Dr. Karen Tang at the Cambridge Public Library


It's Not Hysteria:
Everything You Need to Know
About Your Reproductive Health
(but Were Never Told) 

in conversation with SCHUYLER BAILAR


June 4, 2024
6:30 PM ET
(Doors at 6:00)


Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138


$0.00 (Free RSVP Required) $32.93 (book included)

Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library welcome DR. KAREN TANG—board-certified gynecologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon—for a discussion of her new book It's Not Hysteria: Everything You Need to Know About Your Reproductive Health (but Were Never Told). She will be joined in conversation by SCHUYLER BAILAR—educator, author, and first transgender athlete to compete on an NCAA Division 1 men's team.


RSVP for free to this event or choose the "Book-Included" ticket to reserve a copy of About It's Not Hysteria and pick it up at the event. Dr. Karen Tang will sign copies of her new book after the presentation.


About It's Not Hysteria

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.

Praise for It's Not Hysteria

"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

"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

"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

Masking Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Dr. Karen Tang
Dr. Karen Tang

Dr. Karen Tang

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.

Schuyler Bailar
Schuyler Bailar

Schuyler Bailar

Schuyler Bailar (he/him) is an educator, bestselling author, and activist who made history as the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. Originally recruited to swim for the Harvard women’s team, Schuyler made the difficult choice to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion. His story has appeared everywhere from 60 Minutes to The Washington Post. Schuyler’s tireless advocacy has earned him numerous honors, including LGBTQ Nation’s Instagram Advocate for 2020. In 2023, Schuyler’s critically acclaimed nonfiction bestseller became the preeminent resource on trans inclusion,  He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters. Schuyler’s works include his middle-grade novel, Obie Is Man Enough, LaneChanger.com, his online gender literacy training and Dear Schuyler, his hit podcast including exclusive interviews with trans icons and allies like Lia Thomos, Dylan Mulvaney, Rafael de la Fuente, and many more.

Photo Credit: Violetta Markelou


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