If you're searching for the best self-care books for women, you've come to the right place. In this guide, I'll take you through my favorite books for empowering women (and everyone, for that matter!). Plus, I'll list a few Young Adult must-reads for folks looking to enjoy inspirational story time with their daughters!
Let's get started.
Top 10 Self-Care Books Every Woman Should Read
Before we get into this fabulous list of must-read self-care books, keep in mind that everybody can benefit from reading them — not just women. That said, this literature is specifically geared toward all women and femmes! So if that's you, you're in for a treat.
Without further ado, allow me to present the top 10 empowering books for women.
1. Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Many of you are probably already familiar with this indisputable classic, as it was originally published in 1971 and quickly proved to be a powerhouse of valuable information for women. This ultimate self-care handbook covers a lot of ground, but focuses on sexual health, reproductive rights, and the political, economic, and social factors behind them.
This particular edition is the new, revised version, and includes modern research on women's needs, as well as a more diverse reflection on the experiences of all women. More than just a book, Our Bodies, Ourselves is an empowering health guidebook running 50 years strong.
2. Female Ejaculation & The G-Spot by Deborah Sundahl
This book is a great tool for getting better acquainted with your G-spot and internal clitoral network. Even if you're not interested in female ejaculation, also known as squirting, there's so much to learn from this educational self-care text. But if you are interested in learning more about squirting, I can't think of a better book to start with!
This comprehensive read includes a detailed description of how to find the G-spot, various vaginal exercises, G-spot focused sex positions, the best sex toys for learning to squirt, and much more. This is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the G-spot!
3. The Menopause Book by Pat Wingert and Barbara Kantrowitz
Whether you're approaching menopause or fully entrenched in it, this all-in-one resource is full of valuable information for women of all ages. Newly revised and recently updated with the latest medical advice and studies, The Menopause Book weaves cutting-edge research into an unflinchingly honest narrative about hormone therapy, hot flashes, heart disease, breast and ovarian cancers, and much more.
Additionally, this complete guide reminds readers why menopause isn't just some scary, inevitable occurrence, but can be a beautiful, transformative time for women.
4. Self Care Down There by Taq Kaur Bhandal
Maybe you missed a few health classes in school or just need a refresher course how proper hygiene and maintenance of your nether regions. Either way, this fun and straightforward guide offers everything you need to know about vaginal health and self-care. This book covers everything from day-to-day routines and grooming tips to popularized trends that may be more harmful than you think!
If you're looking to keep your sacred parts pristine and well cared for, author and menstrual charting coach Taqdir Kaur Bhandal is here to answer all your questions. Self-Care Down There is an essential and easy-to-follow guide to feminine care and the wellness of all genders.
5. Women's Anatomy of Arousal by Sheri Winston
This self-help book is sexy, empowering, and full of ancient wisdom surrounding female anatomy and arousal. Written by renowned sexuality teacher Sheri Winston, this guide illuminates the path to pleasure as experienced by women, and encourages everyone to prioritize their own pleasure.
If you want to learn more about female ejaculation, tantric sex, prolonged orgasms and much more, this is a great place to start. Plus, it makes a great shared learning tool for you and your partner to practice together!
6. Getting Off: A Woman's Guide to Masturbation by Jamye Waxman
If you've ever felt guilty about masturbating, or made to feel ashamed for prioritizing self-pleasure, this book is especially for you.
This no-nonsense self-help read kicks shame and stigma to the curb and makes you feel genuinely excited to celebrate your own body. If you're a woman ready to discuss masturbation and debunk harmful myths about feminine self-care, get ready for a book you can't put down. Plus, this fun and informative guide is illustrated with playful yet accurate depictions of the history and mechanics of masturbation, along with super helpful tips for getting off.
7. Sex For One by Betty Dodson, Ph.D.
For all those looking to explore the unparalleled self-care act that is masturbation, this book is a must-read. Pro-sex intersectional feminist Betty Dodson, Ph.D. glorifies the art of self-love and dispels the shame surrounding masturbation in this straightforward guidebook. Here, you'll learn all the wonderful reasons why self-pleasure is a valid and sacred form of sexual expression.
Dr. Dodson demonstrates how everyone, no matter their gender, can learn to practice self-love through masturbation, and abandon feelings of guilt or shame. This medically backed book explains why making love to oneself is both sexually and spiritually fulfilling!
8. Trans Like Me by CN Lester
Trans women looking to take a thoughtful journey through important narratives within the trans community might want to follow CN Lester as they open the conversation in this important text. They tackle topics like the impact of media coverage, parenting trans kids, progress, and much more. They also concisely lay out the work ahead of us on the road to making the world a safer place for trans people.
Trans Like Me examines some of the ways we're conditioned to think about gender, and how we can learn to break free from limiting labels. This self-care book is a great read for all genders, and anybody who wants to embrace sexual freedom and identity expression.
9. The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter
If you have a vagina, you need this book on your nightstand.
Written by Canadian OB/GYN, women's health advocate, and New York Times columnist Dr. Jen Gunter, The Vagina Bible is exactly what its title states — the ultimate go-to guide for everything vagina and vulva related. Dr. Gunter is a physician with twenty-five years of clinical experience, which means she's more than familiar with the all the fears, myths, and and rumors that have been circulating about vaginal health from the beginning of time. Here, she exposes the truth and debunks all the misinformation so that you're only left with the sexy facts.
10. She Comes First by Ian Kerner, Ph.D.
In this self-care book, clinical sexologist Ian Kerner takes readers on a journey to solve the "mysteries" of female pleasure. According to Dr. Kerner, men have long considered oral sex an optional part of foreplay for women... but according to the good Doctor, they're wrong. Instead, Kerner asserts that learning the art of oral can be the best way to lead a woman through the pleasurable experience of orgasm.
Exciting, informative, and quick to read, She Comes First details dozens of tried-and-true pleasure techniques accompanied by step-by-step instructions that quite literally illustrate how to please the leading lady in your life. If you're looking for a man's perspective on satisfying women, this is the book I'd recommend.
Happy reading, everybody!