The Women’s Brain Book. The Neuroscience of Health, Hormones and Happiness (Hachette Australia).

If you’re in the UK or Europe, the book goes by the title:

Demystifying the Female Brain. A neuroscientist explores health, hormones and happiness. (Orion Spring)


For women, understanding how our brains are shaped by our lives and in turn how life experiences shape our brains is the key to our health and wellbeing.

My book takes you a chronological tour across the lifespan to explore how our minds and brains are shaped and sculpted by our genes and hormones, our life experiences, society and culture, and our thoughts, feelings and beliefs. The story begins in the womb and chapters focus in turn on infancy and girlhood, puberty and the menstrual cycle, the teenage years, mental health, romance and sex, pregnancy and motherhood, menopause, and finally longevity and old age.

In its pages, I weave together findings from the research lab, case studies and interviews with neuroscientists from Australia, New Zealand, UK, US and Canada, and other researchers working in the disciplines of neuroendocrinology, brain development, brain health, and ageing.

This is not a book about the differences between male and female brains, nor a book using neuroscience to explain gender-specific behaviours, the ‘battle of the sexes’ or ‘Mars-Venus’ stereotypes. My focus is unashamedly on the female lifespan, but naturally, many of the themes explored apply equally to males and females, including in utero life, child and adolescent development, mental health, love and ageing.

This comprehensive guide explores the brain during significant life stages, including:

  • In utero
  • Childhood
  • Puberty
  • The Menstrual Cycle
  • The Teenage Brain
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Pregnancy and Motherhood
  • Menopause
  • The Ageing Brain


…a compelling analysis of many topics which are often subject to unqualified and often harmful opinions, and is a wonderful source of information for a wider audience in search of an objective guide to female health over the lifespan and for health researchers and professionals determined to practice good science. Doctus Project

Buy Paperback:

Buy Digital eBook:


Dr Sarah McKay is a neuroscientist who knows everything worth knowing about women’s brains – and she shares it with you in this essential book. You’ll be fascinated to learn what happens inside the brains and bodies of women as they move through the phases of their lives, and the unique – and often misunderstood – effects of female biology and hormones.

Sign up to access your checklist:

“The 7 habits of highly Effective Brains”