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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671004441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671004446
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Really informative and engaging book.
Tedi Tate
It will greatly improve your understanding of relationships and hopefully your quality of life as you get older.
A. V. Knight
Just started reading, but I'm giving 5 stars for what I've read so far.
N. Hackett

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1998
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I really liked this book. I found it informative, well written and easy to read. The information it presented about our hormonal makeup was fascinating. This book has good information about our different sexual hormones and the ways they influence our thinking, actions and relationships from birth to old age. It certainly helped me to understand how the complex interaction of sexual chemicals within our bodies affects our lives in so many different ways. This book is really packed with great information. I found it especially helpful in understanding the "chemical bonding" that happens between two people. It also has great information about Estrogens and Progesterones and their use in Hormone Replacement Therapy. I would recommend it for adults of all ages, who are looking to understand their bodies, but as a menopausal women I found it especially insightful. I loved it so much I bought 5 copies to share with family members and friends and I've told numerous people about this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on May 4, 2001
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The insight of how the range of hormones effects the F/M relationship was wonderful! Hormones is what makes love happen...It explains how these hormones control our thought, how we perform, and the part they play in our associations from birth on up. This book also gives information about Progesterone's and Estrogens and the use of these in Hormone Replacement Therapy. It helps you see and understand the actual chemical bonding which happens between F/M.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward Baiamonte on August 20, 1999
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This is generally a good book but it is good as a reference book on hormones far more than as a relationship book. If you want a list of each hormone, and then some, it is here and so is the behavior connected with each hormone and each combination of hormones. But in the end it does not even pretend to tell you what to do. It stops far short of being actionable probably because the author is a medical doctor rather than a psychologist or philosopher. Books like the Mars/Venus book and The 91% Factor: Why women Initiate 91% of Divorce pick up on how you deal with the behavior caused by hormones.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
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This book is easy to read and explains in layman's terms the effects of hormones on sexuality and emotions. For people that are noticing hormonal changes in their bodies it can be explanative. For me personally it leaves a lot of unaswered questions relating to my sexual an d physical health, and has compelled me to seek professional guidance. I have tried to find the Crenshaw Clinic that is mentioned in the book but have been unable to do so and now I'm trying via the webb site. I bought the book for friends and for my boss. Any help in finding the clinic would be appreciated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Emerson on March 17, 2006
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Do you want to know what makes men and woman tick?, how they work on the inside?, what chemistry really is? - then look no further. This book is extremely revealing in that ive learnt that even an intimate cuddle can produce a chemical called oxytocin. And thats not all your learn. You will learn much more than a few buzz words in this book, what they are, how they are generated by the body and affected by external elements too - I highly recommend it to anyone that is even the slightest curious about all those feel good chemicals that our bodies produce during cuddling, menopause and even orgasm - its all in here. I found this an excellent book and companion resource for my NLP and psychology study.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2000
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Very impressed with this book, especially compared to the others on the market covering this general subject. The roles of the various hormones in male/female relationships was especially valuable and insightful. Best of all, the author would sometimes tell you what science doesn't know! How humble and honest. Her acknowledged speculations were also fascinating. Might just save your relationship. Another reviewer criticized it for not being a "relationship" book. They missed the point that hormones make a "relationship" - otherwise its just a room mate situation. Remember the saying "Love conquers all." ? Hormones make love happen and love helps us overcome the certain frictions in a "relationship". Too bad that most of her prescriptions require a prescription and hence an MD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. V. Knight on February 21, 2007
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THis is a fantastic book with information that everybody NEEDS to know. It will greatly improve your understanding of relationships and hopefully your quality of life as you get older. The book is very well researched and very descriptive - though it can be quite difficult to take in all the info at times. However - there are very useful summaries at the end of each section in each chapeter which summarise the main points.
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Just started reading, but I'm giving 5 stars for what I've read so far. For YEARS, I've had feelings that things I've felt (and was told/shown) weren't normal or were wrong to feel in general. There were quite a few parts where I had to stop reading, close the book, shake my head and just smile. Talk about taking a lot of pressure off of myself!

Loved the detailed breakdown on Hormones and the information on what happens during low/high levels of each and how to adjust.

Really feel this should be required reading for all women! Definitely wish I'd read when I was around 20. Think I may have made some very different choices, had I known exactly what was driving a lot of them.
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