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Information is everywhere and yet many women still don’t truly understand how our bodies work and specifically, how our lower genital tract works. Dr Anita Mitra, AKA The Gynae Geek, believes that we can only be empowered about our health when we have accurate information. This book will be that source. This book takes you from your first period to the onset of menopause an Information is everywhere and yet many women still don’t truly understand how our bodies work and specifically, how our lower genital tract works. Dr Anita Mitra, AKA The Gynae Geek, believes that we can only be empowered about our health when we have accurate information. This book will be that source. This book takes you from your first period to the onset of menopause and explains everything along the way. From straightforward information about whether the pill is safe, which diet is best for PCOS, what an abnormal smear actually means, if heavy periods are a sign of cancer, right through to extraordinary tales from the Clinic. This straight to the heart, sharp shooting guide will become the go-to reference book for all young women seeking answers about reproductive health as well as a way to dispel the swathe of misinformation that’s out there. Dr Anita Mitra shares her personal experiences with stress and anxiety and her learnings about how the gynaecological health of women can be influenced by lifestyle choices.


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Information is everywhere and yet many women still don’t truly understand how our bodies work and specifically, how our lower genital tract works. Dr Anita Mitra, AKA The Gynae Geek, believes that we can only be empowered about our health when we have accurate information. This book will be that source. This book takes you from your first period to the onset of menopause an Information is everywhere and yet many women still don’t truly understand how our bodies work and specifically, how our lower genital tract works. Dr Anita Mitra, AKA The Gynae Geek, believes that we can only be empowered about our health when we have accurate information. This book will be that source. This book takes you from your first period to the onset of menopause and explains everything along the way. From straightforward information about whether the pill is safe, which diet is best for PCOS, what an abnormal smear actually means, if heavy periods are a sign of cancer, right through to extraordinary tales from the Clinic. This straight to the heart, sharp shooting guide will become the go-to reference book for all young women seeking answers about reproductive health as well as a way to dispel the swathe of misinformation that’s out there. Dr Anita Mitra shares her personal experiences with stress and anxiety and her learnings about how the gynaecological health of women can be influenced by lifestyle choices.

30 review for The Gynae Geek: Your no-nonsense guide to ‘down there’ healthcare

  1. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    After realising I knew far too little about how my own body worked, I picked up this book and found out that that's pretty much everyone. We're left with questions we're too embarrassed to ask, and Google isn't always helpful in reassuring you when you're worried. (Raise your hand if you've ever looked up any symptoms and convinced yourself you have a rare and deadly disease.) The Gynae Geek covers everything from anatomy to sexual health, from pregnancies to abortion, periods and (c)lots more, i After realising I knew far too little about how my own body worked, I picked up this book and found out that that's pretty much everyone. We're left with questions we're too embarrassed to ask, and Google isn't always helpful in reassuring you when you're worried. (Raise your hand if you've ever looked up any symptoms and convinced yourself you have a rare and deadly disease.) The Gynae Geek covers everything from anatomy to sexual health, from pregnancies to abortion, periods and (c)lots more, in an unbiased way, with lots of references for you to check out for further reading. After each chapter, there's a quick recap (or "knowledge bombs") with that chapter's most important information. I found this to be really useful and informative.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Everyone, whether they have a vagina or not, should read this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Call Me Shivi

    Very disappointed by the anti-vegan message the author sends throughout the book. She advocates consuming dairy and points to a study that is funded by...the dairy industry. She also talks about vegan diets having deficiencies yet fails to mention omnivorous diets on average have 7 nutrient deficiencies(vegan diets have 3). Not checking to see if a research paper has conflicts of interest makes me question the other references she’s used in the book. Fortunately I dug a little deeper when I read Very disappointed by the anti-vegan message the author sends throughout the book. She advocates consuming dairy and points to a study that is funded by...the dairy industry. She also talks about vegan diets having deficiencies yet fails to mention omnivorous diets on average have 7 nutrient deficiencies(vegan diets have 3). Not checking to see if a research paper has conflicts of interest makes me question the other references she’s used in the book. Fortunately I dug a little deeper when I read her dietary recommendations but if I took her information at face value I would falsely think dairy was something I should be consuming more of.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liv

