So Hormonal: Essay About Our Hormones

So Hormonal: Essay About Our Hormones


So Hormonal is a collection of personal essays detailing the various roles that hormones play in our daily lives. With over 30 authors from almost a dozen countries, this anthology strikes a balance between raw truths, tough challenges, and improbable elation.


Prefaced with a foreword from the author of Please Read This Leaflet Carefully, Karen Havelin, contributors discuss topics such as periods, steroid use, chronic illness, transitioning, men’s fertility and menopause with refreshing openness and honesty.

Expect pieces that celebrate the wonders and joys of hormones, while also challenging the stigma and discrimination routinely faced at the intersection of hormonal experiences. Compiled and introduced by Emily Horgan and Zachary Dickson, So Hormonal is an open call for new conversations about our hormones.


Essays include:

  • Foreword by author Karen Havelin
  • No Country for Neurodivergent Women: Addressing Undiagnosed ADHD and Cluster Headaches by Donna Alexander
  • The Waiting Room: Fighting For Trans-Inclusive Healthcare by Hidden Ink Child
  • Getting Off the Back Foot with Male Fertility Health by Tyler Christie
  • The Self-Made Body: Personal Growth and Steroids by Michael Collins
  • Notes from a Medical Menopause: There’s a Tea for That by Alexia Pepper de Caires
  • ‘Man... I Feel Like a Woman’ A Trans Woman’s Oestrogen Therapy to Treat Gender Dysmorphia by Kacey de Groot
  • Roaccutane Tubes: On Navigating Puberty Hormones and Bodily Changes in the Wake of Sexual Abuse by Madeleine Dunne
  • Withholding: An Experience of Diabulimia by Clare Marie Edgeman
  • Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down: The Politics of Stress, Rest, and Lion Taming by L C Elliott
  • Telling Hormonal Stories by Sonja Erikainen, Andrea Ford, Roslyn Malcolm and Lisa Raeder
  • Meron: Breaking Free From the Maria Clara Ideal in Filipino Culture by Rita Faire
  • Dear Lexi: A Letter to a Friend About PMDD by Tomiwa Folorunso
  • Let’s Make a Baby (With Science) by Erica Gillingham
  • The Feminine Chaotic: Endocrine Disorders, the Feminine Identity, and Queer Culture by L j Gray
  • Blood is Back: How my Knowledge and Experience of Periods was Revolutionised, While I Wasn’t Having Them by Rachel Grocott
  • My Anxiety Is Part of My Identity by Toonika Guha
  • Wanna See My Party Trick? *Stops Taking Testosterone* by James Hudson
  • An Impersonal History of Self-Medication by Kate Kiernan
  • I’m Wearing Docs, Michael: On Thyroids, Tallness and Teenage Suffering by Aifric Kyne
  • Spinning through Fog (High Salt Content): Addisons’s Disease and Hormonal Treatment by Ali Maloney
  • Everything and Nothing: On Pregnancy and Depression by Fiadh Melina
  • Ten Years in the Making: Conversations with Partners About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by Sonali Misra
  • Clot: Pulmonary Embolisms and the Pill by Rachel Moss
  • Mood Swings and Misunderstandings: The Complexities of ‘Teenage Hormones’ by Cathy Naughton
  • Period, the End: Sixty Years of Learning by Sigrid Nielsen
  • What If I’m Not Just a Massive Bitch? Redefining Self with Severe PMDD by Heather Parry
  • ‘Wait. I’m Not Finding a Heartbeat’ Speaking Out on Baby Loss by Laura Pearson
  • The Puberty That Wasn’t Supposed to Exist: Navigating Growing Up Intersex by Maya Posch
  • Blood and Bone: Osteoporosis at 23 by Georgia Priestley
  • What a Difference a Day Makes: How my Middle-Aged Zest for Sex was a Catalyst for Change by Lins Ringer
  • A Period Piece: On PCOS, PMDD and the NHS in 2020 by Jo Ross-Barrett
  • Change: The Bitter Pill Medicine Must Continue to Swallow by Annabel Sowemimo
  • If Rabbits, Why Not Women?: Living in a Woman’s Body Shaped and Kept Together by the Inventions of Men by Jeanne Sutton
  • Three Magic Days: Celebrating the Curious Power of Hormones by Alice Tarbuck
  • Banana-Leaf Poultices: Black British Attitudes to Healthcare and Medication by Rianna Walcott
  • LLETZ, a Locus: Reconfiguring My Body as a Body That Will Bleed by Anna Walsh


  • Details

    Imprint: Monstrous Regiment

    Publication Date: August 2020

    ISBN: 9781916117938

    Pages: 368

    Type: Paperback

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