Amanda Laird is releasing Heavy Flow and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch! Join Dundurn Press and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this exciting event.
What do you know about your menstrual cycle?
Your menstrual cycle is your fifth vital sign — a barometer of health and wellness that is as telling as your pulse or blood pressure. Yet most of us see our periods as nothing more than a source of inconvenience, shame, and stigma.
The reasons for this are vast and complex and many are rooted in misogyny. The fact is, women around the world are taught the bare minimum about menstruation, and the messages they do receive are negative: that periods are painful and gross, turn us into hormonal messes, and shouldn’t be discussed.
By examining the history of period shame and stigma and its effects on women’s health and wellness today, and providing a crash course in menstrual self-care, Heavy Flow aims to lift the veil on menstruation, change the narrative, and break the “curse” once and for all.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.
Amanda Laird is a feminist holistic nutritionist specializing in menstrual health, and is the host of The Heavy Flow Podcast — a weekly podcast dedicated to casual conversations about periods and other taboo health and wellness topics. She lives in Toronto.