully Outback Survival ualified 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 theniverse has my back during my spring The pseudo scientific aspects of this book and the whole idea of terming phases of your menstrual cycle as seasons and Satans Fall using that to shape your behaviour in each one respectively didn t really speak to meThat said I did enjoy reading this Packed full of really interesting facts and links to resources Plus the author is super inclusive Definitely worth a go I initially rated this 3 stars but have now downgraded it to 2 after I ruminated on it some over the weekend This was mainly due to a level ofnease 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 hopedI 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 really find much in Maisie Hill s book that I didn t already know at least from a biological perspective The first few chapters are fairly comprehensive in terms of the female reproductive system and nderstanding how your body works and Hill writes in a way that makes the topic very accessible So there are definitely some positives to this book especially if you haven t read much on the subject befo 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 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 reading books as a means of life improvement It was therefore almost inevitable that I d feel at least slightly let down by the reality of the book don t regret Reading It However It Hasn it however it hasn the effect on me that the author clearly intended and I m doubtful of whether it ll help me manage my periods any better The content is approximately half medical details of how menstrual cycles work and half somewhat dubious wellness stuff The former half is intended to demystify a normal bodily function to make it seem like an amazing and cool thing I appreciated Hill s inclusive language and recognition of ineualities Unfortunately learning about periods just reinforced my opinion that genitalia and everything to do with human reproduction are totally disgusting More complicated than I d previously known yes but still entirely gross There is also a chapter detailing all the npleasant illnesses associated with periods which mainly frightened and confused me I m an anxious hypochondriac so the lists of symptoms and causes were alarming I m lucky that my periods aren t too bad they make me feel ill for around a week to a greater or lesser degree but are rarely incapacitating Unlike friends of mine I ve yet to faint or vomit in the street thanks to a period From Period Power I now have a slightly better idea of which hormones to blame for the symptoms I do generally get though three types of pain stomach Reassuring Tales upsets loss of appetite clumsiness exhaustion etcThe wellness half of the book was dubious The menstrual cycle is charted as the four seasons with winter as the actual period Hill ascribes enormous significance to knowing where in your cycle you are at any given moment I keep track of when my period is going to turnp but am not sure how much this helps My lecturing Rselves in a state of physical and emotional discomfort and fatigue wanting nothing than to collapse on the sofa in front of Netflix But what if instead of just trying to plan for our dark days women were euipped with ways to improve them What if our desire to improve ourselves could be combined with our need to know just what our womb and ovaries are getting The Cat Who Walked Across France up to every month Not to mention how to take advantage of the natural superpowers that sit in each phase of our cycle so that we can plan our month to perform at our best Maisie Hill isniuely placed as an acupuncturist women’s health practitioner and doula to explain just how we. 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 a long long time Maybe of all non fiction I ve read so far ever It s well for as far as I can tell an easy read very informative dense seful funny at many times and inclusive in its language It s easy to nderstand despite the many biology lessonsI 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 reading about Winter during menstruation etc Woah this book is seful I will be returning to this a lot working on the cycle strategy and heightening my awareness of my cycle but I am sure this will stay a five star read for me Highly recommend For Anyone Who Is Menstruating Or Used anyone who is menstruating Or sed Or will Or anyone who is hoping to get to know their partnerfriendfamily member who is menstruating betterchokengtitiktitikchokengs it has some woolly bits I like that but it may not be for youpchokengtitiktitikchokengs Don t read this while simultaneously reading a dystopian novel and going through a pandemic you ll have some weird dreams Every woman should read this This book is 10% very interesting facts and info about hormonesstages of your cycle etc that I m very glad to have read and 90% fillerabsolute nonsense 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 Wirtschaftsgesetze, 35. Auflage: IDW Textausgabe 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 practical advice The biggest takeaway from this book is the life changing influence of keeping a menstrual journal and tracking your personal patterns during your cycle Period Power will have you saying Wow I had no idea at least once per chapter 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 bodyBut and it s a big one beyond that there is so much woo andackery that I almost couldn t finish the book I held out in case there were any nuggets of Scribbleboy useful information there weren tBeyond the pseudoscientific treatments I also find itnhelpful to suggest restricting one s life and work according to a largely arbitrary set of seasons Who in the real world can reorganise all public speaking to land on a handful of days in the month Or to restrict creativity socialising introspection developing plans etc etc according to someone else s imposed timetable I really do find it odd in 2019 to be restricting women to be slaves to the monthly calendar Feels like a real step away from eualityAnd if you don t believe me about the cycle seasons being largely arbitrary try the section for those not menstruating transpost menopausal etc which explains how you can just map the seasons into the phases of the moon How about this gem There hasn t been much research on cod this gem There hasn t been much research on cod oil packs but it s been ElfQuest used by women for over 100 years and is proven to work proven without researchIf it sounds like a duck Medical book to be read by women and even men to avoidnwanted problems and have a healthy balanced lifestyle 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 ideas opinions or anger simply on the basis of their ability to bleed every month The idea behind this is that periods somehow make you volatile dangerous or outright crazyBut the fact that your hormones fluctuate every month doesn t make you any less of a level headed or competent person Changes in mood energy and desire throughout your cycle are all perfectly normal if you learn to recognize and work with them they can even boost your natural talents and abilities To harness your period power you just have to become familiar with the science behind your menstrual cycle as well as the strengths and challenges that accompany each stage By learning to go with the flow ite literally you ll be able to access a power you never knew you possessed Because your hormones are sensitive to stress illness and life changes your menstrual cycle is a mark of your overall health and well being Tracking it can help you identify when in your cycle you thrive and struggle and how to adjust your life to match your mood and energy better The stages of your cycle correspond to the four seasons Your period is winter a time of rest and. 