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Whatever they call it, for many women the area “down there” is only half-familiar, its problems mysterious and hard to discuss. They tend to think their concerns are unique, specific, unsolvable, and embarrassing. But after fielding thousands of women’s health questions during her career, Dr. Marie Savard can safely say that she has heard it all at least twice. In Ask Dr. Marie, she explains what’s what, what’s normal, and what to do when problems occur—as if she were a sister or best friend with all the ...
Whatever they call it, for many women the area “down there” is only half-familiar, its problems mysterious and hard to discuss. They tend to think their concerns are unique, specific, unsolvable, and embarrassing. But after fielding thousands of women’s health questions during her career, Dr. Marie Savard can safely say that she has heard it all at least twice. In Ask Dr. Marie, she explains what’s what, what’s normal, and what to do when problems occur—as if she were a sister or best friend with all the time in the world to discuss symptoms and solutions.
Beginning with a primer on what goes on down there—including “A Guided Tour of Your Inner Terrain,” and “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Having Fun in Bed”—Dr. Marie then goes on to address related issues by life stages, sharing advice on how to get the health care you need and answering the questions women have about everything from hemorrhoids to urinary tract infections, menstruation to menopause, fibroids to fat cells, explaining causes and treatment options, and how they affect the rest of you (including your sex life). She also lists specific concerns and questions to bring to your doctor’s attention, so you can make the most of the little time you have during an appointment.
Written by an exceptional doctor with equal parts compassion and experience, Ask Dr. Marie is an invaluable resource for women of all ages and all backgrounds.
Posted July 19, 2009
I'm Marie Savard, M.D., ABC News Medical Contributor and the author of ASK DR. MARIE. I want to share with you my reasons for writing this book for you. I am fascinated by the many challenges that women face when making the best decisions about their health, hormone, or birth control options. I never hesitate to weigh in on the latest research and how it can be applied to women in the real world - far removed from these often faulty research studies. My earliest research in women's health helped women decide for themselves if they had vaginitis or cystitis and how best to treat these conditions safely, naturally and with as little medication if possible. So it is no surprise that women often pull me aside to ask sometimes difficult - but almost always embarrassing -- questions about what is going on "down there." Is this discharge or dryness normal? How long will this last? Is this what menopause, sex after childbirth, having painful cystitis or bacterial vaginosis - the list goes on - really like? Will this cream or pill work for me? What hormones, vitamins, and supplements do YOU take? Are bioidentical hormones were the safest way to go? I thought that my bleeding was just a hemorrhoid. I didn't realize it could be something else. I am newly divorced - what precautions do I need to take before having sex again? How will I know if he is okay? The list of intimate questions from women (and often men want to know the answers to these questions, too) goes on and on. In the pages of ASK DR. MARIE, I share with you what is normal, when to get help, what you can treat on your own, what are the best and most up-to-date tests to get, and how best to make the right decision for YOU for pretty much all that goes on "down there." But that's not all. I also talk about my all important "lifestyle pill", how to manage your weight and waist size as you get older, why stress can be different for women, and much, much more. I honestly believe this is the book women - and men -have been waiting for. Advance reviews from top physicians and lay people alike have confirmed that belief for me. I hope you'll order your copy today!
Here's to your health!
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I enjoy the ABC Good Morning segments with Dr. Marie and when I learned she had a new book out, I ordered it immediately and began reading this weekend. I've read all of her books (I recommend them) and she has outdone herself with this one. Just now, I sent our 20 and 25 year old daughters this book as a present! I included a note about how I am enjoying reading it myself and wish I had such a guide when I was their age; that the way Dr Marie presents the topics reminds me of some of the special 'girl' talks we've had over the years as mother and daughter!
I also have placed a copy in my office on the round conference table for all to notice (even the MEN with wives or significant others) - I will recommend to each and every woman (man) that walks in my office! As I was writing my review I was interrupted by my manager and without my suggesting it she picked up the book and peaking at some pages, which I had marked, she looked up and remarked, with a smile, "I need to order this book!" The book surprisingly addresses all women of all ages...I was up until 1:00 a.m. reading because I couldn't put it down...I even learned a few new words (ken, etc.)
I smiled each time the author let the reader into her private life a bit! It's good to know a woman of Dr. Marie's intelligence and success is NO DIFFERNT than the rest of us on these issues. I truly think this book is the most reaching one I've read because generally books are about sex OR health but not one in the same, the way Dr. Marie addressed the topics!
She should be proud and happy as her book becomes A SMASHING SUCCESS as it will definitely further her mission to engage many women with the necessary tools to be their best health advocate, and their partners will enjoy parts of it, too!
Thank you, DR Marie!
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Posted September 9, 2009
While some of you may think that female problems only relate to women when they get older, think again! I'm 24 and have already recommended reading this book to all of my friends. It's not just a good reference book but a great read cover to cover. It really gave me a lot of education concerning all kinds of issues that relate to girls and women. I've had so many questions that this book gave me some insight on. It has good info regarding sex, STDs, when to go to the doctor, pros and cons of different birth controls (which is definitely a plus!), treating your own yeast infections, general explanation of how your body works, and most importantly to me was knowing when it's necessary to go to the doctor.
Overall a great and informative book. It's easy to read as Dr Marie keeps things simple yet direct, and even discusses her own life. I recommend it to girls and women of all ages!
Posted August 7, 2009
I enjoyed reading this new book by Dr. Marie Savard. It was an informative and fun read. Dr. Savard's book covers multiple issues regarding women's health. Women in all stages of life will find this book full of knowledge and humor. I especially enjoyed reading chapter 6 on"The Bonus Years." During this time of insurance company managed health care where doctor's visits last only a few minutes, this book is a must read. I heartily recommend "Ask Dr. Marie..." for both men and women of all ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2009
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