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The Best Women’s Health Books of All Time

Women’s bodies are beautiful, unique, and complex. Navigating through the many changes and stages of our bodies can be tedious, but it is an imperative aspect of self-care for women that should never be overlooked. It is a woman’s responsibility to get curious and stay educated about her health, inside and out. 

There are many topics to cover when it comes to women’s health. Luckily, there is an enormous amount of legitimate information available to keep us engaged, informed, active, happy, and healthy. 

Vaginal Health, Sex Life, and Pregnancy


The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jennifer Gunter

With so much misinformation geared toward women and vaginas, it can be hard to decipher fact from fiction. Dr. Gunter calls out bluffs and dispels myths, exposing marketing tactics commonly used to reach and manipulate women. She provides powerful and accurate information about women’s bodies that can help settle any uncertainty or concern you may have. 

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She-Ology by Sherry A. Ross, MD

We know that women’s bodies go through various changes at every stage of life. From puberty and the onset of menstruation to birth and postpartum to menopause, the vagina changes and adapts. In She-ology, Sherry A. Ross, MD invites you in on a conversation where she discusses and describes the state of the vagina at each stage, covering the celebratory, serious, and outright surprising aspects of the vagina. 

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Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy by Latham Thomas

Maternity is a beautiful journey of growth, life, and evolution. Latham Thomas highlights tips and techniques to consider in order to encourage a blissful, healthy journey into new motherhood. She addresses diet, lifestyle habits, and how to incorporate yoga into your routine to keep the mind, body, and spirit in balance. 

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Menopause


Dear Menopause I Do Not Fear You by Soma Mandal, M.D.

The word menopause is often met with a slew of complaints, worries, and concerns. From hot flashes to loss of sex drive,  what you read and hear about menopause is primarily negative. Dr. Soma Mandal, in a straightforward manner, shares everything you need to know about this stage of life. This book is factual, medically comprehensive, and funny! You will not fear menopause after this read, and can definitely expect to walk away feeling more empowered and confident. 

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The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Dr. Northrup takes a holistic approach to understanding menopause. She understands that the change that occurs during menopause is not only physical, but mental, emotional, and spiritual as well.  Northrup examines this all-encompassing connection between menopause and female identity, highlighting how lifestyle choices can either secure our health and well-being or put it at risk.

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Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause by Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., CNS

The body begins experiencing changes during the perimenopause stage. Dr. Gittleman offers tools to understand the body’s changes and control your symptoms during this often confusing time. 

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Wellness


Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s physical health and wellness are important, but mental wellbeing is also an essential component of a woman’s wellbeing. Christiane Northrup dives deep into this understanding, emphasizing the female body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging: 7 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong by Vivien Brown, MD

Midlife is full of complex physical and mental changes, and each woman faces her own unique set of challenges. Dr. Brown offers a safe place and community for her readers, reminding them all that they are not alone. The book is a wonderful resource and shares anecdotes of women navigating life and transitions of aging. Remaining happy and healthy are the core messages of this book. 

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Healthy Body and Fitness


Roar: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female by Stacy Sims, PhD

A physiology-based nutrition and training guide for women that teaches readers everything about adapting nutrition, hydration, and running to your unique physiology. This book provides strategy, understanding, and prepares you to get out and get active.

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Guide to Thrive: 4 Steps to Body, Brains & Bliss by Vonda Wright M.D. 

In this book, Dr. Vonda Wright prepares the reader for six remarkable months of body, brains, and bliss transformation, using her 4-step plan to create a vision for your future, to take action, change your attitude and measure your achievement to the best years now. 

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