As a lifelong learner, midwife, and woman, there are many resources I use and share with the people I love and work with. Becoming a midwife was a journey that began in middle school as I pursued interests in herbalism and nutrition. Along the way, I discovered websites that influenced how I care for my body, shifted my thinking, or gave me a better understanding of how my hormones work. I want to share these with you. I’ve listed them in the order that I found them because it seems one thing leads to another.
The Museum of Menstruation: http://mum.org/
This website altered the way I thought about my period when I discovered it as a teenager. Learning about the culture of menstruation throughout time was really empowering to me. I think it’s important to remember that the way our current culture views menstruation, and the way we menstruate, may be vastly different from the way it has been in other times and societies.
Pelvic Guru: https://pelvicguru.com/2013/01/12/the-ultimate-pelvic-anatomy-resource-articles-links-and-videos-oh-my/
This website is really important for a thorough understanding of pelvic anatomy. Check out: https://pelvicguru.com/2015/01/10/your-vagina-is-not-cussing-good-simple-vulvovaginal-hygiene-tips/
It is a great resource for pelvic pain and pelvic physical therapy.
Katy Bowman’s Blog, https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/blog/
The reason this resource is so important is because it challenges the way we think about movement and alignment, Kegels and incontinence, using a toilet or squatting in yoga. She also explains the impact poorly designed shoes have on pelvic (and overall) health and has compiled a recommended list of healthy shoes.
Put a Cup in It: https://putacupinit.com/
Because menstrual cups are the best, and you deserve one that’s comfortable and fits you well!
Author of “Womancode”, Alisa Vitti’s website: https://www.floliving.com/blog/
Without a doubt, her book changed my life! I had been learning about menstrual cycles, fertility, and nutrition for the past 10 years but when I read her stuff, it all clicked! I highly recommend her book and blog, especially if you struggle with endometriosis, PCOS, painful cycles, or infertility. Her story of healing her PCOS is so inspiring!
Cooking for Hormone Balance: https://hormonesbalance.com/recipes/
I discovered this resource a few months ago. What I love about this last website is the recipes. It’s really hard to be diligent about eating healthy foods when you are struggling with hormone imbalance. Your body craves those rich comfort foods! Magdalena has an inspiring story and her recipes are influenced by her experiences living in Poland, China, Iceland. Her recipes are all gluten, dairy, and egg free, but full of hormone nourishing fats.
So what’s your favorite women’s health website?