Resources List for Menstrual Health and Menopause
Love -Sex Cabby Laffy This book looks at how our brains, minds, bodies, and emotions interact to create our experience of sexuality, and how we can create a sense of sexual self-esteem and a nutritious sexual diet for ourselves. This book challenges the cultural commodification of sex and sexuality, and encourages the reader to experience “being sexual” rather than “doing sex” or “looking sexy”.
The Wisdom of Menopause- Dr. Christiane Northrup Dr. Northrup has a very holistic approach to women’s health and this is very evident in this book. It is both soulful and practical. Highly recommend book for women.
The Secret Pleasures of Menopause- Dr. Christiane Northrup Insights into the potential pleasures the menopause can offer.
Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom- Dr. Christiane Northrup. An excellent women’s health book
The Wild Genie- Alexandra Pope An accessible and inspiring, this book looks at the wisdom and spiritual power within the menstrual cycle.
The Women’s Quest- Alexandra Pope A very practical yet soulful workbook that can give a great sense of holding especially if worked through with the support of others. Allowing you to go deep into the cyclical nature of womanhood.
The Wise Wound- Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove A very informative book with lots of information but also poetic in nature.
Passage to Power- Leslie Kenton Kenton uses archetypes to explore the wisdom and power within menopause. There is also a lot of information about diet.
Yoni Shakti- Uma Dinsmore-Tuli This is not your average yoga book, it is jam packed with information and Uma’s passion really comes through.
Red Moon- Miranda Gray Uses archetypes and stories to uncover and explore the power and wisdom of the menstrual cycle.
So That’s Why they Do That!- Judith Claire and Frank Wiegers Lots of information about hormones and changes during the menopause (and male ‘andropause’)
The Change- Women, Aging & The Menopause -Germaine Greer Explores coming to terms with the psychological, physical and social aspects of the menopause.
Supporting Disabled People with their Sexual Lives by Tuppy Owens (2014) Women Who Run with the Wolves – Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés- A beautiful and empowering book looking at well known fairy tales and unpicking them to reveal the ‘wild woman’, the wise and ageless presence in the female psyche that gives women their creativity, energy and power.
Red Tent – Anita Diamant An extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and how women would gather during their menstrual cycle in women’s tents. This book has inspired the now Red Tent movement featured in the wellbeing section of this list.
WEBSITES, PAGES & BLOGS
There are lots of great websites, online communities and Facebook groups out there, here are a few
www.reclaimthemenopause.com – Hands Inc’s website (you’re on it now!) offering women a platform to share their stories and experiences with other women. Also features short films and audio stories straight from the horses mouths! See also our Facebook page Reclaiming the Menopause. If you are experiencing problems logging onto the page send a message to Facebook/Questlife and ask to join the group
Chatting Through The Menopause A Facebook group for Women Only to talk about everything and anything…including the menopause
www.sanityparers.com: Real stories of women’s experiences of menopause. In-depth interviews, intriguing information, serious suggestions, and fun! Also has a facebook page
www.daisynetwork.org.uk The Daisy Network is a support group for women in their teens, 20s, 30s and 40s suffering from premature menopause.
http://thehappywomb.com – The website of Lucy Pearce, who writes about motherhood and menstrual health.
http://womensquest.org/Home/Index – The website of Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, the site has lots of information on it and has a link to the community site.
http://www.wildfeminine.com – Lots about the creative energy of the female body, links to articles and other resources.
http://www.drnorthrup.com – This site is packed full of information and articles.
http://www.thefertilebody.com – Website of Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, who is a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist specialising in fertility and menstrual awareness.
http://www.mybodybackproject.com – My Body Back Project works with women who have experienced sexual violence, regarding their physicality. The project started in August 2014, and supports women who have experienced rape or sexual assault to love and care for their bodies again. Also http://mybodyback-survivors.blogspot.co.uk
www.sh-womenstore.com A multi award-winning, female-run erotic emporium for women only. If you have never been to a womens sex shop this is the one to try. Men can only attend with partners. The shop is based in Shoreditch, is very welcoming with a cup of tea on offer in a relaxed environment. It is staffed by an approachable all-female staff, highly trained to give personalised advice. They also run various workshops
www.womens-health-concern.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org Provides information fact sheets and advice via phone or email. There is a cost attached to the advice service, see website for details
www.outsiders.org.uk Outsiders is a social, peer support and dating club, run by and for socially and physically disabled people.
Health channel tv/cherish your health. A very useful website featuring a range of informative sexual health videos including menopause symptoms and tips, female orgasm explained and female arousal techniques https://www.youtube.com/user/cherishyourhealthtv
The Internal Clitoris: Betty Dobson. The clitoris explained in a very useful and informative short film.
The Internal Clitoris. Article with further information and diagrams about the clitoris. http://www.museumofsex.com/tag/pleasure-organ/
www.vaginismusawareness.com – Information and resources for women experiencing vaginismus. Vaginismus is the term used to describe recurrent or persistent involuntary tightening of muscles around the vagina whenever penetration is attempted.”The symptoms include burning or stinging pain upon penetration, as well as intense fear or loss of desire when penetration is attempted.
www.pms.org.uk – Information and resources for women and health professionals about premenstrual pain. The website is run by a charity called The National Assc. for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS)
www.handsinc.co.uk We provide a range of Complementary therapies, stress Awareness courses, women’s exercise classes and more
http://redtentdirectory.com Red Tents are a global movement of women coming together and finding time to just be where they are, meet other women in their community and enjoy a the opportunity for women to share in a deeper way than they might usually do. Use the site to find your local group
http://www.maisiehill.com – Maisie offers a number of different treatments and has a huge knowledge of women’s health.
http://www.wombyoga.org – Uma offers training, retreats, workshops and classes in Stroud, Ireland and London
http://www.carolinegaskin.co.uk – Caroline is a health practitioner, with a difference, her aim is to empower. She offers homeopathy and nutritional advice.
http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en – Brene Brown explores self esteem
http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame – Brene Brown explores shame
shada.org.uk SHADA’s mission is to support and facilitate the sex and relationship needs of all people with disabilities, campaigning to remove the stigma attached.
www.focusondisability.org.uk Sexual and Personal Relationship Resources for Disabled People
How to Do Kegel Exercises for Bladder Control – YouTube Easy to learn video instruction.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
www.freemindclinic.org –Individual and couple therapy. Also BAME (Black and Ethnic Minority), therapy available
http://www.spiralcentre.org – Offers various different therapies and also some low cost counselling.
http://www.re-vision.org.uk – Offers low cost counselling in London but also has a list of nationwide therapists. They also offer training and workshops.
http://www.bacp.co.uk/ – The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. All therapists listed on this site are BACP registered. Also has lots of info about therapy.
http://www.psychosexualhealth.org.uk – The Centre for Psychosexual Health. List of therapists offering one to one and couple therapy. Also, training and workshops
http://www.sexualrespect.com Sexual toolkits for health professionals to encourage initiation of discussion about sex
Please let me know if you have any particular favourites or if you find anything you would like to share. Building a network of support is so important.