The Vagina Bible

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The Vagina Bible was released in Canada on August 20 and by August 21st was on the Toronto Star best seller list!

Best seller list week 1 Canada

Starred review From Publisher’s Weekly 

Empowerment of women through accurate information about their own bodies is the “vagenda” of ob-gyn and New York Times columnist Gunter’s comprehensive, pseudoscience-bashing discussion of all things vaginal and vulvar. Gunter begins with anatomy (including information for trans men with vulvas and trans women with vaginoplasties) and continues with some basic sex ed, focusing on female arousal while debunking the G-spot. Mixing medical background with simple, practical advice, Gunter covers health concerns she often encounters in her own practice, such as sexually transmitted infections, and the basic functions of the vulva and vagina at specific times of life—menstruation, pregnancy and birth, and menopause. Gunter is at her most vehement when advising her readers to leave healthy vaginas alone, reassuring them that yearly pelvic exams are not necessary, while also taking on non evidence-based “natural” practices like vaginal steaming and Internet-propagated misinformation in general. Most valuably, she uses her expertise to clearly describe what to expect during healthcare sessions, giving excellent advice about effectively communicating with medical professionals. Gunter approachably, respectfully, and even playfully presents a huge amount of reproductive and sexual health education information to women, with the assurance that they can use it. – PW

Toronto Star review

Gunter clearly cares for women and is determined to debunk the patriarchal medical world they have to deal with. In The Vagina Bible, ultimately, Gunter is arming readers with the science they need to fearlessly and unapologetically take charge of their bodies; in a way best suited to their individual needs.

Where Can I buy?

So glad you asked! The book is available NOW in Canada and August 27 in the United States and U.K. Pre-sales matter a lot. They tell the seller that there is interest in the book and so it is more likely to feature on lists and in store displays. This helps more people see the book and so helps sales.

9780806539317.jpgSo, if you are considering buying The Vagina Bible, please consider pre-ordering!

Many, many thanks!

Jen

In the United States order online at these fine retailers:

Barnes & Noble, Amazon,  Hudson,  BAM, Indiebound

And the audio version (read by me) from High Bridge Audio, order via this link

In Canada you can order from any of your favorite book sellers via this link

In the UK you can order from any of your favorite book sellers via this link

The Vagina Bible will also be published in:

Russia

Poland

Ukraine

Germany

Czech Republic

Romania

Spain

Portugal

Greece

Australia

New Zealand

China

 

 

 

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32 Comments

  1. Hi Dr Gunter – At WhichDoc we are also passionate about how social media can and will change the face of medicine. We believe there is a lot of untapped knowledge within social networks that can be used by patients to make better healthcare choices. Check out short (slightly humorous) intro video at http://www.whichdoc.com/video. Would love your thoughts/feedback on something like this.

    Thank you!
    Rob Morelli

  2. Hi Dr. Jen. I’m the developer of Kegel Aerobics & Prostate Aerobics Apps. Men don’y have a clue that PCs exist, and women have been led to believe that a random squeeze while waiting will build PCs. Men are numb & dumb. Women are being ripped off by wrong information. Help me to get the word out. I will be happy to gift you an app & have a conversation with you. 305 720 4797

  3. Hi Dr Jen, first of all, thank you for creating a page like this one, it’s about time! Where can I get some info out of you?

  4. Dear Dr. Gunter:

    It is a pleasant surprise to find you on the Internet with so many followers and I am very much impressed by your achievement in women’s health. I am Dr. Lin Tao, who worked at UMKC in Kansas City in the 1990s. I met you in Dr. Faro’s laboratory at KU Medical Center several times when I collaborated with Dr. Faro to study Lactobacillus and bacterial vaginosis. I am now a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago.

    I am writing to you today to tell you a great news for women suffering from vaginal dryness, atrophy and painful sex. My wife, an OBGYN and a drug developer, has invented a new suppository called “NeuEve.” Because it is made with all natural ingredients, it is not classified as a drug, but a personal care product, so no claims can be made per FDA regulation. But customers who used the product said that it helped to improve their vaginal dryness, atrophy and painful sex, even for women who could not have vaginal sex for more than one year due to severe atrophy and women who are treated with estrogen but without effect. This product has saved many marriages. It will be great for postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors who have vaginal dryness, atrophy, painful sex or unable to have vaginal sex due to severe atrophy.

    Since you have great passion for women who suffer these symptoms, you may be interested in testing this product with your patients. My wife’s contact is:

    Renjie Chang, MD
    renjiechang@gmail.com
    http://www.NeuEve.com.

