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.
'The essential hormone handbook . . . it should be made part of the core curriculum up and down the land' STYLIST
'A must read. Informative, funny, moving and wise' JESSIE BURTON
We've gotten better at talking about mental health, but we still shy away from discussing PERIODS, MISCARRIAGE, ENDOMETRIOSIS and MENOPAUSE. That results in a lack of vital understanding for women, particularly as those processes are inextricably connected to our mental health.
Combining her own experiences with extensive research and expert contributions, Eleanor Morgan explores the relationship between the female body, the female mind and the ways in which women's bodies are being medicalised.
HORMONAL explores everything from contraception to PMS, in relation to anxiety, depression and taboos about hysteria and the 'hormonal' woman. It is a compelling portrait of the modern landscape of women and health, showing us how to navigate stigma and misinformation.
'A personal yet scientific, subtle and often lyrical work' THE TIMES
'An essential guide in helping us truly understand our cores' VOGUE
'Both fascinating and a huge relief' GRAZIA
A must read. Informative, funny, moving and wise. It had me raging about the ignored reality of the female body. It should be on every school curriculum
A must read for all generations and genders - iNews
Really interesting - about understanding women's reproductive health and reclaiming the h-word from its connotations of madness and hysteria - Sunday Times
Morgan's exploration of the chemicals that from puberty yank us lie a puppeteer's strings is a personal yet scientific, subtle and often lyrical work - The Times
It is galling to read [in Hormonal] how often women's pain is dismissed. But it is the mental anguish caused (in part) by hormones that is the essence of Morgan's work. Anyone who suffers from PMS will find the relatability has you almost levitating with relief - Metro
"There is power in knowing ourselves better," writes Eleanor Morgan in her second book. Power through knowledge is precisely what she sets out to give the readers in this exploration into the myriad ways the body affects the mind. From a refresher course on the menstrual cycle to the societal and cultural ways in which women's bodies are controlled, Hormonal feels like an essential guide in helping us truly understand our cores - Vogue
Morgan peels away the mysteries of hormonal changes while stating clearly how long these discussions have been silenced. It's both fascinating and a huge relief to take this fresh look at our innermost selves in the company of a wise and kind voice - Grazia
The joy of Eleanor Morgan's guide is just how revealing and informative it is . . . she has created a go-to manual that also acts as an understanding of our minds as well as our bodies - how hormones can affect your self-belief, anxiety levels, confidence and beyond. An essential read for all adults, it should also be made part of the core curriculum up and down the land - Stylist
Eleanor Morgan has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the Times, the Independent, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Vogue, VICE, McSweeney's, The British Psychological Society's Research Digest and others. Her first book, Anxiety for Beginners: A Personal Investigation was published by Bluebird (PanMacmillan) in 2016. Morgan subsequently completed a Masters in Psychology and is now training as a psychologist.