Sex Ed Books on Menstruation

Posted On: August 12, 2021

There are some sexuality education books relating to puberty more specifically relating to menstruation. Hope you find this list useful!

1. Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls by Sonya Renee Taylor

A body-positive guide to help girls ages 8 to 12 navigate the changes of puberty

Puberty can be a difficult time for a young girl―and it’s natural not to know who (or what) to ask. Celebrate Your Body is a reassuring entry into puberty books for girls that encourages girls to face puberty with excitement and empowerment. From period care to mysterious hair in new places, this age-appropriate sex education book has the answers you’re looking for―in a way you can relate to.

Covering everything from bras to braces, this body-positive top choice in books about puberty for girls offers friendly guidance and support when you need it most. In addition to tips on managing intense feelings, making friends, and more, you’ll get advice on what to eat and how to exercise so your body is healthy, happy, and ready for the changes ahead.

2. HelloFlo: The Guide, Period.: The Everything Puberty Book for the Modern Girl by Naama Bloom

Honest, funny, and unafraid of the messy, real-life facts about a girl’s changing body, this is definitely not your mother’s puberty book. HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom’s mission is to create informed, empowered young women who are unafraid to ask questions and make the best choices for themselves and their bodies. A celebration of women’s bodies and all the confusing, uncomfortable, silly, transformative, and powerful changes that occur during puberty.

This full-color book―written by HelloFlo founder, Naama Bloom, and journalist Glynnis MacNicol―features bright, diverse, approachable illustrations and infographics, doctor-vetted information, and personal testimonials from real girls and women.

3. Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for “period equity” and introduces readers to the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen.

Weiss-Wolf―the woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation’s “badass menstrual activists”―explores why periods have become a prominent political cause. From societal attitudes of periods throughout history―in the United States and around the world―to grassroots activism and product innovation, Weiss-Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power―and the absolute normalcy―of menstruation.

4. Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement by Nadya Okamoto

PERIOD founder and Harvard College student Nadya Okamoto offers a manifesto on menstruation and why we can no longer silence those who bleed—and how to engage in youth activism.

Throughout history, periods have been hidden from the public. They’re taboo. They’re embarrassing. They’re gross. And due to a crumbling or nonexistent national sex ed program, they are misunderstood. Because of these stigmas, a status quo has been established to exclude people who menstruate from the seat at the decision-making table, creating discriminations like the tampon tax, medicines that favor male biology, and more.

Period Power aims to explain what menstruation is, shed light on the stigmas and resulting biases, and create a strategy to end the silence and prompt conversation about periods.

 
5. The Moon In You: A Period Book For Girls byAlexandria King

Your period is nature, beautiful, inspiring, nature. Reading this book will help uncover how periods have been kept in the dark, and by the end you will find yourself closer to feeling The Moon In You. You will go on a journey that happens inside of you, a story that unfolds as you realize-your period is a rite of passage.

6. The Period Book: Everything you don’t want to ask (but need to know) by Karen Gravelle and Jennifer Gravelle

Karen Gravelle and her fifteen-year-old niece, Jennifer Gravelle, have written a down-to-earth practical book that answers any questions you might have about your period, from what it is and what it feels like, to how to choose your form of protection, to how to talk to your parents about it. The Period Book will guide you through all the physical, emotional and social changes that come with your period, as well as related issues such as dealing with spots, mood swings and new expectations from friends and family. Debbie Palen’s funny and sympathetic cartoons ease the confusion and exasperation you might feel and celebrate the new sense of power and maturity that your period can bring. Perfect for sharing, The Period Book is a trusty friend that can help you feel happy and confident about this new phase or your life.

7. This Period In My Life: A Period Guide Book and Journal by Saskia Boujo

What is “This Period In My Life” all about?
It’s a guide book and journal that has been designed to inform and prepare young people for their menstrual cycle.

Over a lifetime we will have between 400 and 500 periods on average. That deserves some attention!

Using ungendered language, This Period in My Life encourages young people to value and understand their periods, as well as connect with their menstrual bleed. Because we all deserve the tools to equip us for one of the biggest chapters of our life. A thoughtful gift for anyone approaching puberty

8. Vaginas and Periods 101: A Pop-Up Book by Christian Hoeger, Kristen Lilla, and Sara M. Lyons

Vaginas and Periods 101: A Pop-Up Book is a fun and creative way to learn more about …vaginas and periods! This book uses pop-ups and colorful graphics to normalize anatomy aesthetics and mentruation.


It also describes various mentrual product options beyond just tampons and pads.
We want all young people to feel comfortable in their bodies thoughout puberty and into adulthood!

Let me know if you have other books you like to recommend! 🙂

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice for more than 12 years, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore. She is also a Red Tent Women’s Circles Facilitator from Star of Ishtar.

Often cited in the media, Dr. Lee is the appointed Resident Sexologist for PinkLifestyle.com; as well appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-BetweenOrgasmic YogaFrom Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

         
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