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READ KINDLE Ù The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina—Separating the Myth from the Medicine ¹ OB GYN, writer for The New York Times, USA Today, and Self, and host of the show Jensplaining, Dr Jen Gunter now delivers the definitive book on vaginal health, answering the questions you ve always had but were afraid to ask or couldn t find the right answers to She has been called Twitter s resident gynecologist, the Internet s OB GYN, and one of the fiercest advocates for women s healthand she s here to give you the straight talk on the topics she knows bestDoes eating sugar cause yeast infections Does pubic hair have a function Should you have a vulvovaginal care regimen Will your vagina shrivel up if you go without sex What s the truth about the HPV vaccine So many important questions, so much convincing, confusing, contradictory misinformation In this age of click bait, pseudoscience, and celebrity endorsed products, it s easy to be overwhelmed whether it s websites, advice from well meaning friends, uneducated partners, and even healthcare providers So how do you separate facts from fiction OB GYN Jen Gunter, an expert on women s health and the internet s most popular go to doc comes to the rescue with a book that debunks the myths and educates and empowers women From reproductive health to the impact of antibiotics and probiotics, and the latest trends, including vaginal steaming, vaginal marijuana products, and jade eggs, Gunter takes us on a factual, fun filled journey Discover the truth about The vaginal microbiome Genital hygiene, lubricants, and hormone myths and fallacies How diet impacts vaginal health Stem cells and the vagina Cosmetic vaginal surgery What changes to expect during pregnancy, after childbirth, and through menopause How medicine fails women by dismissing symptomsPlus Thongs vs lace the best underwear for vaginal health How to select a tampon The full glory of the clitoris and the myth of the G Spot And so much Whether you re a twenty six year old worried that her labia are uncool or a sixty six year old dealing with painful sex, this comprehensive guide is sure to become a lifelong trusted resource ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Wow, I m so glad I chose to read this book It s phenomenal It s a book where knowledge meets humor So you can only imagine that this is a fun read that at the same time gives you much needed information about a woman s body, mostly about the vagina as well as the vulva I really enjoyed reading about the different functions each part has and also about the numerous trends Some were really crazy and I for sure would not try them out ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Wow, I m so glad I chose to read this book It s phenomenal It s a book where knowledge meets humor So you can only imagine that this is a fun read that at the same time gives you much needed information about a woman s body, mostly about the vagina as well as the vulva I really enjoyed reading about the different functions each part has and also about the numerous trends Some were really crazy and I for sure would not try them out but to each it s own, right What also helped with the reading were also the detailed sketches and the many details Since this book is written by a doctor that has worked as a gynecologist for twenty four years and therefore has a lot of experience in this field, I would highly recommend to read this book And to be honest, this book is for everyone Not just women Anyone who wants to knowabout this subject is not going to regret the decision to read this book I m buying 10 copies of this book to give to the women I care about Dr Jen Gunter is a damn genius with a heart of gold and one hell of an awesome vagenda Everyone who has a vagina or who loves someone with a vagina needs to read this one.There are so many great quotes, but this is the one I keep revisiting, Power and health are inseparably linked This book deserves to be pre ordered. 5 for Jen s vagendaThe patriarchy and snake oil have had a good run, but I m done with how they negatively affect and weaponize women s health So I am not going to stop swinging my bat until everyone has the tools to be an empowered patient and those who seek to subjugate women by keeping them from facts about their bodies have shut up and taken a seat in the back of class.That s my vagenda This book is for you if you carry a vagina and vulva or don t carry one but want to educate 5 for Jen s vagendaThe patriarchy and snake oil have had a good run, but I m done with how they negatively affect and weaponize women s health So I am not going to stop swinging my bat until everyone has the tools to be an empowered patient and those who seek to subjugate women by keeping them from facts about their bodies have shut up and taken a seat in the back of class.That s my vagenda This book is for you if you carry a vagina and vulva or don t carry one but want to educate yourself on them PeriodPreface.What a book I love it so much My goodness, I really do I am 100% honest when I say that I will get this book for all my vagina carrying friends AND myself This is definitely one of my most significant reads Jen s book is eye opening empowering sobering based on facts and decent studies feminist fantastic and so manyadjectives Just buy it It goes without saying that giving a summary of such a fantastic scientific book is impossible Jen s writing style is clear and straight forward She has a very honest and down to earth way of communicating facts and her experience as a gyn She makes away with many ridiculous claims and practices that both society and science perpetuated but are actually crap She also very clearly explains how patriarchy is