Women, Sex and Desire: Exploring Your Sexuality at Every Stage of Life

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Ready to occupy a central place on the women's health bookshelf, this comprehensive, quietly authoritative consideration of female sexuality treats its topics, in particular that of desire, with a rare combination of breadth, practicality, strongthough not rigidopinion and generous respect for individual experience. Davis, a midwife and an author (Energetic Pregnancy), offers a clear discussion of the neurological and hormonal aspects of women's sexuality. Describing daily physical changes during the course of a menstrual cycle, she makes fertility management via bodily awareness seem both possible and appealing (she is also a proponent of the cervical cap for birth control). The chapter on pregnancy and childbirth blends a discussion of physiological effects of these states with comments from a range of women on their varying experiences of desire when pregnant or having recently delivered. The effects of stress, menopause and aging on women's sexuality are matter-of-factly delineated and, thus, demythologized; these explanations are augmented by a broad spectrum of first-person observations. Chapters on sexual dysfunction, abuse and abstinence round out this fully developed, compassionate and uniquely informative work. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897931953
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/15/1995
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Author's Note 3
1 Women, Sex, and Culture 9
2 Hormonal Influences 23
3 Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Birth 55
4 Sex After the Baby Comes 83
5 Sex and the Superwoman (or Supermom) 103
6 Menopause and Sex in the Later Years 123
7 Sexual Dysfunction and Abuse 153
8 Sexual Abstinence and Celibacy 175
9 Your Own Patterns 187
Index 199
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