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Websites, books and other things to totally nourish your life as a woman
(For pregnancy and postnatal specific resources go here.)
For my NEW video series on Cyclical Yoga for different energy levels / seasons, visit here.
For 30 minute guided relaxation track by Tessa go to download's page.
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christine Northrup - Insightful and indispensible!
Yoni Shakti (Womb Power) by Uma Dunsmore-Tuli - Fantastic stories and practices. See www.wombyoga.org for a list of womb yoga teachers and events.
Vagina; A New Biography by Naomi Wolf - Every girl 'coming of age' should read this! Fascinating information from research presented in accessible style including stuff you really need to know about your own vagina anatomically, historically and politically speaking
Wild Genie by Alexandra Pope - Re-think your relationship to your cycle!
Misconceptions: Truth, Lies and The Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf - An insight into a range of experiences, not the 'honey-coated' or factual version pregnancy books provide. A good one if you don't want to be 'optimistically in denial' about birth!
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran - Easy, funny, thought-provoking read
Menstrual cups - recommended for use instead of tampons that absorb all the juices, not just menstrual blood. See tampons vs mooncup rap at www.mooncup.co.uk, but be aware that there are other makes. E.g. see www.earthwisegirls.co.uk (also eco-friendly reusable pantyliners)
Good articles on menstrual health and hormones at www.theredweb.org
Fertility / Birth control:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (how to chart your cycle to conceive / not conceive - see also www.tcoyf.com) - very useful to know when you conceived in case of going overdue and being confident about not being induced early
The Pill: Are you sure it's for you? by Jane Bennett & Alexandra Pope
For ovulation charts and much more: www.fertilityfriend.com
Red Tent movement:
Formed as a result of the 'can't put it down' book Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Red Tents are places where women can meet monthly, as they would traditionally have done in many cultures on the New Moon, to share experiences and celebrate the passing of events such as menarche.
Trailer for "Things we don't talk about" Red Tent Movement trailer on You Tube
Site for finding a Red Tent in your area (UK) http://redtentdirectory.com/
Come to the Caversham Red Tent
For online courses on menstruality and menopause, I recommend Alexandra Pope's Red School.