Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup

I felt uncomfortable getting pap smears and the likes when I was living in Asia because most of the doctors were males who spoke limited English. As a result,

I had to rely on my own female intuition to get me through some of the discomforts of being a woman. When I first arrived, you could only buy tampons in pharmacies and it wasn’t easy to get  other feminine products. I decided to be my own doctor in a manner of speaking and was happy to find Christiane Northrup’s “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” which covers the full spectrum of women’s health and became my own personal bible.

I recently found the book again in a bargain basement and am finding it as relevant as ever. The book was published in 1989, but appears to have been groundbreaking for its time. Of the resources I’ve read about women’s health, I’ve found very little, if anything, that contradicts this book.

“Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” is broken into chapters talking about women’s energy, PMS, the ovaries (which she likens to male testicles), nutrition, pap smears, and more. Her focus is on changing behavior and diet in order to help our health.

Ms. Northrup’s advice goes beyond general recommendations and includes information that I was never aware. For example, in the chapter on menstruation and PMS, she suggests that there is a correlation between women and adolescents with bad cases PMS to women who were raised by an alocoholic. Likewise, there is a link to women who are hypoglycemic and children who are alcoholics.

I specifically like how Ms. Northrup stresses the need for a woman to pay attention to her emotional needs as well as her intuition and the first section of the “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” is devoted to the mind/body connection and something she terms “women’s energy” with a little bit about the downsides of a patriarchal society thrown in for good measure.  After reading through the chapter on menstruation, I had the feeling to trust my intuition more during my periods, which was something my boyfriend could never understand.

The book is suitable for women of all ages as it covers everything from pregnancy and breast-feeding to menopause. She also gives advice on preparing daughters for their first periods and the hormal troubles associated with the glories of becoming a woman. In the current times when everyone is trying to self-diagnose, this book is a find.