Recommended Books

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Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)

Written by Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D. & David M. Buss, Ph.D.

Through the voices of real women, Dr. Cindy Meston and Dr. David Buss reveal the motivations that guide women’s sexual decisions and explain the deep-seated psychology and biology that often unwittingly drive women’s desires—sometimes in pursuit of health or pleasure, or sometimes for darker, disturbing reasons that a woman may not fully recognize. 

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The Evolution of Desire

Written by David M. Buss, Ph.D.

If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships? To answer this question we must look into our evolutionary past, argues prominent psychologist David M. Buss. Based one of the largest studies of human mating ever undertaken, encompassing more than 10,000 people of all ages from thirty-seven cultures worldwide, The Evolution of Desire is the first work to present a unified theory of human mating behavior.

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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

Written by Mary Roach

In “Bonk,” Mary Roach turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn’t Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

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Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Program for Women

Written by Julia R. Heiman, Ph.D. & Joseph LoPiccolo, Ph.D.

“Becoming Orgasmic” provides a program designed to help anyone overcome the myriad obstacles to complete sexual satisfaction. Whether married or single, young or old, the program presented in these pages will help you feel comfortable with yourself and your ideas about sex and enable you to grow as a person. 

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Getting The Sex You Want: A Woman’s Guide to Becoming Proud, Passionate, and Pleased in Bed

Written by Sandra Leiblum, Ph.D. & Judith Sachs

“Getting the Sex You Want” helps readers understand the cycles of interest and apathy over a woman’s sexual lifetime and discover-or rediscover-the joys of her sexuality. 

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Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening, and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence,& I.B.S, and Other Symptoms Without Surgery

Written by Amy Stein, M.P.T.

“Heal Pelvic Pain” by Amy Stein offers a program of stretching, toning, and relaxation exercises, plus healing massages and a specialized nutrition plan for men, women and children of all ages. Used by patients in her New York practice, Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, the program helps relieve pain, incontinence, improve bladder and bowel function, cure IB S, reduce sexual discomfort, and improve the quality of your life.

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Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain

Written by Deborah Coady, M.D. & Nancy Fish, M.S.W., M.P.H.

“Healing Painful Sex” is the only book on the market that provides a comprehensive deep insight into the medical and psychological treatment of women suffering from sexual pain conditions. Further, this book provides readers with an all-inclusive understanding of the medical causes of these complex conditions as well as multi-dimensional medical and psychological treatments.

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100 Questions & Answers for Women Living with Cancer: A Practical Guide for Survivorship

Written by Michael Krychman, M.D.

There are approximately ten million people living with cancer, and more than half of them are women. This book provides both the patients and doctors views and up-to-date, authoritative, practical answers to the most common questions asked by women with cancer and survivors, whether active or remissive.

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When Sex Isn’t Good: Stories & Solutions of Women with Sexual Dysfunction

Written by Lillian Arleque, Ed.D. & Sue W. Goldstein, A.B. Medical Consultant, Irwin Goldstein, M.D.

“When Sex Isn’t Good”, written so readers will learn from the experiences of others, portrays a variety of women’s sexual health issues. It includes the science and a reference section to be used as a resource to educate and empower you to discuss your sexual dysfunction with your partner and your healthcare provider. 

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Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido

Written by Marianne Brandon, PhD. & Andrew Goldstein, M.D. 

“Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys for Finding Your Lost Libido” offers a holistic approach to understanding and treating low sex drive in women. 

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Hormones and Your Health: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormonal and Alternative Therapies for Menopause

Written by Winifred Cutler, Ph.D. 

In “Hormones and Your Health”, renowned medical researcher and celebrated author Winnifred Cutler provides the solid, succinct, in-depth information women need to take control of their health and work with their doctor to make the treatment decisions that are right for them.

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Hysterectomy Before & After: A Comprehensive Guide to Preventing, Preparing For, and Maximizing Health

Written by Winifred Cutler, Ph.D. 

This book presents information on hysterectomies, discussing why they should be avoided and what alternatives exist, and offers a health plan for those who have undergone the operation.

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The Science of Orgasm

Written by Barry R. Komisaruk, Ph.D., Carlos Beyer-Flores, Ph.D., & Beverly Whipple, Ph.D.

In this book, the authors explain how and why orgasms happen, why they fail to happen, and what brain and body events are put into play at the moment of orgasm. 

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The Sexual Spark

Written by Michael Krychman, M.D. & Alyssa Dweck, M.D.

The Sexual Spark is a thoughtful, user friendly and common sense guide to essential exercises meant to reignite passion in the bedroom. It is perfect for any and all couples or individuals, young or older, happy or struggling sexually, straight or gay.

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His Porn, Her Pain

Written by Marty Klein, Ph.D.

This book addresses the explosion of pornography use, advises couples on defusing conflict about it, guides parents in helping their kids deal with it, advises people concerned about their use of it, and shows how honest talk about sex can resolve America’s “porn panic.” 

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