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An Introduction to Sexuality Education: A Handbook for Primary Care Providers

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Authors: Karen Rayne, PhD, CSE and Gretchen Frey, MD, FACOG

ISBN# 979-8-88526-497-6

Description: This manual provides primary care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others, with the tools to address a variety of sexual issues that may arise in the course of daily practice. This includes problematic, inaccurate, or harmful sexuality information that may come from families, classrooms, peers, partners, and the media. It supports PCPs as they consider their own biases, history, and knowledge base, and affirms that sexuality education is an integral part of patient care. 

The manual contains four sections. In the first, providers are guided to assess their own personal perspective on sexuality in order to better inform patient discussions. The second section provides a broad overview of numerous topics related to sexuality that clients bring into the clinical setting. These include anatomy, physiology, sexual arousal, reproduction, communication styles, intimate partner violence, masturbation, and more. The third section includes 22 handouts that can be copied and used with clients along with guides and recommendations on how to use them. The final section is an extensive list of resources, organized by topic and annotated with a brief description of the content of each.  

"This is a comprehensive book on sexual health with concise, sex-positive information. A ‘must read’ for primary care physicians. It is packed with factual, relevant information that is an invaluable resource for improving all-inclusive healthcare delivery. The authors are well grounded in clinical practice, and provide a guide to helping clinicians develop comfort with discussing sexuality with their patients." 

– Renee J. Flores, MD, MHSA, FACP, EdD, CSE, CSC


Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment


ISBN: 978-1-119-26613-6

Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment, was authored, edited, and endorsed by ISSWSH and 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.


You Are Not Broken: Stop "Should-ing" All Over Your Sex Life

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ISBN: 154452434X

Is your sex life amazing??? Probably not, if you’re like most women. In fact, “amazing” isn’t even close to how you’ve ever experienced sex—but it isn’t your fault. You can thank Hollywood’s portrayals and society’s silence for your crappy sex life. Rarely do we learn what truly makes sex great for women, why understanding anatomy matters, or how our pleasure is not just important but vital.

In You Are Not Broken, Dr. Kelly Casperson offers a unique perspective as a urologist, coach, and fellow woman wondering, when it comes to sex, “Is this all there is?” Dr. Kelly explores how to adjust your mindset and provides an in-depth look at what makes women physiologically unique. Better sex creates a better relationship between you and your partner. With real-life stories, ideas for journaling, and tips to get the conversation going, this book is the sex empowerment secret weapon you really need to live the life you’ve always wanted.


Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)


Through the voices of real women, Dr. Cindy Meston (ISSWSH Past President) and Dr. David Buss reveal the motivations that guide women's sexual decisions and explain the deep-seated psychology and biology that often unwittingly drive women's desires—sometimes in pursuit of health or pleasure, or sometimes for darker, disturbing reasons that a woman may not fully recognize. Drawing on more than a thousand intensive interviews conducted solely for the book, as well as their pioneering research on physiological response and evolutionary emotions, Why Women Have Sex uncovers an amazingly complex and nuanced portrait of female sexuality. They delve into the use of sex as a defensive tactic against a mate's infidelity (protection), as a ploy to boost self-confidence (status), as a barter for gifts or household chores (resource acquisition), or as a cure for a migraine headache (medication)


HBK of Sexual Dysfunction

HBK of Sexual Dysfunction

Offering an authoritative collection of chapters from clinicians and researchers in the United States, Canada, and Europe, this reference comprehensively covers the latest breakthroughs in the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of sexual dysfunction.

It provides chapters by internationally acclaimed authorities in areas such as psychosexual disorders, sexual psychopharmacology, sexual health, and reproductive medicine.


