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, Womens

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...
  • 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, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has one but *wow* are they controversial! However, regardless of where you stand on hot button issues like birth control and abortion, you probably agree that periods, albei...
  • 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 than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a uterus. More than that; as a woman who has had her own medical woes, I recognized and can certainly empathize with the many familiar ways in which Abby has navigated...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Alex Strick van Linschoten
    A personal story of endometriosis pain mixed in with the meta-tale of how female pain has always been undervalued by a (male-dominated) medical profession. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing process of dealing with the fallout. Recommended.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Molly T
    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand against a patriarchal and hierarchical healthcare system that has failed us for centuries. Thankfully, my excitement was not displaced. Ask Me About My Uterus is part memo...
  • Brittany Craig
    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone.I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect level of snark at the patriarchy even when she's stating the facts. Abby is quite amazing, to put it simply.Despite being, in many ways, a harrowing tale, Abby made me laug...
  • Meagan
    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has neglected women with other conditions and historically cast aside women whose conditions were deemed unsolvable - and therefore hysterical.
  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    (You can also find this review on my blog.)cw: assault, eating disorders, attempted suicide, domestic abuseSpoiler-free Review of an eARC Provided by the Publisher and NetgalleyIt’s kind of strange: when I enter into conversations with medical professionals outside of the office, they ask where I went to medical school. When I was in the office as a patient, however, I just got asked if I ‘Googled a lot’ before coming into the office.I knew...
  • Leticia
    I devoured this book (the audio book version) in few days. It is a beautiful mixture of memoir and historical and social commentary on the ways that the medical community treats (and largely dismisses women's pain). it was edifying to read a book I related to so much.
  • 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...
  • Jennifer Lara
    Ask Me about My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctor’s Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman is her own journey through a painful past to deal with a painful medical condition which many doctors do not fully understand. As a young college student, Ms. Norman began to experience painful, stabbing cramps that would keep her bed ridden for days. She is finally diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition which isn’t fully understood even with today’...
  • Lindsey
    I can't even begin to articulate how deeply I identified with Abby Norman's memoir. I have stage IV pulmonary sarcoidosis (an auto-immune disease similar to lupus) and endometriosis, which makes my life an interesting personal hell. I spent my entire life trying to convince a long line of many different doctors that I was actually sick and not crazy. I would get these rashes on my skin and my mom would take me to the dermatologist and they would ...
  • Katherine
    Abby Norman writes with surgical precision, a fortuitous gift to possess since she is writing about something often considered elusive and particularly difficult to write about: the nuances of physical pain. Ask Me About My Uterus is part memoir, part research expose. She weaves the history of medicine through her own experience of neglect at the hands of medical professionals to contextualize her life with endometriosis. The two facets of this b...
  • Tracy
    I'm not sure where to start. Personally, I needed Abby Norman's book right now. Norman weaves her personal experience with medical knowledge and history beautifully. She shows you why some doctors are as they are. This is not a defense of their actions, but a pragmatic understanding. When there is knowledge, there is change. Right? Women's pleasure should be acknowledged, women's pain is not hysteria.Norman shows how chronic illness becomes part ...
  • 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...
  • Alyssa Foll
    An excellent debut memoir about a young woman's journey with endometriosis and as the subtitle says, make doctors believe her about her pain. Abby Norman uses this book to toggle between her personal experiences with endometriosis to the larger, systemic issues of sexism and patriarchy that are embedded in medicine. She also connects this story with the fine line between women's health and women's mental health--examining her own mother's illness...
  • Hillary
    I received this book as a part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I’m not going to lie - seeing the title of this book kind of turned me off to wanting to read it, yet I was intrigued by what it could be about.I found myself relating to Abby’s personal experiences at many times throughout the book, which made her research and key points more convincing to me. I thought the most profound quote of the book was “It’s time to refute the belief that bei...
  • 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.
  • Jess Tholmer
    I don’t really know how to start talking about how much I feel drawn to and changed by this book. Abby might not want to be described in such general terms, but her bravery is stunning, admirable, honestly unbelievable. What she has been through (and is still going through) and the way she so beautifully and carefully describes her own journey to prove what is happening in her own body is nothing short of breathtaking. Please read this. Support...
  • Michelle
    This is a must read for anyone who has went through medical test after test waiting for an answer. It perfectly captures the desperation of needing answers and dashed hope when cures don’t readily come. Thank you Abby for your persistence and vulnerability