An inclusive and essential new resource for reproductive health—including period problems, pelvic pain, menopause, fertility, sexual health, vaginal and urinary conditions, and overall wellbeing—from leading expert and fierce advocate Dr. Karen Tang
Did you know that up to 90% of women experience menstrual abnormalities or pelvic issues in their lifetime? Yet these conditions are overwhelmingly misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or dismissed. The root causes for these issues, such as PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, PMDD, or pelvic floor dysfunction, don’t receive the stream of funding for research and new treatments that other conditions do, despite affecting up to half the population.
Dr. Karen Tang is on a mission to transform how we engage with our bodies and our healthcare. It’s Not Hysteria is a comprehensive guide to common conditions and potential treatment options, with practical tools such as symptom prompts and sample questions for your provider, to equip readers to take control of their gynecologic health.
Reproductive healthcare, from abortion to gender-affirming care, is under siege. The onus continues to fall on patients to find and advocate for the care they need. In the face of uncertainty and misinformation, It’s Not Hysteria is destined to become a new classic that educates and empowers women and those assigned female at birth.
KAREN TANG, MD, MPH is a board-certified gynecologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon who is an internationally recognized leader in reproductive health. She received her medical degree and masters in public health at Columbia University, and trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School. As @KarenTangMD on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, she reaches millions of viewers each month with her educational videos about period health, pelvic pain, and reproductive rights. Dr. Tang has been featured in The Washington Post, Self Magazine, Glamour, NBC.com, and NPR, among others. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three children.
"As an emergency physician, public health professional, and mother, I've seen the harm caused by women's hesitance to ask questions about our own reproductive health. Dr. Karen Tang's book fixes this ailment! It's a 21st-century treasure trove of clear, useful information about how our reproductive systems work. It demystifies problems, helps explain how to get answers, and most of all, teaches us how to be our own best advocate."
―Megan Ranney MD, MPH, Dean of Yale School of Public Health
"Dr. Karen Tang is a literal godsend to women in a time still filled with great ignorance in medical research and financing of women's health initiatives. Please read her book, follow her on Instagram as I have, and feel blessed as I do to have an advocate for our body, our health, and our human rights." ―Sharon Stone, New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty of Living Twice
"It's Not Hysteria is the medical book everyone needs to read. It's everything they should have taught you about reproductive health in school - but didn't."
―Abby Jimenez, New York Times bestselling author of Yours Truly
"When it comes to reproductive health, Dr. Karen Tang is the go-to expert for everything you need to know but never learned in health class. In her groundbreaking debut, Dr. Tang tackles often misunderstood gynecologic health topics from endometriosis to PCOS to infertility and clears up the confusion, and misinformation, to help readers find the solutions they need. This book is a must-read and destined to become a new classic."
—Dr. William W. Li, New York Times bestselling author of Eat to Beat Disease and Eat to Beat Your Diet
"This book is a game changer, just like Karen! How I wish I had this to guide me ten years ago! It's Not Hysteria is equally the gold standard in Women's Health Care education as it is a love letter, and I am so glad it's finally here. This book needs to be in every female's hands."
—Sasha Pieterse, actress, author, and host of Women In The Nude podcast