International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health

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

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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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Demystifying Love - Plain Talk for the Mental Health Professional

Stephen B. Levine

ISBN-13: 978-0415955997
Routledge- Taylor and Francis Group
http://www.taylorandfrancis.com

Intended primarily for mental health professionals, Demystifying Love deals plainly with topics rarely written about for clinicians. The book discusses in a small package highly readable and useful topics, such as love (as both noun and verb), psychological intimacy, sexual desire, as well as infidelity, both in background concepts and clinical guidelines.

As the book shows, love is the logical point of departure for a clinical understanding of sexuality and its problems. It is the most conventional framework for understanding sexual behaviors, the one that is broadly endorsed across many cultures, often as the ideal context for sexual expression. The book integrates an analysis of love in patients dealing with intimacy, sexual desire, infidelity, forgiveness and reconciliation. Detailed with compelling case studies, the author’s skill as a therapist comes through in the discussion of these topics—many of which are at the heart of numerous couple problems.

In creating this illuminating work for mental health professionals, Dr. Levine may have underestimated its appeal. Dr. Levine’s ability to shed light on our internal processes as we love and attempt to be loved throughout life may prove to be of interest to a far broader audience.

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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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Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

2nd Edition
ISBN 978-0-41580076-1
Routledge- Taylor and Francis Group
http://www.taylorandfrancis.com

The constantly-changing field inspired the second edition of Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals. In a state-of-the-art guide, Dr. Levine and his associates continue to help professionals with the assessment and treatment of a large array of sexual concerns. Written in a personal, supervisory style, the book will help new therapists anticipate clinical contingencies and help experienced therapists refine their thinking and teaching. Easily accessible, the Handbook is divided into six major sections with helpful annotated references: Being a Therapist; Intimacy; Sexual Dysfunction; Sexual Identity Struggles; The Forgotten; and Additional Vital Topics. Twenty-one chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated, and five new ones have been added. These focus on gay and lesbian life, transitioning to single life, cancer survivorship, the sexual issues of the developmentally challenged, and sex among the aging.

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