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Go ahead and laugh at the title of this book, but admit it--do you know what a cytomegalovirus is, or how to get rid of one? (It's a little-known sexually-transmitted disease, and there's no known cure.) Dr. Ruth Westheimer has written a valuable reference for those who think they know it all--and for those who admit they know nothing. Westheimer covers male and female anatomy, masturbation, birth control, and the ups and downs of orgasms, along with many other very sensitive subjects--such as how to come out when you're married and have children. For parents who are having trouble talking with their teens about sex, this book could break the ice. It's especially worthy reading--for young and old alike--for Westheimer's candid discussions of the often-ignored emotional and psychological aspects of sexuality, from the effects of losing one's virginity to having cybersex to handling premature ejaculation and other sexual problems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Discover tips and techniques to enhance your relationship and improve your sex life!
Enjoy the benefits of a rewarding sex life!
"Dr. Ruth is the stealth fighter of sex education"-- San Jose Mercury News
If you're looking for straight talk on sex, look no further. America's favorite sex therapist gives you reliable, up-to-date information on everything from relationships, sexual postions, and Viagra? to birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and cybersex. Like no one else can, Dr. Ruth explains how you can explore your sexuality and keep the passion and romance alive!
Discover how to:
  • Try new Sexual position
  • Keep the romantic sparks burning
  • Discuss sex with your kids
  • Select the right birth control method
  • Keep sex safe?and fun!
  • Understand the latest medical advancements

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (December 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076455302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553028
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Germany in 1928, I was sent to a children's home in Switzerland at the age of ten which became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who had been sent there to escape the Holocaust. At 17 I went to Israel where I fought for the country's independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters. I then moved to Paris where I studied at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. I immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 and obtained my Masters Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research. In 1970, I received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College.
My work at Planned Parenthood is what prompted me to further my education in human sexuality by studying at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.
My TV show Sexually Speaking first aired in 1980 as a 15-minute taped show, which then increased in popularity and became a nationally syndicated radio show.
In recent years, I have made regular appearances on the PBS Television children's show Between the Lions as "Dr. Ruth Wordheimer" in a parody of my therapist role, in which I help anxious readers and spellers overcome their fear of long words.
Currently I am an Adjunct Professor at N.Y.U. and an Associate Fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University, where I teach a course on the American family. I am also a Fellow of Butler College at Princeton University, where I will teach a course on the Jewish family. In addition to having my own private practice I am a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and frequently lecture at universities across the country.

Customer Reviews

This book is very clear and understandable.
Pondering Wanderer
Dr. Ruth Westheimer has helped pioneer media psychology as a psychosexual therapist.
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I have to say that I was pretty upset with it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
A good book for people with very little sexual experience or knowledge. If you are looking for a hands-on guide for techniques to practice on your partner, then this is NOT the book you want to get.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By David L. Bransford on August 10, 2001
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As a medical doctor specializing in adolescent and adult Psychiatry, I have found Dr Ruth's book extremely valuable as a non-threatening resource. Having met with her in May 2001 in New Orleans at the Annual American Psychiatric Association's meeting May 5-10th, I was amazed at her insights about Human Sexuality. Masters and Johnson brought to the Field of Medicine the Physiology of Sexuality, but Dr Ruth carries it to the next level of important knowledge re: Human Intimacy. It is not a "how to" book with the misguided concepts of the Hugh Hefner "Sex is a Triumph of Mechanical Engineering". Instead, she is down to earth, practical, and non-threatening...so that her readers learn and enjoy the basic realities that human sexuality need not be a "competitive sport" nor do couples need to adhere to their culteral expectations of the "Myth of the Mutual Orgasm"....I have had so many individuals and couples leave my office...seeing the book on my bookself...and perhaps at first laughing, only to purchase the book and devour it in the privacy of their own home. I have found it a valuable springboard in working with individuals and couples with sexual dysfunction. As for the person - Dr Ruth - she is delighful, empathic, great sense of humor, and is extremely well informed with the current scientific knowledge of Human Sexuality David L Bransford MD
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
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If you want a book which teaches you techniques and offers constructive suggestions on how to improve (or, I suppose, get started) in your sex life, you'll want to skip this one. Go grab a copy of the Kama Sutra or Joy of Sex for this kind of reference.
On the other hand, if you're a complete newbie to sex and/or would rather focus on the technical aspects such as diseases, pregnancy, and topics of a similar nature, this might be a good book for you. There's probably nothing here that you won't find on any free web site or even in the Johns Hopkins Family Health Book (which, for twice the price, you get everything under the sun instead of focusing only on sex-related topics).
So save yourself some time and money and avoid this book altogether.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dave on May 28, 2004
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Wow, was I way off base! Thank you Dr. Ruth for setting me straight.
Seriously, though, I love this book. It treats a very important topic in a direct but humorous way; it's crammed full of useful bits of information; and it doesn't have all of those soft-core porn images that the other books seem to delight in. Describing the acts is good enough for me, there's no need for a book to be full of stunt rumps to get the point across.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Hoppe on December 30, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
ok, i think maybe a 12 year old may benefit from this tape. this whole freaking tape was common sense just about. i learned one thing in this whole tape. i don't think the other reviewers were reviewing the same thing. there is nothing good about this tape. please believe me and dont get it please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Piervincenzo on December 4, 1998
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I love this book because it is one of most complete about this subject and also one of the most simple to understand. I like the way in which dr. Ruth Westheimer explain things about sex which are not easy to understand. I think that it is a very good job.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
First, let me say I love the For Dummies series. But this book is no good - if you are looking for a book on improving your sex life like I was. It reads like a sex ed book and there isn't much information to help you spice up your sex life. (Granted, if you are a virgin this may provide some info.) This volume isn't even as humorous as many other "for dummies" books. Books like "The Joy of Sex" and those by Anne Hooper are much better.
So, find a copy of this book in the library, otherwise skip it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1997
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This is a very helpfull how-to book that will teach you anything you need to know about sexual stragety.
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