General resources for women’s health:

The National Women’s Health Network

Feminist Women’s Health Center

Boston Women’s Health Book Collective/ Our Bodies Ourselves

Planned Parenthood

Medline Plus

The Mayo Clinic

Scarleteen: (Great website with information on contraception and sexual health):

The Center for Menstrual Cycle Research (Jerilynn Prior):

Gilian Sanson (great  Australian women’s health writer and activist with excellent website):

William H. Parker with Rachel Parker, A Gynecologist’s Second Opinion, New York: Plume, 2003

On Contraceptive History:

Linda Gordon, The Moral Property of Women, Urbana and Chicago: The University of Illinois Press, 2007.

Robert Jutte, Contraception: A History, Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2008.

Carole R. McCann, Birth Control Politics in the United States, 1916-1945, Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1994.

Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body, New York: Random House, 1997.

Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross and Elena R. Gutierrez, Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize For Reproductive Justice, Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2004.

Rickie Solinger, Pregnancy and Power, New York and London: New York University Press, 2005.

Andrea Tone, Devices and Desires, New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.

On The Pill and the History of the Pill:


Jane Bennett and Alexandra Pop, The Pill: Are You Sure It’s For You?, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin, 2008.

Richard P. Dickey, Managing Contraceptive Pill Patients, Dallas, TX: EMIS Medical Publishers, 2007.

Carl Djerassi, The Man’s Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Lara Marks, Sexual Chemistry, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001.

Barbara Seaman, The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill, Alameda CA: Hunter House, 1995.

Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, On the Pill, Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.


The Pill, The American Experience, PBS, Chana Gazit, director, 2003.

The Pill, Erna Buffie, director, 1999.

On Menstruation:

Elizabeth Arveda Kissling, Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation, Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006.

Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb, Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation, Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1988.

Janice Delaney, Mary Jan Lupton and Emily Toth, The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, 1976.

Karen Houppert, The Curse, New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1999.

Laura Kipnis, The Female Thing: Dirt, Envy, Sex and Vulnerability, New York: Vintage, 2007.

Sophie Laws, Issues of Blood: The Politics of Menstruation, London: The MacMillan Press, LTD, 1990.

Emily Martin, The Woman in the Body, Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.

The Museum of Menstruation:

Inga Muscio, Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, Berkeley CA: Seal Press, 2002.

On Menstrual Supression:

Susan Rako, The Blessings of the Curse: No More Periods?, 2006.

On Fertility Awareness Method (FAM):

Katie Singer, The Garden Of Fertility, New York: Avery, 2004.

Toni Weschler, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, New York: HarperCollins, 2006

Cycle Savvy, New York: HarperCollins, 2006.

On The Male Pill:

Nelly Oudshoorn, The Male Pill: A Biography of a Technology in the Making, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003.

On Hormones and the Environment:

Devra Davis, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, New York: Basic Books, 2007.

On Global Reproductive Justice:

Michelle Goldberg, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World, New York: Penguin Press, 2009.

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half The Sky, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.