HEALTH & MEDICINE

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

Citadel. Aug. 2019. 432p. ISBN 9780806539317. pap. $18.95. HEALTH
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With this title, Canadian OB/GYN, women’s health advocate, and New York Times columnist Gunter shatters myths about the "v”"word. Listen not when told to wear white cotton underwear for infections: vaginas can’t see, and cotton has no magical powers. Don't rush for the bathroom to halt postsex infections—zero magical cures there, too. Be wary of herpes but not hysterical: 80 percent of those with positive HSV-2s never get a sore. Do be wary of antibiotics, linked to yeast infections in 23 percent of sufferers. Bad news: no G-spot. Good news: no need to care, the female body contains many "roads" to orgasm. And fear not a life lived sans "purifying" products; tune out Big Pharma and Big Natural. Obsessions with reproductive tract purity date to a time when woman were judged by their virginity. "Celebrity influencers tap into these fears with articles about products to prevent vaginal mayhem," as if the vagina, which evolved to deliver babies long before sutures were invented, is so fragile it "is constantly in a state of near-catastrophe." 
VERDICT For anyone seeking a factual and fun take on a subject that should never have been, yet still is, taboo, this book will be much appreciated.

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