By Judy Norsigian, Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Bodies, Ourselves is the source that ladies of every age flip to for info approximately their our bodies, sexuality, and reproductive healthiness. thoroughly revised and up to date, those pages offer ladies with the knowledge and instruments they should make key health and wellbeing decisions—accurate, evidence-based info, enter from major specialists, and private tales from ladies who percentage their stories. This new version of bodies, Ourselves contains the most recent important details on:
adjustments within the health and wellbeing CARE SYSTEM—especially how overall healthiness care reform impacts ladies and the way to get the care you need.
more secure SEX—how to have interaction in pleasing, pleasant sexual stories whereas keeping your wellbeing and fitness and the well-being of your partner.
ENVIRONMENTAL future health RISKS—including minimizing publicity to daily pollution that endanger reproductive health.
physique IMAGE—resisting damaging media stereotypes and embracing fitter techniques to feeling and looking good.
neighborhood AND worldwide ACTIVISM—using social media and organizing strategies to construct group and suggest for guidelines that increase women's lives.
in addition to an important information regarding gender identification, sexual orientation, contraception, abortion, being pregnant and start, perimenopause, and sexuality and sexual well-being as we age.
including its significant other web site, ourbodiesourselves.org, bodies, Ourselves is a one-stop source for girls of all generations.
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