It is 2018 and yet many people (both women and men) don’t know that IUDs are not abortifacients, eating sugar doesn’t cause a yeast infection, and all vaginas are not one wet bathing suit away from full catastrophe. We are here for many reasons including our collective inability to talk frankly and openly about the reproductive tract, the shame patriarchy assigns to a female body, and because celebrities, politicians, and corporate America know vaginal snake oil is better than striking gold. As far as reproductive health for women is concerned the age of information has passed and we have entered the age of misinformation. Dr. Jen Gunter, the Internet’s go to gynecologist, explains how all parts of the political spectrum profit from vaginal misinformation, what we can all do about it and why it matters.
Dr. Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN and pain medicine physician and is Twitter’s resident gynecologist. She’s here to build a better medical Internet. She blogs and also writes The Cycle, a column on the intersection sex, science, and society, for the New York Times. One day she hopes to ask Gwyneth Paltrow for the physics equation that explains how a jade egg can be recharged with lunar energy.