Books to Transform Your Understanding of Women’s Health | Vagina Dialogs

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Pain is a messenger but not a good friend. In 2021, I was caught in a whirlwind of stress, and my entire system went haywire. I lost my cycle, developed a rash, and shaved my head. Despite being a girl at heart, I felt the urge to suppress my femininity. My hormones were protesting vehemently.

It was a wake-up call for me to confront the unconscious beliefs and societal pressures about womanhood.

As always, I delved into a year of research where I read, experimented, and adapted. As a result, I changed how I train, eat, fast, and teach my students. In the following blog, I will share the most inspirational books you must read if you want to change, whether you are a teenage girl, a mother, menopausal, or whatever stage of life you’re in. Understanding female cycles is essential, even if you are a man! If we aspire to inhabit a better world, we must embark on the journey of healing our feminine power.

So, welcome to “Vagina Dialogs,” a space where we delve into the intricacies of women’s health, empowerment, and understanding through literature. In this blog, we explore four captivating books that illuminate the complexities of the female experience: “Women Code” and “In the Flow” by Alisa Vitti, “The Wild Power” by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, and “Moody Bitches” by Julie Holland.

1. Women Code and In the Flow by Alisa Vitti

Alisa Vitti, a leading women’s health expert, presents a groundbreaking approach to understanding and optimizing women’s hormonal cycles. Through her books, “Women Code” and “In the Flow,” Vitti offers practical advice on harnessing the power of hormonal balance to enhance vitality, productivity, and overall well-being. From nutrition to lifestyle choices, Vitti’s holistic approach empowers women to take control of their health and embrace their unique biological rhythms.

“Your body is constantly communicating with you. Are you listening?”

Key Takeaways from WomanCode & In the Flow by Alisa Vitti

1.  Cycle Syncing
Align your diet, exercise, and lifestyle with the four phases of your menstrual cycle to optimize hormonal balance and overall health.

2.  Hormonal Harmony
Learn how to manage stress and avoid endocrine disruptors to maintain balanced hormone levels and improve vitality.

3.  Nutrition Strategies
Incorporate specific foods and nutrients during each phase of your cycle to support hormone production and detoxification.

4.  Lifestyle Adjustments
Adjust your daily routines, including sleep and exercise, to align with your hormonal fluctuations, enhancing energy and productivity.

5.  Self-Care Practices
Prioritize self-care and mindfulness practices to reduce stress and support emotional and physical well-being, embracing a holistic approach to health.

6. Girl Meets Body: A Must-Read on How Your Organs Work**
This book provides an accessible and comprehensive guide to understanding the functions of various organs in the female body, empowering women with the knowledge to make informed health decisions.

 7. Women Aren’t Small Men!
Emphasizing the physiological differences between men and women, this book advocates for tailored approaches to women’s health, including diet, exercise, and medical treatments, challenging the one-size-fits-all model in healthcare.

2. The Wild Power by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo W.

In “The Wild Power,” Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer invite readers on a transformative journey to reclaim the wild, untamed essence of femininity. Drawing on ancient wisdom and modern psychology, the authors explore the archetypal energies of the menstrual cycle and their profound impact on women’s lives. Through practices such as cycle tracking and embodiment exercises, “The Wild Power” offers a path to rediscovering inner strength, creativity, and authenticity.

“Menopause is not a decline; it is a liberation, a time to release outdated patterns and step into the fullness of who we are.”

Key Takeaways from “The Wild Power” by Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

1. Embrace the Menstrual Cycle
Recognize and honor the menstrual cycle as a source of inner power and wisdom, using its phases to guide personal growth and self-care.

2.  Cycle Awareness
Practice cycle tracking to understand and predict emotional, physical, and mental changes, allowing for better planning and self-management.

3. Archetypal Energies
– Tap into the archetypal energies associated with each phase of the menstrual cycle—Maiden, Mother, Wild Woman, and Crone—to access different strengths and insights.

4. Menstruality as a Spiritual Practice
View the menstrual cycle as a spiritual journey that can foster deeper self-awareness, creativity, and connection to one’s true self.

5. Menstrual Health as a Collective Power
Advocate for societal recognition of menstrual health and cycles, promoting collective empowerment and a shift in how women’s health is perceived and valued in communities.

“The first bleed is a blessing, a symbol of the creative power that lies within each and every one of us, waiting to be unleashed.”

3. Moody Bitches:

The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy” by Julie Holland

After I stumbled upon Moody Bitches, I fell in love with Julie Holland. She is amazing, and I highly recommend looking for her podcasts and audiobooks. This book, along with her subsequent works, had the most profound effect on my life. Julie’s insights into women’s mental health, relationships, and the importance of pleasure have been transformative. The changes I’ve made since reading her work – embracing my body’s signals, rethinking traditional views on relationships, and prioritizing joy and satisfaction – are truly amazing. If you’re seeking profound and actionable advice on navigating the complexities of women’s health, Julie Holland’s work is a must-read.

Psychiatrist Julie Holland challenges conventional wisdom surrounding women’s mental health in “Moody Bitches.” With wit and insight, Holland examines the cultural, social, and biological factors influencing women’s moods and behaviors. From the effects of hormonal fluctuations to the role of psychotropic medications, “Moody Bitches” sheds light on the complexities of women’s emotional lives and offers practical strategies for reclaiming emotional balance.

“Pay attention to what your body is telling you about your own wants and needs. Find the rhythms in your cycles. There is wisdom in our biology. Above all, do what feels best. Making healthy choices feels good. This is not deprivation. It is nourishment on all levels. It is the opposite of neglect.”
― Julie Holland, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy

 Key Takeaways from “Moody Bitches” by Julie Holland

1. Monogamy and Relationships
Challenge traditional views on monogamy, with the author asserting that monogamy can often be stifling and detrimental to emotional and sexual health. Explore alternative relationship structures that may better suit individual needs and desires.

2. Cannabis Use
Discuss the potential benefits of cannabis for women’s mental health, including its role in managing anxiety, depression, and PMS symptoms. Holland provides insights into how cannabis can be integrated responsibly into a health regimen.

3. Understanding Sex
Highlight the importance of a healthy sexual life and its impact on mood and overall well-being. Address common issues women face with libido and sexual satisfaction, offering strategies to improve sexual health.

4.  The Importance of Pleasure
Emphasize the significance of pleasure in everyday life, not just in sexual contexts. Holland argues that prioritizing activities and experiences that bring joy and satisfaction can greatly enhance mental and emotional health.

5.  Listening to Your Body
Encourage women to pay close attention to their bodies and the signals they send. Understanding hormonal cycles, mood fluctuations, and physical needs is crucial for making informed decisions about health and wellness.

In “Vagina Dialogs,” we celebrate the diversity and resilience of the female experience while promoting dialogue, understanding, and empowerment. Join us as we explore these illuminating works and embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Please comment below: Have you read Moody Bitches or any of Julie Holland’s other works? What impact did they have on your life? Share your thoughts and experiences!

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