Let’s Talk About Down There

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A book review of Let’s Talk About Down There: An OB-GYN Answers All Your Burning Questions… without Making You Feel Embarrassed for Asking by Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, OB-GYN.

A book review of Let's Talk About Down There: An OB-GYN Answers All Your Burning Questions... without Making You Feel Embarrassed for Asking by Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, OB-GYN.

Stars: *****

Andrews McMeel Publishing (2021)
Women’s Sexual Health
224 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: A shame-free, illustrated guide for people with vaginas—from periods to basic hygiene to safe sex—from TikTok’s Dr. Lincoln.

Dr. Lincoln has been sharing her expertise as an OB-GYN to her millions of followers on TikTok, and now in this accessible, illustrated guide she answers real questions about vaginal, sexual, and reproductive health for fans and new readers alike.

Let’s Talk About Down There is like the health class you wish you had—think evidence-based, myth-busting sex ed where shame gets tossed out the window—in a format that’s as approachable as a fifteen-second video.

Addressing topics such as hormones, menstrual cups, and birth control, all with the help of infographics and illustrations, this succinct, vibrant handbook answers the questions that you may have been too embarrassed to ask, so you’ll be empowered to make more informed health choices and truly care for yourself.

Let’s Talk about Down There

This is an AWESOME book. The book is not afraid to tackle embarrassing questions with poise and candor. This would make a great gift for an older teenager who might have these questions but be too scared to ask them. Or a good book to be in an OB-GYN office for anyone to read in the waiting room.

The book is inclusive in that it never says it’s for women. It says “person with a vagina” if it needs to be said at all.

It’s divided into the following categories: Period Puzzles, Care and Curiosities for Down There…, Facts for Feeling Good, Itching and Burning, Birth Control Basics, Going to the Doctor… and Possibly Pregnant…”

Sample Questions:

  • What does it mean if I’m bleeding in between my periods?
  • Can I have sex on my period?
  • What does normal vaginal discharge look like?
  • Should I take probiotics to keep my vagina healthy?
  • Where is my G-Spot?
  • Will garlic cure a yeast infection?
  • Does getting an IUD insertion hurt?
  • How do I know if a condom is OK to use?
  • Does alcohol or CBD affect birth control?
  • How long can I go between pap smears?
  • If my partner pulled out, can I still get pregnant?
  • How do I know if I am fertile or not?

The book has glossy pages with illustrations that help the answers such as a look at the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Inside, you’ll also find illustrations for the different types of hymens, how different labia can look.

Highly Recommended

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.