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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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From the title, the subject matter is pretty obvious. I bought this to give to my daughter so she could have a good source of information about her body and not try to rely on her mother, her barely knows her own body. The book covers everything from puberty to menopause and everything in between.

The book is written in an easy to understand fashion and makes the subject about as much fun as it can be. I would recommend this book to every woman, but also to the parents of teens…especially those that either don't know all that much or are hesitant to talk to their children.
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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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My wife is from a country that does not have formal sex education, so I bought this book after hearing an obscure reference on the TV Show Portlandia. We both have learned a lot from this book. It has proven or disproven many of the superstitions that my wife held dear and illustrated extreme situations with funny stories. I never expected that I would need to read this book, but I'm glad I did.
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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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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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First kindle book I have read that had so many mistakes. The book has been scanned in. The fonts are different styles and sizes. Also the book has not been scanned in page order. Frequently there passages from other parts of the book peppered throughout a somewhat consistent narrative. It's obvious that this is not the two authors' intent.
Otherwise, it's a pretty cool but. I feel like I've learned a lot so far and I am a grown woman. The tone of the book can be a little didactic and matriarchal. Which is funny because it is a mother and daughter who are the authors (so of course that's going to be the tone).
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