Start Talking: Intimacy

Bold Speak

Xulon Press (September 30, 2015)
ISBN-13 978-1498447157

Sexual dysfunction in marriage is a big topic that no one wants to talk about and, while there are many long volumes on sex and intimacy, there are no books that were written with the express purpose of assisting couples in conversing about their sex lives. This book fills a much-needed void that is, perhaps, most appreciated by the counselors and pastors trying to facilitate conversation between a husband and wife about the more difficult sexual issues. In their own practices, Dr. Hague and Mr. Smith individually sought a resource that would help their patients have meaningful discussions about sex. When they conversed about mutual patients and how best to assist them, they found no publication that approached difficult subjects with the goal of opening lines of communication between husband and wife. It was out of a desire to assist their patients that this book was written. Neil and Dr. Melissa Hague have a passion for helping others to promote healthy marriages and families. Through her obstetrics and gynecological practice, Dr. Hague has the unique opportunity to see the frustration and strife that sexual difficulty can cause for women and their marriages. Communicating about the underlying issue or condition is paramount to resolving sexual dysfunction in marriage. Dr. Hague has helped many women, their husbands and their marriages, and based on these experiences she established a sexual dysfunction clinic in her medical practice. Dr. Hague and her husband sense a great need to address the often unspoken topic of sexual issues and co-wrote Start Talking: Intimacy to help couples talk about their sex lives as a vital and important part of a healthy marriage. James and Julie Smith have a heart for counseling couples to help them navigate issues that often arise in every marriage. James, a licensed marriage and family therapist, sees sexual issues in marriage far too often and understands why couples would have a hard time starting the conversation about their sex lives. While many concerns can arise in marriage, sex is deceptively often a cause of a number of those other issues; James co-wrote Start Talking: Intimacy as a resource for his patients and other couples to sort through what is often an underlying problem thereby leading to quality enhancement in other aspects of marriage.

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Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever


For millions of women in America, sex isn’t always pleasurable or even possible. Instead, sex has become a low priority as they navigate marriage, motherhood, and work . . . not to mention cope with chronic stress and lack of sleep. Throw in the natural fluctuations in hormone levels that all women experience throughout their lives and it’s not surprising that sex can become, well, a little less sexy. Additionally, common gynecological problems can make sex uncomfortable, and medical issues can cause it to be downright painful.

Dr. Lauren Streicher, a leading women’s sexual health expert, offers women the courage, vocabulary, and knowledge to identify and solve problems in the bedroom, for a wide range of issues—from flagging libido, vaginal dryness, and sex after menopause, to hormone supplements and the effects of medication, Sex Rx offers a wealth of knowledge, along with a good dose of humor and plenty of encouragement, so that every woman, no matter what personal challenges she has, can make having great sex a part of their lives forever.

Sex Rx was originally published in hardcover as Love Sex Again.


New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives

New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives

New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives focuses on cutting-edge, therapy paradigms as alternatives to conventional sex therapy. Part I highlights the major problems and criticisms facing the field. These chapters issue a challenge to improve clinical practice. Part II demonstrates new approaches to dealing with traditional sex therapy concerns (e.g., lack of desire, erectile dysfunction), as well as innovative goals such as integrating sexuality and spirituality, promoting sexual intimacy in HIV serodiscordant couples, and optimizing erotic potential in the elderly. The book encompasses a wide array of paradigms especially useful in working with sexuality. Replete with useful clinical illustrations to demonstrate these approaches in action, New Directions in Sex Therapy is a critical addition to the library of anyone who deals with sexual issues and concerns in therapy.

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Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys for Finding Your Lost Libido

Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys for Finding Your Lost Libido

Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys for Finding Your Lost Libido offers a holistic approach to understanding and treating low sex drive in women. Dr. Andrew Goldstein, a board-certified gynecologist, and Dr. Marianne Brandon, a clinical psychologist and AASECT-certified Diplomat in sex therapy, and combined forces in this thorough examination of a common concern for our patients. Rather than pathologizing women, they are instead supported in further developing their sexuality, resulting in a stronger sense of womanhood, and a deepening experience with their partners.


Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

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3rd Edition
ISBN 978-1138860261
Routledge- Taylor and Francis Group

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.


