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Sex Made Easy: Your Awkward Questions Answered—For Better, Smarter, Amazing Sex Paperback – April 3, 2012

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Editorial Reviews


Charlie Glickman, PhD, Education Program Manager, Good Vibrations
“One of the smartest sex guides I've read. Debby Herbenick has a gift for explaining sexuality--using science, personal experiences, her background as an educator, and the many stories her clients have shared with her. The entire book is full of helpful information, useful suggestions, and the supportive advice that most of us wish we'd heard earlier. No matter how much you know about sex, there are lots of great ideas in this book. Plus, Herbenick addresses the most common (and lots of uncommon) questions in every chapter, with compassion and clarity.”

Logan Levkoff, PhD., author of How to Get Your Wife to Have Sex with You
“Even though sex is such a big part of our lives, it sometimes feels like we'll never get it right. Too many concerns and insecurities; too many mixed messages. Kiss those thoughts goodbye. This is really Sex Made Easy . . .and Debby Herbenick tackles our most intimate and embarrassing questions with dignity and tremendous expertise.” 

Vanessa Schick, PhD, co-author of Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva
"With the warmth of a best girlfriend and the knowledge of one of the most acclaimed experts in the field, Dr. Herbenick breaks down everything you would ever want to know about sex in ways that are smart, sensitive and superbly fun.!"
Jaclyn Fulwood, blogger, Infinite Reads
"For any woman who wishes someone would hand her an owner's manual for her sex life, Sex Made Easy, Debby Herbenick's straightforward collection of answers to 100 common sexual questions, is a must-have. Herbenick is a sex researcher, educator and columnist and no newcomer to awkward queries--she also answers questions on the Kinsey Institute's website Kinsey Confidential…Although Herbenick writes with a female audience in mind, readers of both genders will benefit from her knowledge. For better sexual understanding and satisfaction, pick up this classy yet candid read."

About the Author

Debby Herbenick Ph.D, M.P.H. is Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She is a widely-read sex columnist and her work has been covered in the New York Times, the Washington Post and on the Today Show. She is also the author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction. Debby likes in Bloomington, Indiana. Please visit her at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762444061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762444069
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Debby Herbenick is the author of six books, an Associate Professor at Indiana University, sexual health educator and research fellow at The Kinsey Institute, and a widely read sex columnist. Her newest book is The Coregasm Workout (Seal Press), blending her love of exercise and her expertise in sex research.

Her previous books include: Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction (2009), Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva (2011), Great in Bed (2012) and Sex Made Easy (2012). She is also the author of a children's book for all ages, "The I Love You More Book" (2011).

Dr. Herbenick is the Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Public Health at Indiana University (IU) where she is an Associate Professor. She has published more than 100 scientific articles about sex and is one of the lead scientists behind the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, the largest nationally representative studies of sex in America.

She is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction where she writes (and hosts audio podcasts of) the Kinsey Confidential column. Debby has a PhD in Health Behavior from IU, a Master's degree in Public Health Education (also from IU) and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she is certified as a Sexuality Educator from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Herbenick is also the president-elect of AASECT.

Dr. Herbenick is the founder of, one of the first blogs about sex written by a scientist. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level human sexuality classes and lectures on a wide range of sexuality and relationship topics. In addition, Debby has written regular sex columns for Men's Health magazine, Time Out Chicago magazine, Velocity, Cheeky Chicago,, WebMD, and she has also written for Glamour magazine, The Daily Beast, and Gizmodo.

Dr. Herbenick has provided expert opinion about sex and relationships for writers and producers of print and broadcast media including Katie, Tyra, The Doctors, the Today Show, Discovery Health, Sirius Satellite Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, LA Times, The Times (UK), The Guardian, The Atlantic, and every major women's and men's magazine including Men's Health, Women's Health, Cosmo, Glamour, Marie Clare, Elle, Men's Fitness, SELF, Shape, InStyle, and Playboy.

When she's not researching, writing about or teaching about sex, Debby enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out at home with her family and her dog.

Customer Reviews

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeana Jorgensen on March 31, 2012
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This is a book that I cannot recommend highly enough, and I plan on buying multiple copies of it as "loaners" that I won't expect to receive back. It is just that good.

Full disclosure: I was already familiar with Dr. Debby Herbenick's work as I write for her blog ( She's been wonderful to work with so I suppose I am already predisposed to like her and her take on things. On the flip side, by engaging with lots of sex education/research, I've learned to be critical of this kind of writing, so if something seems wrong or improperly reasoned through, I'll spot it!

First, this book is very easy to read and accessible. Debby's tone is informal, and the book is very well-written, making it a pleasure to read. At the same time, she carefully (but unobtrusively) cites her sources and lets us know where her facts come from. Debby does a great job of dispelling misinformation and replacing "sex myths" with enlightened opinions and facts. Nothing Debby writes is ever judgmental, which is great because it helps the reader keep an open mind rather than feel defensive about being interested in a particular topic.

The book is well-organized, with chapters on women's and men's anatomy, orgasms, partner sex, sexual health, logistics, and things like fantasies and sex toys. Throughout the book, Debby emphasizes that sex is a normal and healthy part of human life. Even behaviors that may seem abnormal or perverted are often quite common, and can be explored safely and healthily with some simple guidelines (mostly involving communication and consent).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Addis Miller on November 18, 2012
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Pretty informative overall, but was written more for women. Even the parts about men are written with the idea of a woman reading them to share the information with her partner rather than a man reading to learn something about himself. But besides that I repeat it's an informative book none the less.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin Thompson on January 2, 2013
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Mostly stating the obvious, but in a clear and entertaining way and with a wonderfully healthy attitude which is quite erotic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Emond on March 13, 2013
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A real eye opener to the questions that are being asked today by the kids at or pas puberty we thought we had it figured out.
Every up coming generation seems to think sex was never discovered before.
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