Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman

Ask Me About My Uterus

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

Details Ask Me About My Uterus

TitleAsk Me About My Uterus
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherNation Books
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Autobiography, Memoir, Science, Health

Reviews Ask Me About My Uterus

  • 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 Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned into a powerful anthem for women. In this non fiction/memoir Abby Norman launches the microscope and takes look at women's health and the author's own personal struggle...
  • 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 indifference to it.At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read several paragraphs before realizing I was not absorbing any of what I had just read. It was quite tedious and repetitive at times, but I believe, in a way, that is a small testa...
  • 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-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book about endometriosis, everyone should read this book. Norman recounts her own experience with endometriosis and the (seemingly innumerable) complexities related to endometri...
  • Hanna
    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an academic at heart. Norman artfully wove her story into the fabric of shared experience regarding women's turbulent history navigating our health in a medical world that is s...
  • Ashley Holstrom
    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as “hysteria” for centuries. Abby Norman’s is brushed off as “all in her head.” She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she’s sent home with antibiotics. And so Norman begins the quest to find the answers for herself, reading medical journals and tracking her symptoms. But she runs into the same problem ove...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issuesIn 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 ...
  • 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 struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrific childhood were a distraction from that. While her background was important to the story, it felt like there was more focus on it than necessary, turning it into a ge...
  • Amy Kreydin
    Ms Norman weaves her personal experiences living with the diagnosis of endometriosis, and the history of women being ignored by medicine. It's a painfully brutal look at the ways women's health is misunderstood, insufficiently researched, poorly managed, and frequently misdiagnosed as being all in our heads. I'm reminded of the sobering statistics around adverse childhood events, or ACEs, and that it is typical of a woman with a chronic health is...
  • Noorilhuda
    Norman details her life story, her medical crisis and her attempts to understand and handle it better: the grueling symptoms of endometriosis, the lack of proper care and cure, the fixation with 'being one's own doctor', the paranoia at the unknown and the (seemingly bizarre and desperately morbid) attempts to 'get to know the uterus' (attending cadaver openings!) and trying to find a doctor who'd take her seriously. Though many may not get the e...
  • Nikki
    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic but it was done in such a way that the proceeding content just felt like non sequiturs. In many ways it felt like listening to someone speak that took a million tan...
  • Mars
    When I saw this book, the first thing that immediately intrigued me was the cover and the title. I love reading nonfiction books about things that impact me or my life in a more direct or specific way, and I've heard about endometriosis, but I didn't know the specific details and symptoms. Norman is a talented writer, and has a knack for telling her life story in such a way that you could see the similarities in the people in your life that may b...
  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    I was so looking foward to this book, but was disappointed. I was expecting more about how hard it is to convince some medical doctor's that female pain is real. To me this was more about the author and her experiences with medial professionals. Yes the book was about female pain but it was about the author's pain not female pain in general. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
  • Lindsey
    Review to come.
  • Corinna Fabre
    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too often faced by all women who look for help addressing chronic issues alongside her personal history to create a nuanced tale of what it takes to take your health and ho...