We get asked questions relating to menstruation. In response, we’ve pulled together some resources as an online starting point for exploring and learning. We will periodically update this resource list, which includes websites, podcasts, and books. Please note that none of these links have been produced by us, nor do we have any direct connection to them (unless otherwise specifically indicated). If you think this list is missing an important resource, do let us know!

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Date last updated: 1 april, 2024

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Here are some respected, popular books to browse in alphabetical order, with Dutch followed by English. As always, we encourage you to order from a local, independent bookseller!

Claim je Cyclus, Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
“Een baanbrekend boek over je menstruatie, hormonen en je maandelijkse cyclus. Het idee dat je altijd maar op een constant niveau moet presteren doet vrouwen geen recht. We hébben nu eenmaal die maandelijkse cyclus en we zíjn iedere maand ongesteld! Er is een andere weg: leven in het ritme van je cyclus. De auteurs laten je nadenken over de vraag waarom je je hormonen en menstruatie niet zou eren in plaats van ze te negeren. Want als je eenmaal die keuze maakt zul je ontdekken dat er een grote kracht in je huist. Dat betekent dat je onderscheid leert maken tussen de periode van sterke wil en controle en de tijd van kwetsbaarheid in intimiteit. Je leert je innerlijke seizoenen kennen en je ontdekt hoeveel energie er vrijkomt als je de juiste periode van de maand inplant voor organiseren, plannen, feesten en terugblikken. Deze manier van leven is niet nieuw, maar in onze 24-uurs economie waarin constant op een hoog moeten presteren de norm is, wel ondergesneeuwd.”

De Cyclus Strategie, Maisie Hill

“In De Cyclus Strategie laat bestsellerauteur Maisie Hill zien hoe het samenwerken met je hormonen je dagelijks leven kan veranderen. De Nederlandse editie van Period Power.

De bestseller De Cyclus Strategie van Maisie Hill leert je samenwerken met je hormonen. Het biedt een no-nonsense uitleg van wát er nu exact in je lichaam gebeurt elke maand en hoe je elke fase van je cyclus in je voordeel kan laten werken. Na het lezen van dit revolutionaire boek ervaar je je hormonen niet langer als een last maar als een kracht, en zal je je afvragen waarom niemand je dit eerder heeft verteld.”

Grip op je Cyclus, Lara Briden

“Heb je vaak last van menstruatie- en hormoongerelateerde klachten? En is je cyclus daardoor een bron van stress? In Grip op je cyclus legt natuurgeneeskundig arts Lara Briden helder uit wat je hier zelf aan kunt doen op het gebied van voeding, leefstijl en suppletie. Je leert ook over de effecten van hormonale anticonceptie en hoe je het beste bij je huisarts hormoongerelateerde klachten aankaart.”

Menopause Manifesto, Dr. Jen Gunter

“Dr. Jen Gunter, Canadian OB/GYN and the internet’s most fearless advocate for women’s health, brings us empowerment through knowledge by countering stubborn myths and misunderstandings about menopause with hard facts, real science, fascinating historical perspective, and expert advice. The only thing predictable about menopause is its unpredictability. Factor in widespread misinformation, a lack of research, and the culture of shame around women’s bodies, and it’s no wonder women are unsure what to expect during the menopause transition and beyond.

Frank and funny, Dr. Jen debunks misogynistic attitudes and challenges the over-mystification of menopause to reveal everything you really need to know about:

* Perimenopause * Hot flashes * Sleep disruption * Sex and libido * Depression and mood changes * Skin and hair issues * Outdated therapies * Breast health * Weight and muscle mass * Health maintenance screening * And much more!”

Period Power, Maisie Hill

“Period Power is a profound but practical blueprint for aligning daily life with the menstrual cycle, to give women a no-nonsense explanation of what the hell happens to their hormones every month and how they can use each phase to its full advantage. The hormones of the menstrual cycle profoundly influence our energy, mood and behavior, but all too often we’re taught that our hormones make us unreliable, moody bitches, or that it’s our lot in life to put up with women’s problems. Maisie Hill, a women’s health practitioner, knows the power of working with the menstrual cycle and refuses to accept this theory. Instead, Maisie believes that our hormones are there to serve us and, if utilized correctly, can be used to help you get what you want out of life. Yes, we are hormonal, and thats a very good thing. This revolutionary book reveals everything you need to know about taking control of your menstrual cycle and outlines the Cycle Strategy to help us perform at our best, throughout our cycle.”

Period Repair Manual, Lara Briden

“Period Repair Manual is your guide to better periods using natural treatments such as diet, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and natural hormones. It contains advice and tips for every age and situation. If you have a period (or want a period), then this book is for you.”

