Pages: 288
Imprint: Oneworld


How Hormones Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, and Make Us Wiser

Martie Haselton

Provocative, ground-breaking and entertaining, the world's leading expert on sexuality and the ovulation cycle reveals the hidden intelligence of hormones.
9781786072542 (1 Mar 2018)
RRP £12.99

The Book

Did you know that at certain times of the month, women are inclined to dance more? Flirt more? Or that PMS may have evolved to remove boyfriends with unfit sperm? Why? Hormones.

Hormones help women choose mates, produce healthy offspring, raise them successfully, and, ultimately, make better decisions.

In this paradigm-shifting book, Martie Haselton explains how hormonal intelligence works - both its strengths and its weaknesses - and how women can track and understand their desires, fears and perceptions. By exploring the biological processes that profoundly influence our behaviour, Hormonal sets forth a radical, new understanding of women's bodies, one that sees hormonal cycles as adaptive solutions to genuine biological challenges.

This book will empower women everywhere to embrace their biology.

Additional Information

Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Martie Haselton is the world's leading researcher on how ovulatory cycles influence women's sexuality. She is a professor of psychology at UCLA and the Institute for Society and Genetics; edited the leading journal in the field, Evolution and Human Behaviour; and directs the Evolutionary Psychology Lab at UCLA.



‘A lively guide to the research on the role of hormones as one source of insight about aspects of our desires; the most comprehensive of a wave of recent feminist books addressing the brain-body dialectic in gender and sexuality.'

- Naomi Wolf

‘What a refreshing book. Finally, a feminist with the courage to discuss women not as victims of their hormones but as elegantly built captains of their minds and lives.'

- Helen Fisher, author of The First Sex and Why Him? Why Her?

'A very detailed and fascinating book which explores hormones to different level. Many women (and men) should read this to understand how women's hormones can have both negative and positive effects on our lives.'

- Dr Louise Newson, the Menopause Doctor

'Anchored in deep science, Haselton takes the reader on a mesmerizing tour from the stirrings of puberty to the aftermath of menopause, from sexual fantasies to the ways in which women often call the shots in the game of mating.'

- David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire

'Haselton shows there are no simple answers - but lots of fascinating possibilities - when we start to think about the biological aspects of our sexual lives.'

- Alice Dreger, author of Galileo's Middle Finger

'This book is essential reading for both women and men...Hormonal is engaging, clever, very funny at times, and always scientifically impeccable.'

- Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, author of New York Times bestseller Zoobiquity

'Written with passion and wit, Hormonal provides important insights about the female experience.'

- Joan Silk, professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, and co-author of How Humans Evolved