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Vaginas: An Owner's Manual

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
An engaging, thorough, and much-needed explanation of the working vagina, Vaginas is a book of accessible facts written by down-to-earth authors whose only agenda is female education. The authors (the mother is an ob/gyn, the daughter a writer) avoid the flowery language and feminist agenda of other books on the subject. They take readers from the mood swings of puberty to ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 17th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published August 16th 2004)
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Janelle Dazzlepants
Mar 29, 2009 Janelle Dazzlepants rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Hands down the most amusing non-fiction book about anatomy that you will ever read, whether you're male or female. This book tells you facts that you honestly would never know about the female nether region, on a number of topics from abortion to STDs. All of this is occasionally interjected with humourous anecdote from one of the authors of the book, who practiced gynaecology. If you're looking to figure out your own body, or just want some lulz, read this.
Rachel
May 14, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Excellent book for women of all ages and understandings of vaginas. It's an obstetrician/gynecologist and her 28-year-old daughter working on this project together. It's definitely a labor of love filled with good information, fun tidbits, historical nuggets and even some tough personal experiences. It's real and really good.
Anaa
Jan 22, 2016 Anaa rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I still remember the first time I found this book was in our university's library. What made me intrigued with this book was, to be honest, the cover itself, hahahaha. I know, it's silly. But hey, don't judge me! the cover is so colourful and has a big title imprinted on that which says "VAGINA" and I was like "Hey, I think this book would be exciting to read!" because, you know, usually in university's library, the books you'd see are those kind of books which cover look so dull and lame and b ...more
Sarah Zpektackular
Nov 30, 2015 Sarah Zpektackular rated it did not like it
Shelves: women-s-health
There was some really great information in this book. However, the author's language was incredibly insulting to women's bodies. She repeatedly described women's physiology as "poorly designed," among other colorful descriptions I can't think of off the top of my head. I think she was doing this as a way to include humor, but women's bodies have been thought of as disgusting and abnormal for so long that I found the jokes incredibly unwelcome. I wish I could rate this book higher due to the info ...more
Su
Jan 17, 2010 Su rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nunca se sabe lo suficiente sobre vaginas, y este libro me lo demostró. Una ginecóloga y su hija escritora de treinta años crean esta propuesta que informa, entretiene, educa y sensibiliza de una forma sencilla y sin moralizar. Es un libro versátil que podría regalar a unas cuantas amigas, discutirlo con mis hermanas, y proponerlo para la biblioteca de una escuela.

Puede leerse de manera lineal, al azar, o eligiendo temas de interés desde el índice. Los capítulos recorren todo aquello que una pr
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Sarah
Aug 02, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Dr. Livoti and her daughter have really caught the right balance between informative women's health title and an engaging conversational book about women's issues. The book is pretty comprehensive in the range of women's issues covered, starting with basic issues of anatomy, periods, and visits to the gynecologist, and continuing on to separate chapters about sex, contraception, STDs, abortions, reproduction, and menopause, and finishing with a few chapters on medical problems of the various par ...more
Vicky
Aug 21, 2007 Vicky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People with Vaginas
So this book is pretty much alot of my beliefs. It makes abortion looks like the best option in all situation and praises masturbation (im not against it this I just dont do it). It is very feminist driven so if you are offended easily you may not want to read this. I am pretty open-minded so when my sister gave this to me I read it and found it very insteresting becuase it was half written by a gynocologist so the imformation is pretty accurate. Just a note: This book made me want to vomit when ...more
Christina E
Aug 26, 2013 Christina E rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, improvement
This mother and daughter team offer useful information in an informal and friendly way. I found it a fascinating and informative book that I think every female should read. And heck, guys will probably find some of the information interesting as well. More often than not I found myself interrupting my fiance to tell him some tidbit I'd just read.

There's quite a bit here that I already knew, but felt it a nice sex ed refresher. There is also a lot that can go wrong with the vagina, but the inform
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Venessa
Jan 05, 2008 Venessa rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! I read it in an evening; I kept saying I was going to stop after the next chapter, and the next chapter would always be too interesting to stop reading. Written by a mother and daughter team, Livoti a gynecologist, this little book is chock full of information that everyone with a vagina should read and know. Also written in a non-medical way, so we can actually understand! A must read for everyone with a vagina. I photocopied some passages for friends and mom and will plan to ...more
Whitney
Jun 21, 2007 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all women
If you have a vagina, you should read this book. It talks about everything from sex to pregnancy, cancer, infections, menopause, and what to expect from your gynecologist. It is written by a gynecologist and her adult daughter, with lots of witty stories and commentary throughout. Another one I thought should be give to all women everywhere.
Leilani
Oct 09, 2008 Leilani rated it liked it
I just picked up this book from work, thinking it might be some cheesy philosophical diatribe like Cunt. Turns out it was actually written by a gynecologist and her writer daughter, and it is all medically accurate information! The last few chapters on ovarian cysts, cervical cancer, etc., are really helpful!!!
Crytle Creki
Jul 13, 2008 Crytle Creki rated it really liked it
This book is good for both men and women who have experienced sex ed united states style! It could be much more informative but it does what it can for a reader who may have a short attention span. Generally it sends good messages. Plus, who doesn't like a good read up on vaginas here and there.
Robin
Mar 11, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Something that should be on every girl's bookshelf. Refreshing to find a book aimed at younger women that is pro positive sexual experiences for women. (Though there are a few dated shots at men that seem out of place).
Louann
Apr 04, 2008 Louann rated it it was amazing
Mine tho is a black cover.

I saw this and I just HAD to pick it up.. and it is amazing. It's basically a health book but it is like Vaginas 101 that your mum and school never taught you.

Definately a good read.
cjbt57
Oct 03, 2009 cjbt57 rated it it was amazing
Who knew our vajayjays were so fascinating! Seriously, though, you must read this if you want answers to a lot of the weird questions about your body that you've never asked your doctor.
Ashley Holstrom
I want to give this book to every woman I know. Witty and informative and chock full of little tidbits of gynecological history.
Emily
Aug 28, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone with a vagina; most people without vaginas
If you have a vagina, you should read this. If you frequent a vagina, or hope to one day, you should read this too.
Megan C
Jan 16, 2009 Megan C rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent. Everyone with a vagina should read it. But be prepared because the cancer section is freaky.
Lisa
Aug 05, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
amazing. informational and funny, every girl needs to read this!
Ellen
Jan 14, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Do you have a vagina? Read this book.
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