The Science of Orgasm

When Sex Isn't Good - Stories & Solutions of Women With Sexual Dysfunction

2006, 280 pp., 13 halftones, 2 line drawings
0-8018-8490-X $20.00 (reg. $25.00) hardcover

"Destined to be a classic in human sexuality. A comprehensive guide to one of life's greatest pleasures. A must read!"
- Hilda Hutcherson
Author of What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex The Science of Orgasm
Barry R. Komisaruk, Carlos Beyer-Flores, and Beverly Whipple

This fascinating and comprehensive book is the first to explore the complex biological process behind orgasm. No topic is left unexplored, as the book describes the genitalia-brain connection, how the brain produces orgasms, how aging affects orgasm, and the effects of prescription medication, street drugs, hormones, disorders, and diseases.

"Of the many aspects of our sexuality, the unique experience of orgasm remains the most mysterious. This intriguing book sheds light on that mystery and reveals what is known and unknown about the orgasmic process. Anyone with an interest in sexuality should own this book."
- John Bancroft, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction

"An intriguing read—that just might improve your health and change your life."
- Helen Fisher, author of Why We Love

"Well-written and enjoyable to read . . .With refreshing insights into what makes sexuality a healthy and pleasurable life process, this book belongs in the hands of anyone who wants to know more about this integral part of sexual health."
- David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States

Barry R. Komisaruk is a professor of psychology at Rutgers University. Carlos Beyer-Floresis head of the Laboratorio Tlaxcala in Mexico. Beverly Whipple is Professor Emerita at the College of Nursing, Rutgers University.


When Sex Isn't Good - Stories & Solutions of Women With Sexual Dysfunction

When Sex Isn't Good - Stories & Solutions of Women With Sexual Dysfunction

When Sex Isn't Good, written so readers will learn from the experiences of others, portrays a variety of women's sexual health issues. It includes the science and a reference section to be used as a resource to educate and empower you to discuss your sexual dysfunction with your partner and your healthcare provider. Dr. John Bancroft, retired director of the Kinsey Institute and world-renowned researcher says: "Women have problems in their sexual lives for a whole host of reasons. Sometimes the problems need and benefit from medical help. This book tells the stories of a number of women who benefited from such help."

Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, expert in vulvovaginal care and sexual pain, author of The V Book, states: "Women with a sexual problem long to know if others have dealt with their unmentionable struggles! In the poignant stories of this book you are sure to find company and comfort."

Dr. Aline Zoldbrod, sex therapist and author of Sex Talk, claims: "Sex is much too delicious to give up without a fight! If your sexual problem might have a physical cause, When Sex Isn't Good will be an inspiration and a treasured companion on your quest to feel sexual pleasure."


Sexual Dysfunction - The Brain-Body Connection

Sexual Dysfunction - The Brain-Body Connection

VI + 174 p., 5 fig., 4 tab.
hard cover 2008 USD 39.00
ISBN 978-3-8055-8357-2
Published by S. Karger AG

The area of human sexuality, and sexual dysfunction in particular, has been undergoing enormous developments and advances. This volume, written by a team of international experts in the area of sexology, is an authoritative review of the latest developments in this fi eld. Areas such as evaluation of sexual dysfunction, impact of psychotropic medications, mental and physical illness and substance abuse on sexual functioning are covered in a highly informative manner. In addition, several sexual dysfunctions, namely hypoactive sexual desire disorder, male erectile disorder and premature ejaculation are reviewed. A chapter on the developments in imaging of sexual dysfunction, an area that is undergoing rapid expansion, is also included.

This publication, filled with a variety of clinically essential information, provides psychiatrists, psychologists, sex therapists, urologists, gynecologists, both clinically and research oriented, with the latest developments in the area of sexual dysfunction.


