Holistic menstrual health coach Gemma Barry wants to put you in control of your menstrual health.
This book is the biology (and feminist politics) lesson you never had at school, helping you – and everyone who menstruates – to understand your bodies.
Gemma spent 15 years as a nurse before receiving her own diagnosis of endometriosis, which inspired her to become a herbalist, abdominal massage therapist and mindfulness teacher, too. She brings to the table this unique mix of both traditional and holistic medicines to show you what options you have to improve your health and wellbeing.
Gemma explores how the taboos surrounding periods may actually be harming your menstrual health, breaks down commonly experienced barriers to medical help, and dives deep into the potential causes of period pain, including toxic products and stress.
Part 1: Why Periods Hurt
Chapter 1: A Period Drama
Chapter 2: The Endocrine System: Getting to Know Your Hormones
Chapter 3: A Deep Dive into Hormones
Chapter 4: Charting your Cycle
Chapter 5: Understanding PMS
Chapter 6: Unpacking Red Flags
Chapter 7: Specific Conditions
Chapter 8: Being Seen and Heard
Chapter 9: A Quick History of Synthetic Hormones
Part 2: What You Can Do About It
Chapter 10: Nutrition
Chapter 11: Oestrogen Dominance
Chapter 12: Plants! As Medicine?
Chapter 13: Exercise
Chapter 14: Stress
Chapter 15: Your Frame of Mind
Chapter 16: Period Stigma and Shame
Part 3: Heading into Menopause
Chapter 17: Perimenopause
Chapter 18: Menopause
The Final Round-up