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One of America's most trusted voices on women's health offers women expert, reassuring advice on all that occurs "down there" "For this book, Marie Savard draws on a lifetime of head-smart and heartfelt experience in caring about and for women. And she knows how to communicate in a manner that is both informative and supportive. Information that is both accurate and understandable—a winning combination."—Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News Medical Editor "I continue to marvel at Dr. Marie's ability to break complex medical issues into digestible, easy-to-understand nuggets. Her care and concern for women is evident, and women are better for it."—Rene Syler, author of Good Enough Mother What would you ask if your best friend were also a physician? What might your mother ask, if she had the nerve? The questions—and the answers—are in Ask Dr. Marie. By addressing women directly and honestly, but with compassion and understanding, ABC News Medical Contributor Dr. Marie Savard reveals that there are no off-limits questions, no dark secrets of womanhood. . . .This edition has been revised and updated with the latest women's health information—including new guidelines for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer, and for the HPV vaccines Cervarix and Gardasil.
Introduction: The Doctor Will See You Now vi
Part 1 What's Going on Down There?
Chapter 1 Welcome to Yourself: A Guided Tour of Your Inner Terrain 2
Chapter 2 Sex Smarts: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Having Fun in Bed 16
Chapter 3 How to Get the Health Care You Need at Every Age 77
Part 2 The Seasons of Your Life
Chapter 4 Coming of Age: A Period Piece 122
Chapter 5 For unto You a Child Could Be Born: Charting Your Course 139
Chapter 6 The Bonus Years: Making the Most of Menopause and Beyond 171
Part 3 Is This Normal or Should I Call My Doctor?
Chapter 7 "Female Problems" from Cause to Cure 200
Chapter 8 Internal Plumbing Down There: Bowel Problems from Cause to Cure 235
Chapter 9 Internal Plumbing Down There: Urinary Troubles from Cause to Cure 265
Part 4 What Happens Down There Doesn't Stay Down There
Chapter 10 The Female Emotional Response: How a Woman's Brain-Body Connection Differs from a Man's 298
Chapter 11 Waist Management: Winning the War against Womanly Weight Gain 314
Afterword:"Lifestyle Pill" Dr. Marie's 328