I first read about WomanCode a couple of years ago. I’m not sure where exactly, but I remember reading that is was something ALL women should read. I was intrigued, added it to my Amazon cart, but for some reason never made the purchase. Until last month.
So a little back story….
I have suffered from hormonal acne since I was about 21. It came out of nowhere and never left. I’m not talking about just a breakout prior to “that time of the month”. It was a consistent stream of painful, hormonal acne all over my chin all the time. It sucked (to say the least). I tried everything short of Accutane. Including several different kinds of birth control, monthly facials, topicals galore, but nothing ever cured it.
Somehow it took me up until two years ago to finally get my blood tested. There was nothing glaringly wrong with the results (so ungodly frustrating), so I ended being put on another medication, spironolactone. It was a saving grace. It cleared my face up and I had never felt more confident in my life. BUT one of the side effects was birth defects. Even though I wasn’t trying to get pregnant I was told to go back on birth control “just incase”.
At the end of 2017, when I was back in Michigan, I had forgotten to take my spironolactone a few days in a row. Once I realized this, I just decided to go with it and see what happened. A couple months later, I stopped taking my birth control as well.
I knew the clear skin wasn’t going to last, so I upped my skincare routine and really started to learn about health/wellness. It wasn’t until last month that it really started to reemerge. My acne was back. At this moment, it is just as bad as it was prior to getting on spironolactone.
Side Note: I’ve also developed eczema within the last two years. All over my hands as well as splotches on my neck, face, stomach and upper arms. It’s miserable.
Back to the book….
As I started to learn about health/wellness, I came across WomanCode again. I decided that I had to purchase it this time and see what the hype was about. I knew my acne was hormonal, I knew there had to be something going on internally, I knew that all the birth control I had been on and off throughout the last 15 years of my life had wreaked havoc on my hormones. BUT this book showed me that there is so much more going on than I even realized.
The information in this book about how our bodies work, how our hormones work and how everything affects everything else is truly eye opening. It amazes me that, as women, we didn’t learn about any of this at any point. It all really is so important in making sure we are living our best life. Since I’m fully convinced every woman needs to be reading this book, I thought I would share a few of my favorite takeaways from reading WomanCode.
- In a study done in the United Kingdom found that women who use makeup absorb almost 5 pounds of chemicals into their body each year. The book also includes a list of harmful ingredients and how they affect our bodies. Since reading that I am 100% committed to changing out all of my beauty/household products to clean, all natural ones.
- As women, we have four different phases of our menstrual cycle (Four!)! There is the Follicular, Ovulation, Luteal and Menstrual phase. Each phase is broken down to explain what is happening to our bodies within each phase as well as how we can get the most out of each phase by paying attention to what we eat, what types of exercises we do and our lifestyle choices. It’s all about “syncing up your cycle” and it’s completely fascinating.
- “A recent study shows that 58% of women use hormonal birth control for purposes other than preventing pregnancy…birth control doesn’t actually cure anything. It simply alters hormone levels to diminish or eliminate the symptoms; the underlying hormonal problem persists”. As obvious as it is, the idea that medication just masks the symptoms rather than actually curing us, was a major eye opener for me. I had already decided I was not going to get back on medication for my acne, but this solidified the decision even more.
Now, I realize that acne is not nearly as serious as some other hormonal related issues, but that is how my body is deciding to show me something is wrong. WomanCode has provided me with a place to start in figuring out what is going on and I am so happy to finally be on a path where I am listening to my body and deciding to heal it once and for all.
I promise you will not be disappointed in the information provided in this book!