Is This Normal?: Judgment-Free Straight Talk about Your Body

S. & S./ Simon Element. Apr. 2023. 480p. ISBN 9781982196394. $28.99. HEALTH
Naturopathic physician Brighten (Beyond the Pill) is trained in clinical sexology and sexual counseling. She offers women an accessible guide to their bodies in this book. Noting that female anatomy and physiology are not well studied in medical schools and even mostly missing from standard anatomy textbooks, she explains the basics. The book covers sexual functioning, hormonal cycles, and a 28-day program for improving health through diet and exercise. She empowers readers by giving them permission to explore their bodies and enjoy the wide variety of sexual practices available. Brighten explains which hormones interact and regulate bodily functions and provides advice to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes and premenstrual discomfort, while discreetly promoting her own website and line of supplements. She also discusses sexually transmitted infections, diabetes, and thyroid problems and encourages readers to see health care providers when the symptoms appear.
VERDICT A good addition to women’s health and consumer health collections. Readers wanting more scientific information will want to pick up Vagina Obscura by Rachel E. Gross.
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