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Hormonal by Eleanor Morgan

Hormonal

A Conversation About Women's Bodies, Mental Health and Why We Need to Be Heard

Eleanor Morgan

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Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 4 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9780349011394

A personal investigation into women's hormones, periods, #MeToo and hysteria. An empowering mix of feminism, memoir, psychology and biology, determined to give women control over their own bodies.

4 stars out of 5
Janice Turner
6 Sep 2019

"Morgan’s exploration of the chemicals that from puberty yank us like a puppeteer’s strings is a personal yet scientific, subtle and often lyrical work"

Morgan’s exploration of the chemicals that from puberty yank us like a puppeteer’s strings is a personal yet scientific, subtle and often lyrical work. On a crowded rush-hour train she observes “middle-aged women hurtling towards the suburbs . . . Teenage girls slick with sebum. Elderly women standing stoically by the doors” and wonders how much of their reproductive lives they’ve kept secret... 

Because the real scandal is not lack of “period pride”, but, as Morgan asserts, a medical service attuned to female biology. Not only at pregnancy, when we’re properly monitored because there’s more than a mere woman at stake. But from menarche to menopause in all our quirky complexity. Morgan observes that when her nipple is touched during sex or while dressing she feels a strange tristesse. She learns this has a name: dysphoric milk-ejection reflex (D-MER), which can make lactating women so depressed they stop breast-feeding. Nipple sadness! Who knew?

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