    Best regards,

    Lin Tao

  5. You were lucky St Thomas (we called Tommy) wasn’t very busy that day! It has a large catchment population from S London. The NHS does not charge emergency but has been exploited by people from abroad for more “planned” treatment. St Thomas is the showcase from the government on modernisation & many other things. I have been in the NHS for over 4 decades & have worked in the private sector as well as in N America and Europe. We have been trying to reform (following the US model!) so the free treatment probably won’t be anymore…. Each successive government has traumatised the NHS further and to impose further cut on health and education & social services in the UK so will there be a future??? The staff have been struggling with the onslaught since this century began. It’s breaking my heart to see the great NHS disappearing…. 1948 it was instituted.

  6. Dr. Gunter,

    I’m writing on behalf of women and babies who have been harmed by the negligent care of under-trained, uneducated midwives in out-of-hospital settings (home births and freestanding birth centers). We oppose the licensing of midwives who are not AMCB certified. We’ve created a petition to advocate for minimum regulations that should apply to out-of-hospital midwives in every state:

    1. Require a License
    2. AMCB Certification
    3, Malpractice Insurance
    4. Low-risk Scope of Practice
    5. Report Outcomes to the Public
    6. Integrated System of Care

    These goals combine the priorities of women and the guidelines of the ACOG and the AAP with the aim of making out-of-hospital birth safer — as what we currently have is completely unacceptable. We also know that our petition will help raise awareness to the risks in choosing out-of-hospital birth… we want mothers to know exactly what they are choosing which is hard to do because the home birth movement promotes with too much misinformation (and even lies), covering up the risks of home birth and blowing the risks of hospital birth out of proportion.

    Please read our petition and sign it here and SHARE: https://www.change.org/p/state-legislators-protect-mothers-babies-make-home-birth-safer

    I write about the shortcomings of our current home birth system (and other issues) for babyMed, the website of Dr. Amos Grunebaum, ObGyn: http://www.babymed.com/blogs/danielle-repp

    and on my personal site: http://www.douladani.com/

    If you have any suggestions or anything you can do to help us reach more people with our petition, we would greatly appreciate the help/insight.

    Thank you,
    Dani Repp

  7. Hello, Dr Jen

    I heard your voice on Dan Savage’s podcast and became an instant follower.

    I’m an adopted Brit and a huge fan of the NHS. And with all the recent assaults on NHS funding, I’m almost afraid this complaint will be seen as frivolous: Almost no exam rooms in UK GP surgeries have GYN stirrups. I’m a post-menopausal woman and my first pap smear in the UK (at which time I didn’t have a sexual partner, so my poor little vagina got no exercise at all) came as a massive surprise. With no stirrups, insertion and dilation of the speculum hurt *badly* — I’m afraid I revealed my New York roots by the words that came out of my mouth.

    To make it worse, the nurse couldn’t find my cervix. Three times. She finally gave up and referred me to my GP. By which time, tears of pain were running down my face and I was ready to scream, “It’s not the bloody source of the Nile! It’s my cervix! I can find it with my finger!”

    Most British women are never referred to a gynaecologist unless they have a problem — regular testing is in done in the GP surgery. How many British women avoid their pap smears out of of pain and embarrassment, and end up with cervical cancer? How can your British OB/GYN colleagues accept what seems a barbarity? I almost organised a Twitter campaign #demandstirrups, until my niece said it would be disloyal to our beloved NHS.

    I would, however, like to find out how much it would cost to install one set of exam-table stirrups in every GP surgery in the UK. Fund-raising would be a hard slog — can you imagine the embarrassment of British men when I gave my presentation? — but worthwhile.

    It’s so obvious that it barely deserves mention, but do you think this state of affairs would exist if men had to have a simple preventive procedure that needed a tiny bit of medical kit to make it comfortable for the patient?

    Thanks for the space to rant. The next time you talk with a British colleague, please give them a friendly nudge.

    All the best,
    Lauren Sarno
    Cambridge

  8. Hey Dr. Gunter,

    I recently read an article of your on KEVIN MD about not eating placenta….and you asked if anyone could send you some? Well after experiencing post partum depression, I figured anything would be better than that agai. I got my placenta steamed via a TCM method, dehydrated, then ground and put into pill form. I’ve got a few left, and my son is nearly 9 months old so I’d be happy to send you some for research purposes! Let me know how to do that. Thanks for looking into this! I will say, I had a great experience after having this baby. I’m happy to share, in the name of science!!