still ruling a place where men have nothing to say the vulva and vagina Not only is this a very feminist read it is also addressing inequalities in access to health due to racist systems and frequently underlines the fact that being a woman is not only about having a vagina Here s what to expect I ve marked what I found particularly useful with a moonGETTING STARTED1 The Vulva 2 The Vagina 3 Vaginas and Vulvas in Transition 4 Female Pleasure and Sex Ed 5 Pregnancy and ChildbirthEVERYDAY PRACTICALITIES AND V MAINTENANCE6 Medical Maintenance 7 Food and Vaginal Health 8 The Bottom Line on Underwear9 The Lowdown on Lube10 Kegel Exercises SKIN CARE AND CLEANSING11 Vulvar Cleansing Soaps, Cleansers, and Wipes 12 Vaginal Cleansing Douches, Steams, Sprays, and Potpourri 13 Hair Removal and Grooming 14 Moisturizers, Barriers, and Bath Products MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS AND MYTHOLOGY15 The Truth About Toxic Shock Syndrome 16 Are There Toxins in Tampons and Pads 17 Menstrual Hygiene MENOPAUSE18 Menopause19 Treating GSMMEDICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS20 Cannabis21 Contraception 22 Antibiotics and Probiotics23 Cosmetic Procedures, Injections and Rejuvenation SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS24 General STI Information 25 STI Prevention 26 The Human Papilloma Virus27 Herpes28 Gonorrhea and Chlamydia29 Trichomoniasis30 Pubic Lice CONDITIONS31 Yeast32 Bacterial Vaginosis33 Vulvodynia34 Pelvic Floor Muscle Spasm and Vaginismus35 Skin Conditions36 UTIs and Bladder Pain Syndrome 37 Pelvic Organ ProlapseSYMPTOMS38 Communicating with Your Provider 39 I Have Pain with Sex40 I Have Vaginitis41 I Hav a Vulvar Itch42 I Have Vulvar Pain43 I Have an Odor44 I Have Bleeding After SexPUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER45 Medicine Cabinet Rehab 46 Internet Hygiene and Apps47 Journal of Old Wives Tales REFERENCESACKNOWLEDGEMENTSSome aspects I highlighted throughout the book, with Jen s facts opinions in cursive, many of them with a feminist vagendaThe unclean vagina Obsession with reproductive tract purity and cleansing date back to a time when a woman s worth was measured by her virginity and how many children she might bear A vagina and uterus were currency Playing on these fears awakens something visceral AND It is important to remember that the concept of female cleanliness has largely been driven by a male dominated society that for centuries, if not longer, has decided normal female genitals and secretions are dirty the mighty penis A penis is not the most reliable way to achieve female orgasm AND The idea that a penis is mighty enough to bring on labor is, to be honest, a bit eye rolling AND Everyone okay, the patriarchy seems very impressed with the ability of a penis to grow, but the few centimetres of change that a penis can muster up pales in comparison with the vagina s ability to stretch.the unimportant clitoris Males of the time were unsure of the role of the clitoris and likely thought it unimportant This stands in sharp contrast to the anatomic glory of the penis Society, including, medicine, is obsessed with erections, while the clitoris barely registers as a footnote accidental anal sex Some women report coercion regarding anal sex, as well as so called accidental but actually planned anal penetration by their male partners As someone who has had anal sex I cannot for the life of me understand how men can be asshole y enough to do shit like this Every single person who does this should be tied up and then be penetrated anally without lube See how accidental it feels A tip from Jen about all this cleansing, cleaning, etc products The way some of these products are promoted makes it sound as if it is a miracle the vulva has made it this far.The culture of chastising women for sex which has been around ever since The increased friction from dry tissues and or the obvious discomfort of their partner was apparently a turn on for men I have often wondered if normalizing a practice that made sex painful for women was an invisible chastity belt AND I hear from women that some male partners don t like lubricant or say it affects their erection It s only a few millilitres of lube far less than an ounce , so it s not exactly as if his penis is encased in pudding If he uses this too wet excuse, then either he doesn t know what an excited vagina feels like or he could be projecting his medical condition, typically erectile dysfunction, onto you This eArc was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you very much It is best to avoid blowing air into the vagina I m just going to leave that there, completely out of context, and let you deal with figuring it out all on your own.It grinds my gears to no end hearing that rubbish that menstruation is something women should be proud of a reminder of our femininity a reminder of our beautiful womanhood a reminder of our fragility, or of our ability to create life, yadda yadda Shut the heck up.For many women, periods are painful, and unnecessary 90% of the It is best to avoid blowing air into the vagina I m just going to leave that there, completely out of context, and let you deal with figuring it out all on your own.It grinds my gears to no end hearing that rubbish that menstruation is something women should be proud of a reminder of our femininity a reminder of our beautiful womanhood a reminder of our fragility, or of our ability to create life, yadda yadda Shut the heck up.For many women, periods are painful, and unnecessary 90% of the time pretty much unless you re then and there wanting to get babyfied Why can we not just turn them on and off p.r.n I get migraines from hell with mine Three days of incapacitation plus an extra day of migraine hangover, every fucking month