Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation

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Dundurn, Feb 23, 2019 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
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.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CURSE
15
THE BIOLOGY
41
THE CURE FOR THE CURSE
101
EMBRACING YOUR CYCLE
183
CONCLUSION
197
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
198
RESOURCES
200
NOTES
203
INDEX
214
Book Credits
224
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About the author (2019)

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.

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