“Ask Me About My Uterus,” subtitled “A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain”, by Abby Norman reveals her struggle towards endometriosis diagnosis. This inspiring memoir has it all; medical research past and preset, interviews with experts and patients, scathing evidence on the poor treatment of women by physicians past and present, presenting with chronic pain, all mixed into a broader historical and sociocultural context with a good splashing of humour and scandal.
Why we love it: This book highlights the exact issue that we’re fighting here at Marilyn: women’s pain being ignored. It’s a fascinating, funny, infuriating read that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced pain.
Tackling the taboo of menstrual health, vaginas and sex all-in-one! Thank you, Lara Parker.
Why we love it: Any book that challenges the status quo for vaginas in pain - we salute! A candid and destigmatising approach, Vagina Problems offers compassion, honesty and relatability. One to put on the shelf, for sure.
Prof. Andrew Horne and Carol Pearson
Released by the influential UK charity 'Endometriosis UK', this book is an excellent option for newly diagnosed patients looking to better their lives with endometriosis.
Why we love it: The authors combination of experience and expertise helps clearly define the disease. Providing a great overview of treatment options, this guide uses clear language to help navigate the healthcare options available to patients experiencing endometriosis. Armed with this knowledge, patients are empowered to reach for the best options available to them.
Dr Iris Kerin Orbuch, Dr Amy Stein
Drs Orbuch and Stein have teamed up to share their anecdotal experience of management techniques for endometriosis. Although at Marilyn we focus heavily on the importance of diagnostic surgery, this book discusses the experience of seasoned professionals who have treated countless women to manage their pain without surgery.
What we love: This book talks about pelvic therapy and help for the condition, acknowledges that many women will need surgery and provides tools for reclaiming your life post operation. Their combined expertise, from years of helping women in pain, provides a potentially interesting read for women who are investigating their options, how to manage surgery and how to own their life in recovery and condition management.
Tamar Seckin, MD with forward by Padma Lakshmi
The Doctor Will See You Now offers a hopefully and decisive view on the diagnosis, treatment and management of endometriosis.
The author, Tamar Seckin M.D., is world-renowned, New York-based specialist in laparoscopic surgery. His supportive and clear writing explains clearly the many issues faced by patients approaching their doctors for treatment.
Why we love it: This essential read is peppered with real life stories of Dr Seckin's patients. The combination of story-telling and fact sharing helps readers feel less alone and more empowered in their search for help.