Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation

“Heavy Flow is more than a book about periods written for people who menstruate: it’s a call to action for all of us.” – Abby Norman, author of Ask Me About My Uterus

Part anatomy lesson, part feminist theory and part self-care guide, Heavy Flow: Breaking the Curse of Menstruation is the menstrual education you didn’t get in health class.

Publication: February 23, 2019 (Canada) | March 19, 2019 (US/UK) from Dundurn Press

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From the publisher:

What do you know about your menstrual cycle?

Your menstrual cycle is your fifth vital sign — a barometer of health and wellness that is as telling as your pulse or blood pressure. Yet most of us see our periods as nothing more than a source of inconvenience, shame, and stigma.

The reasons for this are vast and complex and many are rooted in misogyny. The fact is, women around the world are taught the bare minimum about menstruation, and the messages they do receive are negative: that periods are painful and gross, turn us into hormonal messes, and shouldn’t be discussed.

By examining the history of period shame and stigma and its effects on women’s health and wellness today, and providing a crash course in menstrual self-care, Heavy Flow aims to lift the veil on menstruation, change the narrative, and break the “curse” once and for all.