11 Essential Books About Women’s Health, Written by Women

From our first menstrual period to our last menopausal hot flash, women spend most of their lives facing distinct health challenges (everything from endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome to premenstrual dysphoric disorder, vaginismus, and even Alzheimer’s, which disproportionately affects women). Too often—due to a systemic dearth of education about the female body—women are left women trying to decipher these health concerns alone. In an effort to close the pervasive health education gap in women’s healthcare, we have curated 10 must-read women-authored books that address everything from fertility and hormone health to breast cancer and autoimmune disease.
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