With The Women's Collective, our intention is to unite in sisterhood, share insights, celebrate our growth, and evolve together with integrity and honesty. We have collected a broad list of resources that have been valuable to our growth and hopefully to yours too. This list is ever-growing and will be adjusted as we continue to find new material to share.
If you have any recommendations, feel free to share them with us via Instagram @thewomenscollective_ . We love to hear from you!
- Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power by Alexandra Pope
- The Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden
- Red Moon Gang: An Inclusive Guide to Periods by Tara Costello
- Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski Ph.D.
- This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences by Sarah Hill, Ph.D.
- Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
- The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Janet W. Hardy
- Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
- The Big O: An Empowering Guide to Loving, Dating, and F**king by Oloni
She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman by Ian Kerner, Ph.D.
- Bliss Club: Sex Tips for Creative Lovers by Jüne Plã
- Every Body: An Honest and Open Look at Sex from Every Angle by Julia Rothman and Shaina Feinberg
FERTILITY + CONTRACEPTION
- The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
- Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler
- The Hormone Balance Bible: A Holistic Plan to Create Lifelong Health by Shawn Tassone, MD
- Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill by Jolene Brighten, ND
HEALTH + ANATOMY
- Vagina: A Re-education Paperback by Enright, Lynn
- A Celebration of Vulva Diversity by Hilde Atalanta
- Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice by Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, Elena Gutiérrez
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
SELF-LOVE + BODY IMAGE
- All about love by Bell Hooks
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle
- The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf
- Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
- Burn Out: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cyclce by Amelia Nagowski
- Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
- Period. End of Sentence.(2019) — An Oscar-winning documentary that started inspired a movement. The short film tells the story of a rural village outside Delhi, India, where women led a quiet sexual revolution. They fought against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation by learning to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering the women of their community.
- The Business of Birth Control (2021) — Sixty years after the pill revolutionized women's emancipation, The Business of Birth Control examines the complex relationship between hormonal birth control and women’s health and liberation
- Sex, Explained (2020) — From the biology of attraction to the history of birth control, explore the ins and outs of sex in this entertaining and enlightening series.
- The Principles of Pleasure (2022) — Sex, joy and modern science converge in this eye-opening series that celebrates the complex world of women's pleasure - and puts old-fashioned myths to rest.
- Orgasm, Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure (2009) – A look at the science and business behind the pleasure of women and the race towards developing an FDA-approved Viagra for women.
- Business of Being Born (2008) – A documentary that explores the childbirth experience within the US healthcare system. An honest and intimate look at the medicalization of childbirth through lived experiences.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) – An honest look into the controversy that came with the immortalization of Henrietta Lacks’ cells without her consent, creating dialogue around the role of race, gender, and advocacy.
- Major! (2015) – The story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act. A documentary about miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a black transgender elder and activist.
- Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D. (@drzhana): Renowned non/monogamy expert and sexuality and relationships scientist.
- Ruby Rare (@rubyrare): A queer non-monogamous, dual-heritage sex educator
- Dr. Lara Briden (@larabriden): A naturopathic doctor focusing on women’s health. She creates guides for treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones.
- Jenna Longoria (@theperiodguru): A Board Certified Functional Nutrition practitioner focusing on hormone and period problems
- Chloe Skerlak (: Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner & Full Spectrum Fertility Awareness Educator
- Shawn Tassone (@shawntassonemd): An OBGYN with a focus on Integrative Medicine
- Gigi Engle (@gigiengle): A sex educator and award-winning author
Mobile Apps + Websites
- Kama Lab: a mobile app that offers sexual wellness practices that improve how you experience love, sex, and intimacy
- OmgYes.com: A course that offers an honest, informative, research-based approach to women’s pleasure
- Dipsea: Sexy audio stories and intimate wellness sessions
Research studies, papers, and health information providers referenced in the card game.
Mayo Clinic Staff, (2021, April 29). Menstrual cycle: What's normal, what's not. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/menstrual-cycle/art-20047186
How Much Plastic is in Period Pads? https://www.natracare.com/blog/how-much-plastic-in-period-pads/
Winer, S. A., & Rapkin, A. J. (2006). Premenstrual disorders: prevalence, etiology and impact. The Journal of reproductive medicine, 51(4 Suppl), 339–347.
How effective are condoms? https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/condom/how-effective-are-condoms
- Little, A. C., Burriss, R. P., Petrie, M., Jones, B. C., & Roberts, S. C. (2013). Oral contraceptive use in women changes preferences for male facial masculinity and is associated with partner facial masculinity. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(9), 1777–1785. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.02.014
Hasson KA. (2020 Jul 25). Not a “Real” Period?: Social and Material Constructions of Menstruation. The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies [Internet]. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan; 2020. Chapter 56. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK565603/ doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0614-7_56N
Lin, Y. P., Chen, W. C., Cheng, C. M., & Shen, C. J. (2021). Vaginal pH Value for Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Vaginitis. Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland), 11(11), 1996. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics11111996
Ernst, H., Nall, R. (2018, December, 13). Why are my breasts sore before a period?. Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323998
Kay, C., Morales-Brown, L. (2020, November, 8). Does it hurt when the hymen breaks?. Medical News Today. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/does-it-hurt-when-the-hymen-breaks
- Odeblad, E. (2002). The discovery of different types of cervical mucus and the Billings Ovulation Method. Bulletin of the Natural Family Planning Council of Victoria 21, no. 3, 3-35
- Steward K, Raja A. (2022). Physiology, Ovulation And Basal Body Temperature. StatPearls Publishing
Sheehan, J., Marcellin L., (2010, February, 17). Ovulation Pain: When Cramps Come in the Middle of Your Cycle. Everyday Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/pms/ovulation-pain.aspx
- Upham B., Smythe, S. (2022, October, 4). Predicting How Long the Menopausal Transition Will Last and When You’ll Reach Menopause: Questions and Answers. Everyday Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/menopause/at-what-age-will-you-enter-menopause.aspx
Hunt, E. (2017, January 22). Clitbait: 10 things you didn't know about the clitoris. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/23/clitbait-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-clitoris
Debby Herbenick, Tsung-Chieh (Jane) Fu, Jennifer Arter, Stephanie A. Sanders & Brian Dodge (2018) Women's Experiences With Genital Touching, Sexual Pleasure, and Orgasm: Results From a U.S. Probability Sample of Women Ages 18 to 94, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44:2, 201-212, DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2017.1346530