Women's Reproductive Health

Women’s Reproductive Health is the official journal of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

It 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 jcchr@conncoll.edu.

Suggestions for book or media reviews should be directed to the book review editor, Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, Ph.D., at tavlarij@tcnj.edu.

Calls for Upcoming Special Issues

Stay tuned for the next issue theme.

Current Edition

Volume 3, Number 2 Fall 2016


Adolescents’ Use of Combined Hormonal Contraceptives for Menstrual Cycle–Related Problem Treatment and Contraception: Evidence of Potential Lifelong Negative Reproductive and Bone Effects

Jerilynn C. Prior

Abnormally Normal Uteri: Exploring the Meaning of Fibroid Tumors Among African American Women in the United States

Sydney Dillard


Adolescent Menstrual Management: The Complex Intersection of Science, Patient Autonomy, and Reproductive Justice

Aletha Y. Akers, Cherie Priya Dhar & Brandi Shah

A Developmental Perspective on Adolescents’ Reproductive Self-Care

Margaret L. Stubbs

Breaking the Habit of “Treating” Menstruation

Ellen F. Olshansky

No Justice, No Pill/Know (Reproductive) Justice, Know the Pill

Elizabeth A. Kissling

Apply the Precautionary Principle Concerning Combined Hormonal Contraception Use in Adolescents

Jerilynn C. Prior

Book Reviews

The Labor of Love: Enduring Pain and Disappointment in Heterosexual Relations

Maureen C. McHugh

Using a Reproductive Justice Lens to Present a Novel View of Safe Haven Laws

Jessica Chavez

Reproductive Regulations and Rhetoric: Which Bodies, What Choices?

Ophra Leyser-Whalen

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Past Editions

Volume 3, Number 1 Spring 2016


Demystifying menstrual Synchrony: Women’s Subjective Beliefs about Bleeding in Tandem with Other Women

Breanne Fahs

Running a Risk: Expectant Mothers Respond to “Risk” Language in Breastfeeding Promotion

Lora Ebert Wallace & Erin N. Taylor

Institutional Birth in Uganda: The Interplay of Individual Characteristics, Physical Accessibility, and Social Context

Marguerite L. Sagna & Patrice Johnelle Sparks

Ethnic Diversity and Maternal Health Care in Nigeria

Dorothy Ngozi Ononokpono, Clifford Obby Odimegwu, Sunday Adepoju Adedini, & Eunice N. S. Imasiku


Book Reviews

Infant Feeding as Practice: The Formation of Total Motherhood through Risk Culture Discourse

Sophie Zivku

Finding Common Ground within the Abortion Debate

Angela Barney

Menstruation’s Cultural History: The French Connection

David Linton

Media Reviews

Sex(Ed) the Movie: A Journey Through the Evolution of Sex Education in America

Jenny Lapekas

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 Fazio


Volume 2, Number 1 Spring 2015



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 Reviews

Prenatal Care as a Risk-prevention Enterprise: An Analysis of Popular Manuals for Pregnant

Women, 1900 to the Present

Michele Hoffnung


Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 2015 Conference Announcement

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

Volume 1, Number 1 Spring 2014


Representations of PMS and Premenstrual Women in Men’s Accounts: An Analysis of Online

Posts from PMSBuddy.com

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, & Lydia Karuta Murithi


Book and Media Reviews

Pop Culture Gets Its Period: Is This a Good Thing?

Constructing Gender and Sexuality across the Lifespan

Thinking Critically about Birth

Debulked: One Woman’s Struggle with Ovarian Cancer

Heather G. Guidone

“Yummy Mummies” and the Contradictions of Modern Pregnancy

A Girl Like Her: An Effective Film for Teaching Reproductive Health Issues to Undergraduates

Mary Pelton Cooper

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Editorial Board


Joan C. Chrisler, Ph.D., Connecticut College

Associate Editor

Ingrid Johnston-Robledo, Ph.D., Castleton State College

Book/Media Review Editor

Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, Ph.D., MPH, The College of New Jersey

Consulting Editors

Chris Bobel, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts – Boston

Susan M. Cohen, Ph.D., FAAN, University of Pittsburgh

Paula Derry, Ph.D., Paula Derry Enterprises in Health Psychology, Baltimore

Heather E. Dillaway, Ph.D., Wayne State University

Lorah D. Dorn, Ph.D., CPNP, Pennsylvania State University – University Park

Mindy J. Erchull, Ph.D., University of Mary Washington

Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D., Georgetown University

Elizabeth Arveda Kissling, Ph.D., Eastern Washington University

David Linton, Ph.D., Marymount Manhattan College

Marci Lobel, Ph.D., State University of New York – Stony Brook

Maria Luisa Marván, Ph.D., Universidad Veracruzana

Dara D. Mendez, Ph.D., MPH, University of Pittsburgh

Meredith Nash, Ph.D., University of Tasmania

Wendy V. Norman, M.D., MHSc, University of British Columbia

Ellen F. Olshansky, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, University of Southern California

Cheri Pies, Dr.P.H., University of California – Berkeley

Jerilynn C. Prior, M.D., University of British Columbia

Nancy King Reame, MSN, Ph.D., FAAN, Columbia University

Lisa R. Rubin, Ph.D., The New School for Social Research

Lynette Leidy Sievert, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Cindy A. Stearns, Ph.D., Sonoma State University

Margaret L. Stubbs, Ph.D., Chatham University

Jane Ussher, Ph.D., University of Western Sydney

Sharra Vostral, Ph.D., Purdue University

Jennifer Pelt Wisdom, Ph.D., MPH, George Washington University

Nancy Fugate Woods, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, University of Washington

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