Presenting a #NuaWoman list of books about menstruation that we think every girl should read.
On World Book Day, we are wondering why fictional characters in books and movies rarely mention their period? This silence is loud, especially in books meant for young readers. Imagine if Nancy Drew or Hermione Granger had a few words to say about what is a natural rhythm of our lives?
It could be the case because writers and editors often consider it just another part of life, like brushing one’s teeth or daily bodily functions, but as we all know, what we experience during our period is far from it!
Luckily, there are enough books that are written for women, young and older, and by women that cover a whole range of subjects related to every aspect of menstrual health, hygiene and care.
Here’s a short list of books that you can read.
Books that introduce and educate menstrual health and facts
1) Moon Time – A Creative Guide To Know All About Periods, Menstrual Health And Hygiene by Dr Geeta Bora
A must-read book that is made for Indian girls and women
2) The Care and Keeping of You by The American Girl Company
A good book to gift young girls who have just gotten their first period
3) Jelly by Jo Cotterill
A warm, feel good story that also touches upon her experiences with her first and initial period
Further reading for deeper understanding of our bodies
1) Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods by Lara Briden
We often experiment with how to make life better and this book will help
2) The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
This book is for women who want to learn more about period, PCOS and fertility
Advanced reading to understand the wider implications of menstrual health and hygiene
1) Love Your Lady Landscape: Trust Your Gut, Care for ‘Down There’ and Reclaim Your Fierce and Feminine SHE-Power – Lisa Lister
This book will help you understand the power of your own self
2) Periods Gone Public – Taking A Stand On Menstrual Equity by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
Helps you understand and talk about issues around menstrual health
3) Period Power – A manifesto for the menstrual movement by Nadiya Okamoto, Illustrated by Rebecca Elfast
A beautifully illustrated book that charts the menstrual movement