The Vagina Bible by Jennifer Gunter

The author, who also happens to be an OB/GYN, is a magicial knowledge giver that we have all been missing out on for a long time. Her humor and enthusiasm for educating, for medicine and for science is undeniable, and shines through her teachings. Her writing isn’t a bunch of scientific drivel that no one can understand. Instead she breaks down a myriad of topics in different parts and puts a “Bottom Line” at the end of every chapter as a review of the most important takeaways. You can go straight to the parts you want to learn more about or you can read the whole thing. Either way, you will no doubt learn a lot.

Menstrual products in the U.S are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administrations) as medical devices, and any product that differs substantially from what is offered on the market needs to submit studies for review or they cannot be marketed. Technically menstrual products are reviewed, and not approved, by the FDA.

There are too many things that I found fascinating to fit in this post but I’ve chosen some that aren’t so detailed so as to not overwhelm whomever is reading this review.

The average age of non-surgically-induced menopause is fifty-one years.

Let me also say that the book is appropriately named! It’s one of those books that should be kept on your bedside table to browse through whenever it is needed…just like how the original Bible is used. This book isn’t just for women/females, or people who identify as such, but for everyone. It’s a great way to learn about the vagina without having to wade through the internet – which we all know could lead you down the wrong rabbit hole. I wish I could have had this to read when I was younger, but nonetheless, it is of use at my current age and will be way into my future as well.

Do I even need to wear underwear?

There is no medical reason to wear or not wear underwear. Many women tell me they don’t wear undergarments so their “vagina can breathe,” but the vulva and vagina don’t have lungs. The vagina doesn’t like oxygen, or even air.

The end of the book is an important lesson for all people, but especially those that are more inclined to be ignored by health professionals because of their sex. The gist of it is: advocate for your own health, carefully do your own research and of course, don’t feel embarrassed to ask those embarrassing questions!

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