A doctor specializing in women’s health for 25 years and author of numerous books on the subject, Martin Winckler (pseudonym) offers answers to all kinds of questions concerning women and their health in his new book, This is my body. Contraception, pregnancy, menopause, illnesses, care, relationships with caregivers: he goes through everything under scrutiny.
Martin Winckler tackles all subjects, without taboos, and demystifies cystitis, mental illness, vaccines, sexual relations, desire or non-desire for motherhood, pain and illness.
The author, who practiced medicine for 35 years, wanted to put into a book all the questions he had received during his practice. “Women told me things,” he observes in an interview. “A book like that is never exhaustive. I wanted to make a book on everyday life that could be read by as many women as possible. It’s an introduction, it’s made to give them the tools to find other information. “
Normal or not?
Martin Winckler explains that the question women ask most often is: Am I normal? “It can relate to any aspect of their physiological or sexual life. It comes from the fact that there are misconceptions about what is normal and what is not – that’s what I say in the book. There are also social, family, marital, societal and work expectations that cause many women to be assigned a certain type of behavior. “
He gives an example, more frequent in France than in Quebec, he says. “In France, a woman who decides not to have children is considered abnormal. It’s only social, of course: we don’t need to define ourselves in terms of whether we have children or not, whether we are a man or a woman. But it is considered truly a standard. “
Martin Winckler believes that there is still a lot of prejudice surrounding menopause and perimenopause. “The number one misconception is that it’s a bad time to go, that you don’t need me, that all women go through this. Basically, get by. But that is just not good. Health professionals are there to care for people who are in pain. ”
He adds that there are women who have no symptoms, or very few, and are coping with them very well. “Conversely, when they come to complain of symptoms, we should listen to them and try to relieve them, without scaring them. “
He observes an additional problem. “All women’s health is a market. A very juicy market for a lot of people who have things to sell. By doing prevention or pseudo-prevention, we sell lots of things that are not necessarily useful, and we sell them by scaring women. “
“It’s the same as forcing women to see a doctor once a year, to tell them, if you don’t see a doctor once a year, you risk getting a disease, not realizing it and to have a disaster. It’s infantile. And you cannot cure people by scaring them: consent cannot be based on fear. “
He wants women to make informed decisions about their health. “This decision has to be informed, and it cannot be informed if you are scared, or if you are infantilized. ”
♦ Martin Winckler was a general practitioner in a planning and abortion center for 25 years.
♦ He has dedicated his career to women’s health.
♦ He has written several novels and essays, translated into ten languages.
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