Female’s reproductive lives are highly medicalised worldwide today. From the onset of the menstrual periods to the transition to menopause, from sexual behaviour to pregnancies and childbirth, women’s reproductive lives are not (always) in their hands. Any deviation from “the norm” tends to be categorized as biological malfunctioning, a disorder or a pathology that requires medical attention. In the absence of knowledge, women are not in control of their bodies and must subjugate themselves to medical authority, which may be accompanied by anxiety, feelings of guilt and unnecessary treatment. In this context, this project aims to empower women with the means to acquire knowledge of their own bodies. We pair digital health data with a reproduction ecology approach to produce new understandings of the menstrual cycle and female health more generally.
The team is composed of Marija Vlajić Wheeler (Clue), Virginia Vitzthum (Clue), Gabriella Kountourides (Oxford) & Alex Alvergne (Oxford)
This project has been funded by an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship from the Social Sciences Division to A.Alvergne (2016)
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Alvergne A, Högqvist Tabor V. Is female health cyclical? Evolutionary perspectives on menstruation. Trends Ecol Evol. 2018;33:399–414.
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