Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics

Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics Review

"With unflinching honesty, Lara Parker, the Deputy Director for BuzzFeed, shares her day-to-day challenges of living, working, and loving with chronic pain caused by endometriosis in this raw, darkly humorous, and hopeful memoir.

I wasn’t ready to be completely honest about my vagina yet, and the world wasn’t ready for that either. But I was getting there. I wanted the world to know that all of this pain I had been feeling…that it was related to my vagina. Thus, Vagina Problems was born. It was a cutesy name. It was my way of taking this pain and saying, “Whatever. I’m here. I have it. It sucks. Let’s talk about it.”

In April 2014, Deputy Editorial Director at BuzzFeed Lara Parker opened up to the world in an article on the website: she suffers from endometriosis. And beyond that? She let the whole world know that she wasn’t having any sex, as sex was excruciatingly painful. Less than a year before, she received not only the diagnosis of endometriosis, but also a diagnosis of pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, vaginismus, and vulvar vestibulitis. Combined, these debilitating conditions have wreaked havoc on her life, causing excruciating pain throughout her body since she was fourteen years old. These are her Vagina Problems.

It was five years before Lara learned what was happening to her body. Five years of doctors insisting she just had “bad period cramps,” or implying her pain was psychological. Shamed and stigmatized, Lara fought back against a medical community biased against women and discovered that the ignorance of many doctors about women’s anatomy was damaging more than just her own life. One in ten women have endometriosis and it takes an average of seven years before they receive an accurate diagnosis—or any relief from this incurable illness’ chronic pain.

With candid revelations about her vaginal physical therapy, dating as a straight woman without penetrative sex, coping with painful seizures while at the office, diet and wardrobe malfunctions when your vagina hurts all the time, and the depression and anxiety of feeling unloved, Lara tackles it all in Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics with courage, wit, love, and a determination to live her best life."

Title:Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics
Edition Language:English

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  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    OMG this is so important! I love Lara Parker from BuzzFeed and am so excited that she is writing a book about this. Nobody ever talked about this kind of stuff in sex ed and I'm sure SO MANY teens wil...

  • Susan's Reviews

    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Lara Parker is bravely tackling an issue that even today gets discussed in hushed tones, i...

  • Adriana

    Wow. Am I ever thankful that I don't have vagina problems. I very much rather live with my few kill-me-now migraines a month, than the constant pain and torture that Parker lives with.I can't express ...

  • Janet

    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed re...

  • Jessica Haider

    Buzzfeed editor Lara Parker shares her personal experiences with endometriosis in this raw and honest memoir. Lara spent years dealing with undiagnosed pain and other symptoms. Many doctors implied th...

  • Natasha | readalongwithnat

    I received an eARC from Netgalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.CW: all things medical, death of a friendI laughed, I cried, I felt so incredibly seen. I would recommend this...

  • Sarah Williamson

    AVAILABLE NOW!!!I have followed Lara Parker on Buzzfeed for awhile now. She was one of the only voices I was readily able to access when I received my very own Endometriosis diagnosis. I have so much ...

  • Anthony Pignataro

    This is a book about pain—chronic, life-altering pain that affects 10 percent of all women. To be clear, this is not a medical study of endometriosis (or the myriad other diseases that affect women ...

  • Karlee

    When I saw this book on NetGally I got super excited! dealing with endo myself it's almost comforting to read that I'm not alone with my chronic pain.Lara takes you on a journey of her struggles with ...

  • Lindsay

    5 stars for importance of subject matter, 3 stars for reading experience (mostly because it got pretty repetitive)....