Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation

Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation

by Amanda Laird
Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation

Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation

by Amanda Laird


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Finalist for the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Nonfiction

What do you know about your menstrual cycle?

Your menstrual cycle is your fifth vital sign — a barometer of health and wellness that is as telling as your pulse or blood pressure. Yet most of us see our periods as nothing more than a source of inconvenience and embarrassment.

The reasons for this are vast and complex and many are rooted in misogyny. The fact is, women the world over are taught the bare minimum about menstruation, and the messages they do receive are negative: that periods are painful and gross, that they turn us into hormonal messes, and that they shouldn't be discussed.

By examining the history of period shame and stigma and its effects on women’s health and wellness today as well as providing a crash course in menstrual self-care, Heavy Flow aims to lift the veil on menstruation, breaking the "curse" once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459743137
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Amanda Laird is a feminist holistic nutritionist specializing in menstrual health and is the host of Heavy Flow — a weekly podcast dedicated to casual conversations about periods and other taboo health and wellness topics. She lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

A Short History of the Curse 15

Part 1 The Biology

1 Getting to Know Your Body 43

2 Understanding the Menstrual Cycle 53

3 Finding Your Normal 73

4 When Good Periods Go Bad 85

5 Your Period Questions Answered 94

Part 2 The Cure for "The Curse"

6 Getting the Care You Deserve 103

7 The Nutrition Approach to Period Care 112

8 Foods for Supporting Hormonal Health 127

9 Stress and Your Menstrual Cycle 147

10 Other Lifestyle Factors for Better Periods 159

11 Managing Your Period Pain 175

12 Hormonal Health After Birth Control 179

Part 2 Embracing Your Cycle

13 Tuning In to Your Cycle 185

14 Working With, Not Against, Your Hormones 188

15 Talking to the Next Generation 194

Conclusion 197

Acknowledgements 198

Resources 200

Notes 203

Index 214

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