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Hot Pants: Do It Yourself Gynecology

by Isabelle Gauthier Author and Lisa Vinebaum Author

A thorough and classic examination on tried and true herbal treatments for common gynecological problems, as well as great basic sexual health info for anyone with a uterus. It begins, "Patriarchy sucks. It's robbed us of our autonomy and much of our history. We believe it's integral for women to be aware an in control of our own bodies." Diagrams and herbal remedies teach you how to diagnose and heal many basic problems from bladder infections to inducing your period to ease cramps to even dealing with pregnancy. Learn herbal remedies to ease every stage of the menstrual cycle. There's references to further reading, descriptions of herbs, and even a section on aphrodisiacs. The sections include: Body Mapping (in brief), About Menstruation, Love in the Age of Aids, 35 years of fertility, STDs and Other Aliens, The Ovaries and the Uterus, Aphrodisiacs, How to Prepare and Use Herbs, Picking Your Own Herbs, Herbal Properties and Dosages, Interesting Reading, Useful Addresses. This book deserves to sit next to your copy of Our Bodies, Our Selves.

Comments & Reviews


Hot Pantz provides readers with an understanding of anatomy, recipes to conquer yeast infections and hormonal imbalances, an extensive glossary of self-healing herbs, a list of aphrodisiacs, and it provides instructions on how to give foot massages that will alleviate cramps! I can’t tell you how often I consult this zine, or how excited I’ve been to share information from this zine with a friend in need.


This is brilliant, detailed, effective. Purchase multiple copies because you will give all yours away.


"Hot Pantz, the DIY gynecology zine that’s been on the bookshelf of every savvy riot wiccan and herbal grrrl since it was first published in 1994. If there was one object I’d like to place lovingly in the hands of every woman I meet, it’s this guide to, as the authors put it, “knowing more about your cunt than your doctor does”. With herbal recipes for everything from treating STIs to brewing aphrodesiacs, it’s a well-researched, clearly-written, non-condescending booklet that has helped me, at least, feel like my “area” isn’t a foreign country that I have to learn a whole new language to visit.


One of the most useful zines I have purchased. Well worth the price!


I can't say much about inflamed cervix but I used the "how to bring on your period" from Hot Pantz and it REALLY worked (this is the parsley juice and vit c thing). But it sounds like doc time for you sister!


is there another resource for do it yourself or a homeopathic method of gynocology, or others who have copies of hot pantz who would like to share the knowledge?
apparently i have an inflamed cervix, dont even know what that means and havnt blead for close to a year now, somethings happening with my body, been eating tons of parsley to bring on the bleeding and.... nothing.
any help, pointers, directions?