    The Gynae Geek's no-nonsense guide is one of the best, most straight-talking, reliable, fact-based and easy reading books on women's health. It talks all about how our menstrual cycle is connected with our eating, sleeping, exercising and lifestyle patterns. It talks about what a smear test is and why we should go for one as women - basically if you don't know it detects abnormal cells in your vagina (caused by hpvs) and helps to get those treated before they turn into cancer. It talks about pre The Gynae Geek's no-nonsense guide is one of the best, most straight-talking, reliable, fact-based and easy reading books on women's health. It talks all about how our menstrual cycle is connected with our eating, sleeping, exercising and lifestyle patterns. It talks about what a smear test is and why we should go for one as women - basically if you don't know it detects abnormal cells in your vagina (caused by hpvs) and helps to get those treated before they turn into cancer. It talks about pregnancy and fertility. It talks about periods. It talks about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and getting tested for those. It talks about what a vagina looks like and how the vagina is the inside part and your vulva is the outside part. It has lots of great information about how our hormones are influenced and what they do; why their important. It screams out that women need to empower themselves by learning more and reading more fact based studies. It has so many important messages that every woman and man needs to know about. It's also a book that's driven by a doctor who knows her stuff, but is passionate about her cause and cares about educating and helping people. Dr Anita Mitra makes the book interesting and accessible. It's not laugh-out loud funny, but there are some pretty shocking moments. The small ancedotes from her jobs make it more interesting and personal (obviously no names are used). It also makes you realise how many women are suffering because they don't feel confident or capable of stepping forward to their doctor. This book is great for those interested in health in general, those wanting to learn more about women's health and gynaecological health specifically. Just an all around great book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cass - Words on Paper

    A must read for everyone. I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this book, will definitely be buying myself a personal copy for reference and to share with others. There is so much conflicting information about female sexual health it's impossible to know what to even do anymore. Mitra addresses absolutely anything you may be wondering about in a brief, non-judgemental and accessable way, encouraging readers to seek further professional help if needed. A must read for everyone. I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this book, will definitely be buying myself a personal copy for reference and to share with others. There is so much conflicting information about female sexual health it's impossible to know what to even do anymore. Mitra addresses absolutely anything you may be wondering about in a brief, non-judgemental and accessable way, encouraging readers to seek further professional help if needed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire Jones

    great book that is aimed at a regular reader who wants to know more about their bodies and health. How it's all supposed to work and what can be done when things dont go to plan. Really aimed at younger and older people alike who are concerned about their gynecological health. great book that is aimed at a regular reader who wants to know more about their bodies and health. How it's all supposed to work and what can be done when things dont go to plan. Really aimed at younger and older people alike who are concerned about their gynecological health.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Yolland

    I wish I had had this book in my life sooner. Will be recommending to ALL of the ladies in my life - thank you Dr Anita!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ee

    I highly recommend this book. not only is it entertaining it contains a lot of common sense and information anyone with a vagina should take time to read about.

  9. 5 out of 5

    O

    Very useful book to read for information about females bodies. It does get a little bit too repetitive: every chapter is ended with first an FAQ section ('all you wanted to ask...') and then a 'knowledge bomb' which is a summary. The very end of the book has another (short!) summary. I found the first half, which is very fact-based, about anatomy and the cycle of the menstrual period most interesting. The section on diseases feels more like it could be used as an encyclopedia, there was a lot of Very useful book to read for information about females bodies. It does get a little bit too repetitive: every chapter is ended with first an FAQ section ('all you wanted to ask...') and then a 'knowledge bomb' which is a summary. The very end of the book has another (short!) summary. I found the first half, which is very fact-based, about anatomy and the cycle of the menstrual period most interesting. The section on diseases feels more like it could be used as an encyclopedia, there was a lot of detail on treatment etc that didn't feel massively relevant to me - but very useful to have if you need it later. Her writing style is very inviting, the author tries hard to make it an easy read to appeal to - I guess - people who don't read a lot of research/non-fiction. To me, it felt a little bit 'too appealing', if that makes sense - but I realise I am probably not part of the main target group (a lot of the facts/information presented really isn't new to me). Kudos to the author for writing an informative book that I hope will be read by a lot of women who will learn a lot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra D.

    Anita is very knowledgeable and a reliable source of information. I really liked her style and especially the surprising and sometimes shocking stories she told. This books is super helpful for women in general, but also men can learn from it. It's great that she is quite open to many things, meaning she's not the 'it's either my way or no way' kind of doc. I knew relatively a lot about 'these women things' so there wasn't too much new information for me in the book, but overall a great read! I Anita is very knowledgeable and a reliable source of information. I really liked her style and especially the surprising and sometimes shocking stories she told. This books is super helpful for women in general, but also men can learn from it. It's great that she is quite open to many things, meaning she's not the 'it's either my way or no way' kind of doc. I knew relatively a lot about 'these women things' so there wasn't too much new information for me in the book, but overall a great read! I was hoping to get answers to a few of my questions, but some of them still remained unanswered, and there are a few things that I disagree with (based on my previous experiences). She mentions Google a few times (with a negative tone, as most of the doctors nowadays) as a source of information for many- clearly there are a lot of misinformation or complete nonsense on Google and it can be really confusing, but I find this constant attack against self-diagnosing a bit annoying, as when I read carefully and check the sources well, I was able to figure out what my problem was multiple times - and sometimes the solutions too - precisely. I can highly recommend this book, especially for teens, but anyone else too really.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steph Billyard