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 se each phase to its full advantageNinety per cent of women experience symptoms of PMS a syndrome which features a wide range of signs and symptoms and yet there’s an enduring lack of Tote Sprache: Cartoons auf Latein understanding about what it actually is and a disappointingly meager range of treatment optionsSo many ofs have a Jekyll and Hyde experience of our lives; we feel on top of the world capable confident and sexy for part of each month then find ou. Imetable has zero respect for whether I m bleeding from the cunt and feeling like shit Thus I wasn t receptive to Hill s suggestion not to treat the cunt and feeling like shit Thus I wasn t receptive to Hill s suggestion not to treat pain with painkillers and instead to see if you can experience the pain as a trippy natural high I ve been trapped on a train with period pain and nothing to treat it for hours and that is not an experience I care to repeat If I want to have a natural high via pain I ll get another tattoo That said I take Hill s point that by treating the pain we allow ourselves to keep going when our bodies actually need rest I get through my periods by taking a painkiller as soon as they start to head off the pain This doesn t help with any of the other symptoms of course Ideally I d just lie on the sofa with a hot water bottle but nder capitalism this often isn t an option It was naive of me to hope water bottle but nder capitalism this often isn t an option It was naive of me to hope there was some magic secret to happy and painless periods which I just hadn t known but it seems there isn t Hill s advice is depressingly similar to that in every self help book and wellness blog eat better exercise but not too much try a long complicated list of supplements and if in doubt see a naturopath To be fair Hill also encourages readers to take serious issues to a GP and advocate for treatment from an informed standpoint which is laudable However I know from experience that GPs have little to offer for period pain I ve been prescribed painkillers and told to eat complex carbs every few hours While there might be people out there capable of eating complex carbs every couple of hours I am not one of them and never will be Given the lack of help from conventional medicine this area is cluttered with wellness claims that are hard to evaluate I should not have been surprised but was disappointed to find so many suggestions of dietary exclusions in Period Power At the very start of the Self care chapter is this which practically made me shriek The autoimmune paleo protocol is what I recommend following In the first phase the foods that most commonly cause problems are eliminated including grains dairy sugar alcohol nuts seeds and nightshade vegetables aubergine tomato bell peppers and white potatoes To be thorough they should be excluded for at least three weeks It is no exaggeration to say that if I excluded all those foods for three weeks I d starve to death I m a vegetarian so the only things I eat that aren t on that list are fruit eggs and I guess spinach Hill does include on the next page a caution that If you have a history of disordered eating then I don t recommend doing an elimination diet but still Holy shit Suggestions to exclude gluten dairy and sugar recur elsewhere notably as treatments for period pain Yet Hill also comments that many of her clientspatients turn out to have menstrual problems related to The Professional Victims Handbook undereating or lacking protein in their diets What the hell are we supposed to eat It s all very overwhelming and depressing I have in the past tried givingp wheat and dairy which made my life much difficult and did not make me feel any better The idea of eating masses of special seeds fills me with horror Maybe I should read Just Eat It How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food again for reassurance In a similar vein Hill recommends exercise which is fair enough while also cautioning against over exercise So how are we supposed to know what the correct amount of exercise is If the answer is to listen to your body what if you have anxiety that causes your body to constantly mislead youThere is some advice from the book that I will try to follow Drink my morning coffee with breakfast not before it Eat protein Try and work out whether cheese is a protein Stop microwaving plastic containers as apparently this releases toxins Go to bed earlier Get B vitamins somehow Not sure whether the cycle tracking format suggested would work for me but I could try itAs this list suggests Period Power left me feeling rather like the main character of The New Me filled with vague intentions towards self improvement that are highly Nightmares Angels unlikely to result in meaningful change due to wider issues While it was refreshing to read a book about periods and Hill makes some good points about sexism and the environmental cost of disposable sanitary products as a whole it didn t really work for me Someone trying to get pregnant andor with greater tolerance for wellness advice and supplement suggestions would probably find it a lot helpful I should have stopped reading this book when I read the most vapid sentence everttered by human beings The Universe has got your back UGHThere 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 cycl. Can achieve this as well as focusing on particular milestones that reuire an altered approach such as coming off hormonal birth control infertility pregnancy motherhood and the perimenopausal years Using what Hill calls the cycle strategy a woman’s secret weapon when it comes to improving her relationships career and health she will apply the principles of Eastern and Western medicine to give women all they need to make sense of their cycles as well as accessible and practical suggestions through which readers can improve their physical symptoms and stop berating themselves because of the way that they evolve through each menstrual mont. .

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