Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You : What Your Libido Reveals about Your LIfe

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-01
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Women's lives are fuller and richer than ever, but often at the expense of sexual intimacy. Dr. Diana Hoppe demonstrates that a woman's libido is a reflection of her overall health, and that a healthy sex drive not only indicates a well-balanced life, but sexual intimacy has significant health benefits. Studies show that having a healthy sex life can: Boost your immune system Promote heart health Alleviate stress Increase longevity In easy-to-understand text, Dr. Hoppe explains: the expected life patterns of a woman's sex drive, how -- and why -- libido is different in men and women and what to do about it, ways medical, psychological, emotional, sensual to boost your desire and getand stay--focused on sexual intimacy. Doctors' emerging understanding of sexual dysfunction in women Overflowing with ideas and tips for what you can do tonight to light the fire, this book is at once reassuring and effective.

Author Biography

Diana Hoppe, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in San Diego, California. She is co-founder of Pacific Coast Women's Health, Inc., and medical director of Pacific Coast Research Center, a medical research center that conducts international clinical trials in the field of women's health, including menopause, perimenopause, and libido.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 13
Introductionp. 15
Eight Reasons Why Sex Is Good for You-and Why It's Wise to Make Time for Sexual Intimacyp. 23
Top Eight Health Benefits of Physical Intimacyp. 24
How to Keep Your Libido in Top Shapep. 30
Six Great Ways to Fan the Flamesp. 32
What Is Libido-and Why Is It Erratic?p. 35
Libido 101: Understanding the Basicsp. 36
The Urge to Merge: Libido's Job to Get Humans to "Hook Up"p. 37
Mother Nature's Planp. 38
Why Sex Drives Differ between Men and Womenp. 40
Turning on the Light Switch of Desire When the Body Has Declared a Blackoutp. 43
The Ever-Changing Libido: Stages and Phasesp. 45
Puberty/Menarche (First Menstruation)p. 45
Fertilization Occurs: Pregnancy and the "Mommy Brain"p. 48
The "Daddy Brain" and Pregnancyp. 49
A Woman's Sexual Desire following Birthp. 51
Libido during Perimenopausep. 52
Sex at Menopausep. 53
Self-Esteem: How the Body You See in the Mirror Reflects Your Thoughts on Love, Sex, and Libidop. 57
What Is Self-Esteem?p. 58
Enabling a Healthy Self-Esteemp. 59
"I Used to Be 'Hot'....What's Happening to My Body?"p. 60
The "Cosmo Effect" on Our Body Imagep. 61
Six Ways Your Self-Esteem Can Undermine Your Enjoyment of Sexp. 63
Seven Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem-and Your Sex Lifep. 65
His and Her Sex Drives: What Was God Thinking?p. 71
Depression and the Female Brainp. 74
The Female Brain: Why Women Are Better at Multitaskingp. 76
Why Women Are Better at Expressing Their Feelings (and Men Are Better at Reading Maps)p. 77
What Attracts Mars to Venusp. 79
Brain Differences-and Their Implications for Ways that Men and Women Relate to One Anotherp. 80
Fueling Desire: Aphrodisiacs and Scents that Charge Libidop. 91
Aphrodisiacs: Fact or Fiction?p. 91
Food Aphrodisiacsp. 93
Pheromones: What Are They, and Do They Affect Libido?p. 99
Scent and Sexual Desirep. 100
Women's "Favorite Smells"p. 101
Men's "Favorite Smells"p. 101
The Stress-Libido Connection: Is Stress Killing Your Libido?p. 107
Libido's Stress Thresholdp. 107
Multitasking: Good or Bad?p. 108
Sex and the Saber-toothed Tiger: What Happens When We Are Stressed?p. 111
Enter Hormonesp. 112
"Tend and Befriend"p. 113
How Much Stress Are You Under?p. 115
Reducing the Stress in Your Lifep. 117
Five Suggestions for Eliminating Stress-and Upping Your Libidop. 118
Can Stress' Ever Be Good for You?p. 122
FSD-The Female "Erectile Dysfunction"p. 127
Sexual Dysfunction in Women and the Importance of an Accurate Diagnosisp. 129
Sexual Desire Disordersp. 130
Female Sexual Arousal Disorderp. 130
Female Orgasmic Disorderp. 131
Sexual Pain Disordersp. 131
Treatment Options for Sexual Dysfunctionp. 135
Good News for the Futurep. 136
Testosterone for Women: Is It Worth the Risk?p. 138
Medications and Health Conditions that Can Shelve Your Libidop. 141
Certain Medications Sedate Your Love Lifep. 141
Antidepressantsp. 144
Four Ways to Light a Fire under Your Libidop. 147
Contraceptivesp. 149
Hormone Therapy (HT)p. 150
Health Conditions that Fizzle Desirep. 152
Heart Diseasep. 153
Diabetesp. 154
Insomnia and Lack of Restful Sleepp. 154
Heart to Heart: Using Communication to Resuscitate Your Libidop. 157
Eight Skills to Revive Communicationp. 160
Pillow Talk: One of the Most Important Languages You Can Learnp. 164
The Bedroom-Libido Connectionp. 165
Shared Time: The Language of Spending Time Togetherp. 166
Communicating with Your Doctorp. 168
Appendix: Resourcesp. 173
Indexp. 183
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