Critical Menstrual Studies

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Critical Menstruation Studies is a new field of interdisciplinary academic research which seeks to investigate the social, economic, cultural, historic and scientific aspects of the menstrual cycle. It was coined in the 2010s, and officially launched through The Palgrave Handbook for Critical Menstruation Studies in 2020.[1]

Menstruation Scholarship prior to launch of Critical Menstruation Studies

Although defined in the 2010s, menstrual scholarship has a long history dating back to the 1800s. During the twentieth-century, a more critical approach to menstrual research developed to include analysis of the product industry, menstrual taboos, and menstrual pain. Chris Bobel, in her book New Blood, covers the history of activism and scholarship to date.[2]

Key authors and thinkers

  • Chris Bobel[3]
  • Sharra L Vostral
  • Bettina Bildhauer
  • Inga Winkler
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Breanne Fahs
  • Elizabeth Kissling
  • Maria Tomlinson
  • David Linton
  • Bee Hughes
  • Alice Billington
  • Sarah Zipp
  • Cass Cemmer
  • Lara Owen
  • Camilla Mørk Røstvik
  • Dr. Jerilynn Prior
  • Laura Wershler[4]
  • Jo-Ann Osuwu[5]

Centres of expertise

  • Society for Menstrual Cycle Research[6]
  • Menstruation Research Network UK[7]
  • MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh[8]
  • Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research at University of British Columbia
  • American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Psychological Association (e.g., Division 35 – Psychology of Women, Division 38 – Health Psychology)
  • Association for Women in Psychology
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Sociological Association—Section on Body/Embodiment
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
  • Canadian Women’s Health Network
  • International Council on Women’s Health Issues
  • Jacobs Institute for Women’s Health
  • Menstrual Matters
  • Museum of Menstruation[9]
  • National Women’s Health Network
  • North American Menopause Society
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves
  • Red Tent Women’s Project
  • Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)
  • Tremin Trust


  1. Bobel, Chris; Winkler, Inga T.; Fahs, Breanne; Hasson, Katie Ann; Kissling, Elizabeth Arveda; Roberts, Tomi-Ann, eds. (2020). The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-981-15-0613-0.
  2. "Redirect Notice". Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  3. "Chris Bobel - University of Massachusetts Boston". Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  4. "Laura Wershler, Author at Society for Menstrual Cycle Research". Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  5. "Jo-Ann Owusu | History Today". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  6. "Menstruation resource site - Society for Menstrual Research". Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  7. "menstruation research network". menstruation research network. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  8. "MRC Centre for Reproductive Health". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  9. "Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health". Retrieved 2020-09-16.

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