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Being Female: What Every Women Needs to Know About Gynecological Health

With the Physicians of the New York University Medical Center Women's Health Service and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (1998, William Morrow, New York)

Your Essential Guide to:

• Staying healthy through puberty, pregnancy, menopause and beyond.

• What's "normal" and how to recognize trouble

• Sexual health over the years

• New treatments for fibroids, endometriosis and more

• The latest news on Viagra for women, overactive bladder, the "morning after pill," and more.


“Have you ever had a vague gynecological symptom and wondered whether you should worry--or just forget about it? Now you can turn to Being Female: What Every Woman Should Know About Gynecological Health (Morrow) by Rita Baron-Faust. Written with the physicians of the New York University Medical Center, the book includes charts for keeping track of premenstrual symptoms, lists of foods and beverages that can irritate the bladder (apple juice and chocolate among them) and a section on what your doctor actually does during your pelvic exam...it gets to the heart of gynecological matters.” Glamour Magazine.

“Baron-Faust has assembled a solid gynecological health guide. From beginning with a general overview of potential problems associated with the menstrual cycle (abnormal bleeding fibroids, infections, ovarian cysts, etc.), this guidebook proceeds to discuss reproductive choices, ans examines such topics as pregnancy, infertility, menopause and gynecological cancers. Written in enough detail and avoiding being overly technical or assuming a folksky, we're-all-in-this-together manner, this is a solid, no-nonsense handbook for women interested in their reproductive well-being.” Booklist.

“This comprehensive and authoritative volume addresses gynecological issues that women need to understand but may not feel comfortable discussing with their physician...An informative starting place for every woman.” Publisher’s Weekly.

"Any woman who wants to take charge of her own health -- and in these times, who doesn't -- will want a copy on her bookshelf," Terra Ziporyn, PhD, Co-author Harvard Guide to Women's Health.

"In Being Female, Rita Baron-Faust has pulled together the available research on many health concerns and made it accessible for every woman... I applaud her thorough, comprehensible and detailed guide and will keep it on my bookshelf," Phyllis Greenberger, CEO and President, Society for Women's Health Research.

"Being Female is a well-written, comprehensive and thoughtful compendium of medical information useful for every stage of womanhood!" Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor of OB/GYN, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and author Woman to Woman.

"This book is WONDERFUL. It's got great information on all sorts of women's health issues, and it's section on Vulvar Disorders is the best I've seen. It includes information about vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, lichen sclerosis, etc,"Vulvar Vestibulitis & Vulvodynia Resource Guide