“To deny the presence of the menstrual cycle is a form of self-harm.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Taking Charge of Your Fertility – Toni Weschler
An amazing resource for learning the nuts and bolts of how the female reproductive system works. It’s also a foundational book for understanding the science behind fertility awareness methods for birth control and conception. Tons of great info for anyone with a uterus, and especially those interested in charting their cycles.
The Period Repair Manual – Lara Briden
A fantastic resource for addressing all kinds of menstrual issues from period pain to pms to PCOS. Dr Briden provides lots of practical and actionable ways to increase your menstrual health using very easy to understand language. Also provides a great overview of what happens in a healthy menstrual cycle for those of us who never got a good education (ie most of us).
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Christiane Northrup
Another great resource for health issues in general, though less menstrual specific. Dr Northrup brings in a spiritual / emotional context to female health issues as well as the vast physiological knowledge gained in her years as a practicing medical doctor.
Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle – Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
A beautiful book describing how the earth’s seasons are mirrored in the cyclical nature of the menstrual cycle. Written with a lot of heart, and a wealth of knowledge, it provides a context for understanding your ever evolving moods, preferences, and energy levels based on where you are in your cycle any given day.
Tami Kent has spent years working in women’s pelvic health, and in this book provides insight into the connection between our physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual bodies. She provides many illuminating visualizations and exercises which can be used to heal trauma and open you to new levels of creativity and joy. A beautiful book to return to over and over again.
With over 200 episodes, whatever issue you are having around menstruation and / or fertility, Lisa has probably covered it. Whether she’s talking about specific conditions like PCOS and endometriosis, charting for birth control and conception, or nutrition for optimal cervical fluid, Lisa approaches her topics unflinchingly and with a deep conviction about the importance of body literacy for all.
Lara Briden’s website. Lots of great info and a huge backlog of blog posts on all kinds of menstruation related issues and menstrual health concerns.
Ever wondered what a cervix looks like? Ever wondered what a cervix is? If your answer to either of these questions is yes, you’re not alone, and this website is for you. Fantastic breakdown of reproductive anatomy and the physiological and hormonal changes that occur through the menstrual cycle as well as how these changes affect the cervix. Complete with pictures. Lots and lots of ’em.
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