Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics

Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics

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“In Vagina Problems…Lara Parker unpacks the personal and economic costs of endometriosis.” —Vanity Fair

“A refreshingly honest read about living with chronic pain.” —Hello Giggles

With unflinching honesty, Lara Parker, the Deputy Director for BuzzFeed, shares her day-to-day challenges of living, working, and loving with chronic pain caused by endometriosis in this raw, darkly humorous, and hopeful memoir.

I wasn’t ready to be completely honest about my vagina yet, and the world wasn’t ready for that either. But I was getting there. I wanted the world to know that all of this pain I had been feeling…that it was related to my vagina. Thus, Vagina Problems was born. It was a cutesy name. It was my way of taking this pain and saying, “Whatever. I’m here. I have it. It sucks. Let’s talk about it.”

In April 2014, Deputy Editorial Director at BuzzFeed Lara Parker opened up to the world in an article on the website: she suffers from endometriosis. And beyond that? She let the whole world know that she wasn’t having any sex, as sex was excruciatingly painful. Less than a year before, she received not only the diagnosis of endometriosis, but also a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, vaginismus, and vulvar vestibulitis. Combined, these debilitating conditions have wreaked havoc on her life, causing excruciating pain throughout her body since she was fourteen years old. These are her Vagina Problems.

It was five years before Lara learned what was happening to her body. Five years of doctors insisting she just had “bad period cramps,” or implying her pain was psychological. Shamed and stigmatized, Lara fought back against a medical community biased against women and discovered that the ignorance of many doctors about women’s anatomy was damaging more than just her own life. One in ten women have endometriosis and it takes an average of seven years before they receive an accurate diagnosis—or any relief from this incurable illness’ chronic pain.

With candid revelations about her vaginal physical therapy, dating as a straight woman without penetrative sex, coping with painful seizures while at the office, diet and wardrobe malfunctions when your vagina hurts all the time, and the depression and anxiety of feeling unloved, Lara tackles it all in Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics with courage, wit, love, and a determination to live her best life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781713525394
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Lara Parker is a writer and Deputy Editorial Director at Buzzfeed who lives in Los Angeles but grew up in a small town of just 900 people in Indiana. She’s been a guest on the MTV show Catfish, the TLC show Catching the Catfisher, has been interviewed or appeared in Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan Australia, and Glamour, as well as many others. She began writing publicly on her blog, Outside the Comfort Zone, in college around the time of her diagnosis with endometriosis and hasn’t stopped writing about her vagina since. When she isn’t writing about or talking about her Vagina Problems, she’s watching Bravo and trying to teach her dog how to hug her on command.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the World of Vagina Problems
Chapter 1: Is Everyone Having Sex but Me?
Chapter 2: Why Won’t Doctors Believe Us?
Chapter 3: A Letter to the Doctors Who Didn’t Believe Me
Chapter 4: What It’s Like to Live in Constant Pain
Chapter 5: This Is Endometriosis
Chapter 6: “My Vagina Just Hurts a Lot” and How to Explain What the Hell Else is Actually Going On
Chapter 7: Hi, My Vagina Hurts. Wanna Date?
Chapter 8: Love, Lust, and Vagina Problems
Chapter 9: My Friends Constantly Talk About Their Sex Lives and I’m Trying Not to Hate Them: How to Remain Friends with People Who Don’t Have Vagina Problems
Chapter 10: You Can Still Be A Boss When Your Vagina Hurts
Chapter 11: Our New Normal
Chapter 12: The Vagina Revolution

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