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20 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Vagina

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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7:27AM PDT on Aug 28, 2015

All my "salute" Ms./Dr. Lissa Rankin, alot of times, these common topic, unusual for some, shameful for others, but, hey . . . informative . . . yay!
This part of woman anatomy is the most important (for me & most OB Gyne) coz' that's our part of the body that's being used as vehicle for : pro-creation and for sexual manifestations & gratification. Further, it is also the part of woman's body that's sensitive and has to really be taken cared of and to be able to do exactly that so we must be on the "know how" and learn things like the pointers in this article. . .I feel thankful for the update, info & knowledge . . . we might be feeling awkward most of the times, to read articles about our bodies, but, it is so healthy to know how to stay fit and be on the look-out for things that are alarming to some extent! Thank you Dr. Rankin.

8:13PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

In case you didn't know, the author of this article is Lissa Rankin, MD a mind-body medicine physician,

8:10PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

Wow, a lot I didn't know - like the vagina can fall out!

2:07PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

I love the quote

2:07PM PDT on Aug 24, 2015

I love the quote

5:50PM PDT on Aug 22, 2015

Nothing new here, but a reminder never hurts...

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