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What's Up Down There?: Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend

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Suppose you had a wise, warm, funny best friend—who just happened to be a gynecologist. You’re out with the girls for cocktails and the conversation turns to sex, and then to girly parts. One by one, you start asking her allthe questions you’ve secretly wondered about—and discover that you have a lot in common. If you were to write those questions down, then you’d have Wha ...more
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Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2010)
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Michelle
I loved most of this book, but the last chapter and a half made me want to scream.
Full-length review: http://bit.ly/14Kd7ZZ
Art
For a guy picking up this book, it's like listening in on girlie talk, with one major exception. Dr. Lissa Rankin not only knows her material better than most ObGyn's, but also explains it in down-to-earth terms. There is much more in What's Up Down There than "sex" or simple sexual physiology. Dr. Rankin reassures women they are "normal" regardless, and helps women pooh-pooh the modern myth of "homogeneous beauty" regarding their genitalia. They are all beautiful. But don't believe me. Believe ...more
Jessie
This book is very interesting, amusing, depressing, comforting, encouraging, disgusting, empowering, and honestly, at times it can be quite embarrassing! I highly recommend this book to any woman even remotely interested--although, I wouldn't give it to a teenager since it explains how to do some "stuff". More innocent topics include anatomy, infections, PMS, relationships, pregnancy, giving birth and menopause.
This book is so readable--just one question after another that gets answered in detai
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Cherise
I think every OB/GYN office should have copies of this book in their waiting room.

When I first got this book my fear was that it may be too clinical and boring. Let’s face it ladies our bodies are crazy and complex and go through some pretty funky changes throughout our lifetimes. This book could have been dull and could have read like an encyclopedia. Instead, Dr. Rankin has written a clever and laugh out loud hilarious book that proves to be both highly educational and thoroughly entertaining
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Arminzerella
Dr. Rankin shares a wealth of information about the health, appearance, maintenance, and life history of one’s girl parts via a friendly question-answer format. Providing both medical and personal insight into topics many women would be hesitant to get into with their doctors (unless they were their best friends) without a surfeit of medical terminology – any (and every) woman should be able to get something out of this book. If you’ve ever had a question about your lady bits or have a burning c ...more
Valerie
Nov 22, 2010 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: goodreads review
I was hoping for funnier, but this book was informative, easy to read...and filled with valuable take care of yourself information. It will look great on the shelf at the back of the math classroom.
Joie M
Just a quick glance at the table of contents was enough to make me want to read this book--I mean seriously, the introduction is called "Let's Talk About Coochies and Boobs." The rest of the text follows with a similarly down-to-earth tone and deals frankly with any and just about every issue related to women's bodies. Dr. Rankin mixes her significant expertise with her vibrant sense of humor to compile a frequently-asked-questions sort of book dealing with everything from anatomy to sex to chil ...more
C

Picked this up from the library and went through it last night. It's educational, and entertaining, and blunt - sometimes brutally so - and sometimes a bit gag-worthy (her 'most disgusting' story, pretty much capped it!)

The Yoni stuff, I don't get and relate to, but if it helps women have a more positive perspective of their femininity, then great. And, if brutal honesty is called for, I think most, if not all, women should read the chapter on orgasms. You may know everything in there. You may n
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Marie
In What's Up Down There?, Lissa Rankin, M.D. answers "Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend". She uses her personal experiences and stories about her patients to answer those questions you've secretly been wondering about.

I loved this book. Rankin has a great sense of humour and is very personable. Reading this book really did feel like I was talking to my BFF. She answers the questions as a friend would and only puts on her M.D. hat when it's necessary. In answ
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Sara
This book was fascinating, though sometimes a bit much. I loved Dr. Rankin's writing style, and for such a thick book it went really quickly. Great reading if you're a girl (or even if you're not a girl) who's not easily grossed out. *grin* Although... not something to leave lying accidentally on the kitchen table, because then people get embarrassed and cover it with newspapers (true story).
Patricia
Dr. Lissa Rankin Ob/Gyn writes a funny no-holds-barred guide subtitled "Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend". This book is for women of any age and the men who love them! Dr Rankin "has picked up the torch that I struggled to light back in the 1980s and '90s", says Dr. Christiane Northrup.
Rebecca
I think I found out about this book because Evan and I were snickering at the title, but in reality, it's excellent and informative. Knowledge is power!
Readnponder
There is a lot of good information on women's health presented in this book. Information you truly would be afraid to ask a doctor face-to-face or even ask a research librarian where to begin accessing it.

It is presented in a friendly, chatty, non-judgmental way. The author does not get bogged down in medical jargon. She states things in a simple, straightforward manner.

Some have said, and I agree, that there is too much slang in the book. In fact, I probably would have recognized more of the m
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Dailycheapreads
Oh, my! This isn’t your mother’s book discussing feminine health. This excerpt (about 225 pages) from What's Up Down There? ($9.99) isn’t for everyone. If you want your medical education to be clinical, don’t buy this book.

The sub-title of the longer book is Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend. That pretty well describes this book. You probably wouldn’t ask these questions if you were sitting on an exam table and your white-coated doctor had just said, “Do you
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Kelli Klein
First thing first. The author, Lissa Rankin, writes this book "What's Up Down There?: Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend" in a very crass, vulgar language. If you're the type to be easily offended by that type of language, don't read the book. Don't complain about it; just don't read it.

With that being said, "What's Up Down There?: Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend" was a very good book in my opinion. Lissa Rankin covers m
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Amanda
This is not a book I would have chosen for myself... a friend bought it for me, almost like a dare, to see how I would react and if I would actually read it. So I did.

