1st Edition

From Menarche to Menopause The Female Body in Feminist Therapy

By Joan Chrisler Copyright 2004
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    From Menarche to Menopause: The Female Body in Feminist Therapy examines the latest research on the menstrual cycle and women’s reproductive health. This timely volume focuses on women in therapy who are disconnected from—or even repelled by—their own bodies due to cultural attitudes, abuse, trauma, or the natural aging process. Experts in the fields of psychology and women’s health unite to celebrate the physical life stages of women and girls and to offer practical advice for therapists to use when addressing negativity caused by appearance, age, menstrual symptoms, or reproductive concerns.

    In this book, you will gain new understanding about the effects on a woman’s mental health that transitional life stages can cause, from preadolescence through the childbearing years to menopause. The suggestions in From Menarche to Menopause can help women resist the bombardment of negative messages and misleading information they receive about their bodies and their reproductive concerns. This helpful resource can also assist you in opening new lines of communication between mothers and daughter, women and men, and women and other women.

    From Menarche to Menopause discusses how to handle topics such as:

    • self-loathing caused by media and cultural messages that affect women’s acceptance of their bodies
    • overcoming a daughter’s reluctance to discuss sensitive topics of bodily maturation, menstruation, and emerging sexual development
    • helping women, men, and couples cope with infertility
    • assisting women in overcoming a disappointing birth experience
    • providing therapeutic care to women and couples who experience perinatal loss
    • addressing perimenopause in midlife women and the concerns, negative attitudes, and uncertainty of this transition
    This unique book fills the gap in feminist therapy literature with practical advice concerning the functions of women’s bodies that can be used within the therapy context. From Menarche to Menopause includes extensive references and several book reviews to further your research and provide reading and other resources you can recommend to your clients. This practical resource on women’s reproductive health—as it relates to mental health—is an important addition to the bookshelves of feminist psychologists, clinical practitioners, social workers, and health practitioners as well as faculty and students of these disciplines.

    • Introduction
    • Self-Objectification and That “Not So Fresh Feeling”: Feminist Therapeutic Interventions for Healthy Female Embodiment
    • Making Menarche Positive and Powerful for Both Mother and Daughter
    • Negative Attitudes Toward Menstruation: Implications for Disconnection Within Girls and Between Women
    • The Debate About PMDD and Sarafem: Suggestions for Therapists
    • Abortion and Mental Health: What Therapists Need to Know
    • Psychological Issues and Interventions with Infertile Patients
    • The Aftermath of Pregnancy Loss: A Feminist Critique of the Literature and Implications for Treatment
    • The Use of Rituals in Grieving for a Miscarriage or Stillbirth
    • Psychological Issues in Childbirth: Potential Roles for Psychotherapists
    • Myths and Mates in Childbearing Depression
    • Coping with Distress During Perimenopause
    • Facing the Unknown: Social Support During the Menopausal Transition
    • Is Menstruation Obsolete?, by E. M. Coutinho and S. J. Segal
    • The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo—Menstruation, by K. Houppert
    • Before She Gets Her Period: Talking with Your Daughter About Menstruation, by J. B. Gillooly
    • Period: A Girl’s Guide, by J. Loulan and B. Worthen
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Chrisler, Joan