Leafing through my November issue of Women’s Health magazine “Have Amazing Sex All Month Long” stood before me on the glossy page. Of course I had to read further, a woman has needs after all! I was surprised to see a very thorough outline of a women’s cycle, with all of the hormonal ebbs and flows. Are all women riding this roller coaster of hormones? After two years of taking, gulp, “The Pill” I couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic for the creativity surge during ovulation and that reflective time before menstruation. My hormones have been at a steady baseline – sometimes I feel jealous when Ashley claims to be suffering from PMS. Looks like a classic case of the grass is always greener.
My mom is a pusher (in the most loving way) when it comes to books with a spiritual well-being premise, I often have a hard time keeping up with the stack on my nightstand, but was changed forever when I came across Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. After reading this book, I felt like I really understood my own body for the first time. I had an overwhelming sense of respect for myself as a woman, I feel proud.
Dr. Northrup goes to great lengths explaining what our bodies experience while on the pill – none of it being natural in any sense of the word. How do we balance the struggle of honoring our bodies while maintaining our needs? I guess we each need to answer that for ourselves.