On one hand, I feel like the author accomplished exactly what she set out to do. She answered some potentially controversial and embarrassing questions that most women, myself included, would be too ashamed to ask. Each chapter starts with an introduction of general information and perhaps an anecdote from the author, with the rest
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Sly
I come from an extremely sheltered and religious background where all issues of sexuality were linked to "sin." Therefore acknowledging your body, your sexual self or even posing questions were suppressed...sometimes at the expense of your health. Through Dr. Rankin's book, I learned more about my body than I ever knew before. Sure I could have googled some of this and perhaps there are tons of other books speaking on similar topics but her book is different.

What sets her apart is her gracious,
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Tami
When it comes to going to see the “lady doctor”, most of us try to get through the process as quick and painlessly as possible. Yes, of course, there are questions we’d love to ask the doctor. However, since most of these topics are too embarrassing to speak aloud, we tend to stick to the basics.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our OB/GYN could be as easy to talk to as our best friend? To be able to ask and get answers for all those things we always wondered about. No embarrassment. No need to feel
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Jenny
What's Up Down There?: Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend is exactly that -- a book of questions on subjects ranging from vaginas, to sex, to fertility and pregnancy, to menopause, to breasts, to pee, and then-some. The book is written in a very informal format, as if the doctor is a friend of yours with expert advice, and seems to have the goal of both empowering women to love themselves (and not think negatively about their bodies, etc.), and also has the go ...more
Casey
This book was very educational, fun, and in some ways enlightening. I wish I had read it a few years ago when these kinds of questions really started popping up in my mind. I highly recommend it to any woman, no matter what age or background.

Even if some sections of the book don't quite apply to you, it's still good to know the possibilities female health. I'm a young twenty-something who doesn't plan on having kids anytime soon, so the chapters on pregnancy and menopause don't apply to my pres
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Amy!
LOVED. Rankin includes some amazing anecdotes that make you feel better about whatever weird/crazy thing is going on with you because at least you don't have vines coming out of your cooter (seriously, that was one of the stories). She approaches lady business with humor, practicality and love, and she answers a lot of those questions that you've always wanted to know but were too embarrassed to ever bring up with anyone ever. I super recommend this for anyone with a vagina.
VBergen
Nice reading and hilarious. Interesting questions and well explained answers. Next to that:
- It lacks themes like contraceptions and behavioral changes like for example those happening while breastfeeding.
- The author is opposite to most traditional gynaecologists on many topics, like taking alcohol while pregnant, saying: "It's probably just fine to enjoy the occasional glass of wine (...) if you have a glass of chardonnay here and there, you do so at your own risk (...) don't blame yourself if
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EMP
3.5 stars. Dr. Rankin writes in an easy to read, conversational tone. She tells you exactly what to expect - she's answering questions like she's your girlfriend who just happens to be a gynecologist. Some of the people who gave it lower reviews seemed put off by the slang and lack of formality which makes no sense since it's right there in the title.
digbybare
Surprisingly outdated and conservative. Frequently quotes studies from the 50s which have long since been disproven. Often times quietly judgmental draped under the guise of progressiveness and empowerment. Very shamelessly self-promoting (how many times does she really have to plug Owning Pink--which she reminds you she founded every time it comes up). The last couple chapters were just ridiculously irritating to read. Stop trying to make yoni a thing.
Arsala
Another book I would totally recommend! I like blunt honesty and humor when it comes to figuring out what's going on with my body and there's always a lot to figure out when it comes to what's up down there. The book's chapters are separated into relevant categories and then she answers a bunch of questions pertaining to that category. No question is too weird, too gross or too embarassing. Gynecologists have seen and heard it all and it's great that this one is willing to share what she knows a ...more
Lauren
This book was okay. I picked it up at my library because I am interested in going into medicine, and have a special love and passion for women's health and encouraging women to better understand their bodies.

I appreciate the author's intentions, but she came across as very New Age-y and almost too informal. I almost thought it was more awkward to hear female genitalia described as "yoni", etc. vs. the actual anatomic names.

I think she alienates a lot of women readers by assuming femininity = p
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Alison
I saw this book at the local library and rented it, thinking I would just skim through it and return it on Monday. I actually sat down and read the whole thing in one sitting. Dr. Rankin discusses things in a very direct and understandable way, answering questions you're probably too embarrassed to ask your own OB-GYN. I skipped the chapters on fertility, childbirth and menopause, as none of them apply to me at the moment, but I'm sure the information in those chapters is just as helpful as the ...more
Myra
This is definitely written with a very informal tone. I found many of the stories very entertaining and quite frankly fascinating. There is a lot of interesting information in the book but I would have appreciated a bit more of a medical feel to the writing, especially toward the end of the book. Reading the author's description of the relationship she seems to think every woman should have with her body left me feeling very disconnected from the author for the last chapter or so. Some women mig ...more
Amy
Author answers real questions with real, honest answers. Not offensive to me but could be to older generations. It's seriously funny AND educational. Not too many books about "coochies" can say that!!
Stephanie
I thought this humorous, informative, and interesting book on everything going on "down there" was fantastic and would recommend it to all of my gal pals. Many reviewers said they got burned out with the later chapters in the book, but I found it all fascinating, including everything about pregnancy and menopause - neither of which I have experienced. Rankin writes in a way that is completely accessible, like talking to your best friend (as the title implies), and made me wish she were my doctor ...more
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"Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a practicing gynecologist and the founder of The Owning Pink Center in Mill Valley, California, which is dedicated to redefining what it means to be healthy, vibrant, and alive as a woman in the twenty-first century."
- from the back cover of What's Up Down There?

"Lissa Rankin began painting in 1991, while in medical school and has been exhibiting her art in galleries and mu
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