    My husband bought this for me last year as I was following Anita on Instagram and was interested in her newly released book. My husband is also an obstetrician, and I was keen to understand a bit more about his field and was just curious as a woman as well! This book explains concepts and answers questions that we all have had in easy to understand ways, while being in depth enough to explain the "how and why" as well. Having read and discussed sections with my husband, I couldn't recommend this My husband bought this for me last year as I was following Anita on Instagram and was interested in her newly released book. My husband is also an obstetrician, and I was keen to understand a bit more about his field and was just curious as a woman as well! This book explains concepts and answers questions that we all have had in easy to understand ways, while being in depth enough to explain the "how and why" as well. Having read and discussed sections with my husband, I couldn't recommend this book more. Perfect for both girls just starting on their journey into womanhood and women who just want to understand their bodies a bit more, Anita does a great job of making sometimes scary topics and questions not so daunting in a relatable and personal way. Just need an obstetric version of this book now!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Weronika

    Rating: 4/5 stars It's amazing how the education system does so little on informing women about feminine healthcare, and with that, how little research has been really done to date on women's sexual nature in contrast to the male (however that is another longer theme all together!). The book itself is very clear, written to the point and filled with facts. The Bottom line If you're a woman, I really urge you to read it! If you're a man, perhaps give it a go, may be an insightful read either way Rating: 4/5 stars It's amazing how the education system does so little on informing women about feminine healthcare, and with that, how little research has been really done to date on women's sexual nature in contrast to the male (however that is another longer theme all together!). The book itself is very clear, written to the point and filled with facts. The Bottom line If you're a woman, I really urge you to read it! If you're a man, perhaps give it a go, may be an insightful read either way!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adri Helyes

    EVERYONE should read this book! Women and men, no excuses. There are so many social taboos surrounding the subject of sex and our body, that it is no wonder we know so little about it. As a 40 yr bold woman I found myself constantly Ahhhh-ing. It is liberating, empowering to finally get to understand what goes on in our bodies, how our organs react to what we do in our daily life, and to say Vagina outloud without embarrassement.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ally Marshall

    A very easy-to-understand guide to general women's health. Honestly thought a bunch of times while reading it 'if I ever have a daughter I will be giving this book to her in her teenage years!'. A lot of solid, informative advice and with no judgement. Absolute must read for women everywhere in my opinion! A very easy-to-understand guide to general women's health. Honestly thought a bunch of times while reading it 'if I ever have a daughter I will be giving this book to her in her teenage years!'. A lot of solid, informative advice and with no judgement. Absolute must read for women everywhere in my opinion!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    An absolutely fascinating book, and an important one too. Could be a great resource for teaching women's and reproductive health to teens. Besides that would definitley reccommend for those like me who want to become more familiar with how our bodies work and how best to look after them. An absolutely fascinating book, and an important one too. Could be a great resource for teaching women's and reproductive health to teens. Besides that would definitley reccommend for those like me who want to become more familiar with how our bodies work and how best to look after them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    this was very interesting and educational, HOWEVER it's probably better to actually read this than listen to it (especially if a. you're not reading this in your first language and/or b. don't know a lot about female anatomy) this was very interesting and educational, HOWEVER it's probably better to actually read this than listen to it (especially if a. you're not reading this in your first language and/or b. don't know a lot about female anatomy)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Henden

    Really good, informative book for women who have absolutely no knowledge of anything related to ‘down there healthcare’. Everything is explained in a basic way so you can really understand what is being spoken about.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tayla Strachan

    Educational, interesting and easy to read, I devoured this! Even the parts with little interest/relevance to my situation still taught me something. This is something all ovary owners should read and I only wish I had a copy for the curious 15 year old I was.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ashworth

    I really enjoyed this myth busting book. It taught me all the things I always thought I should just know about my own gynecological health. Everyone should read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    kirsty ann jenkins

    Interesting reading Im a health care professional and reas this out of interest, it was very informative and cleared up alot of myths that i grew up believing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie Morén

    Loved it! Great as audio with Dr Mitra narrating.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anggi

    Very helpful! I learned a lot about sexual health facts that I'd no idea before. Very helpful! I learned a lot about sexual health facts that I'd no idea before.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wylie

    A fantastic book that every woman should read. Being aware of your health and what’s normal for your own body is so important when it comes to looking after it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    J.C

    An absolute must read for all of your female worries.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    Informative, balanced, necessary reading for anyone whose downstairs plumbing is mostly inside their body.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    This book I tore through and has given me answers to everything I’ve ever wondered about my vulva and reproductive system.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matterhörnli

    Great book, all you need to know, written in good understandable language.

  28. 5 out of 5

    NoOneTheBookWorm (Narjess Chinichian)

    It's a really really nice book. It's easy to read and follow and contains a lot of essential questions-answers. It's a really really nice book. It's easy to read and follow and contains a lot of essential questions-answers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Lee

    Such a great informative book about women’s gynaecology. I truly believe this should be given to every young women at school for them to understand their own bodies.

  30. 5 out of 5

    tisasday

    Contains some very funny analogies that will make some facts easier to remember.

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