'A fresh, honest, and startling look at what it means to exist in a woman’s body, in all of its beauty and pain. Abby’s voice is inviting, unifying, and remarkably brave' – Gillian Anderson

288 pages/2018 – World English Language (Nation Books), Korea (Memento)

288 pages/2018 – World English Language (Nation Books), Korea (Memento)

Ask Me About My Uterus

A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain
Abby Norman

For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues.

In the autumn of 2010, Abby Norman’s strong dancer’s body dropped 40 pounds and grey hairs began to sprout from her temples. She was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain, but the doctors insisted it was a urinary tract infection and sent her home with antibiotics. Unable to get out of bed, much less attend class, Norman dropped out of college and embarked on what would become a years-long journey to discover what was wrong with her. It wasn’t until she took matters into her own hands – securing a job in a hospital and educating herself over lunchtime reading in the medical library – that she found an accurate diagnosis of endometriosis.

In Ask Me About My Uterus, Norman describes what it was like to have her pain dismissed, to be told it was all in her head, only to be taken seriously when she was accompanied by a boyfriend who confirmed that her sexual performance was, indeed, compromised. Putting her own trials into a broader historical, sociocultural and political context, Norman shows that women’s bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge and truth. It’s time to refute the belief that being a woman is a preexisting condition.