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Changes at Midlife
Sexual Problems at Midlife
Causes of Sexual Problems
Reminders & Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
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Sampling of Organizations / Websites
Comprehensive and easy-to-use directory of links to websites and organizations providing help, information, and resources to women suffering from all types of abuse.
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists www.aasect.org
Nonprofit professional association of sex educators, sex counselors, and sex therapists. You can search its website for a list of therapists in your area.
International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health http://isswsh.org
Professional association website featuring an extensive directory of books on female sexual health, including many for lay readers. Also provides a searchable directory of sex therapists by geographic area.
The Kinsey Institute www.kinseyinstitute.org
Website of this pioneering sexuality and research center at Indiana University features collections of podcasts (“Kinsey Confidential” and “Conversations About Sex Research”), some of which address sex and menopause.
This authoritative patient information resource includes detailed entries for many sexual problems, including painful intercourse, vaginal atrophy, vulvodynia, low sex drive in women, and anorgasmia.
National Institute on Aging www.nia.nih.gov
US federal government website includes sections with consumer information on sexuality in later life.
National Vulvodynia Association www.nva.org
Nonprofit organization focused on education about vulvodynia and support of women with the condition. Website includes information on patient support groups around the United States.
Sexuality and U www.sexualityandu.ca
Website maintained by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada including a detailed consumer section on sex after 50.
Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) www.sstarnet.org
Professional society whose website includes a directory of sex therapists in the United States, Canada, and five other countries.
University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics www.orthop.washington.edu
Features “Sex and Arthritis,” an excellent illustrated online guide to sex positions and techniques for patients with limited mobility due to arthritis.
The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation www.twshf.org
Nonprofit corporation offering educational resources for women with sexual health problems. Website includes connections to various support groups.
Sampling of Books
Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women
Julia R. Heiman, PhD, and Joseph LoPiccolo, PhD (Piatkus Books, 2009) Two sex therapists give guidance on evaluating your sexual history, exploring your body through touch, overcoming fear of orgasm, exploring ways to trigger orgasm, and more.
Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence Esther Perel (HarperCollins, 2007) A couples therapist examines the complexities of keeping desire alive and uses case studies to illustrate how longtime couples can have “more exciting, playful, and even poetic” sex.
Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido Andrew Goldstein, MD, and Marianne Brandon, PhD (Rodale, 2004) Practical advice for the woman who has lost her sex drive and wants to find it again.
Rekindling Desire: A Step by Step Program to Help Low-Sex and No-Sex Marriages Barry and Emily McCarthy (Routledge, 2003) A 10-step program for reintroducing sex and intimacy and recharging relationships.
Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self Sallie Foley, Sally A. Kope, and Dennis P. Sugrue (Guilford Press, 2002) Advice on the sexual questions, dilemmas, and conflicts that women face throughout life, including the physiologic side of sex, making peace with their bodies, and sexual pain.
The Sex-Starved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido Michele Wiener Davis (Simon & Schuster, 2003) Advice from a sex therapist on how couples can reignite sexual desire, especially when their libidos aren’t well matched.
Sexuality in Midlife and Beyond: A Harvard Medical School Special Health Report Jan Leslie Shifren, MD, and Suki Hanfling, MSW, LICSW, eds. (Harvard Health Publications, 2010) A broad discussion of sexual problems of midlife and older men and women focusing on causes and treatments.
The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health Elizabeth G. Stewart, MD, and Paula Spencer (Bantam, 2002) A comprehensive exploration of vulvovaginal anatomy and function including in-depth discussion of pain and other conditions.
When Sex Isn’t Good: Stories & Solutions of Women With Sexual Dysfunction Lillian Arleque, EdD, and Sue W. Goldstein (Irwin Goldstein, MD, medical consultant) (iUniverse, 2007) A profile of a variety of women’s sexual health issues written so that readers can learn from the experiences of others.