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Sexually Woke: Awaken the Secrets to Your Best Sex Life in Midlife & Beyond

Sexually Woke: Awaken the Secrets to Your Best Sex Life in Midlife & Beyond

by Susan Hardwick-Smith M.D.


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What if it were possible to have the best sex of your life at 40, or even 70?

With over twenty years of experience as a highly regarded physician and founder of the largest all-female-staffed OB/GYN practice in the nation, Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith, also known as Dr. Susan, presents Sexually Woke, a surprisingly frank and thought-provoking look at midlife sexuality. This optimistic new perspective is based not only on wisdom gained from sharing intimate stories with thousands of patients, but also on her own very candid journey as a menopausal woman navigating life post-divorce.

Through a unique and comprehensive research study and subsequent interviews, Dr. Susan outlines the misconception and conditioning around our attitudes to mature sex and shares the intimate secrets of a cohort of women who have discovered the path to a vibrant, deeply connected and intimated sex life after 40. These women are the mysterious “Sexually Woke”, and their surprising secrets are now available to all of us.

Through her own story, as well as the raw and uncensored interviews with study participants that include the "Sexually Woke", Dr. Susan re-frames the second half of life as an open field of possibility in which to play, explore, and finally be your true self. While openly discussing our tremendous struggles–with kids, aging parents, changing careers, divorce, death, abuse, sexual trauma, and personal illness–she teaches us that the wisdom of midlife allows us to look inward in order to recognize the importance of sex in making our lives whole.

A reawakened sex life, an essential step towards living life to its fullest, is no longer the secret knowledge of a few outliers. The path to deep sexual connection and satisfaction in midlife and beyond is available to anyone who is ready to commit and willing to embark on the journey with Dr. Susan and Sexually Woke.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950934447
Publisher: Cedar Lane Press
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 566,926
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Susan Hardwick-Smith, M.D. is the Founder of Complete Midlife Wellness Center in Houston, TX, a concierge practice focusing on sexual and hormonal wellness. She recently retired as the Founding Partner and Medical Director of Complete Women’s Care Center in Houston, one of the largest all-female OB/GYN groups in the United States. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including membership in the “Texas Super Doctors Hall of Fame,” and has been voted one of the “Top 3 Rated Gynecologists” in Houston multiple times. She is also an International Coach Federation certified Executive Leadership Coach, as well as a Conscious Leadership instructor and practitioner, and has been a meditation student and teacher for many years.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Does the World-and You-Need This Book?

Part 1 The Art and Science of Midlife Sexuality

1 The MRS Study and What's "Normal" 23

2 Sex and Our Three Brains 41

3 Where Did My Libido Go? 47

Part 2 Putting it Together

4 Sex and Early Experience 59

5 Who Are We, Anyway? 73

6 Sex, Spirituality, and Finding Yourself 91

7 Pull Yourself Together 113

8 Sexual Trauma and the #MeToo Era 125

9 Sexuality and Physical Illness 133

10 Sex and Self-Worth 143

11 Life Beyond Sex 153

Part 3 The Secrets of the Sexually Woke

Secret #1: Open to Possibility 161

Secret #2: Know Yourself First 169

Secret #3: Intention and Attention 175

Final Thoughts 193

Notes 194

Acknowledgements 203

About Dr. Susan 205

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