Sex Matters for Women, Second Edition: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self

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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 book has already helped many thousands of women understand how their bodies work and take charge of their sexuality. No matter what your age, relationship status, sexual orientation, or cultural background, you can enhance your confidence and satisfaction—and take...

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Overview

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 book has already helped many thousands of women understand how their bodies work and take charge of their sexuality. No matter what your age, relationship status, sexual orientation, or cultural background, you can enhance your confidence and satisfaction—and take the best care possible of your sexual self.

 

The guidance and tools in these pages will help you:

*Explore the ways your life experiences have shaped your sexuality.

*Learn how your body functions sexually and changes with age.

*Overcome body image issues that get in the way of desire.

*Increase your sexual pleasure and resolve common difficulties.

*Strengthen your intimate relationship with your partner.

 

With a greater focus on positive psychology and resilience, the second edition incorporates the latest knowledge about women's sexual health. The authors are experienced therapists who interweave candid reflections from diverse women with science-based information and advice. You'll find answers to everything from how to expand your lovemaking repertoire to questions about anatomy, hormones, sexual response and orgasm, male sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, and trauma. Practical, encouraging exercises build your comfort with touching, exploring, and enjoying your own body and that of your partner. The book also explains when sex therapy might be helpful and how to find a qualified therapist.

 

Sexuality is an essential part of every woman’s identity. It is also a lifelong journey. Straight-talking, compassionate, and empowering, this book provides a roadmap for self-discovery and growth.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609184698
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 449
  • Sales rank: 365,928
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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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
Suggested Resources

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