Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You: What Your Libido Reveals About Your Life


Women's lives are fuller and richer than ever, but often at the expense of sexual intimacy. Dr. Diana Hoppe demonstrates that a woman's libido is a reflection of her overall health, and that a healthy sex drive not only indicates a well-balanced life, but sexual intimacy ...

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Women's lives are fuller and richer than ever, but often at the expense of sexual intimacy. Dr. Diana Hoppe demonstrates that a woman's libido is a reflection of her overall health, and that a healthy sex drive not only indicates a well-balanced life, but sexual intimacy has significant health benefits. Studies show that having a healthy sex life can:

Boost your immune system

Promote heart health

Alleviate stress

Increase longevity

In easy-to-understand text, Dr. Hoppe explains:

The expected life patterns of a woman's sex drive

How-and why-libido is different in men and women-and what to do about it

Ways-medical, psychological, emotional, sensual-to boost your desire and get-and stay-focused on sexual intimacy

Doctors' emerging understanding of sexual dysfunction in women

Overflowing with ideas and tips for what you can do tonight to light the fire, this book is at once reassuring and effective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982541104
  • Publisher: Health Reflections Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 1,383,319
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Hoppe, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in San Diego, California. She is co-founder of Pacific Coast Women's Health, Inc., and medical director of Pacific Coast Research Center, a medical research center that conducts international clinical trials in the field of women's health, including menopause, perimenopause, and libido.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D. 13

Introduction 15

Chapter 1 Eight Reasons Why Sex Is Good for You-and Why It's Wise to Make Time for Sexual Intimacy 23

Top Eight Health Benefits of Physical Intimacy 24

How to Keep Your Libido in Top Shape 30

Six Great Ways to Fan the Flames 32

Chapter 2 What Is Libido-and Why Is It Erratic? 35

Libido 101: Understanding the Basics 36

The Urge to Merge: Libido's Job to Get Humans to "Hook Up" 37

Mother Nature's Plan 38

Why Sex Drives Differ between Men and Women 40

Turning on the Light Switch of Desire When the Body Has Declared a Blackout 43

The Ever-Changing Libido: Stages and Phases 45

Puberty/Menarche (First Menstruation) 45

Fertilization Occurs: Pregnancy and the "Mommy Brain" 48

The "Daddy Brain" and Pregnancy 49

A Woman's Sexual Desire following Birth 51

Libido during Perimenopause 52

Sex at Menopause 53

Chapter 3 Self-Esteem: How the Body You See in the Mirror Reflects Your Thoughts on Love, Sex, and Libido 57

What Is Self-Esteem? 58

Enabling a Healthy Self-Esteem 59

"I Used to Be 'Hot'....What's Happening to My Body?" 60

The "Cosmo Effect" on Our Body Image 61

Six Ways Your Self-Esteem Can Undermine Your Enjoyment of Sex 63

Seven Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem-and Your Sex Life 65

Chapter 4 His and Her Sex Drives: What Was God Thinking? 71

Depression and the Female Brain 74

The Female Brain: Why Women Are Better at Multitasking 76

Why Women Are Better at Expressing Their Feelings (and Men Are Better at Reading Maps) 77

What Attracts Mars to Venus 79

Brain Differences-and Their Implications for Ways that Men and Women Relate to One Another 80

Chapter 5 Fueling Desire: Aphrodisiacs and Scents that Charge Libido 91

Aphrodisiacs: Fact or Fiction? 91

Food Aphrodisiacs 93

Pheromones: What Are They, and Do They Affect Libido? 99

Scent and Sexual Desire 100

Women's "Favorite Smells" 101

Men's "Favorite Smells" 101

Chapter 6 The Stress-Libido Connection: Is Stress Killing Your Libido? 107

Libido's Stress Threshold 107

Multitasking: Good or Bad? 108

Sex and the Saber-toothed Tiger: What Happens When We Are Stressed? 111

Enter Hormones 112

"Tend and Befriend" 113

How Much Stress Are You Under? 115

Reducing the Stress in Your Life 117

Five Suggestions for Eliminating Stress-and Upping Your Libido 118

Can Stress' Ever Be Good for You? 122

Chapter 7 FSD-The Female "Erectile Dysfunction" 127

Sexual Dysfunction in Women and the Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis 129

Sexual Desire Disorders 130

Female Sexual Arousal Disorder 130

Female Orgasmic Disorder 131

Sexual Pain Disorders 131

Treatment Options for Sexual Dysfunction 135

Good News for the Future 136

Testosterone for Women: Is It Worth the Risk? 138

Chapter 8 Medications and Health Conditions that Can Shelve Your Libido 141

Certain Medications Sedate Your Love Life 141

Antidepressants 144

Four Ways to Light a Fire under Your Libido 147

Contraceptives 149

Hormone Therapy (HT) 150

Health Conditions that Fizzle Desire 152

Heart Disease 153

Diabetes 154

Insomnia and Lack of Restful Sleep 154

Chapter 9 Heart to Heart: Using Communication to Resuscitate Your Libido 157

Eight Skills to Revive Communication 160

Pillow Talk: One of the Most Important Languages You Can Learn 164

The Bedroom-Libido Connection 165

Shared Time: The Language of Spending Time Together 166

Communicating with Your Doctor 168

Appendix: Resources 173

Index 183

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