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This inclusive, unapologetic, and humorous guide to menstruation quashes stigmas and provides us with the latest research and information on periods.


Filled with information and free from cultural hang-ups, this gender-neutral book is directed at anybody who's ever dealt with having a period.


Writer and influencer Tara Costello has been writing about menstruation for more than a decade and, here, she pulls together her research and experience into a book that's wide-ranging, inclusive, and fun.


Boldly illustrated by Mary Purdie, Red Moon Gang tackles every aspect of the menstrual cycle - from the biology and science behind why you bleed every month, to the latest findings on hormonal fluctuations (aka, why you're PMSing so bad). It takes a deep dive into the different types of menstrual products available, including their pros and cons, and covers various period conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.


Drawing from her own experience, Costello explores how having a period shaped her relationship to her body and her place in the world. And she discusses topics that aren't generally covered in health class too - such as how periods are a particular challenge to those experiencing body dysmorphia, individuals living in poverty, and disabled people.


Finally, she offers up a Period Toolkit, listing products and retailers she loves, tips on how to make menstruating easier, and resources for further education.

Red Moon Gang

  • Customer views and reviews!

    I've been getting my period for 20 years and I learned so much from this fascinating, extraordinarily informative, easy to read book. I wish it had been around when I first started menstruating, and will be recommending it to all my friends! It's laid out in such an accessible way, and is so aesthetically pleasing thanks to the beautiful illustrations. Costello skilfully manages to be friendly and completely no-nonsense at the same time, a tone which instantly puts the reader at ease. 

    A really great read and such a beautiful package! Loved the unique and fun illustrations and the period toolkit suggesting products is really cool.

    Amazing book, everyone who bleeds should read this book! Well written, beautifully illustrated and really informative.

    Such a brilliant, accessible resource that is as entertaining and beautiful as it is informative. I’m so pleased this is out there and know it’ll help so many people.

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