  9. Hi Dr. Gunter,

    Did you write that blog on yeast biofilms that you mention in your article on gentian violet? I am trying to get rid of a yeast rash in my armpits that is only held back by rx meds, not eliminated. I’ve been wondering if I’m dealing with biofilms and how I would break them. I’m trying gentian Violet now. Thanks!

  10. Dr. Gunther,
    I was very interested in all your comments about the NHS in the UK. I am in the unique position of having spent a little more than half of my life living in the UK (born there) and the rest of my life in the USA so I have experienced both health care systems over a considerable period of time (I’m retired now). While I have been very fortunate to have had good health insurance with various companies I worked at in the USA, the cost was still quite significant and quite scary at times.I can honestly say, the standard of care I received in the UK was comparable with the standard of care I receive in the USA. The system in the USA is so incredibly inefficient with mounds of paperwork and forms to fill in every time you visit a different doctor. My brother who was a senior administrator in the NHS once told me that the overhead to revenue in the NHS runs about 6%. In the USA it is close to 38%!. Allowing for the fact that health insurance profits are in the single digit percentage range, that is still a huge overhead cost. I try hard to educate my American friends to dispel the various negative myths about the NHS.I think it is sad that most Americans won’t take the time to understand how the NHS works.

  11. Hi Jen.
    I’m not sure you will remember me. But Im Roberts daughter. Think I have met you a few times when I was younger. I’m not sure if you know but you have gone viral in the UK with your post about the NHS.
    Just wanted to message to say well done. I personally think the NHS is a great service that a lot of people take for granted.
    Sarah

  12. Hi Jen,
    I am a physician and I have a blog called loveandmedicine.com
    My main source of advertising a new post is by FB. However, I often blog about sex and FB will immediately reject anything with erotic content, even using the word sex (so ridiculous).
    I am a psychiatrist with a subspecialty in sexuality. My latest post is about blood flow, sex and aging. How do I circumvent FB and announce this blog? It is a combined medical/social blog. I’d like to get rid of my FB page altogether but that is my source of readers. Please help me out!

  13. Dr. Jen, I’m a Pharmacist in Ontario. I genuinely smiled when I read your post on Paltrow and Goop. genuinely. I hope you keep doing your thing and debunk whatever false medical myths that these uneducated ‘health care providers’ are giving to the public. I’ve been studying pain and narcotics, and it’s a problem we have here in Canada. I admire your action being taken. well done. kudos Dr. Jen!

  14. Hi Jen

    I was on faculty with you at ASCCP course in San Diego in 2007? Or 2008? I’m on the SOGC planning committee for the annual meeting in June (in Victoria). Would you be interested to come speak on physician and social media or activism or something?

    Thanks, Hélène

  15. Hello Dr. Gunter. Brava!! You rock!! Just read your article in the NYT on mansplainers and the shaming of women for their healthy vaginas and all their parts. I am the mother of theee healthy daughters, one of whom is also an OB/GYN. One is a psychiatrist and one is an attorney. They are strong and smart and funny and great citizens. The fact that they and all of us get reduced down to our parts is how the patriarchy stays powerful. They are amazing women and are working on being body proud as is their mother (me). Thank you for your fierce voice!

  16. Hi Jen,

    I’m bad at navigating social media. Can you please tell me if D-mannose supplements are safe during pregnancy? If yes, is there one you recommend? Thank you!

  17. Would you consider writing about men’s health issues as well? I’ve been following health claims that appear in my news reader, the latest is for “Top Urologist Tells All: This is the best prostate solution.” Appears to be for a product called NutraGenics, an “all natural” supplement. My impression is that a large percentage of men get their health advice through their wives, so how to navigate the prostate cancer preventing supplements on the market today?

  18. I’d like to thank you for your Ask Well piece in the NYT 1-15-19 (“Is removing or waxing…”) It almost made me cry.

  19. I am a retired biomedical researcher. I am so glad that finally a doctor is providing sound scientific information. People in my retirement community don’t know my background and tell me all sorts of things. I get so tired of listening to people speak with authority about pseudoscience, that I have few conversations. I pretend I have to pee. That usually puts an end to the spewing of bull shit. Thanks for the work you do.

  20. hello Jen!
    are you planning to publish the vagina bible in french? pleeeeaaaaase ;))
    i would love to give it to my girlfriends, all of them!!!
    thank you (for your work, and for your anwer 😉
    émeline

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