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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568582951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568582955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This empowering, sex-positive guide to womanhood is for anyone who has ever found herself uninformed or misinformed about her own machinery. Topp, a single, 20-something writer, teams up with her mother, Livoti, a seasoned gynecologist, to demystify the female reproductive system. The younger author felt lucky to grow up with a mother who was knowledgeable and forthcoming about the female anatomy, especially when she reached her teen years and realized that most of her friends weren't so lucky. Too many women are uncomfortable discussing their private parts with friends or even doctors, say the authors, and this can lead to misconceptions about their own bodies. Despite the catchy title, this is a deep examination of the body. Starting with an overview of the basic organs, then moving into menstruation, maintenance, menopause and medical problems, the authors investigate every nook and cranny of those elusive female parts. They explore sex, contraception, STDs and abortion from a nonjudgmental, pro-choice, woman-to-woman perspective. Although the snippets of banter between mother and daughter (as well as the anecdotes from the life of an ob-gyn) add little, this is a never condescending and always articulate resource.
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"The information in this slim volume is as direct and to the point as the title.... just the facts, ma'am." -- The Wall Street Journal, June 20, 2005

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This was a very fun and educational book.
David Emond
As soon as I finished reading this book, I ran out and bought about 10 more for every woman I know!
Kate Granger
Livoti and Topp are smart and funny, making this an enjoyable read for all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Brown on January 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book would make a great gift for girls going through puberty. The writers are personal, witty and honest about women's health issues as well as the gender/social aspects that are nearly always tangled up with reproductive health. All the anatomical basics are covered in detail, as well as various conditions and symptoms. It even covers menopause, so it's really a book for anyone with a vagina!

The authors are mother and daughter, the mother being a gynecologist and the daughter a writer--I wish my own mom had been so knowledgeable and forthright about the topics discussed in the book. Again, this book is great for those who are uncomfortable talking about reproductive health with their parents or children.

Also sprinkled liberally throughout the book are odd historical facts about gynecological treatments or conditions, both in American and other cultures. These are sometimes amusing, sometimes upsetting and often bewildering. It provides a good historical context for a realm of anatomy and physiology that is still (compared to many other health problems or issues) mysterious and not fully understood.

Overall, it's a very quick and informative read that I highly recommend for every woman and girl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald J Cook on March 17, 2014
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This book is a joint venture between mother and daughter. Mom is a gynecologist and daughter is an author. I'm a 44 year old mother of 2, and I'm not ashamed to say that I learned a few facts! I encouraged my 2 daughters to read this as well. The book is chaptered according to various issues, giving readers the science behind each cause and the symptoms that go along with each affect. The mother adds patient anecdotes to compliment each subject, often with humorous affect. There are fascinating historical facts included as well--most of which should make most of us gals grateful that we were not born 100 years ago. "Vaginas: An Owner's Manual" demystifies complicated issues using plain language, humor and science.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brandy Rogers on October 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book back in June of 2004 and i have to say that i was greatly shocked at how much about the female body as having one myself that i was absolutely alien to...i found myself calling my friends telling them stories that i have read out of this book along with a few humorous excerpts here and there, this book is amazing!!...i believe this book is wonderful to give to any woman/girl of any age expecially during the puberty years...this book would be a great gift and the christmas season is just around the corner! so pick up a copy for the woman or women in your life today! im sure glad that i did!
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28 of 42 people found the following review helpful By SevenDelta on May 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
For a book written by a doctor, there is an amazing amount of misinformation. Despite extensive published and peer-reviewed research by Beverly Whipple documenting the G-Spot and female ejaculation, this book denies both exist. Where did the authors do their research?

Also, please note that most of the glowing reviews were written within a few days of each other. Thanks Mom and Dad!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sara on May 4, 2005
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I just finished reading this book and am now back on Amazon to buy copies for my friends. It is a funny, well-written, and straight-forward guide to the female anatomy and a useful resource for teenagers and adults alike. I was shocked to discover how much I did not know already about my own body, and absolutely grateful for this intelligent book. It is not condescending or judgmental--just the straight facts written in a way that is easy to read and as enjoyable as a novel.

I'd recommend this book to any woman--or any man for that matter! You'll be surprised what you might learn.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicki in Brooklyn on January 26, 2012
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This is a great book! I work with tweens and this has been a great book to give them when they start having questions about how they work. It's smart, funny, clear and never scary.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor on May 5, 2005
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I got this from a girlfriend who loved it, and I initially picked it up out of obligation. However, I kept reading because Dr. Livoti and Miss Topp really have something here. The in-depth coverage of topics I was never even aware of made me question the completeness of my sexual education. It's a must read full of need-to-knows, vaginal trivia, and interesting anecdotes that make the read enjoyable and enlightening, even for a person without a vagina. I have since bought 10 copies for all my girlfriends.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jill Sieracki on May 5, 2005
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Elizabeth Topp and Dr. Carol Livoti have perfectly combined all the information you need, and want, to know with a comfortable conversational tone that makes it a must have for women of any age. I know from working with them personally that Vaginas: An Owner's Manual is a wealth of knowledge from two fantastic experts who love teaching women about their health and their bodies. In fact, I found the book (and the authors) so perfect, I offered them a monthly column in Playgirl Magazine!
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