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Vagina problems : endometriosis, painful sex, and other taboo topics / Lara Parker.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library 618.1 PAR (Text) 33500013342217 New Checked out 03/05/2021
Roseau Public Library 618.1 PAR (Text) 35500006332298 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250240682
  • ISBN: 1250240689
  • Physical Description: 224 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Welcome to the world of vagina problems -- Is everyone having sex but me? -- "My vagina just hurts a lot" and how to explain what the hell else Is actually going on -- This is endometriosis -- What it's like to live in constant pain -- Why won't doctors believe us? -- Hi, my vagina hurts, wanna date? -- Love, lust, and vagina problems -- My friends constantly talk about their sex lives and I'm trying not to hate them: how to remain friends with people who don't have vagina problems -- You can still be a boss when your vagina hurts -- Our new normal -- A letter to the doctors who didn't believe me -- The vagina revolution.
Summary, etc.:
"With unflinching honesty, Lara Parker, the Deputy Director for BuzzFeed, shares her day-to-day challenges of living, working, and loving with chronic pain caused by endometriosis in this raw, darkly humorous, and hopeful memoir. I wasn't ready to be completely honest about my vagina yet, and the world wasn't ready for that either. But I was getting there. I wanted the world to know that all of this pain I had been feeling ... that it was related to my vagina. Thus, Vagina Problems was born. It was a cutesy name. It was my way of taking this pain and saying, 'Whatever. I'm here. I have it. It sucks. Let's talk about it.' In April 2014, Deputy Editorial Director at BuzzFeed Lara Parker opened up to the world in an article on the website: she suffers from endometriosis. And beyond that? She let the whole world know that she wasn't having any sex, as sex was excruciatingly painful. Less than a year before, she received not only the diagnosis of endometriosis, but also a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, vaginismus, and vulvar vestibulitis. Combined, these debilitating conditions have wreaked havoc on her life, causing excruciating pain throughout her body since she was fourteen years old. These are her Vagina Problems. It was five years before Lara learned what was happening to her body. Five years of doctors insisting she just had 'bad period cramps,' or implying her pain was psychological. Shamed and stigmatized, Lara fought back against a medical community biased against women and discovered that the ignorance of many doctors about women's anatomy was damaging more than just her own life. One in ten women have endometriosis and it takes an average of seven years before they receive an accurate diagnosis--or any relief from this incurable illness' chronic pain. With candid revelations about her vaginal physical therapy, dating as a straight woman without penetrative sex, coping with painful seizures while at the office, diet and wardrobe malfunctions when your vagina hurts all the time, and the depression and anxiety of feeling unloved, Lara tackles it all in Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics with courage, wit, love, and a determination to live her best life"-- Provided by publisher.
In 2013 Parker received not only the diagnosis of endometriosis, but also of pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, vaginismus, and vulvar vestibulitis. Combined, these debilitating conditions have wreaked havoc on her life, causing excruciating pain throughout her body since she was fourteen years old. For years her doctors insisted she just had 'bad period cramps,' or implied her pain was psychological. She fought back against a medical community biased against women and discovered that the ignorance of many doctors about women's anatomy was damaging more than just her own life. Here she discusses coping with painful seizures while at the office, diet and wardrobe malfunctions when your vagina hurts all the time, and the depression and anxiety of feeling unloved.-- adapted from back cover
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1
    Embarrassed to talk about Vagina Problems? Parker, who always uppercases the V and the P, is not. The Buzzfeed journalist shares intimate details about her excruciating pelvic pain, and doesn't shy away from profanity when doing so. She laments what she views as the unfortunate message that sex is all about penetration, which is too agonizing for her. This frank story should resonate with the one in 10 women who experience vaginal or pelvic pain in their lifetimes and with the 176 million women worldwide who live with endometriosis. Parker had laparoscopic surgery, which was no panacea. She was then diagnosed with vulvodynia and vaginismus, which also contribute to pain. Don't expect a medical guidebook with resources and studies. Instead, this is meant to provide solace to women who, like Parker, feel that their doctors dismiss their suffering as merely emotional. As she notes, Parker wrote this book because she wishes she had had something like it when she was 19 so she would have known that her painful condition was not rare. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lara Parker is a writer and Deputy Editorial Director at Buzzfeed who lives in Los Angeles but grew up in a small town of just 900 people in Indiana. She’s been a guest on the MTV show Catfish, the TLC show Catching the Catfisher, has been interviewed or appeared in Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan Australia, and Glamour, as well as many others. She began writing publicly on her blog, Outside the Comfort Zone, in college around the time of her diagnosis with endometriosis and hasn’t stopped writing about her vagina since. When she isn’t writing about or talking about her Vagina Problems, she’s watching Bravo and trying to teach her dog how to hug her on command.

Subject: Parker, Lara (Writer and editor) > Health.
Endometriosis > Patients.
Endometriosis > Diagnosis.
Women > Health and hygiene.

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