Sexual Adjustment in Marriage
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In the 1950s sexual instruction was still a considerable problem despite the very great freedom of discussion that was common. The high level of so-called sexual neurosis among women, the problems of sexual compatibility and birth control, and the spread of venereal disease all bore witness to the need for responsible information.
Originally published in 1954, Dr Henry Olsen, in this comprehensive survey of the problems of sexual adjustment, draws fully from a very wide and thoroughly grounded experience. Since 1937, he had been closely connected with the instruction in sexual hygiene in Denmark, where the majority of public schools and high schools included it as part of the syllabus. Of the 1,232 public libraries at the time all but three had copies of his Textbook on Sexual Hygiene.
Sexual Adjustment in Marriage is admirably clear in style and arrangement. It is divided into subjects of particular importance such as The Sex Organs; Living Together; Disturbances in a Couple’s Sex Life; Sex Life of the Unmarried; Fertilization, Pregnancy and Childbirth; Sexual Abnormalities; Diseases of Sex Life. Each of the sixteen main sections is divided into chapters, within which every topic discussed is numbered. Reference to any part of the book is thus extremely simple.
Knowledge alone cannot prevent all disasters in the difficult field of sexual life. But this book aimed to give all that one needed for a basic understanding of the elementary laws – from the genes and chromosomes of one’s own make-up to the sex education of one’s children. Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.
This book is a re-issue originally published in 1954. The language used and views portrayed are a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.
Table of Contents
Preface. Part 1: The Human Organism 1. The Living Being 2. Glands and Sex Life Part 2: The Sex Organs 3. The Male Sex Organs 4. The Female Sex Organs Part 3: Hormones and the Sexual Functions 5. The Hormones 6. Puberty 7. Male Sex Characteristics 8. Female Sex Characteristics 9. Menstruation 10. Menopause Part 4: Sexual Need or Sex Urge 11. The Need of the Organism 12. Different Conceptions of Sex Need 13. Passive Sex Need 14. Active Sex Need 15. Sex Need in Woman Part 5: Living Together 16. Sexual Need and Sexual Intercourse 17. The Allurement 18. Love Play 19. Sexual Intercourse, Coitus Part 6: Hygiene of the Couple’s Sex Life 20. Body Care in Sex Relations 21. Hygiene of Sexual Living Together Part 7: Disturbances in a Couple’s Sex Life 22. What are the Causes of Disturbance in a Couple’s Sex Life? 23. Impotence 24. Too Early Ejaculation 25. About the Satisfaction of Woman 26. Frigidity 27. Genital Spasms – Vaginism 28. Displeasure at Intercourse (Dyspareunia) 29. Hatred and Jealousy Part 8: Marriage 30. Choice of a Marriage Partner 31. Marriage and Sex Life 32. Different Forms of Marriage 33. Origin of Marriage 34. Early Married Life 35. Marriage in Practice Part 9: Sex Life of the Unmarried 36. Young People Before Marriage 37. The Unmarried Young Man 38. The Unmarried Young Woman 39. Those Who Never Marry 40. Nonmarital Sex Relations Part 10: Fertilization, Pregnancy, Childbirth 41. Procreation 42. Heredity 43. Fertilization 44. Pregnancy 45. Symptoms of Pregnancy 46. Hygiene During Pregnancy 47. Childbirth 48. The Lying-In Period Part 11: Interruption of Pregnancy 49. Abortions and Miscarriages 50. Miscarriages 51. Induced Abortions Part 12: Regulation of Fertilization 52. Problems of Fertility 53. Pseudo Sterility 54. Sterility 55. Contraception Part 13: Masturbation 56. Masturbation, Self-Gratification Part 14: Sexual Abnormalities 57. Hormone-Conditioned Abnormalities 58. Abnormal Sex Life Part 15: Diseases of Sex Life 59. Venereal Diseases 60. Gonorrhea 61. Syphilis 62. Venereal Ulcers 63. The Fourth Venereal Disease 64. Nonvenereal Diseases of the Sexual Organs Part 16: Sexual Education 65. Teaching Children About Sex 66. Sex Education of Adults 67. Significance of Sexual Education.