Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You (Paperback)
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 use each phase to its full advantage.
Ninety 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 understanding about what it actually is, and a disappointingly meager range of treatment options.
So many of us 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 ourselves in a state of physical and emotional discomfort and fatigue, wanting nothing more 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 equipped 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 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 is uniquely placed, as an acupuncturist, women’s health practitioner and doula, to explain just how we can achieve this, as well as focusing on particular milestones that require 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 month.
Maisie Hill is an expert in women’s health. She has a BSc in Chinese medicine acupuncture and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. She also has over a decade of experience as a women’s health practitioner and birth doula, in addition to holding diplomas in reflexology, aromatherapy, paediatric acupuncture, and the Arvigo techniques of Mayan abdominal therapy. Maisie also has a strong interest in functional nutrition, having apprenticed with Nicole Jardim, and is currently training with the Integrative Women’s Health Institute as a health coach.
She is a go-to authority in the growing trend for women to get a handle on their menstrual cycle (dubbed the Red Revolution), quoted in publications from The Guardian to Grazia as well as websites such as the hugely popular and increasingly influential Refinery29, The Fold and wearemoody.com.
“Thank GOODNESS for Maisie Hill! Flipping open the lid on a vital conversation. It’s about time we claimed the power of our periods!” - Gemma Cairney, broadcaster & co-founder of Boom Shakalaka Productions
“This is such an important book. Maisie's insights and cycle strategy have changed my life and my cycle. Period Power is written with such intelligence, humour and a deep understanding of women's health. If you have a period you need to read this book.” - Anna Jones, author of The Modern Cook’s Year
“Maisie Hill has written a bloody brilliant book (pun intended). Everything you need to know about periods and how they affect you and your life is here. It’s revolutionary.” - Miranda Sawyer
“I absolutely loved it. Really informative but also super easy to read. Totally riveting. Would recommend!” - Anniki Sommerville
“Period Power reveals a new way of being for people who menstruate. Based in fact and articulated with both love and humour, Maisie Hill’s strategy - to work with our cycles rather than against them - is life-changing.” - Lisa Williams, The Hotbed Collective
“A detailed guide to what happens to our bodies as part of the monthly cycle, and how to cope with whatever feelings or sensations arise. An essential bible.” - The Scotsman magazine
“Maisie Hill helps you understand the changes in your body and psyche during the lead-up to menopause and how to handle symptoms.” - Top Sante
“Hill’s advice is straightforward and no-nonsense” - The Guardian
“GET THIS BOOK” - Aisling Bea
“A life-transforming book… fascinating” - Daily Mail
“An empowering and practical guide to the ins and outs of our menstrual cycle” - Psychologies
“This fantastic guide to menstruation is the perfect way to learn more about the human body and how periods impact far more than we realize. Striking the perfect balance between research and accessibility, this book will have you saying, ‘Wow, I had no idea!’ at least once per chapter.” - BookRiot
“Incredibly informative” - Hannah Betts, The Times
“Brilliant – I’ve told so many female friends to buy it” - Clemmie Hooper
“Maisie Hill gets rid of myths, sheds some light and allows for an open, honest and much-needed conversation” - Mind
“Great…teaches a great irony: the more we embrace our hormones, instead of trying to rule them, the less they rule us.” - Bryony Gordon, The Daily Telegraph
“[This book] made me want to send Marvel my period schedule … Can I do stunts around this time, please?” - Jameela Jamil
“A periodic timetable” - Evening Standard
"A hormone bible… informative, clear, funny and reassuring, full of life-enhancing, reliable information." - Simple Things