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From the Back Cover

Dr. Ruth's Rx for a pleasurable sex life

Enjoy healthy sexuality throughout life

Try new sexual positions

The bestselling guide to a rewarding sex life and a deeper relationship

Looking for the straight facts on sex? In this friendly, authoritative guide, renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth gives you the latest on everything from oral sex and popular positions to new methods of birth control. She also debunks sex myths and covers new therapies to manage low libido, overcome sexual dysfunction, and enhance pleasure.

Praise for Dr. Ruth and Sex For Dummies

"Her energy level is higher than that of a charged particle."

— People Magazine

"Dr. Ruth writes the way she talks — enthusiastically, nonjudgmentally, and informatively. . . ."

— Booklist

"Her name and the distinctive thrill of her voice have become inextricably linked with the subject of sex."

— New York Times

Discover how to:

Enjoy the first time

Enhance foreplay and afterplay with your partner

Avoid STDs and have safer sex

Discuss sex with your kids

Navigate cybersex

About the Author

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is the author of 31 books, and she teaches at Yale University and Princeton University. Pierre A. Lehu has worked with Dr. Ruth for decades as publicist, writer, and friend.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (November 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047004523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470045237
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent, down to eath, reasonable, rational, intelligent. You can't go wrong. Great resource for parents and older teens alike. Yep, purchased it to make sure I was giving my teen accurate info and had no problem giving him the book to read on his own. I highly recommend it. Easy and enjoyable to read. Good advice on teaching kids as well as anything else you might want to know.
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I thought the book would provide me information that wouldn't be common sense. It mostly talks about biology and the fundamentals without giving insight on how to take it to the next level (i.e. sex positions, tricks, secrets). I would suggest browsing through it before purchasing to see if you'll actually learn something new because I didn't.
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My partner and I were having a sexual problem. We are both retired and want to have a rewarding sex life together. Dr. Ruth gave me insight to try a couple of new things that are really helping.
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So this book was released in 2006?

Who the *bleep* is it aimed at?

I've read it now and the author has told me mindblowing wisdoms such as "young males like porn, young females do not" - "there is no such thing as friends with benefits, one part is Always unhappily in love and you also risk diseases" - "men are afraid of commitment" - "abortion is Wrong" - "shaving your genitalia is preferrable to not doing so, and is not a matter of personal preference and choice at all" - "women want to marry fantasy-ideas" - "men like kinky sex, women almost never do" and several more fantastic and outrageous ideas in the same school.

I would not buy this for my daughter because I do not want her to KEEP living in the pathetic ideal-woman-mould of the 50's where a woman Needs a man to at all survive - I would not buy this for my son, because I do not want to spoon-feed him the idea that he is Supposed to be the driving force, shower women with gifts and attention as if they were prostitutes and always, always be horny, be Manly and NEVER dare have a night where he just doesn't feel like having sex, cause, hey, that's a bit wimpy, no? No!

I, as an adult who feel secure with my own role sexually as well as an individual, was sort of able to giggle at the book and go "oh my, women actually LIVED like this back in the 1950's-1960's? MEN lived like this? This is so oppressive to Both genders that it makes me want to scream!" and I feel good about how far we've gotten since then - until I looked at the publishing year.

I would not let someone who is stuck in that age in time educate my young-adult child on their sexual future.
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Dr. Ruth is definitely knowledgeable, sensitive and tasteful in her book. It's reasonably comprehensive. A good beginners' book. I was looking for new information, some new technique that I could use to spice things up in the bedroom. I did learn a thing or two, tried it out and got positive feedback. All in all, this is a beginners' manual that was too basic for me.
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I bought this for my friend who recently got engaged. Naturally I browsed through it prior to wrapping it. I found the book very informative for someone who was new to the sex scene but also had great information for someone who might be more experienced. I also appreciated how the book touched on all sexual preferences and orientations.
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I bought this book for a friend who had purposefully been kept away from the facts of sex and relationships. I found this to be heinous in this day and age. l bought him this book so he could look up things he had questions about and for whatever reason, felt too shy to ask me. I think it is fulfilling it's promise.
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Despite the fact that this is a "Dummies" book, it is actually quite detailed and scientific in nature. A good review of basic facts in regards to male & female bodies, esp. for those of us who have been out of sex ed for a while now. Also provides some thoughtful information for "beginners".

It also includes interesting extra facts & information, like sex during pregnancy, sex during menstruation, the importance of prostate & other male/female exams, interesting pros & cons of different positions, etc.

Also, Dr. Ruth's personality comes through in the book, which is generally a good thing. She adds a touch of humor to this book, though at times a bit too quirky...

Overall, a good book for the topic and probably useful for parents wanting to speak to their kids about sex (or if they are too uneasy to give them the talk directly).
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