I bought this book (on kindle) as I've been on the pill for 8 of the last 10 years and recently linked taking it with a whole host of side effects. I thought this book book would be interesting to read to extend my knowledge on known side effects, and also to give me some information that might be useful while coming off it.
The first part of the book does give information about the pill, its alternatives, and side effects experienced by many women in the form of small case studies. However, I found it very difficult to read as it jumps around quite a lot and seems to cover the same ground repeatedly. The informationg is good, and definitely confirmed my choice to stop taking artificial hormones, but its written like the author is that really annoying person you meet at a party who has an axe to grind on something and won't shut up so keeps on going round in circles. The authors clear bias against the pill is also very very clear in the tone used.
The book then goes on to discuss information relating to coming off the pill but gets caught up in a massively broad range of health topics. I felt like the book wandered at random at times, and the authors didn't know how to construct a clear and logical structure. It also felt like there was a lot of "lifestyle advice" and not a lot of objective information. I was expecting a much more serious book, and actually it read a lot like a new age self help book! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn't what I thought this book was all about when I bought it.
Overall, I think the ground covered is excellent, and things all women should know, but the actual writing could be better.
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