WELLNESS

Winter Reads: The 12+ Best Women’s Health Books for Learning About Yourself

Fall is officially here, and that means it’s time to break out those chunky sweaters and boots, DIY your next Halloween costume, and yes, indulge in some pumpkin spice goodness (if you’re into that kind of thing). It also means that the winter holidays are just around the corner, which should provide some much-needed relaxation and free time.

Though it can be tempting to sit on the couch and binge the show you’ve been too busy to watch, taking advantage of this slower season for some personal development is well worth it. Getting in tune with the many aspects of your health is so important, but there is a lot of outdated information out there. To help you focus on what’s important this winter (you!), we’ve compiled a list of our top women’s health books.

Whether you’re a total bookworm or haven’t finished a book since high school, there’s bound to be something on our list that speaks to you and can help you learn more about yourself this winter.


Reproductive Health Books

If the list above isn’t enough to sate your appetite for knowledge, here are a couple more of our favorites. These spicy reads should keep you warm even during the chilly winter nights, and chances are you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process.

“The Vagina Bible” by Jennifer Gunter

Sometimes called Twitter’s “resident gynecologist,” celebrated author and OB/GYN Jennifer Gunter answer all the burning questions you have about your vagina and its health, along with plenty of others you’ve probably never even thought of. Is there a specific way I’m supposed to be cleaning my vagina? Are lace thongs unhealthy? Is the G-spot even real? It’s Dr. Jen’s “vagenda” (her word, but we love it) to provide a comprehensive resource for women of every age, and in her new book she definitely succeeds!

“Come As You Are” by Emily Nagoski

This New York Times bestseller finally answers the question we’ve all had at one time or another, which is: Why is it so easy for guys to have a good time in bed while we ladies are often left feeling lukewarm at best? Well the answer is complicated, just like we are. Turns out, women have a much higher variance in our sexual anatomy than men do, which makes us a little harder to figure out. Beyond the physical differences, our mood and feelings also play a much more central role in our desires than they typically do for men. This book is seriously fascinating and will have you thinking about your own experiences in a much deeper context!

Key Takeaways

If you’ve finally finished reading most of our winter picks, or even if you’ve just gotten through the summaries, you’ve probably noticed several key themes that are central to the messages in many of these books:

  1. Listen to Your Body – Whether in terms of food, emotions, or sex, your body knows best! Staying in tune with yourself will be the best indicator for how to make healthy choices.
  2. Give Yourself a Break – It’s absolutely true that you are your own worst critic. Learn to forgive yourself for your mistakes and treat yourself as you would a friend.
  3. Know You Have Power – If there’s something in your life that’s dragging you down, chances are that with enough determination, you can do something about it. Whether it’s eating right or learning to assert yourself, you can make things happen.

Our physical, mental, spiritual, and sexual health are all connected, and it’s important to continue to learn about your body and do what you can to help yourself thrive. For more resources for women of all ages, visit Rory.