I love the library for providing me with this masterpiece:
Not so sure they can have it back.
I LOVE this book; it needs to be translated and spread to women everywhere asap!
What this book does is explores the topic PMS; it lists symptoms and possible remedies, the authors share their PMS stories and experiences with different vitamins, drugs and treatments for PMS.
It does not offer solutions, they’re not researchers. They’re two people with a podcast, they have no authority. For me, that’s not important, I’m not looking for a remedy, I am far more interested in, for example, stories about trial and error. Oo here’s a treatment that seems to work for some people, let’s try it out and see what happens! I love that. Also that they’re very open about how some treatments, such as healing, might only work on a placebo basis. Their motto is it doesn’t matter if it’s placebo, long as I feel better. I like that.
They also spend quite a lot of time listing symptoms, giving examples of what it might feel like. Which is informative and funny, all at once! Not to mention relatable.
Reading this book is like having someone tell me a. you’re not crazy, and b. you’re not the only one. Well thank god!
TEN SIGNS YOU’RE PMS-ING
- You feel worried and anxious
- Your mood changes quickly
- You cry more than usual
- You don’t feel like doing anything
- You’re more than tired, no energy
- You’re not sleeping well
- Your body swells, especially the stomach
- Your breasts feel tense and sore
- You get headaches
- You’re hungrier than usual and crave sweet things
Headaches are foreign to me but the rest of just all of it, all. of. it.
And SUPER GOOD NEWS: if you’ve got PMS, menopause is most likely going to be hell.
Anyway…especially happy to have someone confirm I’m not the only one with severe nightly sweats pre menstruation. Doesn’t matter if it’s -20º C and I’m sleeping with the window open, still sweating. Niiice.
This book also confirms that my hypochondria is related to PMS, as suspected. On a regular basis, I’m convinced I’m suffering from a terminal disease. My most recent imaginary affliction: gangrene.
And! They go through the basics of the menstrual cycle, the different phases and what they involve. Such as how you can tell where in the cycle you are based on cervical fluid. (Clue can help you with this too. It’s fun! Makes you feel supersmart that you can look at your cervical fluid and go Yup, that’s another 2 days then.)
And remember back in December when I was looking for some sort of guide as to what type of workout is appropriate at point in the cycle? It’s right here →
Not only is this what I was looking for, it gives me the all clear to ditch the workouts in the fourth phase of the cycle, if that’s what I feel like. Exactly what I wanted to hear!
Finally; the layout of the book, favorite! It’s a collection of different types of text and it’s kept quite airy, v. reader-friendly which I appreciate sosoSO much! I am one lazy reader, I need to be lead through the text, can’t take paragraphs or sentences that never end, the less abstract the better, and I prefer when it reads like we’re having a conversation. As opposed to most texts produced in an academic environment. I often wonder if they’re written to be read at all.
Now. I’m going to stop being greedy and return it to the library so that someone else can enjoy this beautiful book.