books + research

there are so many incredible books being written on periods! here is just a selection of my favourites, plus books that have been recommended to me. divided into books which give voice to menstruators stories, academic texts + books about the menstruating body.

some places I turn to for excellent research material are listed here.


stories + voices

☽ It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation : : Anna Dahlqvist (2018)
this book tells the stories of those fighting back against menstrual shame, from Sweden to Bangladesh to the U.S. + Uganda.

☽ Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth : : edited by Kate Farrell (2018)
in this collection an array of stories are told from a wide array of perspectives, telling stories about homeless periods, male periods, political periods + more. an excellent resource for younger readers!

☽ My Little Red Book : : Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (2009)
this anthology of stories about first periods is collected from women around the world.

☽ Notes on Bleeding : : Emilie Pine, available online and in Notes to Self: Essays (2018)
in this incredible essay Irish academic Emilie Pine explores what it means to be a body that bleeds + then learns not to bleed.

academic texts

☽ New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation : : Chris Bobel (2010)
in this must-read book Bobel carries out ethnographic research of menstrual activists + draws a rich illustration of the history of menstrual activism.

☽ Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance : : Breanne Fahs (2016)
through eleven incredible essays Fahs explores the resistive potential of menstruators, looking to zine makers, trans teenagers + tour guides.

☽ Issues of Blood: The Politics of Menstruation : : Sophie Laws (1991)
in this classic text Laws researches men’s attitudes towards menstruation.

☽ Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity : : Jennifer Weiss-Wolf (2017)
in this timely + important book Weiss-Wolf explores menstruation in the current cultural + political climate.

your body

☽ CodeRed: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Super Powers and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period. : : Lisa Lister and Meggan Watterson (2015)
this book promises to teach you how to live + work in alignment with your menstrual cycle, uncovering your monthly superpowers in the process.

☽ The Wild Genie: The Healing Power of Menstruation : : Alexandra Pope (2014)
in this self-care guide Pope guides a path for menstruators who wish to explore the spirituality of their menstrual cycle.

☽ Womancode: Perfect your Cycle, Amplify your Fertility, Supercharge your Sex Drive and Become a Power Source : : Alissa Vitti (2013)
Vitti provides an essential educative tool for menstruators who experience polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), outlining how she healed herself through food + lifestyle changes.

The Menstrual Cycle: A Feminist Lifespan Perspective
this short fact sheet was prepared by the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, it covers why menstruation matters + how the menstrual cycle works

if you would like to review any books about periods for the MÍOSTA blog get in touch!


check out the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research + the Knowledge Hive at the
Menstrual Health Hub for international research on menstruation

research in ireland

Plan International Ireland recently carried out the first survey on periods in Ireland. their research found that : :
☽ 55% of Irish menstruators felt embarrassed by their period
☽ 50% of Irish girls have experiences issues around affordability of menstrual products
☽ 1 in 2 did not find school helpful for providing information on their period
☽ 30% were asked not to speak to their male friends, brothers or fathers about their periods

if you are a student or researcher writing about periods in Ireland + would like it featured on the MÍOSTA website please send me your research/writing for consideration.
please include short abstract, author bio + full research paper.