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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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10:07PM PDT on Jun 20, 2015

A good, informative article.

8:46AM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

Interesting, thank you

8:45AM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

Interesting, thank you

8:45AM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

Interesting, thank you

6:50PM PST on Dec 15, 2014

I'm SO happy to hear that "sex is GOOD for you"!

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6:20PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

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1:32PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Very useful specially for the teenagers to read !!

8:40AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

"tastes like fish" uh NO … medically if your partner tells you that you "taste like fish" then they also should tell you to "go get checked out for a vaginal infection"… since that is NOT the "normal taste" of a healthy vagina

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