Admittedly after 20 years of migraines I finally got a diagnosis beyond the oh, just take some paracetamol that should clear your headache right up so I now take medication It still puts me out for 3 4 days but at least now my head doesn t feel like it s bleeding into my neck and out of my ears for a week Coupled with useless evacuation of blood, debilitating cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, intense muscle and joint pain, vulva pain, back pain like the spine is slipping through the tailbone, it s not really a reminder of anything except feeling like a Beast of Hell Now that I ve got that out of my system Let s go.The Vagina Bible brilliantly analyses how all bearers of vaginas have been trashed by a medical system steeped in patriarchal bias Throughout the book I kept thinking of all the times I ve heard womens worries dismissed as just women stuff as though it doesn t really count as a medical thing Oh, you ve got debilitating pain every month and you can t stop vomiting It s just a women s thing No, sorry, that s a medical problem and it s not normal You could say I got really pissed off reading this but I was also really heartened that doctors, at least this one, are starting to take women s worries seriously.The vagina is a fibromuscular tube that connects the vulva with the cervix I realize this is the least sexy way to describe something that brings so much pleasure Personally, I d love to use a different term, as vagina means sheath in Latin, and I hate having female anatomy defined in terms of how it fits with a penis Medically, the vagina starts at the hymen, so just inside the vestibule Two interesting things in that quote Firstly, it points out how women s bodies are traditionally defined by and reduced to their opposition to the male body The vagina is nothing but a holder for a piece of a man a piece popularly used to define virility and manhood, a measure of a man s worth but not of ours Our worth is only subject to his, and ours apparently cannot be measured without his Secondly, hymen is named for Hymenaeus, the Greek god of marriage So, our virtue, our marriageability, our bodies, and our worth are inextricably linked to some allegedly intrinsic value applied by men and for their benefit.To break that down, our body parts are so named that we are a mans sheath but not worthy of being his sheath unless we are marriageable Our marriageability is first found between our legs You can see why reading this gave me the shits I m not a lesbian for a reason But if I was, this would probably be my reason.Righto Next.It is not surprising to me when I hear of women who fake orgasms with male partners After all, they have been led to believe that a female orgasm should be reached with a penis by way of an imaginary spot.There s an actual sub chapter about the G Spot, named for its discoverer Ernst Gr fenberg, yeah a dude Do people still believe in this The vagina is a magical place It does amazing things It doesn t need fancyfying It literally could not get any fancier if it tried Why some man had to dress it up to make itappealing makes me think the fault lies with him rather than the millions of women who still look for this non existent thing and feel faulty when they can t find the damned thing The whole vagina is your g spot I think Gr fenberg was just looking for some way to excuse the fact he couldn t satisfy his partner Really, if you re getting a kick out of that spot, there s nothing there but the urethra and maybe part of the back of the clitoris While we re in this region, The Vagina Bible cleared up what I long suspected about female ejaculation it s just piddle.Ok, let s get on with the fun stuff The Vagina Bible is full of wonderful nuggets of reputable information Everything is laid out clearly The whole thing is constructed so that you can read it in one fell swoop or use it as a reference book And you could use it as a reference book It goes through pretty much anything that can upset a vagina from cervical cancer to menopause to weird itches to blood coming from heck knows where This actually useful Bible covers everything There s STI s and how to catch them, how to shave and or trim properly yep, we ve all been doing it wrong , how to wipe your butt properly we re doing that wrong too , is that a yeast infection is that a UTI probably no to both questions , wipes for your bits, douching, moisturising, freshening products, odor eliminating products, soaps, placing garlic inside your vagina omfg, what , rocks for your vagina WHAT , and everything else Oh, and yoghurt Stop putting yoghurt in your vagina It s not the right kind of bacteria.Each chapter ends with the BOTTOM LINE A short bullet point summary of the chapters salient points and, god, it s so valuable It s like a revision sheet and an index but there s a proper contents in the front To be honest, the only thing The Vagina Bible left out was why my grandmother, a nursing sister for 26 years, insists on putting talcum powder in her underwear The vagina is supposed to be moist, it s supposed to be humid, and it s supposed to leak a bit I can t imagine how horrible and unhygienic it would be to have all that scungy talc floating against my vulva all day Yeeeuck NO Things I learnt that really surprised me, some of which seem really obvious now that I know The World Health Organization WHO has guidelines for water based lubricants There is such a thing as icing that comes in a can There is no medical reason to wear or not wear underwear People put cranberry juice in their vagina Ok, so on review it doesn t actually say this It says people drink it to have some kind of effect on their bladder I was tired leave me alone So, I m swapping this one out with People use hairdryers on their vagina What Just dry