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The Vagina Bible: The vulva and the vagina: separating the myth from the medicine

Jen Gunter, MD

ISBN 9780806539317
Publish Date 8/27/2019
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Self Help, Reference, Traditional, Citadel
List Price: $18.95

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The New York Times Bestseller

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 health…and she’s here to give you the straight talk on the topics she knows best.

Does 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 symptoms


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 more. 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.

"The Vagina Bible - Dr. Jen Gunter's savvy, detailed, funny and wise guide to female health - should be required reading for every woman seeking smart information about her body. I don't say this often but it's a don't miss book." --Deborah Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Poison Squad

“Dr. Jen Gunter is a fountain of critically important information and she’s funny as hell. Buy this book if you have a vagina or if you spend any time at all in reasonably close proximity to one.”—Ayelet Waldman, New York Times bestselling author of A Really Good Day

"Men who want to understand the experiences of their partners or provide sound guidance to their daughters should turn to The Vagina Bible. Jen Gunter offers authoritative information with her trademark clarity and good humor." –Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh

“This book is basically everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the vagina but were afraid to ask.”—Imani Gandy, Senior Legal Analyst, Rewire News

"In a time where pseudoscience has a large foothold, it is vital that physicians and scientists meet any reader where they live. With The Vagina Bible, Dr. Gunter has done exactly that! Her writing is rooted in science and steeped with humor and insight while the book is both inclusive and instructive. A vital book that will undoubtedly have an profound impact."—Mark Shapiro, MD, Founder and Host, Explore The Space podcast

“Whether she is debunking the damage done by Freud or providing the low down on the science of sex, she provides a frank, funny and thoroughly science-informed perspective. This is the exact kind of book the world needs right now. Gunter pulls no punches and provides a clear and concise summation of the facts on every vagina-related topic you can think of. Seriously. Everything. The world needs more Jen!”—Professor Timothy Caulfield, author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything....

“Full of accurate information that separates myth from medicine, The Vagina Bible should be on every nightstand and in every hotel room.” --Dr. Judy Melinek, co-author with T.J. Mitchell of the New York Times bestseller Working Stiff

“Dr. Jen Gunter is the vagina’s most passionate defender and publicist. The Vagina Bible is a practical, informative, and hilarious guide to women’s health but it’s also a biography about the most misunderstood and mysterious part of the human body. This book reads like a film – and like a great filmmaker, Dr. Gunter has delivered an intimate and loving portrait of the vagina. The vagina gets the star treatment – and it’s about time!” –Elaine Lui (Lainey Gossip), author of Listen to the Squawking Chicken and co-host of The Social

The Vagina Bible is a marvel of medical writing: precise, funny, passionate and furious. In her engaged and amusing writing voice, Dr. Gunter’s expertise becomes accessible instead of distancing; this book will become a model for how to write about health—and science, more generally.” –Kevin Patterson, MD and author of News from the Red Desert

About Jen Gunter, MD:

DR. JEN GUNTER, MD is an obstetrician and gynecologist with nearly three decades of experience as a vulvar and vaginal diseases expert. Known as Twitter’s resident gynecologist, she writes two regular columns for The New York Times called “The Cycle” (monthly) and “You Asked” (weekly), and has written for a broad range of outlets, including Cosmopolitan, SELF, The Cut, and many more. Dr. Jen is the star of a CBC series Jensplaining. For more information, visit her on Twitter @DrJenGunter.

Tuesday, August 27, 7pm
828 Broadway
New York, NY  10003
In conversation with Molly Jong-Fast

Wednesday, August 28, 7pm
@ The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, Room 210
New York, NY 10011
In conversation with Amber Gavin from Lady Parts Justice League             

Thursday, August 29, 6:30pm
92nd St. Y
1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd St.
New York, NY  10128
In conversation with Dara Kass of FeminEM

Sunday, Sept. 8, 1pm
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30-8pm
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA  94105
In conversation with Mary Roach, author of “Bonk”

Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30-9:30pm
8001 Redwood Boulevard
Novato, CA 94945
In conversation with Vicki Larson – Columnist, Marin Independent Journal

Saturday, October 12, 7:30-9:30pm
Evening writer’s event at The Make Out Room
3225 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Wednesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm
115 Sansome Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94104

Friday, October 18 at 2:00 - 2:30 pm.
CSICon 2019
Las Vegas, NV
Annual skeptical conference, hosted by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

Friday, October 25
New York, NY
Details TK

November 6, 2019, 8pm
Live Taping at The Pleasure Chest
3436 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Average Customer Review

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Customer Review

This is the book every woman needs to read. And every man who loves women. (Thursday, August 29, 2019)
Reviewer: Mary H

I cannot thank Dr Gunter effusively enough. There were no resources for me as a teen or young woman trying to understand my body & my sexuality.
Dr Gunter provides clear, easily understood information about anatomy, function & problems related to our vulvas & vaginas. Her wit, wisdom & kindness bring the message to all of us fighting shame & resisting the patriarchal control of our bodies. An invaluable addition to any library.

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