Vagina Revolution -The Need To Talk About Vaginas

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Vagina Revolution -The Need To Talk About Vaginas

The vagina is a body part and as uncomfortable as it may be for some of us to discuss this topic, it is important for our well-being.

I recently finished a book, She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. by Dr Sheryl Ross. In my personal opinion, it is a must read for all women. This book has a wealth of information.

I think most of us feel uncomfortable discussing our intimate parts. Did you have any thoughts on the title of this post?

Dr Ross mentions that,

  • “One study of 1,000 women showed 65 percent were uncomfortable saying the words “vagina” and “vulva,” and 40 percent used “code names” referring to their vaginas. Honestly, I find some of the nicknames harder to say than the V word.”
  • “little more than a 65 percent of all women are uncomfortable with the word “vagina,” a shocking 45 percent of women NEVER talk about their vaginal health with anyone, not even their doctor.”
  • a study of college students revealed that 62 percent were unable to locate their vagina correctly. The good news was 73 percent of these same women were able to find their clitoris! The bad news is 56 percent of men in this study were unable to identify the clitoris on a diagram. ‘
  • As recent as 2012, a bill was presented on the House floor seeking to regulate the use of the word vagina after Michigan Representative Lisa Brown was banned from speaking because she used the term in a debate over an anti-abortion bill. Vagina Gate was born. Representative Mike Callton said, “Brown’s comment was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women… I would not say that in mixed company.”

Dr. Ross’s goal, “I am here to empower you to talk about your bodies. I do have a vagina agenda. It includes taking control of your health and well-being and challenging yourself and others to change the narrative on our health care.”

The numbers show that we are lacking in information about the vagina, Dr Ross’s intent is to change this.

The book is broken down into different chapters from the tween to the mature vagina. The book includes sensitive issues including painful sex, inability to have an orgasm, vaginal dryness with sex and vagina insecurity. There are many topics that are not typically discussed such as freezing of one’s eggs.

Each chapter has a patient’s story as well as additional information relating to the topic. The information includes statistics and suggestions by Dr. Ross. Dr. Ross is knowledgeable and easily conveys this important information.

I was particularly interested in the teenage vagina as I have a teenage daughter. I learned a lot from this chapter, I had never heard of the Diva cup before. Looking for signs of depression, anxiety and self-injury can lead to better outcomes. The book has made me more aware and knowledgeable which will make it easier to answer my daughter’s questions.

What do you think of vagina talk? Do we need more of it.


My next post will be on the athletic vagina.

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I am a physician who is interested in providing health information and health tips so that we may live healthy lives.


  1. I agree that we need more open vagina talk. I’m teaching my toddler the anatomically correct terms already. Posts like yours will open the door and destigmatize these terms!

  2. At high school (Catholic)we were told never to look at our naked body and to avoid mirrors in the bathroom, in case we caught a glimpse. I don’t think vaginas were ever mentioned at home using any word. I didn’t know I had one until my teens when I read an article in a magazine my mother was using for a knitting pattern. That magazine was my total “formal” sex education!

    I’m still shocked by Vaginagate and surprised at the lack of knowledge in today’s youth.

  3. I wish I had a book like that when I was a teen. My mother was shy about discussing these types of topics. She taught me how to take care of myself. But I got most of my information from friends and health class at school.

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