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The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina—Separating the Myth from the Medicine

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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 ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Citadel Press
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Laurie Anderson
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.
NAT.orious reads ☽
5 for Jen's vagenda
The 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
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Jenna
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jenna by: MonumentToDecency
I hadn't planned to read this book until I read my GR friend MonumentToDecency's review of it. As I cannot possibly write a better and more entertaining endorsement for this book, I urge you to hop over to her review and read it for yourself. Prepare to laugh and learn!

Click here to be taken to this most informative and hilarious review.

You too will want to read the book! And if you have a vagina, you should!
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MonumentToDecency
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Everything you wanted to know about the vagina but were afraid to ask, or didn’t know who to ask, or couldn’t find anyone to ask


Jennifer Gunter covers the vagina basics such as where everything is located and what everything is for, including what makes up the Vulva, and the parts and anatomy of the clitoris. She goes on to debunk and or prove myths such as is there really a G-spot or is it really just the parts of the clitoris near the bladder and vaginal wall on some women filled with blood
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Leigh Kramer
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
I’m going to make a bold claim: if you are a person with a vagina, you need this book. Whether you read it front to back or use it as a resource tool, it is one of the most important books I’ve read for my own health and well-being and I commend it to everyone. I’m a relatively informed cis-het woman and I still learned so much in this book.

Dr. Jen Gunter writes in an accessible, engaging style. Her astute insights and observations are interspersed with humor and wit. Her goal is to empower and
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Maya
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Brittany
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5

I'm struggling with what to rate this book - I think I'm somewhere between a 3 and a 4.

In Dr. Gunter's introduction, she says to use it as either a reference or read it straight-through. I chose to do both: I read 100 pages straight, and then I looked up topics I was particularly curious about.

There is a lot to love about Dr. Gunter's book. I found her book extremely readable - she writes like your friend-doctor with whom you're getting a cup of coffee. Who knew reading about reproductive
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Isil Arican
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Jen Gunter's work, admire her contribution to science based medicine and support her fight against misinformation around women's healthcare. I have been following her for some time on twitter and in various blogs, and when I hear she was writing this book I was thrilled. Women's health is ignored and dismissed on so many levels, it is hard to find reliable and more importantly digestable information without the myths and misogyny surrounding it.

This is a book every vagina owner ( natural
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Tanya
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, arc
I'd never heard of Dr. Jen Gunter before, but since requesting this ARC of her upcoming book (I did so based solely on the genius cover alone, and because the full title piqued my interest), I found out that she's got quite an online reputation and following (as well as her own column in the NYT), and is a crusader against Gwyneth Paltrow's "health venture" Goop, who, among many other ethically questionable products (at best ineffective, at worst potentially harmful), promotes sticking a $60+ ...more
Alexis
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This is more a book that you read in fits and starts, rather than cover to cover. I read it cover to cover. And I learned a lot! I also got mad by how much misinformation and old wives' tales there are out there, and by how the female body has really been exploited by patriarchy.

I also learned that some women dry their vulvas with hair dryers. NOOOOOO! I screamed.

I also realized that I should probably boil my tweezers, or at the very least, clean them more often.

I like Jen Gunter's personable,
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Meghan Doidge
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
REQUIRED READING FOR EVERY WOMAN!! I really need to blog about it. I learned numerous things within the first few pages (I'm almost embarrassed to admit my ignorance!)(and I should re-read). Very accessibly written. I desperately need the author's book on perimenopause NOW!
Ariel ✨
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-care
Dr. Jennifer Gunter crams a lot of valuable, dense information in this little tome. At times it became a little too dense as if she forgot she wasn't writing a textbook for medical students. I'm glad this book exists, but a few sections gave me pause. I started to feel almost defensive of natural menstrual sanitation tools and techniques that I don't even use because of the way she dismissed them so flippantly, but she does dig deep into shaving vs. waxing, the microtraumas these grooming ...more
Raine McLeod
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not what I expected. It’s very good for reference and there’s honestly a lot more going on down there than I thought. Only gets 4 stars because she spends a huge chunk of the book talking about men (transwomen) who neither have a vagina (an inverted penis is not a vagina) nor will ever need a gynaecologist (because they do not and will never have a vagina). It pisses me off that we can’t even have a book called THE VAGINA BIBLE without having to pander to fucking men’s delusions.
Toni
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, my husband heard about this book first, then told me. I promptly put it on hold at our library and was delightfully, intrigued and informed. The no-nonsense author and doctor, writes a pithy organized book that every women should read. Favorite chapter at the end: “Journal of Old Wives’ Tales.” Recommend.
Lubinka Dimitrova
The Vagina Bible is written with much love for the woman, and it shows. Dr. Gunter has a refreshingly no-nonsense approach to the topics she examines, and does not shy away from scolding both men and women for some outrageous ideas that people believe and perpetuate, sometimes unwillingly, due to lack of knowledge, sometimes consciously, for a variety of reasons.

