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Sex Matters for Women
A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self




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ISBN 9781609184698
Published February 6, 2012 by Guilford Press
449 Pages

 
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Book Description

Sex is talked about more openly today than ever before, but if you still struggle with sexual myths, self-doubt, and ""embarrassing"" questions, you're in good company. Now in a fully updated second edition, this trusted guide has already helped many thousands of women understand how their bodies work and take charge of their sexuality. The authors are experienced therapists who interweave candid reflections from diverse women with current, science-based information, exercises, and advice. You'll find answers to everything from how to have more satisfying sex to questions about body image, anatomy, hormones, relationships, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted infections, and trauma. Sexuality is a lifelong journey—this book gives you a roadmap for self-discovery and growth.

Winner--Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) Consumer Book Award


Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Knowing Your Sexual Story
1. Every Story Has a Beginning
2. Adult Sexuality: A Lifelong Story
II. Understanding Your Body
3. Your Body
4. Sexual Response
5. Reproduction and Beyond
III. Making Peace with Your Body
6. Body Image
7. Illness and Disability
8. When Sex Causes Pain
9. Sexually Transmitted Infections
10. Trauma
IV. Creating a Better Sexual Relationship
11. Male Sexuality
12. Relationship Matters in Satisfying Sex
V. Developing Sexual Comfort, Confidence, and Satisfaction
13. Enhancing Your Sexual Health
14. Strengthening Your Sexual Relationship
15. Overcoming Sexual Difficulties
16. Seeking Help: Sex Therapy
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Biography

Sallie Foley, MSW, a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, is Director of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program and founder and former director of the University of Michigan Health System's Center for Sexual Health. She has a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She and her husband have three grown children. Her website is www.salliefoley.com.

Sally A. Kope, MSW, is in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is the former program director of the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Counseling Services. She and her husband are the parents of four and grandparents of six.
 
Dennis P. Sugrue, PhD, is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and has a private practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is the founder and former codirector of the Henry Ford Center for Human Sexuality and past president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. He and his wife have two grown sons.

 

Reviews

"The most comprehensive book on women's sexual health I have ever read. The clear, positive information and the suggested exercises cover all aspects of women's sexuality and offer ways for women to take charge of their sexual selves. The second edition features new information and resources, offered in a supportive and affirming manner, which will help readers develop sexual comfort, confidence, and satisfaction. A 'must read' for women of all ages."--Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN, coauthor of The G Spot

"The second edition of Sex Matters for Women will allow me to quietly retire my tattered and worn copy of the first edition. I have lent this superb book to dozens of the women I have treated."--Sheryl A. Kingsberg, PhD, Professor of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University 

"This second edition takes a classic book on female sexuality to another level. It is comprehensive and grounded in research, yet fun to read alone or with a partner. With a focus on female sexual satisfaction and pleasure, this book is a 'must have' for women of all ages and backgrounds. I can't wait to share it with my daughter!"--Hilda Hutcherson, MD, author of What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex

"This is my favorite book on women's sexuality and sexual health! In the second edition, the authors respond to new research and deliver an up-to-date, even more enlightening book that emphasizes the positive. It's an empowering guide that you can fully rely on for accurate information and useful exercises for sexual growth. I especially love how the book celebrates female sexuality in its many diverse forms."--Pamela H. Stephenson-Connolly, PhD, author of Sex Life

"This is a book you can trust. The authors obviously know and care a great deal about helping women have fulfilling sex lives. The first edition was terrific, and the updated second edition is even better."--Pepper Schwartz, PhD, author of Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years

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