Dr. Jen Gunter at The Brattle Theatre
Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation
in conversation with DR. BONNIE TALBERT
February 2, 2024
6:00 PM ET
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Book Store welcomes DR. JEN GUNTER—New York Times bestselling author of The Vagina Bible and The Menopause Manifesto—for a discussion of her new book Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation. She will be joined in conversation by DR. BONNIE TALBERT—Interim Director of the Harvard College Women’s Center.
There are two ticket options for this event.
Book Included: Admission for one and one copy of Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation pre-signed by the author.
Admission Only: Admission for one.
Most women, transgender, and non-binary people who menstruate can expect to have hundreds of periods in a lifetime. So why is real information so hard to find? Despite its significance, most education about menstruation focuses either on increasing the chances of pregnancy or preventing it. And while both are important for many people, those who menstruate deserve to know more about their bodies than just what happens in service to reproduction. At a time when charlatans, politicians, and social media are succeeding in propagating damaging misinformation with real and devastating consequences, Dr. Jen provides the antidote with science, myth busting, and no-nonsense facts.
Not knowing how your body works makes it challenging to advocate for yourself. Consequently, many suffer in silence thinking their bodies are uniquely broken, or they turn to disreputable sources. Blood is a practical, empowering guide to what’s typical, what’s concerning, and when to seek care—recounted with expertise and frank, fearless wit that have made Dr. Jen today’s most trusted voice in gynecology.
Dr. Jen answers all your period-related questions, including: What exactly happens during menstruation? How heavy is too heavy? How much should periods hurt? and provides essential information about topics such as:
- Why do we menstruate?
- The endometrium’s (the uterine lining’s) fascinating connection to the immune system
- The impact of stress, vaccines, and health on the menstrual cycle
- Menstrual migraines, PMS, and period diarrhea (yes, it’s a thing, unfortunately)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Fibroids and other causes of heavy bleeding
- Endometriosis and the latest treatments
- Legitimate menstrual products, and the facts behind toxic shock syndrome
Blood is about much more than biology. It’s an all-in-one, revolutionary guide that will change the way we think about, talk about—and don’t talk about—our bodies and our well-being.
Praise for Blood
“This book is the brilliant and long needed corrective that we have waited for, since the first time we stuffed a box of pads into a three-ply paper bag and slunk out of a pharmacy. Never again.” —Samantha Bee on Blood
"Funny, erudite, compassionate, and righteous—sometimes all in a single sentence—Jen Gunter is the period expert we need right now." —Emily Nagoski, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Come Together on Blood
“Clear, candid, and crucial information about a bodily process that has often been used as an excuse to shun, degrade, dismiss, and define human beings. Gunter deftly shovels away the patriarchal BS that's piled up around menstruation and digs into the most effective ways to live with and manage it, treat conditions related to it, and move past the myths concocted about it. An essential resource for anyone who menstruates or thinks menstruation is a mystery.” —Emily Willingham, PhD, author of Phallacy on Blood
Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes
As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.
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