Pussypedia: A Comprehensive Guide, Zoe Mendelson (Author), Maria Conejo (Illustrator), Heather Corinna (Foreword)

“Written by the creators of the popular website, this rigorously fact-checked, accessible, and fully illustrated guide is essential for anyone with a pussy. There is still a shocking lack of accurate, accessible information about pussies and many esteemed medical sources seem to contradict each other. Pussypedia solves that with extensive reviews of peer-reviewed science that address old myths, confusing inconsistencies, and the influence of gender narratives on scientific research––always in simple, joyful language. Through over 30 chapters, Pussypedia not only gives the reader information, but teaches them how to read science, how to consider information in its context, and how to accept what we don’t know rather than search for conclusions. It also weaves in personal anecdotes from the authors and their friends––sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often cringe-worthy, and always extremely personal––to do away with shame and encourage curiosity, exploration, and agency.

A gift for your shy niece, your angsty teenager, your confused boyfriend, or yourself.”

We Need to Talk About Vaginas, Dr. Allison K. Rodgers

“Do you know the difference between a vagina and a vulva? If you’re not sure, We Need to Talk About Vaginas by TikToker Dr. Allison K. Rodgers could be for you! There are lots of reasons why we don’t talk about vaginas. It can be embarrassing to discuss your vagina with your parents, we can feel confused about the changes that are happening to our bodies, and nobody else talks about vaginas—so why should you? But KNOWLEDGE IS POWER people! The more we know about our vaginas and vulvas the better equipped we will be to deal with our bodies in the future. In this beautifully illustrated book Dr. Allison K. Rodgers simply explains everything from why we have periods to sex and consent in the age of social media. You’ll learn the correct names for everything, realize pubic hair is TOTALLY NORMAL, and discover the magical self-cleaning properties of vaginas.”

Third wave feminism and the politics of menstruation, Chris Bobel

Out for Blood: Essays on menstruation and resistance, Breanne Fahs

Do you love a good podcast? Here are some to check out, each with their own focus on menstruation: 

Feeling My Flo addresses menstruation as an event that happens to all types of bodies with all kinds of effects. [EN]

FLOW offers up straight talk about extreme periods, heavier/irregular bleeding. [EN]

The Flow Down In a culture that likes to pretend periods don’t exist, women’s health coach Stefanie Kleinburd and journalist Jessica Weiss are breaking the silence. The Flow Down offers fun, insightful, deep conversations about our cycles, plus interviews with special  guests. [EN]

Menstruatiemeisjes Een podcast over menstruatie, vulva’s en period shaming. En alles waar je nog meer mee te maken krijgt als vrouw of mens met een baarmoeder. [NL]

Not your mother’s menopause Dr. Lovely brings to her listeners the expertise gleaned from 20+ years of clinical practice in functional medicine and functional neurology. An agent provocateur in women’s health; she is an expert in peri-menopause, and all-things female health at mid-life. [EN]

Ongesteld Wetenschapsjournaliste Liesbeth Gijsel stelt alle ‘ongestelde vragen’ over menstruatie. Vrouwen vertellen hun verhaal. Experts geven tekst en uitleg. ‘Ongesteld’ is een podcast over leven volgens je cyclus, menstruatieverlof, de pil, endometriose, hormonen en de overgang. Een samenwerking tussen Eos Wetenschap en Radio 1. [NL]

PERIOD podcast Dr. Kate Clancy, an anthropologist and period enthusiast, explores anything and everything to do with the menstrual cycle. [EN]

Reproductive Rebel is Adrienne Irizarry, HWH who shoots straight and true, taking aim at women’s health issues and providing period solutions for a symptom free life. [EN]

The Heavy Flow Podcast Holistic nutritionist Amanda Laird discusses topics that aren’t typically covered in mainstream media or everyday conversations. She and her guests refuse to shy away from topics that others have claimed are difficult, such as menstruating while homeless, PCOS, menstruating with a disability, and so many more. She hosted Cass Bliss, a trans menstrual activist, for an episode that featured their campaign “bleeding while trans.” The episode focused on bringing awareness to the lack of inclusivity in period culture for trans and nonbinary folx. While the podcast is no longer active,  there are lots of episodes spanning from activism to fertility. [EN]

The Queer Wellness Podcast Typical health and wellness platforms tend to exclude or pass over the topics related to queer, trans, and non-binary people. With these topics being overlooked in both media and education, it can be difficult to get the information we really need. Thankfully holistic wellness coach Katya Weiss-Anderson covers menstrual health, deep-diving into topics about nutrition for your period, holistic herbs that can be used to treat symptoms, and the pros and cons of the products we use on our periods. In addition to period health, she talks in-depth about sexual health, boundaries, and how to handle trauma. [EN]

Planned parenthood is a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally. [EN]

