Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain

For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues

In the fall of 2010, Abby Norman's strong dancer's body dropped forty pounds and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. She was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain, but the doctors insisted it was a urinary tract infection and sent her home with antibiotics. Unable to get out of bed, much less attend class, Norman dropped out of college and embarked on what would become a years-long journey to discover what was wrong with her. It wasn't until she took matters into her own hands--securing a job in a hospital and educating herself over lunchtime reading in the medical library--that she found an accurate diagnosis of endometriosis.

In Ask Me About My Uterus, Norman describes what it was like to have her pain dismissed, to be told it was all in her head, only to be taken seriously when she was accompanied by a boyfriend who confirmed that her sexual performance was, indeed, compromised. Putting her own trials into a broader historical, sociocultural, and political context, Norman shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge, and truth. It's time to refute the belief that being a woman is a preexisting condition.

Title:Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain
ISBN:9781568585819
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About Abby Norman

Abby Norman is a science writer based in New England. Her work has been featured in Harper's, The Independent, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Futurism, Paste, Seventeen, Atlas Obscura, Medium, and others.


    Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain Reviews

  • Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furt...

  • Heather

    I was really looking forward to reading this, and now that I'm done with it, I can tell you my excitement was not displaced. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of...

  • Janday

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like."I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achi...

  • Canadian Reader

    Rating: 2.5At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to w...

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She’s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I’m in awe of her courage and fortitude!Norman s...

  • Paula Dennan

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman’s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, N...

  • Rhiannon Johnson

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** ..Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, t...

  • April

    A cross between a blunt but heart-felt memoir and a medical mystery; Abby delves into life with chronic pain and a medical system which refuses to believe it. I appreciated that she early (and more th...

  • Vanessa

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another...

  • Lisa

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health str...