Full Title: What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend.
Author: Lissa Rankin, M.D.
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Description: I went back and forth whether I should put this book on my list of recommended reading. While it is full of quality information and hilariously funny, the author uses terms such as “choochies” and “you and yoni.” Some readers might be offended by the language and worldview in the book, but others will brush past it to get to the good stuff. If you are in the latter category, then you will love this book. It is filled with the types of “Oh my gosh!” stories that only a gynecologist could tell, but it is also packed with solid information on topics such as the vagina, orgasm, periods, fertility, pregnancy and menopause.
Favorite Chapter: This was difficult to decide because all the chapters contain fabulous answers to questions. I finally settled on the chapter “Menopause” because it offered information on the subject that I have not found elsewhere – and it is presented in a down-to-earth manner. The chapter is not a comprehensive discussion of the subject, and women going through menopause should supplement this reading with other books, but it is nevertheless a great place to start.
Best Take-away: People really do that?! I have to admit, I giggled the whole way through this book at the stories Rankin tells of patients she has seen. From regaling us with the tale of the patient who sued her for “stealing her labia,” to the pregnant woman who’s birth plan included eating her placenta, I swung from being in stitches to being horrified and then back to laughter again, all while getting a great dose of education. This book truly is the height of “info-tainment.”