An important aspect of our mission is to share information and promote public discussion about menstruation. These resources are provided to support information sharing and encourage dialogue about the menstrual cycle in educational, clinical, and activist settings.
Our work, priorities, and initiatives overlap with those of many different organizations. We value a contextual approach to the menstrual cycle that recognizes the myriad ways menstruation and menstrual health interface with other aspects of women’s bodies, health, sexuality, and wellbeing.
In the spirit of this collaborative and contextual approach, we offer this set of hyperlinks to a sample of affiliate organizations.
We do not endorse or take responsibility for the content of their websites or the organizations themselves.
American Psychological Association (e.g., Division 35 – Psychology of Women, Division 38 – Health Psychology)
American Sociological Association—Section on Body/Embodiment
Menstruation Fact Sheet
David Linton, Marymount Manhattan College
“The Social Construction and Images of Menstruation” (MS Word File)
Activities for Classes and Workshops
Advice for Instructors
Teaching Undergraduates about the Menstrual Cycle: Refining Our Pedagogy, paper by Margaret L. Stubbs, Natalie Palmer, and April Yandrich. (MS Word File)
Resources for Girls
AAP & ACOG. (2006). Menstruation in girls and adolescents: Using menstruation as a vital sign. Pediatrics , 188, 2245-2250
Hillard, P. J. A. (2002). Menstruation in young girls: A clinical perspective. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 99, 655-662.
Hillard, P. J. A. (2008 ). Menstruation in adolescents: What’s normal, what’s not. Annals of New York Academy of Science, 1135, 29-35.
Books reviewed and recommended (*):
1. The American Medical Association. (2006). A girls’ guide to becoming a teen. San Francisco, CA: Josey Bass.
2. Ashton, J. (2009). The body scoop for girls: A straight-talk guide to a healthy, beautiful you. New York: Avery.
3. *Brody, J. (2000). Your body: The girls’ guide. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
4. Byers, A. (2008). Menstruation. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group
5. Callendar, M.P. (1930). Marjorie May’s twelfth birthday. Kotex.
6. Cooper, S. C. (2012). The secret period. Sydney, Australia: Author.
7. *Deàk, E. & Litchman, K. E. ( 2003). Period pieces: Stories for girls. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.
8. Dickerson, K. (2005). On the spot: Real girls on periods, growing up and finding your groove. Avon, MA: Adams Media.
9. Dunham, K. (2008). The girl’s body book. Kennebunkport, ME: Applesauce Press.
10. Feinmann, J. (2004). Everything a girls needs to know about her periods. Portland, ME: Ronnie Sellers Productions
11. Francia, L. (1991). Dragontime. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Publishing.
12. *Gillooly, J. B. (1998). Before she gets her period: Talking with your daughter about menstruation. Los Angeles, CA: Perspective Publishing.
13. Gramour, A. (2012). Pride and premenstrual syndrome: A period piece. : Author.
14. Gravelle, K. & Gravelle, J. (1996). The period book: Everything you don’t want to ask (but need to know). New York: Walker & Company.
15. Jukes, M. (1998). Growing up: It’s a girl thing: Straight talk about first bras, first periods, and your changing body. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
16. Katz, A. & Melnychuk, M. (2010). Girl in the know: Your inside-and- out guide to growing up. Toronto, Ontario: Kids Can Press.
17. *Loulan, J., Worthen, B., Quackenbush, M., & Dyrud, C. W. (2001. ) Period. Minnetonka, MN: Book Peddlers.
18. Lucy, J. & Allison, T. (2002-2011). Moon mother, moon daughter: Myths and rituals that celebrate a girl’s coming-of- age. Santa Barbara, CA: Publishing by the Seas.
19. *Madaras, L. & Madaras,A. (2007). The “What’s happening to my body?” Book for girls. New York: Newmarket Press.
20. *Madaras, L. & Madaras, A. (2007). My body, my self: For girls. New York: Newmarket Press.
21. Madaras, L. (1986). Lynda Madaras’ growing-up guide for girls. New York: Newmarket Press.
22. Madaras, L. & Madaras, A. (1993). My body, my self. New York: Newmarket Press.
23. Mahoney, E. V. (1993). Now you’ve got your period. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group.
24. Marzollo, J. (1989). Getting your period: A book about menstruation. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
25. *Metzger, J. & Lehman, R. (2012). Will puberty last my whole life? Seattle: Sasquatch Books.
26. Morais, J. (2003). A time to celebrate: A celebration of a girl’s first menstrual period. Fairfield, CA: Lua Publishing.
27. *Movsessian, S. (2004). Puberty girl. Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin.
28. Natterson, C. (2013). The care and keeping of you 2: The body book for older girls. Middleton, WI: American Girl Publishing.
29. Nourse, A. E. (1980). Menstruation: Just plain talk. New York: Franklin Watts.
30. *O’Grady, K. & Wansbrough, P. (1997). Sweet secrets: Stories of menstruation. Toronto, Ontario: Second Story Press.
31. Picone, L. (2010). My changing body: Girl’s edition. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press.
32. Plaisted, C. A. (2011). Girl talk. Irvine, CA: QEB Publishing.
33. *Redd, N. A. (2008). Body drama. New York: Gotham Books.
34. Rue, N. (1995). Everything you need to know about: Getting your period. New York: The Rosen publishing Group.
35. Schaefer, V. L. (1998). The care and keeping of you: The body book for girls. Middleton, WI: American Girl Publishing.
36. Schaefer, V. L. (2013). The care and keeping of you (revised): The body book for younger girls. Middleton, WI: American Girl Publishing.
37. *Sheffield, M. (1988). Life blood: A new image for menstruation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
38. Taylor, D. (1988). Red flower: Rethinking menstruation. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.
39. Tebow, D. (2012). Puberty in girls: Puberty questions on everything including sex: Puberty questions for girls – A survival guide. Miami, FL: Binders Publishing LLC
40. Thomas, I. (2011). Why do I have periods? Chicago, IL: Raintree.
41. Thompson, R. (1995). Have you started yet? New York: Price, Stern, Sloan.