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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2003
For all those women out there who think there's something wrong with them... chances are there's NOT!!!
This book is thoroughly helpful. I was almost at the point of giving up hope altogether... then I purchased this book on a whim, after reading a recommendation of it by an on-line sex therapist. Let me say I have NO regrets!! It was one of the best buys of my life.
The style is easy to understand and the tone is compassionate; but it is not patronizing, like some other self-help books can be. On the contrary, I found it to be quite educational. I have learnt a great deal about relationships and dealing with my emotional baggage, in addition to all the detailed stuff about my physiology and how to press the right buttons.
On the whole, this book has boosted my confidence in the bedroom ten-fold. To anyone who has problems achieving the big 'O', I couldn't recommend it more. Ten thumbs up!
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92 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2001
What I liked best about this book, was it was not pornography in disguise. So many sex "self-help" books boarder on the inapproptiate. But not this one. The language was respectful and diagrams tasteful.
"Becoming Orgasmic" is very professionally written by doctors, with a lot of clinical research, both their own and by others. What I appriciated was that the doctors did not present a quick-fix, one size fits all solution. This book is meant to help a woman heal herself. THe book stayed respectful and lets the woman that she is not alone and that her dyfunction does not make her weird or strange.
This workbook was recommended to me by a doctor and I recommend it to you.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2004
This book helped me immensely. I bought the book about 7 years ago. Before I read and followed this book, I thought I would be "faking it" my whole life. I doubt I would have figured out how to acheive "it" if I hadn't read this. I highly recommend it to any woman who just doesn't get it when it comes to orgasm and you feel like you're the only one! This book can truly help you.
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360 of 442 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 1999
I got this book hoping it would have some new insight and excersises to help me reach orgasm more frequently with my lover. However, I soon discovered everything in the book had already been thought of. You see, this book is aimed at women who have NEVER ever had an orgasm before in their lives, at women who are afraid to look at or touch themselves, at extremely religious couples who need to be TOLD to loosen up, and so forth. It just wasn't for me, and it isn't for most of you who are seeking more fulfillment in your sex lives. Secondly, the illustrations are drawn by a man, and they look more like bimbo models. I'm sure he enjoyed being paid to draw masturbating women. The pictures are not helpful, they're offensive.
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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2001
What I appreciated most about this book was that it was NOT pornography in disguise. Most sexual 'how to' and self help books can be quite degrading, graphic, or base. This is a text book. These two doctors know their stuff and went to great lenghts to write medically accurate and proffionally. (Still, I got a giggle that the doctor's last name is Heiman.)
I like the fact that this book doesn't have a right way, only way, or quick fix formula. It helps one explore all possiblities for sexual dysfunction and helps the woman better unstand her dysfunction.
The tone of this book is very encourageing- just what women need to hear, that your problem does not isolate you or make you different. My doctor reccomended this book to me. I reccomend it to you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
I enjoyed reading this book because it helped me to see my body as something that I shouldn't be ashamed of. It helped me and it may not be for everyone but I thought it was worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2014
I am a male and read the book. It has some good exercises to help develop intimacy with yourself and others. I found nothing really sunk in with me and I passed this book on after reading it. For those wanting to develop more sexual intimacy with themselves, this book is for you.
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on June 4, 2015
This was a pioneering book back in the 70s and 80s, and it is still just as excellent now as it was then. Many of the more recent books on the same topic are just clones and rehashes of this one, and many are not as good because they are more interested in promoting specific therapists than actually helping you solve problems.

Rather than duplicate all the other five-star reviews, I thought I would add two bits of information that may be helpful to women who have worked through the program in the book and want to know, what next?

The first half of the book is a guided journey of self-exploration, to help you get (re)acquainted with your body and your thinking about things like sex, nudity, your self-image, and your sexual wants and needs. Learning to give pleasure to yourself is an essential part of the program. Most women will manage just fine if they follow the program step-by-step, but some will stall out just before graduation: your first solo orgasm. If you get that far and get stuck, I recommend Betty Dobson's website. She's been teaching women to orgasm for 40 years and has over 200 hundred posts specifically on how to orgasm. This is probably the best starting point: http://dodsonandross.com/sexfeature/first-time-orgasm.

Once you have successfully graduated from the program in the first half of the book, the second half is devoted to helping you become orgasmic during sex with a partner. Although the authors never mention this by name, the exercises for couples are based on the key elements of tantric sex. (For a point-by-point comparison, see my article at http://moderntantra.blogspot.com/2015/05/becoming-orgasmic-tantra-as-therapy.html.)

However, what the authors are able to include here is necessarily just an intro to this especially powerful and enjoyable approach to sex. As you complete the program with your partner, the two of you may be wondering where to go for more. If that's the case, your best choice is moderntantra.blogspot.com. It's a complete manual for tantric sex, without any of the spiritual or religious trimmings that many people insist on adding to it.

But that's for later. Right now, if you're looking for that elusive first orgasm, Becoming Orgasmic is a great place to start!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
Nice, well-written text that should be standard in any therapist's office and in the library of any woman struggling sexually. Very gentle and comprehensive as well as respectful in tone. I love that the text is structured, meaning that each chapter moves the person further toward the goal. Chapters are concise and provide direction.
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on December 19, 2014
As a sex educator, I found this book helpful for therapists and individuals who are seeking help with female sexuality. The drawings by David Palladini, former New York illustrator are tasteful and helpful.
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