In any case, the book is heavy on practical, detailed information for a ton of symptoms, ailments, treatments and general advice (which
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Ashley
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cynthia
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Dr. Jen Gunter, author and OB-GYN professional, created a guide detailing the intricacies of the female anatomy. She also devotes countless paragraphs addressing and dispelling myths associated with this subject, and there are plenty of those.

This isn’t the type of book one reads from cover to cover. It’s more like an encyclopedia of data and facts sprinkled with the author’s personal experiences and in some instances opinions. A good go to source especially for women. While I didn’t agree with
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Keely Langford
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Written as though we’re at hers, having a book club, and we had some questions. We aren’t idiots, we aren’t doctors, we are people, and frankly, there’s some stuff we should know. She’s not: “I know everything” but: “Here’s what I know so far and why I’ve made this decision. Do with that what you will.”
Colleen Earle
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to read if you have a vagina, have had a vagina, want to have a vagina, or love someone with a vagina.
A good mix of facts and humour.
Dr. Gunter doesn’t shy away from telling you when a potential treatment is bs and isn’t actually supported by any studies or data.
Definitely a book that I’m going to be keeping around to reference.
Kee Zee
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ll be handing this one out like candy at Halloween!
Nicole Wagner
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!

I'm 33, a mom, college educated, professional, and a mostly Internet savvy feminist. And I learned SO MUCH from this book! I have to recommend it to anyone and everyone who has a vagina.

I mean it. Everyone who has a vagina, including trans women and nonbinary folks. This book is written with diversity in mind and addresses numerous issues specific to these groups. In fact, once I got done reading I donated my copy to my local center for youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are
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Kate
I've been a bit of a Jen Gunter fangirl ever since I found out there was someone who may despise Gwyneth Paltrow and all things Goop even more than I do. I didn't necessarily feel the need to read a book about the vagina (and vulva), but I would read anything Dr. Gunter writes, so here we are.

Everyone needs to read this book if they possess their own and/or have ever/will ever interact with a vagina. Sadly, the people who may need it most (::cough:: the Goop indoctrinated cult :: cough::)
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Carolyn
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway! I was SO excited when I found out. And honestly the only reason I didn't finish the entire thing in a couple of days is b/c I started it during Christmas vacation and there were just too! many! books! around to stay focused! In other words, It took me a day and a half to read this, spread out over a month. Ha! Typical.

This book is AMAZING. Down to earth and yet also very scientific--she's got studies and stats on everything, OR she tells you "there are
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Gina
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Gina by: Tanya
solid 5 stars

Do Not Read the Comments - Ever
This isn't a review, but a question as to why anyone would give a one-star rating. This book is informative and empowering. A one-star review written by a man? He is entitled to his opinion, but he takes umbrage with the author "promoting sex just for pleasure," which is not the case.
The author stresses that sex should feel good to -- and be pleasurable for -- people with a vagina. Horrors! This man did not write a review. He wrote his about his
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Kaitlyn
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God, I wish I had this book when I was younger. This book is a must read for anyone with a vagina or anyone that interacts with vaginas on a regular basis.

Dr. Gunter does an incredible job of addressing the myths and the dangerous misunderstandings surrounding vaginal health in the world today and explains how that misinformation is being used as a weapon against individuals with vaginas.

Literally every topic I can think of is talked about in this book. I LEARNED SO MUCH. It’s wild to think
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Liz B
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, ebook, library
Remember Google Reader? Boy, I loved Google Reader. Remembering Google Reader today has mainly made me remember how much I hate Twitter. Anyway, I used to subscribe to Dr. Jen Gunter's blog on Reader, so I checked out her book. It's funny and informative both. Good stuff!

One big takeaway--often advice is given to women to try something with no supporting scientific evidence because "it can't hurt." Gunter asserts that it often can, indeed, hurt--hurt your wallets, hurt your relationships, hurt
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Diana
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're not following Dr. Jen Gunter on Twitter, stop what you're doing and go follow her. I love this woman!! I love that she is taking down misinformation, GOOP, and the patriarchy all at once. I loved pretty much everything about this, particularly the clear explanations and the feminist angle. Unfortunately (a real pet peeve of mine) there were several typos so I really wish she'd had a better editor. One piece I wasn't sold on was her argument that hormonal contraception can't cause ...more
princesspwny
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I work in STEM, have spent time in women's health, and learned several new pieces of information about my own biology from this book. I truly think this is a must-read for anyone possessing these body parts. Dr. Gunter pulls no punches dispelling harmful outdated viewpoints and confronting the patriarchy. Well-written, solid science, very accessible, and inclusive (there is a chapter for those who are transitioning).
Michelle
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read if you have/used to have/will have a vagina, if you parent or partner with someone who does, if you legislate those who do, or if you just want interesting information. Easy to read and it's divided into clear sections so that if you just want info on a specific concern, you can go straight to it. And the author sent a copy to every member of Congress, which makes her my hero.
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