It’s Not Hysteria

It’s Not Hysteria

The Truth About Pelvic Pain, Period Problems, and Your Gynaecologic Health


Did you know that up to 90% of women experience menstrual abnormalities or pelvic problems in their lifetime? Yet these issues are overwhelmingly misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or dismissed. Conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, PMDD, or pelvic floor dysfunction, don’t receive the stream of funding for research and new treatments that other conditions do, despite affecting up to half the population.

It's Not Hysteria shares critical knowledge that anyone impacted by these conditions desperately needs. Covering everything from the anatomy and reproductive health basics you wish you learned at school, to issues such as abnormal periods, PCOS, endometriosis, and fibroids, to more complex aspects of gynaecologic care like fertility, sexual health, and hysterectomies. Dr Tang's accessible advice empowers readers to take action and advocate for themselves with healthcare professionals.

At a turbulent time when global health, reproductive, and human rights are under siege, Dr Tang is determined to revolutionise how gynaecologic health and pelvic pain are treated by the medical community. This book will be part of the fight for the healthcare all people with uteruses deserve - healthcare that is intersectional, gender-affirming, validating and hopeful.


  • As an emergency physician, public health professional, and mother, I've seen the harm caused by women's hesitance to ask questions about our own reproductive health. Dr. Karen Tang's book fixes this ailment! It's a 21st-century treasure trove of clear, useful information about how our reproductive systems work. It demystifies problems, helps explain how to get answers, and most of all, teaches us how to be our own best advocate.
    Megan Ranney MD, MPH, Dean of Yale School of Public Health

About the author

Dr Karen Tang

Dr Karen Tang, MD, MPH is a board-certified gynecologist and minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon who is an internationally recognized leader in reproductive health. She received her medical degree and masters in public health at Columbia University, and trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School. As @KarenTangMD on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, she reaches millions of viewers each month with her educational videos about period health, pelvic pain, and reproductive rights. Dr. Tang has been featured in The Washington Post, Self Magazine, Glamour,, and NPR, among others. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three children.
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