Blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

About this blog

August 24th, 2009 by Elizabeth Kissling

In September 2009, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research created this weblog to increase the visibility of both SMCR and menstruation research. The blog will address all matters menstrual, at the discretion of its authors. The views expressed are not necessarily those of SMCR, nor even the unanimous views of all blog contributors. Indeed, although we believe in holding writers accountable for their words, we also reserve the right to change our opinions on the basis of new information. We adhere to a vision of academic freedom that is ethical, fair, and responsible.

We have named the blog re: Cycling to represent our view of menstruation as more than merely bleeding, but as a cycle within the larger cycle of life. We also chose this name in homage to our late colleague, Randi Koeske, who used this name for the early version of the Society’s newsletter she edited. Randi chose the name as a symbol of multiple meanings; in 1982, she wrote the following statement:

One relevant meaning of recycling, for example, is reclaiming: reprocessing waste material to produce something of new value. Certainly, an important purpose of our Society is the reclaiming for women of their own bodies and experiences and the goal of changing women’s lives from “refuse” to something of value.

Another relevant meaning of recycling is starting over: passing through a series of changes again or returning to an earlier state. This meaning echoes another commitment of our Society – to begin anew the search for information and explanation of women’s bodies and women’s lives, to reexamine the traditional “truths” and the traditional pathways to knowledge which have generated those “truths”. Starting over signifies rebirth: the sense that something new can be created from a past “life”. It also connotes coming full circle: seeing endings as beginnings and beginnings as endings, rather than measuring change in terms of linear progression or regression.

A final relevant meaning of recycling is highlighted by the use of [punctuation]: recycling is re-cycling and cycles have a broad significance for our Society. Cycles provide important themes in woman’s life. They link to her body, to the lives of future generaations, and, often, to the health care system. They provide metaphors for the many developmental phases of her existence. They serve as a “window” to the biological, psychological, experiential, societal, and cultural factors that interact to influence her reproduction, sexuality, health, life opportunities, and emotionality. They are often the focus of powerful professional and societal myths about her “true nature”, making her a symbol and a social object as well as a human being.

You can find current issues of The SMCR Newsletter on the Society’s main page, linked here. Today it goes by the more pedestrian name of Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Newsletter.

re:Cycling is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, or treatment recommendations. Please check with your health care provider(s) regarding your personal health care decisions, and seek immediate care in emergencies. Our opinions do not substitute for medical or other professional care, and you should not use information read here or sites we link in place of a visit or consultation with your health care provider. Medical information changes constantly, thus the information here and on the sites we link should not be considered definitive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for yourself or anyone else.

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Readers should note that statements published in re: Cycling are those of individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Society as a whole.