Book Review: 'Period Power' by Maisie Hill

I just realised that I hadn't shared and reviewed the wonderful Period Power by Maisie Hill, and so I have sat down to write to you about it immediately!

Life coach and menstrual mentor Maisie Hill has collated years of research and lived experience into this bible of hormones and cycles. It's the book I wish I'd had when I was a teenager, and the one that I now want to give to all the women (and relevant men!) in my life.

Working through the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter of the typical menstrual cycle, the book is easily readable but packed full of science which helps to explain mood and energy changes from week to week. Gaining an understanding of what my oestrogen and progesterone levels are doing, and how this links to biological drives, is fascinating.

It now makes so much sense that in the first half of my cycle I generally feel more vibrant, optimistic and sociable, because this is when female animals would be out looking for a mate. Once ovulation has passed however, the natural instinct is to retreat and rest (the window of 'fertile opportunity' has passed and the body is resetting ready to do it all over next month.)

Although it sounds strange to align with animalistic mating drives, the reality is that for any person with a menstrual cycle, this narrative gives an understanding of the deeply evolved processes that are still working in our bodies, whether or not our cognitive intentions match up. Instead of feeling frustrated, many menstruation 'coaches' will encourage you accept this and try to work with your cycle rather than resisting it.

Maisie Hill has a podcast which is also called Period Power - I like how she keeps it simple! In short, succinct episodes she explores specific cycle topics, as well as wider wellbeing and coaching conversations. Expect everything from boundaries to intentional resting to cervical discharge to endometriosis to sex to public speaking to maintaining close female friendships. This could be a good (free) starting point if you want to get an idea of what she's about before you buy the book.

I'm so glad I did get the book though, as I have underlined bits and regularly dip back in to read up on whatever chapter/cycle stage I'm in. The knowledge she shares is so validating because it explains that most cycle symptoms are usually not 'bad' or 'wrong' they are just deeply misunderstood.

I'd love to hear what you think? Apparently there's a similar book called Wild Power, although I can't personally review that one as I haven't read it. Whichever works for you... spread the word, share the knowledge, people!

Emily x