Book Review | V Is For Vagina
Author: Alisa Dweck, MS, MD, FACOG & Robin Westen
About the Book:
Breaking the mold on women’s health guides, V is for Vagina tells you the good, bad and time-for-a-trip-to the-pharmacy truths honestly and intelligently. Covering everything from STDs and daily care to getting Brazilians and giving birth, this frank and funny guide will help every woman keep her lady flower happy and healthy.
Featuring the absolutely most up-to-date, medically sound views on every issue related to the vagina in a handy A-Z format.
I knew I had to read this book when I got the pitch in my email. I’ve had chronic vulvar pain for the past six years and consider myself very knowledgable about the vagina. I was also curious to see if they would mention vulvodynia in the book because many, many books that are supposed to be about women’s health don’t even mention my chronic pain condition. And it affects 16% of US women!
Right off the bat, I was impressed. In the first chapter, the author mentions vulvodynia. That brought a smile to my face and made me think that this is a book worth reading!
The book is written in a fun, light-hearted style that makes it very easy to read and understand. In fact, I read the entire 200+ pages in a matter of two sittings. It’s not written in medicalese or too technical that you have to really concentrate on what the author is saying. It’s the opposite in fact. It felt like a girlfriend was telling me everything (and more) about the vagina.
I normally use the proper names for all my female parts and never use the slang terms. After speaking with doctors and physiotherpists, etc for so long about my condition that the words don’t bother me anymore. I feel more comfortable using the proper terms vs. slang terms. I had no idea there was so many slang words for your vagina!
The book runs in an A-Z format with a different topic for each letter of the alphabet. Some of the topics include:
- V Hygiene
- Birth Control
- V Infections
- Pap Smears
- V Pain
and much more more! I even learned a thing or two! For instance, I learned about cosmetic surgeries for your vagina and what they entail as well as “vattooing” and “vajazzling. I’m not interested in trying any of them but it was intriguing to learn more about them and why people might want them.
I also learned that many women never look at themselves “down there”. I know before my vulvodynia I rarely did. It was an area that I never talked about and felt embarassed by. I think its important for women to be educated about this area because it is complex and important! And lots can go wrong, trust me I’m living proof. I wish I had read this book six years ago when my pain condition started and then maybe I wouldn’t have felt as lost as I did.
I recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about your vagina. It’s an enjoyable book that lays everything out there and trust me, you will learn a thing or two. I did!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*