The astonishing science of the female body
The book is the story about a body in continuous transformation and unravels the mystery surrounding women’s biology and explains what is happening underneath the surface. We all know that the female body changes cyclically every month during the reproductive years, and that it completely transforms during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. However, most of us ignore the fascinating details. What triggers those changes and what are the sometimes unexpected consequences? The facts are as mind-blowing as entertaining. Based on the latest research, all information is presented in an easy to read manner with plenty of anecdotes; from historical prejudices to personal experiences, with some evolutionary ideas in between. But this book is about more than facts, it will teach you how to think whenever you get confronted with new information and how to judge whether new information you come across is valid or not.
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I’ve read about periods and ovulation before, and been left thoroughly confused by all the acronyms and words I’d never read before, and although this book is scientific and still has those, they’re explained in terms that are easy to understand. Falco has thoroughly nailed the art of explaining things that would otherwise go over my head, in a way that’s simple and often times rather amusing or relatable, without feeling like she’s dumbing things down.
I have been working in the interface between medicine and technology for almost 20 years, on how data can be used to better understand the human body. Doing so I have worked within varying fields of women’s health, such as bone research, diabetes and fertility. I was previously Director of Data Science at Ava, a Swiss FemTech startup, where I led a team developing algorithms and artificial intelligence in order to help women get pregnant faster by using their physiological data based on their menstrual cycle. The work I did there, and the women I encountered in the process, inspired me to write this book.
The information in this book is based on the latest research, explained in an easy to read manner and with plenty of personal, fact-based and funny anecdotes. The facts are put in perspective and emphasize that just because something is true on average, it does not necessarily make it true for you as a person.
This book explains the continuous transformation of the female body. We all know that it changes cyclically every month during the reproductive years, and that it completely transforms during the major transition phases: puberty, pregnancy and menopause. However, most of us ignore the fascinating details. What triggers those changes and what are the sometimes unexpected consequences?
YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
Read this book if you want to understand
How the cyclic transformations changes our body and psyche and understand the factors that make us react so differently
How the body is influenced by the external environment and what factors can disrupt our hormonal balance and fertility
How fertility really works and how you can influence it
How both the body and the brain transform during pregnancy and its consequences
What happens in the years preceding and after menopause
The huge transformation of puberty
You will also learn many unexpected things:
Why do we get more anxious as mothers and when we grow older?
That men can actually breastfeed if given the right hormones
That your vision and voice changes with the menstrual cycle
That we carry parts of our children (actual cells) with us forever after giving birth to them.
Whether the mood swings before menstruation are real or a social construction? (spoiler: they are real!)
Why are women more robust towards infections than men while still being ill more often?
How does a regular menstrual cycle protect your heart and your bones?
This book answers that and much more and is written for anyone with a curious mind