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Period Power

Narrated by: Maisie Hill
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
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Maisie Hill explains the Cycle Strategy



In the Cycle Strategy your cycle is divided into the four seasons, each representing a distinct phase in which your hormone levels influence your energy, mood and behaviour.

The Cycle Strategy is a flexible framework which allows you to understand and work with your particular experience of your cycle, helping you to use the powers of each season to get what you want out of life, and to make adjustments to improve the darker days.

Summary

Period Power is a profound but practical blueprint for aligning daily life with the menstrual cycle, to give all menstruators a no-nonsense explanation of what the hell happens to us every month and how we can use each phase to its full advantage.

Ninety per cent of people who have periods 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 meagre 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, we 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 secret weapon when it comes to improving our relationships, career and health - Hill will give us all the information we need to make sense of our cycles as well as accessible and practical suggestions through which we can improve our physical symptoms and stop berating ourselves because of the way we evolve through each menstrual month.

©2019 Maisie Hill (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Firstly learning about my cycle and all the stages that it goes through was eye-opening on it’s own. But then layering on the language and understanding of the seasons has fundamentally changed my life, my outlook, my selfcare routine and my interpersonal relationships, all for the better. A sense of calm has washed over me through this understanding that I was deeply searching for but didn’t know where to find the solution. Maisie has taught me that the solution is me by tuning into my cycle, to working with my cycle and harnessing the unique power that comes with being a woman and having a cycle. It’s the beginning of a magical journey!

- Eileen, client from Maisie's Womb Tang Clan online programme

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Quack quack...

So. Much. Woo. 😔

Save your money and look for a book about the menstrual cycle that sticks to facts and evidence.

There are portions of this book, like the first section, which provide a genuinely helpful insight into how our cycles work from a biological perspective. I did learn a lot about my body.

But (and it’s a big one) beyond that there is so much woo and quackery that I almost couldn’t finish the book (I held out in case there were any more nuggets of useful information - there weren’t)

Beyond the pseudoscientific “treatments” I also find it unhelpful to suggest restricting one’s life and work according to a *largely* arbitrary set of “seasons”. Who in the real world can reorganise all public speaking to land on a handful of days in the month? Or to restrict creativity, socialising, introspection, developing plans etc etc according to someone else’s imposed timetable? I really do find it odd in 2019 to be restricting women to be slaves to the monthly calendar. Feels like a real step away from equality.

And if you don’t believe me about the cycle seasons being largely arbitrary, try the section for those not menstruating (trans/post menopausal etc) which explains how you can just map the seasons into the phases of the moon!

How about this gem: “There hasn’t been much research on [cod liver oil packs], but it’s been used by women for over 100 years and is proven to work” (proven without research???)

If it sounds like a duck... 🦆

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buy the book!

I loved this book, and found it very informative and interesting. Only thing I'd say is that I wish I had gone straight to buying the physical book as there are so many bits I want to flick back and forward between, and I'm going to have to buy it now!

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Life changing

I love this book. I stumbled across Period Power on audible, having never given much thought to my cycle. This book contains what we should have been taught about our bodies as young women and how we can utilise and embody all that our cycle offers us. It's written in a way that makes the subject matter accessible in a jargon free way. Maisie' s personal experience and humour make it engaging and relatable. I love that she is narrating it herself. Since listening to this book my conversations have changed with my female friends and relatives. All of which are now interested in charting their cycle. Strongly recommend for every women as this book is for all ages.

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highly informative

Really useful book, just wish I'd known about half of these things earlier. Some bits are a bit out there for me, but I really took a lot of useful stuff from it.

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Life changing

Masie, this book has changed my life in ways you can't even begin to imagine. Thank you

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excellent absolutely every one should read this

this is a necessary for every woman and ideally every man it's so fundamental to understand our cycles and the impact they have on our lives. well written and brilliantly researched, found this a joy to listen to as the writer is informative yet very down to earth and explains things very well.
thank you Maisie hill

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So many amazing nuggets of info!

Such an amazing a useful listen. Loved Maisie's narration - raw, honest, down to earth and says it how it is. This book has empowered me to take steps to learn about my body more and take charge of my health. thank you!

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A must read for women ( & men!) everywhere

Wow!
This is the book I knew I needed but didn’t know where to look.

How I’ve got to 33 without fully understanding how my body works is beyond me!

Helpful. Insightful and funny! Maisie guides you through your cycle with such grace & sets the tone for dealing with the later stages of what your bleed will become.

A real pleasure to listen to. I’ve already sent on to friends and will hold for my daughter to listen to when the time comes.

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So good I've bought the hard copy too.

I've really enjoyed this and can't wait to share it with my younger female friends. It would help if the audiobooks had titles to the chapters as this would be a good reference to dip back into. I've bought the hard copy instead for future reference and to share. I'm am ruled by my cycle and was quite aware of my ovulation times but this really took it to the next level. She's clever enough to include all ages and stages of life. It's such an important subject to know about and us, the women, need to take back our power and listen to our amazing bodies!

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The most empowering book I've ever read

I wish this book had been available 20 years ago, essential reading for menstruators of all ages.