The Gynae Geek by Dr Anita Mitra
My second book I read on holiday was THE GYNAE GEEK by DR ANITA MITRA @thegynaegeek.
She starts very aptly at anatomy…..well it is rather challenging for women to go and seek help from a medical professional when they don’t really know what they’re calling their parts. VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA…. say it, it’s not a bad word! (shouting emoji). Heck, why not labia, vulva & clitorus whilst we’re at it.
The next topic covered is periods: the basics, when their irregular or not happening at all and heavy/troublesome periods.
Sexual health gets a mention: vaginal discharge (the good and the bad), contraception, termination of pregnancy and STIs.
Cervical screening is often a fear-inducing idea for many women when they get their first letter. Anita covers the issue of screening and HPV really well. If you are someone who’s scared about it check out my old blog post ‘Don’t fear the smear’.
I found the fertility section really interesting, I think it’s worth a read whatever stage of life you’re at, if kids are on your radar at all or not. Male fertility is also discussed as, despite being a book about women’s health, the man is rather key at this point! Male factors account for at least 30% of fertility issues, which I think is an important consideration. Everything from stopping contraception, supplements during pregnancy and egg freezing is discussed.
I absolutely loved the lifestyle section , no surprises there! Anita covers stress, food, exercise and sleep and how they relate to women’s health.
Anita somehow manages to cover each of these topics so succinctly yet thoroughly at the same time . She also manages to be sensitive, yet enables you to giggle from time to time. Luckily I have the most amazing boyfriend who I can talk about anything with as this giggling often lead to ‘what you reading about’……(I won’t spoil the jokes).
Ultimately what I love about this book is it provides a baseline level of knowledge for so many areas of women’s health to empower ladies to know enough to talk about it openly and seek help when needed…and to know when it’s not needed (e.g. cosmetic labiaplasty….as a side I was very blasé about doing a presentation on this in my 4th year of medical school and so many medics even were shocked by the topic….) We need to make these topics no longer taboo 🤫❎. I think it’s also a great book for men to read too.