1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health

Edited By Jane M. Ussher, Joan C. Chrisler, Janette Perz Copyright 2020
    628 Pages
    by Routledge

    628 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health is the authoritative reference work on important, leading-edge developments in the domains of women’s sexual and reproductive health.

    The handbook adopts a life-cycle approach to examine key milestones and events in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Contributors drawn from a range of disciplines, including psychology, medicine, nursing and midwifery, sociology, public health, women’s studies, and indigenous studies, explore issues through three main lenses:

    • the biopsychosocial model

    • feminist perspectives

    • international, multidisciplinary perspectives that acknowledge the intersection of identities in women’s lives.

    The handbook presents an authoritative review of the field, with a focus on state-of-the-art work, encouraging future research and policy development in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Finally, the handbook will inform health care providers about the latest research and clinical developments, including women’s experiences of both normal and abnormal sexual and reproductive functions.

    Drawing upon international expertise from leading academics and clinicians in the field, this is essential reading for scholars and students interested in women’s reproductive health.

    Author biographies

    Introduction – Joan C. Chrisler, Jane M. Ussher and Janette Perz

    Part I: Menarche, menstruation and menopause

    1. Pubertal development and menarche: physiological and developmental aspects – Margaret L. Stubbs

    2. Menarche. psychosocial and cultural aspects – Maria Luisa Marván and Verónica Alcalá–Herrera

    3. The menstrual cycle: its biology in the context of silent ovulatory disturbances – Jerilynn C. Prior

    4. The menstrual cycle: attitudes and behavioral concomitants – Joan C. Chrisler and Jenifer A. Gorman

    5. Premenstrual mood disorders: a feminist psychosocial perspective – Jane M. Ussher and Janette Perz

    6. Menopause and midlife: psychosocial perspectives and interventions – Myra S. Hunter

    Part II: Reproductive and gynecological disorders

    7. Menstrual-cycle-related disorders: polycystic ovary syndrome, dysmenorrhea and menstrual migraine – Nancy Fugate Woods and Nancy J. Kenney

    8. Women’s experience of endometriosis – Elaine Denny and Annalise Weckesser

    9. Breast and reproductive cancers: genomics and risks – Cheryl B. Travis

    10. Psychosocial aspects of women’s sexual and reproductive well-being after cancer – Chloe Parton

    Part III: Contraception and infertility

    11. Contraception across the reproductive life-course – Deborah Bateson

    12. Abortion in context – Jeanne Marecek

    13. Women’s experiences of infertility – Jessica L. Barnack–Tavlaris

    14. Fertility and cancer – Michelle Peate, Lesley Stafford and Yasmin Jayasinghe

    15. Assisted conception: fertility preservation, surrogate motherhood, gamete/embryo donation and in vitro fertilization – Olga B. A. van den Akker

    Part IV: Pregnancy and childbirth

    16. ‘Adolescent pregnancy’: social problem, public health concern, or neither? – Catriona Ida Macleod and Tracey Feltham–King

    17. Smoking and pregnancy: risk factors, women’s experiences and interventions – Michael Ussher, Felix Naughton, Cailtlin Notley and Linda Bauld

    18. Medical aspects of pregnancy – Annemarie Hennessy

    19. Miscarriage – Heather Rowe and Alexandra J. Hawkey

    20. The ultimate in women’s labor: stillbirth and grieving – Joanne Cacciatore and Jill Wieber Lens

    21. Psychological aspects of pregnancy and pregnancy health care in their social and cultural contexts – Jane R.W. Fisher and Karin Hammarberg

    22. Childbirth and sexuality – Hannah H. Dahlen and Sahar Sobhgol

    23. Postpartum adjustment: psychological aspects – Paula Nicolson

    24. Understanding perinatal mental health problems: prevalence, risk factors, approaches to prevention, early identification and treatment – Virginia Schmied

    Part V: Sexuality and sexual health

    25. Women’s sexual health and embodiment – Niva Piran

    26. Sexual health of adolescent girls – S. Rachel Skinner, Cristyn Davies, Jennifer Marino, Jessica R. Botfield and Larissa Lewis

    27. Older women and sexual health: social, relational and medical considerations – Camille J. Interligi and Maureen C. McHugh

    28. Sexuality and sexual dysfunction: psychological perspectives and interventions – Julia Velten and Sonia Milani

    29. Sexuality and sexual dysfunction: critical analyses – Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Lianne A. Rosen, Maxime Charest and Alyson K. Spurgas

    30. HIV, STIs, risk taking and sexual health – Jennifer Power

    31. Impacts of sexual violence on women’s sexual health – Kyja Noack–Lundberg

    32. Feminist perspectives on child sexual abuse – Sam Warner

    33. Female genital mutilation and genital surgeries – Hilary Burrage

    Part VI. Marginalized women’s health

    34. Shame, silence and secrecy: migrant and refugee women’s sexual and reproductive health and embodiment – Alexandra Hawkey

    35. Reproductive health disparities among women experiencing homelessness – Courtney Cronley and Shamsun Nahar

    36. Reproductive justice and culturally safe approaches to sexual and reproductive health for indigenous women and girls – Pat Dudgeon and Abigail Bray

    37. Reproductive health of women in low- and middle-income countries – Kirsten I. Black and Miriam O’Connor

    38. Experiences of reproductive and sexual health and health care among women with disabilities – Heather Dillaway, Brianna Marzolf, Heather Fritz, Wassim Tarraf and Catherine Lysack

    39. Women with intellectual and developmental impairments: differences not deficits – Jan Burns

    40. Lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender women’s sexual and reproductive health – Ruth P. McNair



    Jane M. Ussher is Professor of Women’s Health Psychology at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is the author of 11 books, including The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience and Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body. Jane is also editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology book series.

    Joan C. Chrisler, PhD, is The Class of ’43 Professor Emerita of Psychology at Connecticut College, USA. She is the founding editor of the journal Women’s Reproductive Health, co-author of Woman’s Embodied Self: Feminist Perspectives on Identity and Image, and author of dozens of articles and chapters on women’s embodiment and health.

    Janette Perz is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) at Western Sydney University, Australia. She has undertaken a significant research program in sexual and reproductive health, including premenstrual syndrome, menopause, and concerns about fertility and sexuality after cancer.