5 Important Books About Menstruation
Periods are something that every woman is very familiar with. After the first time it happens in our teenage years, it stays with us for a long time. And yet, there is a suspicious lack of education about the topic that doesn’t try to evade certain aspects and presents the data in a shame-free way. But it doesn’t mean that you cannot find a good book altogether; it just means that you need to look a bit harder, which we did, and we are ready to share that knowledge with everyone who seeks it.
While we think that the basics of women’s health should be taught in schools, it’s never too late to learn something new. Maybe you found this article while trying to educate yourself before your first period, or maybe you’re a man who just realised that he didn’t know anything about that bloody thing his girlfriend was going through on a regular basis. It’s a safe space for everyone, and we will try our hardest to educate you to the best of our abilities.
Let’s look at our must-reads that will help to enlighten their readers about everything menstruation-related:
‘Heavy Flow’ by Amanda Laird
An absolute masterpiece, written by a health expert and a feminist in a casual, no-nonsense manner that will immediately compel you. Basically, it’s designed to mentor you on everything there is to know about the topic of menstruation - history, myths, and consequences that may follow from a lack of education. In our opinion, this book should be taught at every school.
‘Wild Power: Discover The Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken The Feminine Path to Power’ by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
Yeah, yeah, no need to laugh! Periods as a woman’s magical power. So what? Aren't you sick of menstruation being treated as a taboo subject? Why not indulge in fantasy for a bit? Okay, but seriously, it is a good read for anyone who wants to see a new side to periods, womanhood, and female empowerment, and understand how menstruation relates to our energy and self-worth.
‘Period: Twelve Voices Tell The Bloody Truth’ by Kate Farrell
A heartfelt assortment of stories about menstruation that delves deeper into topics that are usually avoided in our society like the plague. It’s a piece that is sometimes embarrassing, and sometimes funny to a fault, but it will make you think about how different periods can be depending on who you are and what your life circumstances are.
‘Her Blood Is Gold: Celebrating The Power of Menstruation’ by Lara Owen
This is an essential read if you want to learn more about menstruation and feel empowered while doing so. Owen examines multiple ways to make your cycle healthy for your body and mind, as well as how to increase productivity while still maintaining your lifestyle.
‘It’s Only Blood: Shattering The Taboo of Menstruation’ by Alice Olsson
The book follows real-life activists all around the globe while they fight for equality and fair treatment for women and their bodies. You will definitely appreciate this well-researched piece that will help you look into taboos and struggles that women have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.