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For many women and their partners, "down there" is terra incognita, unlike the more obvious penis and testicles of men. How many women know the correct terms for parts of female genitalia and what itching, pain, or discharge may mean? How many dare get medical treatment for discomfort? Stewart and Spencer's guide covers it all in friendly lay language: vulvovaginal anatomy and functions, changes through the life cycle, routine self-care, sexual issues affecting the "Vs" (vulvovaginal area), pelvic exams, bothersome symptoms, and 13 chapters for specific problems. Stewart is a clinical gynecologist and medical school instructor with over 20 years' experience, 12 specializing in vulvovaginal care; Spencer is a journalist focusing on women's and family issues. This is an excellent book and a first on the subject, with good illustrations, a resource list, charts, tables, and sidebars. Say the authors, "Your private parts shouldn't be private to you." Highly recommended; a good complementary work is Rebecca Chalker's The Clitoral Truth, with extensive details about that structure in the vulva perhaps least incognita. Martha Cornog, Philadelphia
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With Spencer's help in the writing, gynecologist Stewart's practical guide to the "V area" first describes the historical development of knowledge about the vulvovaginal area and, aided by occasionally striking illustrations, considers its anatomy and physiology at length. Stewart explains routine care and hygiene as well as changes to expect with aging. She urges women to "loosen up" in terms of clothing and psychology, and she stresses how important precise language is to a woman's knowledge of V-area health and to meaningful communication with doctors. She either clarifies or explodes some myths, gives substantial consideration to sex matters, and explores minor as well as major symptoms of trouble in the area. Her discussion of cancer and precancer conditions is realistic, and her advice for selecting and communicating well with a gynecologist is painstaking. The medical references she includes are meant to open and inform both physicians' and patients' minds. William Beatty
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553381148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553381146
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazonbombshell on January 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ladies, this book is excellent reading for every one of us. Written by a doctor who is not only a gynecologist but also that rare breed, the vulvovaginal specialist, it is -- as another reviewer suggested -- the owner's manual for everyone with a vulva, vestibule, and vagina. If you're not sure exactly what I mean by those last three terms, you need to find out, and Dr. Elizabeth Stewart -- the author of this book -- is the one to tell you.
Not only does Dr. Stewart cover what we've got, why we shouldn't be ashamed of it, and how it works, she gives in-depth, readable information on vulvovaginal infections, imbalances, and other problems, tells you how they can be treated, and enumerates interactions and complications for women with special needs (i.e. they're pregnant, HIV positive, etc.) She separates myths from facts and has the data and experience to prove what she says. She also goes over the ideal visit to your GYN, and lets you know what questions you should ask, what tests you should request when, and how to choose the best clinician to meet your needs.
All in all, this book is not only excellent but ESSENTIAL to a woman's library. It's light, clear reading, and it may be the most empowering book you read all year.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Recher on June 11, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Listening to ABC, I heard Dr Elizabeth Stewart discussing her and Paula Spencer's "The V book- a doctor's guide to vulvovaginal health." Realizing this was a book for my daughters, I ordered two copies.

Having a fascination with the subject matter, I naturally read the work before posting. I learnt things I didn't know that I didn't even know, I didn't know.

Try the V-quiz.

1) Why do women get wet in the crotch when tense?

For the same reason as their armpits. The labia majora sweat. Ordinary sweating is a common cause of vulvovaginal odour.

2) Do tampons cause toxic shock a) yes b) no c) not sure

b) There was a problem with super-absorbent tampons but these are no longer on the market

3) What is the role of the Bartholin glands?

Lubrication

4) T or F The hymen can be ruptured by sport activity?

False

5) The clitoris is fully formed by what age?

27th week of gestation

6) What percentage of women harbor E. coli in their vagina?

20%

7) Which of the following essential oils is very active against yeast infection? a) Clove b) Rose c) Tea tree d) Thyme

ans: a,b,d

8) The only known natural, proven, useable remedy for yeast infection is?

Boric acid

9) What is the leading cause of vaginal complaints in the USA?

Bacterial vaginosis

10) What is bacterial vaginosis? It is not an infection but imbalance of bacterial flora.

11) Lactobacilli normally control unwanted bacteria by producing what chemical?

Hydrogen peroxide

12) What is the main cause of `fishy' vaginal odour?
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
After two months of agony and several incorrect diagnoses, I was correctly diagnosed with a "V" disorder and referred to the medical library in our town to look up my condition. They gave me this book, and at last, I understand what I have been going through and why. I am buying a copy of this book for myself and for each of my daughters-in-law. Every female should own this book--no woman should suffer in silence or be ashamed of this part of her body. And none of us should be subjected to continued misdiagnoses any longer. This book provides the information we need to help us lead healthier, happier lives and to be active, educated participants in our own health care. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It could literally be a life-saver for some women who have nowhere else to turn for answers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Cymbala on January 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
After 13 visits in 2 years to the Ob/Gyn and thinking I had yeast infections that couldn't be cured, this book was recommended to me by a PA OB/GYN friend. Wow, what a differnce this made. Well, needless to say I found out I don't have a problem with yeast and I was able to find a doctor to help me with a very solvable problem. Reading the V book educated me so that I knew what questions to ask and what information to have to help a doctor diagnose my problems. I also learned that my doctor did what many do, no culturing of yeast, but prescribe medication. I don't mean this to bash the doctor but rather to share how uninfrmed I was and how empowered I am now. The book is well written, easy to read and thorough. READ this book if you are a women stuggling with your own vaginal health issues. Give this book to any woman you love.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Gillett on August 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a nurse practitioner who specializes in women's health, I was very excited to see this book. So many problems that I see in my daily practice are addressed in this book, along with very practical suggestions for preventing them. It should be required reading for every woman in her twenties to learn what to and not to do in terms of routine maintenance of her "private parts". This book also addresses common and uncommon concerns for women of all ages and stages of life. I have in the past referred patients to Dr. Stewart's office for women whose problems have baffled the best minds in my group, and have been impressed with the evaluation, management and followup of these individuals, and have been impressed with the care that they have received from Dr. Stewart and her colleagues. I now keep a copy of this book on my desk and recommend it to most of my patients!
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