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Originally written in 1982, updated in 1991. A New View Of A Woman’s Body clear, detailed description of vaginal and breast self examination is a complete anatomy of the clitoris, common infections, lab tests, fertility detection, donor insemination, birth control, menstrual extraction, abortion care, surgical procedures and home remedies covers a very wide range of topics vital to women’s health. Written by the Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers with beautiful illustrations by Suzann Gage.
Information for women going to clinics or private Dr’s offices in order to assert your rights as a consumer of health services.
When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean by Roanna Rosewood
Barbara J. Love’s Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 is the first comprehensive directory to document many of the founders and leaders (including both well-known and grassroots organizers) of the second wave women’s movement. It tells the stories of more than two thousand individual women and a few notable men who together reignited the women’s movement and made permanent changes to entrenched customs and laws.
Written by The Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers, How To Stay Out Of The Gynegologist’s Office is a guide to understanding the wide range of normal and common conditions, along with self-help remedies for things like yeast overgrowth which often follows treatment of antibiotics.
In the most comprehensive book on birth control since the 1970s, women’s health activist Laura Eldridge discusses the history, scientific advances, and practical uses of everything from condoms to the male pill to Plan B.
Lorraine researched human hormones to understand what happens when women take The Pill for birth control or Hormone Replacement Therapy in menopause.
This book identifies 26 myths about menopause and sets the record straight, giving accurate and complete information.
Natural Liberty is a detailed, well documented guide for women and scholars – outlining the history, mythology, and methods of self-induced abortion, featuring: pharmaceutical drug abortion, menstrual extraction, forty plants used historically to induce abortion, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, yoga, and more.
Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) brings women’s knowledge to other women in a straight-forward and supportive way and advances a feminist analysis of women’s health issues. OBOS began in 1970 as a small newsprint pamphlet which was so popular it was expanded into a full-fledged book in 1973. This became a best-seller. Today, it’s known world-wide, has been translated or adapted into 18 languages, and was recently published in its 8th edition. OBOS is seen by many as an icon—women who have them still treasure the earliest pamphlet version of the material. It was written by a group of 15 women functioning as a collective; during which time over 100 women have been part of the process as staff and board members.
We discovered in the ‘70s that the personal is political. Holly Grigg-Spall starts with her and other women’s personal experiences with the Pill, then thoughtfully and thoroughly considers it scientifically, medically and philosophically to discover the political truth of the Pill. She shares strategies for finding new ways to control our fertility while regaining control of our destiny. Grigg-Spall’s careful study on the Pill’s effect on women’s health is long, long overdue. We are so busy fighting to keep hormonal birth control available that we don’t want to question what it is doing to our health and our lives. After reading this book, we can never see the Pill in the same way again.
New Line Home Video 2007
A must-see for any woman who is deciding what kind of care she wants to receive when she gives birth. Caution: Although this film brilliantly exposes the shortcomings of hospital births, it may not prepare you for the dangers in choosing a home birth attendant. If the home birth attendant is working for a doctor under protocols that “risk out” women for ambiguous diagnostic test results, some women find themselves sent, at the last minute, to an obstetrician-gynecologist that they hardly know, and shunted into the hospital system without having any preparation for it. Certified nurse-midwives and doulas are legally subordinate to the doctors they work with and cannot protect the woman from being mistakenly “risked out”, or subjected to unnecessary and excessive intervention.
The clitoris has been dismissed, undervalued, unexplored, and misunderstood for hundreds of years, but the truth is out there, and internationally celebrated sex educator Rebecca Chalker has found it. In The Clitoral Truth, Chalker offers the only mainstream, in-depth exploration devoted solely to women’s genital anatomy and sexual response.
The Clitoral Truth & this 2nd Edition go beyond all other sexuality self-help guides by providing a surprising “inside” look at women’s genital anatomy, and revealing that what is almost universally thought of as a sensitive pea-sized nubbin is, in reality, a powerful, responsive organ system. The Clitoral Truth reveals every aspect of this multifaceted organ and how the parts work together to produce pleasure and orgasm.
A Woman’s Book of Choices chronicles the history of ME, the currently accepted standard of ME practice, and its legal ramifications, and offers accounts of actual ME procedures. It also describes the who range of other abortion alternatives, from state-of-the-art clinical abortions to folk remedies, for women who may be considering terminating a pregnancy. In addition, there is a comprehensive chapter that is directed to medical personnel who may be providing abortion care, and a chapter on the French-developed abortion pill, RU-486.
Immodest Witnessing: Immodest Witnessing: The Epistemology of Vaginal Self-Examination in the U.S.Feminist Self-Help Movement by Michelle Murphy