Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jump off the Hormone Swing by Lorraine Pintus

Jump off the Hormone Swing by Lorraine Pintus is a fascinating look into how the female body works (turns against us on a regular basis) from month to month. Lorraine takes us on a tour of the menstrual cycle through various stages of life, from teen, to young woman, to mid-life to the beyond. I'm stuck somewhere in the middle. To be honest, this book angered me. Not the writing, but the fact that these things are true and are seldom spoken of. A woman who stabs her husband due to a pms induced rage? I believe it to be true (although not something I've done nor plan on doing!). I believe all of it. I feel the rage on a monthly basis, some months are worse than others. I haven't hidden myself in a closet to cry, but I have stayed off of the road and out of public! I did appreciate all of the helpful ideas and proven ways to ease the monthly...stress, but being in an instant world, I want help NOW! Perhaps I will take the time to track everything for three months so I know what is coming (or so I can warn those around me what is coming and when).

I learned more from this book than I did from my last yearly gynie visit. At that time I explained my horrible days to my doctor and she just patted me on the knee and told me to take a good multi-vitamin. Lorraine, it seemed, held my hand so to speak and told me that everything was going to be alright while giving me good ideas of practical things to do to help ease my symptoms. And she sprinkled it with humor.

I still haven't gotten to the point that I'm embracing my cycle, don't think I'll ever quite fall in love with it (to me it'll remain "the curse") but now I'm a little more aware of what's going on inside of me.

This book also contains a study guide for individual use or for group study. Hmmm....a bunch of hormonal women doing a study together. I don't think I want to be in that group! LOL

I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Anonymous said...

I agree with your thoughts about the Big "M" support group. ooooooo...scary....LOL

Cafe Lily Book Reviews said...

This was a book that really needed to be written. So many women (like me) are suffering silently and feel like complete failures when their hormones seem to get the best of them. I am so glad Lorraine put the facts out there so that women know they are not alone!