Journal: Women’s Reproductive Health

Women’s Reproductive Health

Women’s Reproductive Health is the official journal of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. SMCR began a publication partnership with Taylor & Francis/Routledge in 2014. The journal’s content can be accessed online at the journal’s official Taylor & Francis page.

Women’s Reproductive Health is dedicated to the improvement of reproductive health and well-being across the lifespan for all women. It publishes original research, theoretical and review articles, book and media reviews, and occasional short pieces of creative writing that illuminate issues relevant to researchers, health care providers, educators, and public policy planners. The range of appropriate topics is broad, including menarche, menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, miscarriage, infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, contraception and abortion, reproductive cancers, sexually transmitted infections, and disorders related to reproductive events (e.g., osteoporosis, fistulas, migraines, postpartum depression). The scope of the journal is international and interdisciplinary, with feminist perspectives. Contributions from researchers/scholars in public health, nursing, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, women’s studies, queer studies, the humanities, and other fields are welcome.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor, Joan C. Chrisler, Ph.D., at All editorial inquiries, including about book or media for review, should be directed to the editor.

Volume 2, Number 2 (Fall 2015)


  • Reproductive Injustices among Women with Sickle Cell Disease – Paula Thompson Ross
  • “It’s Normal…Mom Will Be Home in an Hour”: The Role of Fathers in Menstrual Education – Mindy J. Erchull & Katherine Richmond
  • Milk for a Girl and Bananas for a Boy: Recipes and Reasons for Sex-preference Practices in a British Internet Forum – Pam Lowe
  • Unintended Pregnancies in Rural Western Kenya: The Role of HIV Status – Fredrick Odhiambo Otieno, Isabella N. Nyang’au, Kenneth O. Ondeng’e, George Otieno, & Deborah A. Gust


  • Animal Models and Strongly Held Beliefs: Gaining Clarity about Menopause Research – Paula Derry


  • PMS Haiku # 1  – Sharon L. Powell
  • PMS Haiku # 2 – Sharon L. Powell

Media Review

  • Mixed Messages, Mixed Emotions: Exploring the Contested and Confusing Terrain of Maternity and Birth – Jacqueline K. Thomas

Book Reviews

  • From the Back Street to the High Street: The Campaign for Women’s Reproductive Control – Victoria Louise Newton
  • “To Me, It’s All about Freedom” – Mia Schachter
  • A Lifetime of Intimate Connections: Exploring the Relations between Women’s Reproductive Health, Biology, and Culture – Theresa E. Jackson
  • Not Trying Unveils the Complexities of Childlessness – Keil Steuber


Volume 2, Number 1 (Spring 2015)

Special Section on Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy


  • Evidence-based Medicine, Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy, and the Women’s Health Initiative – Paula Derry


  • The Science of Marketing: How Pharmaceutical Companies Manipulated Medical Discourse on Menopause – Adriane Fugh-Berman
  • Medicalization Survived the Women’s Health Initiative…but Has Discourse Opened up? – Heather Dillaway
  • Animal Models in Menopause Research – Lynette Leidy Sievert
  • Lost in Translation? – Nancy Fugate Woods


  • A Multi-method Approach to Women’s Experiences of Reproductive Health Screening – Arezou Ghane, Kate Sweeny, & William L. Dunlop
  • The Censoring of Menstruation in Adolescent Literature: A Growing Problem – Carissa Pokorny-Golden

Book Reviews

  • Investigating the Ubiquitous: The Everyday Use of Hormonal Contraceptives – Marie C. Hansen
  • Menstruation’s Cultural History – David Linton
  • WomanCode: Caveat Emptor – Elizabeth Rowe

Volume 1, Number 2 (Fall 2014)


  • Cycling Together: Menstrual Synchrony as a Projection of Gendered Solidarity — Breanne Fahs, Jax Gonzalez, Rose Coursey, & Stephanie Robinson-Cestaro
  • “Crazy Woman Juice”: Making Sense of Women’s Infertility Treatment with Clomiphene — Ophra Leyser-Whalen
  •  Mexican-American Mothers’ Perceptions regarding Vaccinating Their Daughters against HPV and Recommended Strategies to Promote Vaccine Uptake — Meghan B. Moran, Sheila T. Murphy, Joyee S. Chatterjee, Paula Amezola-Herrera, & Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati
  •  Social Networks Influence Hispanic College Women’s HPV Vaccine Uptake and Decision-making Processes — Dionne P. Stephens & Tami L. Thomas
  • *Self-silencing, Perfectionism, Loss of Control, Dualistic Discourse, and the Experience of Premenstrual Syndrome — Joan C. Chrisler, Jennifer A. Gorman, & Laura Streckfuss

 Book and Media Reviews

  • Prenatal Care as a Risk-prevention Enterprise: An Analysis of Popular Manuals for Pregnant Women, 1900 to the Present — Michele Hoffnung
  • Investigating the Ubiquitous: The Everyday use of Hormonal Contraceptives — Marie C. Hansen


Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 2015 Conference Announcement

 * Ingrid Johnston-Robledo served as Action Editor for this manuscript.

Volume 1, Number 1 (Spring 2014)

 Editorial – Joan C. Chrisler


  • Representations of PMS and Premenstrual Women in Men’s Accounts: An Analysis of Online Posts from – Marlee King, Jane M. Ussher, & Janette Perz
  • Analysis of the STRAW Operational Definition of the Early Menopausal Transition – Paula Derry & Gregory Derry
  • Psychological Meaning and Attitudes toward Elective Abortion: A Study with Mexican Youth – Maria Luisa Marván, Zaira Compos, Rose Lilia Castillo-López, & Esperanza López-Vázquez
  • Young Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Post HPV Vaccination – Katie A. Ports, Jessica L. Barnack-Tavlaris, Maghboeba Mosavel, & Lyida Karuta Murithi

Book and Media Reviews

  • Pop Culture Gets Its Period: Is This a Good Thing? – Mindy J. Erchull
  • Constructing Gender and Sexuality across the Lifespan – Margie L. Syme
  • Thinking Critically about Birth – Crystal L. Hendrick
  • Debulked: One Woman’s Struggle with Ovarian Cancer – Heather G. Guidone
  • “Yummy Mummies” and the Contradictions of Modern Pregnancy – Breanne Fahs
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