The V book - guides to a better sex by Bantam - review by The Wolf

The V book

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The V book is an exhaustive tome of vulvovaginal knowledge. That may not sound fun, but the easygoing tone and clear language makes it easy to digest. If you have a vulva, and aren't a gynecologist, this would probably be helpful to you. Read it all through to become V savvy, or have it on hand for reference--either way, as the cover says, "your private parts shouldn't be private to you."
Informative, accessible, helpful diagrams and charts, good index
Perhaps a bit outdated
Rating by reviewer:
useful review

About author

The V book has two authors. One, Elizabeth G. Stewart, M.D. is a Boston-based gynecologist. The other, Paula Spencer, is a journalist who specializes in women's health. They clearly have combined their talents to create an incredibly informative, yet easy-to-read guide to vulvovaginal health.

Dr. Stewart has various credentials. For one, she is the assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School. Also, she's part of the staff at Brgham and Women's Hostpital. She brings anecdotes from her practice and encyclopedic knowledge of her specialty to the book.

Paula Spencer is an award-winning writer and the author of four books on pregnancy and parenting. She writes in friendly prose that is clear and concise.
    • Expert author
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

This is a book of medical information for laypeople. It contains an incredible amount of content about vulvovaginal health, and is presented in a friendly tone. It would probaly be of most use to those of us with vulvas, though curiosity about pussy never hurt anyone. Also, it contains important knowledge for parents of female children.

The book really covers everything. The chapters are as follows:
Part 1: An Owner's Manual
1. The Mind--positive thinking and the vulva
2. The Vulva--Diagrams and descriptions of the aforementioned
3. The Vagina--More diagrams and descriptions
4. At Different Ages--the development of the V region. There was a lot of stuff in this chapter I didn't know
5. V Smarts--Menstrual practices, grooming, underwear
6. Sex Matters--information for the sexually active vulva
Part 2: When you need help
7. The Most Bothersome Symptoms--causes and cures
8. Now What?--what to do about V trouble
9. The Ideal V Exam--what to expect, how to communicate
Part 3: Problem and Answer Guide
10. Yeast Infections
11. BV
12. Trich: The STD that causes vaginitis
13. Vag Itch, Continued
14. Could you be Allergic?--to irritants, including semen!
15. When Skin Gets Sick--vulvar skin conditions
16. V Bumps and Color Changes
17. "It Hurts"--all about vulvdynia
18. Sexual Healing--what to do if doing it is painful
19. Bladder Pain
20. The Lifetime Virus--all about herpes
21. The Crafty Virus--all about HPV
22. V Cancer and Precancer
21. V is for Voice--the author's personal statements

My only objection to the content would be that it is a little bit outdated, having been published almost a decade ago. It doesn't mention the DivaCup, or some more modern issues and attitudes. Vajazzling, anyone?
    • Instructional / educational
    • Non-fiction
    • Text book style


The cover is tasteful and appealing, although the big V kind of ruins the sublety. Perhaps you would not want it on your coffee table. Unless that's your style, of course.
    • Diagrams / photos included
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
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    Good review! Thanks
  • Red Vinyl Kitty
    Great review!
  • Sammi
    Thanks for the review!
  • C4ss
    Good review. Thank you!
  • Enchantedkitty
    nice job!
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