4 (Other) Books That Will Help You Understand Birth Control and Sexuality Better

by | Oct 26, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Contraception has been around for decades, but it’s only recently that it’s become more widely talked about. The CDC reports that 14% of women between the ages of 15 to 49 are taking the pill, 10.4% are using long-term but reversible contraceptives, and 18.1% have undergone sterilization. There are also 5.6% of women who rely on male sterilization as their main form of birth control.

Despite the long history and several advancements of contraceptives, there are still many misconceptions about them. Some women are not informed of all their effects. My past article ‘Does the Pill Affect My Stress Response?’ discusses one of these side effects, mentioning how some birth control pills can cause some women to produce too much cortisol, making their bodies shut down. And I talk about a lot of the other effects in my own book on the topic. However, there is a lot of information about birth control, fertility, and sexuality that goes beyond what I have written about. If you want to be more educated on contraceptives, and have a healthier outlook on sex, here are some books you can pick up:

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

‘Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex’ is a book written by Mary Roach that explores the many questions you may have regarding sex. She answers them with facts backed by science. She tackles everything from getting an erection post-mortem to why Viagra doesn’t work on women. Roach uses a casual and comedic tone in her work, making it an entertaining and informative read. The author, who has written many other works is hailed for her ability to discuss topics in a way that really brings people in. This book is a great read for those who are still exploring their sexuality or who just want to learn more things about it (and themselves) — and get a few laughs along the way.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

A book penned by Toni Weschler, ‘Taking Charge of Your Fertility’ talks all about sex and birth control, whether you’re trying to get pregnant or avoiding it. Weschler touches on the new advancements in terms of contraceptives and how to maximize your fertility without having to seek a medical professional. The new edition of this book comes with new chapters on regulating hormones, preserving fertility for the future, and medical conditions women should be more aware of. This is a great read for women who want to learn the ins and outs of their reproductive system and how to manage it properly.

Vagina: A Re-education

This book written by Lynn Enright tackles the misconceptions people may have around vaginas and the female body as a whole. ‘Vagina: A Re-education’ address a wide range of topics from periods, pain, pregnancy, and orgasms among other things. Laced with facts, anecdotes, and humor, it sheds light on things people may not know about their bodies. Not only is it highly educational, but because Enright sprinkles some of her experiences in it as well, readers will be able to relate to what she is talking about. It is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about the vagina and the physiology behind it.


The Birth of the Pill

‘The Birth of the Pill’ talks about the history of the most popular form of contraceptives, what led to its discovery, and how it revolutionized sexuality in its wake. It tells the story of how a simple pill changed the course of history and the way people lived their life. A highly informative read, this book by Jonathan Elg is a must-read for women who may want to start taking oral contraceptives, or for those who are already doing so. Its story shows how contraceptives can empower women and have made everyone’s lives better.

Books are a great way for people to be more informed. If you’re curious about contraceptives, the reproductive system, and sexuality, these are just some of the things you can read to get more educated and, hopefully, more comfortable with your sensuality.


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