Women's Sexual Function and Dysfunction - Study, Diagnosis and Treatment

Women's Sexual Function and Dysfunction - Study, Diagnosis and Treatment

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Pub Date: 11 NOV 2005
Type: Hardback Book
Price: $359.95

Respectively Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Milton, MA, USA; Department of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, USA; Director of Women’s Health Program, Monash Medical School, Melbourne, Australia; Department of Urology and Biochemistry, Boston School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

The first, definitive text on female sexual dysfunction, this major new book summarizes the current body of knowledge in the field, traces the history of developments in the area, and identifies work still needed in the future.

Reflecting a multidisciplinary approach to the subject, the book details the methods and materials for ensuring the appropriate management of women with sexual health problems, and concentrates on the presentation of evidence-based data concerning the physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of sexual function and dysfunction in women. The inclusion of ‘difficult cases’ also enhances the use of the text as a practical guide to all disciplines concerned with the field of female sexual dysfunction.

This important work will become a key resource for basic science researchers, endocrinologists, gynecologists, psychologists, urologists, health care clinicians, and anyone else interested in women’s sexual health. All proceeds donated to the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.


Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management

Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management

April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8398-7
288 pages

First book devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of sexual pain in women Female Sexual Pain Disorders is a remarkable fusion of clinical and scientific knowledge that will empower women’s healthcare professionals to help their patients in overcoming this common debilitating disorder.
Based on the highest level research, it provides state-of-the-art practical guidance that will help you to:

  • Evaluate and distinguish the causes of sexual pain in women
  • Differentiate the many forms of sexual pain
  • Implement multidisciplinary treatments

Distilling the experience of world leaders across many clinical, therapeutic and scientific disciplines, with an array of algorithms and diagnostic tools, Female Sexual Pain Disorders is your ideal companion for treating the many millions of women who suffer from this disorder worldwide.

All proceeds from this book are being donated to the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).

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Sexual Pharmacology: Fast Facts

Sexual Pharmacology: Fast Facts

WWNorton , NY 2003

This text is designed as an aid to clinicians. It provides comprehensive information on sexual side effects of commonly prescribed drugs, as well as data concerning the pharmacological treatment of sexual disorders. The data is organized in easy top read tables that facilitate speedy searches for information.

Dr. Segraves is Professor of Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine and editor of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Dr. Balon is Professor of Psychiatry at Wayne State University and specializes in clinical psychopharmacology.

Sexual Dysfunction: Beyond the Brain-Body Connection

Sexual Dysfunction: Beyond the Brain-Body Connection

ISBN: 978-3-8055-9824-8
About the book

An update on diagnosis and the management of various sexual dysfunctions.

During the last years human sexuality has been the focus of interest and study by various disciplines. In this volume a multidisciplinary team of international experts discuss contemporary issues of human sexuality from updates on diagnosis to the management of various sexual dysfunctions. Reviews of the management of several female sexual dysfunctions, the impact of cancer on sexual functioning, the impact of trauma on sexual desire and function as well as the newest trends in sex therapy; androgen deprivation treatment of sexual behavior and autogynephilia are discussed in detail. Further, the complex interplay between the field of human sexuality and the Internet, psychological and cultural aspects of infertility are reviewed.

A large amount of clinical material on topics rarely covered in other volumes will prove invaluable reading to clinicians from various disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology, urology, gynecology, sexology and sex therapy.

Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening, and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence,& I.B.S, and Other Symptoms Without Surgery

Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening, and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence,& I.B.S, and Other Symptoms Without Surgery

ISBN-13: 978-0071546560

Available everywhere books are sold.

Heal Pelvic Pain by physical therapist Amy Stein offers a program of stretching, toning, and relaxation exercises, plus healing massages and a specialized nutrition plan for men, women and children of all ages. Used by patients in her New York practice, Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, the program helps relieve pain, incontinence, improve bladder and bowel function, cure IB S, reduce sexual discomfort, and improve the quality of your life.

A well-recognized expert in her field, Amy Stein is the founder and premier practitioner of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in New York City, specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, and manual therapy for men, women, and children. She is also a contributor to the medical textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders and she serves on the board of the International Pelvic Pain Society.

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