There was incredible and overwhelming validation about this void in women's healthcare when she-ology was listed #4 of 6 of the "Most Life Changing Wellness Books of 2017" by Women's Health Magazine and Prevention.com. (A list I might add that they had Sheryl Sandberg's bestselling book, Option B on the list too! J)…
For over 50 years, there has been a flood of women taking control over their circumstances: asking for raises that match a man's income; demanding respect in the workplace and at home; and becoming sexually confident and unapologetic. Even so, award-winning OBG-YN and women's health advocate Dr. Sheryl A. Ross—affectionately known as Dr. Sherry to her patients—finds that women are still very much disconnected and misunderstanding of the physical thing that makes them women: their Vaginas.
The Vagina is part of the cycle of women's lives, so why not embrace and talk about it? Dr. Sherry believes it is time for the "Vagina Revolution"—dismantling misconceptions about sex and the Vagina and embracing it in all its shapes, sizes, sexual orientations, and ages. Her new book she-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period.shines a light on the Vagina, answering women's most uncomfortable questions with the goal of healthier and happier Vaginas for all women—from pre-teens to senior adults.
Having grown up with Our Bodies, Ourselves, Dr. Sherry felt that while the book is extremely helpful, it doesn't dive into the most sensitive issues of women's health. With expertise and humor, she-ology addresses every urgent, confounding, culturally taboo, and challenging question women have about Vaginas. In a friendly and informative voice, Dr. Sherry breaks down topics like periods, postpartum, and Menopause in the form of chapters like "Adventurous V," "Divorced V," "Hormonal V," and many more. In the beginning of each chapter, celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Brooke Shields, Christina Applegate, and Jane Seymour share their Vagina experiences to help further the dialogue that it's okay to ask questions and have a relationship with your most intimate self.
In she-ology, Dr. Sherry answers many common questions that women are too bashful to ask, including:
- What age should I start going to the gynecologist, and what will happen on my first visit? When will I start getting pap smears and mammograms?
- What does "safe sex" even mean?
- Is there such thing as a "perfect" Vagina?
- Can I get HPV (or other STI's) if I don't have actual sexual intercourse?
- Since the Vagina is self-cleaning, do I even need soap?
- If I and my partner enjoy swinging or S&M, does that make me a pervert?
- How can I be depressed after giving birth if I've always wanted to have a baby?
- If I have never had an orgasm, is there something wrong with me?
- What could possibly go wrong down there, and what can I do about it?
- Do the same gynecological health and medical needs apply to lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Vaginas as they do to heterosexual ones?
- Celebrities are having babies in their late 40's and 50's—does that mean that I can have a baby later in age too?
- My PMS symptoms are extreme—what does that mean and what can I do to prevent it?
- I am receiving cancer treatment and one of the side effects is loss of sexual desire. What can I do to regain a healthy sexual relationship with my partner?
With knowledge that can only come from 25 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology and the approachable voice of your best girlfriend, Dr. Sherry and she-ology will help women form, mend, and strengthen their relationships with the most commanding and complex of female organs.