Rutgers is een Nederlandse organisatie die zich richt op seksuele en reproductieve gezondheid. Hun website bevat informatie over menstruatie, menstruatiehygiëne en menstruatieklachten, en contraceptie. [NL]

Sex and u is run by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, and is a resource for sexual and reproductive health, which also includes information on contraception choices, and their impact on your body. [EN] 

Health system: advocating for yourself at the GP/Huisarts & accessing a gynecologist [EN]

De Gynaecoloog wordt beheerd door de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Obstetrie en Gynaecologie (NVOG) en biedt informatie over verschillende gynaecologische onderwerpen, waaronder menstruatie en menstruatieproblemen. [NL]

P.S. In the Netherlands, women over the age of 30 receive an official reminder for a pap smear every 5 years. This means an annual check, customary in some other medical cultures, is not covered by insurance.

Some factors that affect hormone levels and the impact of hormone imbalances on menstruation and overall health [EN]

An introduction to possible effects from perimenopause and what to look out for [EN]

An introduction to possible effects from menopause and what to look out for [EN]

The H3 network is a network of 3 doctors (gynecologist Dorenda van Dijken, psychiatrist Sandra Kooij and cardiologist Janneke Wittekoek) joining forces for integrated women’s care.
They are sharing knowledge for women with ADHD who suffer from hormonal mood swings/depression and cardiac complaints. On their website you have access to information on why the diagnosis of ADHD is often made so late, especially in women or how the drop in estrogen during menopause can worsen ADHD symptoms. You can register to get access to webinars [NL].

Doorbreek de cyclus is een website van Alliantie Gezondheidszorg op Maat (waaronder WOMEN Inc., Rutgers en COC Nederland) en bevat veel informatie, podcasts en ervaringsverhalen over menstruatie. [NL]

Scarletteen is an inclusive sex education website that self-describes as “queer sex for all since 1998”. Packed with loads of information (just see the enormous list of their subject tags!), it also offers a clear breakdown of all matters relating to the menstrual cycle, products, and potential problems, including information on transmasculine flow. [EN]

The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies contains free source crossing over various aspects of menstruation including stigmatization, structural issues, political issues, intersectional experiences of menstruation. [EN]

Your Period is run by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, and offers up to date, reliable information about your first period, the menstrual cycle, what is abnormal pain and bleeding, endometriosis, fibroids and other concerns. [EN] 

More Than Just a Punctuation Mark: How Boys and Young Men Learn About Menstruation, Katherine R. Allen, Christine E. Kaestle and Abbie E. Goldberg. [EN] 

(In)visible bleeding: the menstrual concealment imperative, Wood, J. M. (in The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies). Wood offers a new conceptual framework, “the menstrual concealment imperative”, to explain how women’s internalization of menstrual discourse contributes to their disembodiment and self-objectification through menstrual “management”. [EN] 

Sex Roles, The Menstrual Mark: Menstruation as Social Stigma, I. Johnston-Robledo & J.C. & Chrisler (in The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies). They argue that the stigma of menstruation both reflects and contributes to women’s lower social status and conclude with suggestions for ways to resist the stigma. [EN] 

Cycles of shame: Menstrual shame, body shame, and sexual decision-making, D. Schooler, M. L. Ward, A. Merriwether & A. S. Caruthers. This study investigates the contributions of menstrual shame and global body shame to sexual decision-making [EN] 

Menstruation as Structural, Winkler (in The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies). An overview and early assessment of the developments of the menstrual movement at various levels (including those driven by practitioners, policy-makers, activists, and civil society actors) which seeks to capture its trends and initiatives. [EN] 

Publicatie met o.a. informatie over de mogelijke toxiciteit van menstruatieproducten. [NL]

Research published in volume 190 of Environment International, a peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal focused on environmental science and health, confirming measurable levels of 16 metals in tampons, including arsenic and lead. [EN]

Cupkiezer in deze website vind de cup die bij je past! [NL]

Period Product Subscription Services: Subscription services like Lola, Cora, and Rael allow you to customize your period product selection and receive a curated selection of products delivered to your door each month. While not a testing platform per se, these services can help you discover new products and find ones that suit your preferences. [EN]

Severe PMS/PMDD – is it time for a new approach?, Nick Panay [EN]

Het Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds biedt informatie over borstkankerpreventie en -detectie, inclusief zelfonderzoek. [NL] 

The Breast Cancer Foundation provides comprehensive information on breast cancer detection methods, including self-exams. [EN]

For additional breast health resources such as guides for self-exams, visit Susan G. Komen. [EN] 

Planned Parenthood offers comprehensive information on transgender health, including the effects of hormone therapy on the body and menstrual cycles. [EN]

T-Nederland heeft discussies waar transgender personen ervaringen delen met hormoontherapie en de effecten ervan op het lichaam en de menstruatiecyclus. [NL]