it with a towel It s a vagina not a sponge People put rocks in their vagina ROCKS Some of the sorts of things you can expect to read about in The Vagina Bible I m doing my best here to reel you in because this book is fantastic my additions in italics Vaginal steaming This is supposed to clean out your disgusting uterus , as if steam could even make it that far Just no Leave it alone If you do this, your vagina is literally smarter than you Listen to it, it doesn t want that shit done to it Homeopathy No study has proven homeopathy works, and the very idea is not compatible with the laws of physics If a product is as effective as a company claims and in medicine, an 80 percent success rate is truly amazing then why don t you prove it 77 percent of women aged 18 25 said they washed inside their vagina because that was what their partner wanted No That s your vagina If they don t like it they re free to find another receptacle for their foul ideas Should I Use Boric Acid Weekly to Help My Vaginal pH NoIt is not possible for the vulva to be sterile, and the vagina is full of bacteria The only way you could make things worse bacteria wise is if you rinsed your underwear in raw sewage You could wear the same underwear every day for a week, and while they might smell a little ripe from body odor and be a little crusty with discharge, they won t cause an infection The vulva and vagina don t have lungs The vagina doesn t like oxygen, or even air They don t need to breathe But also There is no medical reason to wear or not wear underwear Under the microscope, moisturizers do not dramatically improve the appearance of tissues I.e., don t waste your money Your vulva can look after itself Don t put that shit inside you unless you want to know what a screaming vagina sounds like.Alrighty You want some stories I know you do.Getting the Chop I knew not in the biblical sense a woman who had labiaplasty She was very proud of her now perfect vagina She invited me to coffee once, not so much for coffee I skipped out because I really didn t want to see this magical perfect vagina It was all a bit weird, hey, come see my fabulous perfect vagina Erm, no thanks, I can look at my own Anyway, she regaled me with tales of her moisturising regimen Said she was keeping the skin as youthful, fresh, tight, and compact as it was when she was a teenager So, it s interesting to read that moisturiser will really only keep you moist But that s pointless for many of us because moistness is what vaginas do best Ok, second best.I have read about plastic surgeons who do labiaplasty so women can look sleeker in so called athleisure wear I know some people call this look camel toe, but I prefer labial cleavage, and the answer is not surgery it is better fitting athletic wear I ve stared atmale butt cracks gluteal clefts than I care to remember, whether it was just some guy bending over or gravity defying pants that appear to hover like magic just above the anus without a belt What I never hear is that men should seek out plastic surgeons to get their gluteal clefts sewn shut I also can t imagine a similar industry for men that profits from surgically trimming penises so they look better in tight jeans.Pane Di Casa The Vagina Bible talks about all those yeast infection self diagnoses And how most of those diagnoses were wrong Many women are plagued for years with a seemingly untreatable yeast infection, when they really are suffering from something else Every woman I ve ever been with has been convinced she has a yeast infection They ve all spent a small fortune on creams and treatments only to be disappointed that their yeast infection hasn t cleared up or surprised when it miraculously cleared up about an hour after treatment That s because it ain t yeast, hon I was young then and didn t know how to reassure them But I m old now and know this Having a humid vulva is normal Having an itch every now and then is normal And, for fucks sake, some discharge is normal.Also A woman claimed to have made bread with a sourdough starter she nourished with her vaginal yeast Sorry, what Wait Let me fetch my glasses fetches glasses OK, nope It does say that.While the penis is,often than not, a symbol of power and control or some such rubbish, vaginas and, consequently their owners, are subjected to a whole lot of marketing gimmicks, pseudoscience, and shitty medicine dedicated to making us feel dirty, embarrassed, and ashamed of what s between our legs From being told we should use feminine hygiene wipes where are the masculine hygiene wipes for dirty penii , to the refusal to show anything but blue liquid in advertising for menstrual products, to the common near inability to say the word vagina or vulva, to lysol and all the modern products flogging the same ancient vaginas are yucky bullshit, to vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty which the author likens to being told to have a penis reduction to make your dipstickpretty , the anti vagina shaming is endless As the author says, there s a lot of money in vaginal shame and when you start thinking something is off about your muff remember It s a vagina, not a pi a colada You don t need to be cleaning it out, freshening it up, washing it down, getting the movers in because Your vagina is a self cleaning oven Rinse it off, it can handle the rest And for anything it can t handle there s vaginal mastercard diazepam Maybe.Your vagina is fine It smells great It looks great It s as tight, loose, floppy, taut, flabby, snug, fluffy, smooth, bumpy, moist, humid, damp or wet as it wants to be And unless something physically changes, there s no need for you to change it.And, finally, I leave you with these words of wisdom Please don t put parsley in your vagina My Rating 8 out of 10 women out of 5