Our Bodies, Ourselves: The Classic—Written by Women, For Women

Our Bodies, Ourselves: The Classic—Written by Women, For Women

Judy Norsigian, Boston Women's Health Book Collective

Language: English

Pages: 1362

ISBN: 2:00215876

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Our Bodies, Ourselves is the resource that women of all ages turn to for information about their bodies, sexuality, and reproductive health. Completely revised and updated, these pages provide women with the information and tools they need to make key health decisions—accurate, evidence-based information, input from leading experts, and personal stories from women who share their experiences. This new edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves includes the latest vital information on:

CHANGES IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM—especially how health care reform affects women and how to get the care you need.

SAFER SEX—how to engage in pleasurable, satisfying sexual experiences while protecting your health and the health of your partner.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS—including minimizing exposure to everyday pollutants that endanger reproductive health.

BODY IMAGE—resisting negative media stereotypes and embracing healthier approaches to looking and feeling good.

LOCAL AND GLOBAL ACTIVISM—using social media and organizing tactics to build community and advocate for policies that improve women's lives.

As well as crucial information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.

Together with its companion website, ourbodiesourselves.org, Our Bodies, Ourselves is a one-stop resource for women of all generations.

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not uncommon to miss a period while on the pill. If you miss two periods in a row, it could be either normal or a sign of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test either at home or with a health-care provider, but keep taking your pills, in case you are not pregnant. If you become pregnant while on the Pill and continue your pregnancy, there is no evidence that the Pill increases the health risks to your baby. Health Concerns Contraindications Women who are over thirty-five and smoke generally

conditions more typical of midlife and older women, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and breast cancer, which affect black women earlier. The BWHS has identified modifiable risk factors for both breast cancer40 and type 2 diabetes.41 Mortality rates of breast cancer are greater in black women than white women. The BWHS found that the use of menopausal hormones was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, as has also been found in white women. A high intake of vegetables,

and demographic issues. She is currently editor in chief of RH Reality Check (rhrealitycheck.org). Lisa Jervis is the founding editor and publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, and she is the author of Cook Food: A Manualfesto for Easy, Healthy, Local Eating (cook-food.org). Carole Joffe is a professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UC San Francisco (ansirh.org). She is the author of Dispatches from

reflect on media images and representations in popular culture that have influenced their views of dating and marriage. * * * MORE ABOUT THE CONVERSATION In 2010, the Our Bodies, Ourselves editorial team posted a call for women to take part in an online conversation. The response was overwhelming; out of hundreds of submissions, thirty-seven participants were selected, ranging in age from eighteen to sixty-three. To learn more about this conversation, visit

about how I feel about my body. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. Sometimes I question how someone can be attracted to it, but I know that my insecurities come from myself. I’ve found that if I fake confidence in my body, I start to feel it. I can be with a lover and not want to be seen naked in the light, but if I pretend I’m comfortable with it I quickly become comfortable. I’ve decided that I don’t want those moments of not liking my body to affect my relationships. Faith: I had

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