Book Excerpt: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Christiane Northrup, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN and authority on women’s health and wellness. Read an excerpt from her New York Times bestselling Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. Click here to purchase your copy of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.

Posted on | By Christiane Northrup, MD

Medicine That Empowers You

One of the central outmoded ideas governing our health care system is the notion that the processes of a woman’s body are designed to cause suffering and pain, and that women require a great deal of medical care and testing to stay healthy. Though this is certainly the experience of countless women, there is another way – a better way.

In fact, the female body was designed by our creator to be a source of pleasure, fertility, movement, strength, and wellbeing. Our bodies connect us with the moon, the tides, and the seasons. We are meant to flourish. It is possible to thrive in a female body instead of simply waiting for disease to happen.

Regardless of our individual circumstances, our pasts, or our ages, each of us has inner guidance available that we can tune in to in order to create vibrant health—now. We are born with this inner guidance, which comes in the form of the emotions and desires that lead us toward things that feel good and are good for us, and away from things that feel bad and are bad for us. Though we’ve too often been talked out of our desires as children, they invariably hold the keys to healing not only our bodies but our entire lives.

As a physician, I’ve seen time and time again how our inner guidance also comes in the form of bodily symptoms and illnesses – especially when we are living lives devoid of pleasure, joy, and hope. Our illnesses are designed to stop us in our tracks, make us rest, and bring our attention back to the things that are really important and that give our lives meaning and joy – aspects of life that we often put on the back burner until “someday.”

Article written by Christiane Northrup, MD
Board-certified OB/GYN and authority on women’s health and wellness.