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Vaginas: An Owner's Manual
     

Vaginas: An Owner's Manual

by Carol Livoti Dr., Elizabeth Topp
 

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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

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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 the hot flashes of menopause with warmth, humor, and candor. Subjects include the lowdown on hymens, a word on waxing, tips on retrieving lost items, heavy periods, working out the vagina, significant problems (STDs, ectopic pregnancies, fibroids, yeast infections, herpes), ways to keep an aging body performing, and the fun stuff — sex.

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Publishers Weekly
This empowering, sex-positive guide to womanhood is for anyone who has ever found herself uninformed or misinformed about her own machinery. Topp, a single, 20-something writer, teams up with her mother, Livoti, a seasoned gynecologist, to demystify the female reproductive system. The younger author felt lucky to grow up with a mother who was knowledgeable and forthcoming about the female anatomy, especially when she reached her teen years and realized that most of her friends weren't so lucky. Too many women are uncomfortable discussing their private parts with friends or even doctors, say the authors, and this can lead to misconceptions about their own bodies. Despite the catchy title, this is a deep examination of the body. Starting with an overview of the basic organs, then moving into menstruation, maintenance, menopause and medical problems, the authors investigate every nook and cranny of those elusive female parts. They explore sex, contraception, STDs and abortion from a nonjudgmental, pro-choice, woman-to-woman perspective. Although the snippets of banter between mother and daughter (as well as the anecdotes from the life of an ob-gyn) add little, this is a never condescending and always articulate resource. Agent, Erin Reel. (Oct.) Forecast: Vaginas' winning mix of spunk and practicality should make it a popular women's health seller. It's received advance praise from Candace Bushnell and Eve Ensler. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A mother-daughter team, ob/gyn Livoti and Topp have collaborated on a reassuring book that aims to decrease women's insecurities about their physical selves. Besides dealing with the vagina, the book covers topics like contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, and problems related to other areas of the reproductive system, e.g., the uterus and cervix. This easy-to-read manual is filled with edifying sidebars based on Livoti's years of medical practice, and while it refers to studies from medical journals, it does not offer any references, suggested readings, or web sites for readers who might want more information--ironic, given its aim to empower women. Still, the book informs without being too technical. Recommended for public health libraries, especially those with consumer or women's health collections.--Rebecca Raszewski, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781568582955
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/09/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.54(d)

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