I bought this book for a couple of different reasons. I had an "abnormal" PAP and was sent to a specialist for further testing. After a secondary exam and PAP my GYN sat with me and attempted to explain what the numbers and various lab results were. It seemed like the more questions I asked her, the more confused I was. I went home feeling a lot of apprehension and uncertainty if I really understood what it all meant.
I started searching for info on the web and really didn't find the kind of comprehensive information I was searching for. I ran across a popular women's health web site that referred to this book. I found it here on Amazon and ordered it. It is technical and at times a bit too technical, (hence 4 stars and not 5) but it also explains the medical aspects so that it is understandable for the non-medical lay-person. It answers just about any question that can be asked on the subject. It relieved my apprehension and fear, educated me and gave me the ability to be able to talk with my doctor having a better understanding of the medical terms, lab test results and the numbers that are used. It also reassured me that the treatment and prognosis is successful when treated early.
Second reason I wanted this particular book: In the early tests, I was tested also for HPV. My husband has worked in a laser surgery department that specialized in laser surgery for HPV related growths in children and we realized that with the exception of the technical aspect of the laser surgery, neither of us knew much about the medical pathology of HPV. This book arrived while I was waiting for my results. I was stunned by the statistics on HPV and how it is actually transmitted. It can lay dormant and inactive for years in both men and women. HPV isn't the disease of promiscuity and we need to get rid of the stigma attached to it. I definitely got an education through this book.
Fortunately my test came back with the lowest risk factor for developing cervical cancer. I will need PAPs every six months for three years to assure that my treatment was completely succesful but I feel confident that it was. I do regret that it took a medical scare for me to get educated not only for myself, but for my daughter and my female family members and friends. I'm going to share this book with them and talk about what every woman, young and old, needs to know. It's not something we normally talk about in casual conversations, but we should. Knowledge and information is power and can save lives. I highly recommend this book for every woman.