If I weren't looking for books specifically about the menstrual cycle, then I might not have placed a book entitled, The Vagina Book into my basket. Who am I kidding? Yes, I would have!
Vaginas are interesting! And so is the woman's anatomy and her menstrual cycle. I wanted to learn more about the menstrual cycle and how to properly care for a menstruating body, so I added The Vagina Book to my reading list, and it did not fail me!
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Title: The Vagina Book
Page Count: 240
Published Date: 2020
Publishing Company: Chronicle Books
WHAT IS PERIMENOPAUSE?
"Perimenopause is the medical term for that slowing-down period leading up to menopause. During perimenopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate and slowly decrease, which can wreak mild (or major) havoc on your body.
Perimenopausal symptoms typically start to show up in your forties, but perimenopause can start as early as your thirties. Some medical events, like a hysterectomy (remove of the uterus), an oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries), or certain autoimmune disease can also trigger hormone fluctuations and cause early-onset menopause at any age. Hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and night sweats are a few uncomfortable symptoms. Some people also gain weight, lose hair, or feel fatigued - and some carry their perimenopausal symptoms all the way into menopause and beyond.
NOTE: Once you've gone through menopause, any bleeding thereafter should be reported immediately to your gyno to rule out cancer."
(The Vagina Book, pg. 122 ¶ 2,3)
6 TIPS: DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR GYNO
DO YOUR RESEARCH Making sure that you properly research your gyno, their ratings and their reviews is very important. You don't want to choose your gyno based on how close their office is to you or on the ability to make a quick appointment online. Make sure that the gyno has a reputation that you feel comfortable supporting.
GET THE INFORMATION YOU NEED The gyno that you find might have a great reputation, but do they have the information that you need? If your gyno does not have the experience required to assist you, you may need to look elsewhere. How can you have a great relationship with someone who cannot help you with your needs or issues?
OPEN COMMUNICATION Your gyno should communicate with you openly about any exams are procedures but your gyno should also be open to hearing your own advocacy. One thing that can make you feel very uncomfortable is not being heard or taken seriously concerning your vaginal or feminine health. To harbor a good relationship with your gyno, you will need to see a gyno that fosters communication both ways.
COMFORTABILITY Your gyno is going to be placing equipment inside of your vagina so there is no need to add discomfort on top of that! The relationship with the doctor you choose is largely based on how they make you feel so don't ignore your feelings. If you're feeling weird, then get out of there and go find someone that makes you feel comfortable and safe!
BE THRILLED ABOUT YOUR HEALTH WITH YOUR DOCTOR If you cannot feel excited or positive about your health and treatment with your doctor or your doctor makes you feel marginalized while caring for you, then just find another gyno. There is no need for you to try to get comfortable with accepting care and treatment from someone who isn't even comfortable with you and your specific need.
CONFIDENTIALITY This sort of goes without saying, but your gyno needs to be confidential. It can be highly uncomfortable to share intimate details about your private areas with anyone. Your gyno needs to be trustworthy, and you need to be confident that they are not going to leak your information for public viewing such as on social media.
After reading The Vagina Book, I feel as though I have been ever more equipped to advocate for myself when it comes to vaginal care and health. Books like this help women to feel confident and secure in their womanhood! I think you'll enjoy this read!
What is one thing you look for when finding a gyno?