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Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation

Unabridged   13.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/23/2024

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Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696607377


"The world's most famous and outspoken gynecologist" (The Guardian) fights myths and fearmongering with real science, inclusive facts, and shame-free advice on the topic that impacts more than 72 million Americans every month: menstruation.

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Product Description

Most women can expect to have hundreds of periods in a lifetime. And yet few are given the tools to understand the science of their own cycle, how it changes over their lifetime, and how it connects to their overall health.

Despite its significance, most education about menstruation focuses either on increasing the chances of pregnancy or preventing it. And while both are crucial, women deserve to know more about their bodies than just what happens in service to reproduction. Instead, the patriarchy has weaponized menstruation through outdated cultural norms, medical dismissal, inadequate menstrual accommodations, and useless products. To distinguish medicine from mythology, people need information. To advocate for ourselves, we need to know how our bodies work. Consequently, many people suffer in silence, thinking their bodies are uniquely broken, or they turn to disreputable sources.

In this practical, inclusive guide to menstruation, Dr. Jen Gunter delivers empowerment through knowledge. She explains what's typical, what's concerning, and when to seek care, while also examining the historical and social myths which keep women uninformed and disenfranchised. Written with no-nonsense expertise and frank, fearless wit, Blood gives women the tools to take back control of their bodies and kick menstrual shame to the curb. Period.


"Filled with piercing social analysis and enlightening science, this one’s a winner." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Requisite reading. A no-nonsense, educational, science-backed, in-depth title about menstruation and the impact it can have on one’s body. This title will empower readers to better understand their bodies and to advocate for themselves in medical situations." —Library Journal

"This book is the brilliant and long needed corrective that we have waited for, since the first time we stuffed a box of pads into a three-ply paper bag and slunk out of a pharmacy. Never again." —Samantha Bee

"Funny, erudite, compassionate, and righteous—sometimes all in a single sentence—Jen Gunter is the period expert we need right now." —Emily Nagoski, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Come Together

Author Bio

Dr. Jen Gunter is the host of Jensplaining, a CBC/Amazon Prime video series that highlights the impact of medical misinformation on women. Her New York Times and USA Today bestselling books, The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto, have been translated into twenty-five languages.