International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health

Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment


ISBN: 978-1-119-26613-6

ISSWSH’s newest book, Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment, provides the scientific basis for clinical recommendations and takes a multi-disciplinary, biopsychosocial perspective for the much needed guidance of the diagnosis and treatment of various sexual health issues. Clearly organized around the four major disease states in Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD): desire, arousal, orgasm, and pain. all three FDA-approved medications are covered along with consideration to off-label treatments. It is an invaluable guide to diagnosis and treatment for any professional looking after women’s sexual health.


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Thorns & Roses: A self-help memoir for women with sexual dysfunction

Thorns & Roses

n this courageous memoir, J. Cole shares her journey of hope and healing after a 13-year struggle with sexual dysfunction. As she describes in the preface: “This story is real; it is raw. I did not hold anything back. I want readers to know their physical, mental, and emotional struggles do not mean they are in some way broken. Every single person alive is struggling somehow, somewhere.” 
As she shares her journey of navigating not only through physical pain, but also through the emotional and spiritual pain that followed, Cole includes educational tools and tips to give the reader a better understanding of the once taboo topic of female sexual dysfunction. 
“Thorns and Roses is not only an inspiration, but a resource. It is important that women with sexual pain can relate to others, but it is even more important that they have hope. In this case the hope is provided by Cole in the form of resources.” Irwin Goldstein, M.D., Director, San Diego Sexual Medicine.
Throughout the book, Cole encourages women who are suffering from sexual pain to seek help. To know that pain is not normal – it is a sign of dysfunction. Finally, she encourages readers to use Thorns and Roses as a guide to navigate their own journey.

About the author:
J. Cole is a passionate advocate for women’s health, actively serving as a support leader for the National Vulvodynia Association. In 2016, she organized the Tulsa Women’s Health Alliance – a group of healthcare providers in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma, who strive to educate, support, and empower women with pelvic pain. Cole lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their children.

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V is for Vagina: Your A to Z Guide to Periods, Piercings, Pleasures, and so much more


Ulysses Press 2012
ISBN-13 978-1612430157

You might expect a book about the vagina to be clinical, boring, or bordering on XXX. That’s not the case with V is for Vagina: You’re A to Z Guide to Periods, Piercings, Pleasures and So Much More. This paperback about the most private part of a woman’s body delivers medically-sound, comprehensive information in a hip, fun, and fascinating format. It’s hugely accessible to women, whether 18 or 88.

Co-authored by OB/GYN Dr. Alyssa Dweck and sex/relationship über author Robin Westen, V is for Vagina sheds light on the most misunderstood part of a woman’s body. From Kegels to cunnilingus, and self-exams to semen allergies, V Is for Vagina delivers the good, the bad, and the time-for-the-pharmacy truths – even about subjects you might be too embarrassed to discuss with your gynecologist. Topics are at times controversial but written about in an easy-to-read, conversational style, making the book the go-to guide for all things vagina.

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The Sexual Spark

The Sexual Spark

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. It will serve to complement those already in counseling, self help minded, or curious and adventurous. Health care professionals will find this an invaluable tool as well. This book is written by two gynecologists and nationally known experts in female sexual health and medical sex therapy.


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Sex matters for women: A complete guide to taking care of your sexual self

Sex matters for women

2nd edition. NY: Guilford Press

Now in a fully updated second edition, this trusted guide has already helped many thousands of women understand how their bodies work and take charge of their sexuality. The authors are experienced therapists who interweave candid reflections from diverse women with current, science-based information, exercises, and advice. You'll find answers to everything from how to have more satisfying sex to questions about body image, anatomy, hormones, relationships, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted infections, and trauma. Sexuality is a lifelong journey—this book gives you a roadmap for self-discovery and growth.

Winner: SSTAR Consumer Book Award 2013

"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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