A book specifically about women’s sexual health? YES, FINALLY! As soon as I saw the description for Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics by Lara Parker, I knew I had to read it.
I sincerely hope that anyone who ever experiences any sort of vagina problem finds this book, or at the very least, a standalone article by Lara Parker talking about her experiences with various vagina problems. This is such an important issue that effects SO MANY WOMEN, and we never really talk about it. As someone who is pretty sure they have an undiagnosed vagina problem, I’m so glad I found this book and have friends I can openly and honestly talk to.
In Vagina Problems, the author very honestly discusses various aspects of her life, from dating to work, navigating the medical system, and dealing with difficult mental health spirals that having a chronic illness brings with it. She is very up front about how difficult it is dealing with her multiple conditions, but also takes times to note the good things, too. I really appreciated her open, honest dialogue throughout this book, and her advice for when it comes to fighting for yourself and standing up against health professionals who may not believe your pain is real. No one knows your body better than yourself, and you deserve to see a medical professional who will listen to your concerns and take them seriously.
Again, I cannot emphasize how important and powerful this book is. I hope those who need it find it, and it helps shed some light on a very important topic that needs more attention.
Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, for sending me an electronic copy of this book via NetGalley. Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics by Lara Parker came out on October 6, 2020, and is available to purchase wherever books are sold.