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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470643358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470643358
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to have a happy and healthy sex life, having a good understanding of your own body and making the most of your visits to your doctor's office are vitally important. Celebrated sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer teams up with prominent gynecologist Dr. Amos Grunebaum in this comprehensive and accessible guide to women's sexual health.

Combining the latest medical information from Dr. Amos with Dr. Ruth's reassuring and refreshingly candid style, this book gives you everything you need to take charge of your health. You'll learn all you ever wanted to know about your vagina and reproductive organs as well as your menstrual cycle. You'll find clear discussions of issues related to every stage of a woman's life, from planning or avoiding pregnancy to perimenopause and menopause. You'll learn what can go wrong—including sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, endometriosis, and other conditions—and what to do about it. And you'll discover simple ways to spice up your sex life and enhance your sexual pleasure with your partner.

For many women, visits to the gynecologist can cause anxiety or embarrassment, so Dr. Ruth and Dr. Amos relieve the worry by explaining every step of a routine pelvic examination and Pap test. They show you how to partner with your doctor by being an active participant in your health care and treatment. You'll find out how to talk to your gynecologist, how to prepare for your appointment, and what questions to ask about what concerns you, whether it's about a puzzling symptom, diagnosis, or sexual matter. Throughout the book, stories from Dr. Amos's practice clearly show how you can safeguard and improve your health and your sex life by knowing about your body and communicating with your doctor effectively.

No matter what your age or living situation, Sexually Speaking is an invaluable, practical reference you will turn to for wise guidance.

From the Back Cover

The Ultimate Women's Guide to Sexual Health

"Dr. Ruth writes the way she talks—enthusiastically, nonjudgmentally, and informatively."
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"[Dr. Ruth's] manner is down-to-earth and reassuring . . . . She tries to make people feel better, value themselves, and trust their instincts."
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Celebrated sex expert and therapist Dr. Ruth and top gynecologist Dr. Amos Grunebaum join forces to cover everything you've ever wanted to know about women's sexual health, from finding a gynecologist to planning or avoiding a pregnancy to having a happy sex life at any age. You will discover:

  • How to have a satisfying, healthy sex life at any age—including the Top Ten Ways Your Gynecologist Can Help Your Sex Life

  • A complete road map to your sexual anatomy, menstrual cycle, and hormones

  • What every woman should know about STDs, fibroids, and vaginal and other cancers

  • Important advice on how to communicate with your gynecologist and make the most of your office visits

  • How to plan or avoid pregnancy, how to stay healthy during pregnancy, and essential information about perimenopause and menopause

  • Advice about enhancing your sexual pleasure


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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Sada on March 11, 2014
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I was impressed with the manner Ruth Westheimer broke up the book in the chapters. And each chapter had a clinical example on good and bad cases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N.J. PYCHA on March 7, 2014
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Dr. Ruth's book is coauthored with a leading gynecologist. Between the two of them they give excellent advice on what to be concerned about for women's sexual health.
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By Jess on September 6, 2013
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I already knew the facts. I thought it was going to go into detail, but it didn't. It only talked about it generally. I had already learned this in health education class in high school.
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This book seems aimed more at people who are not comfortable with their body or sexuality at all. I only read the first quarter before putting it down as it was not the book I was hoping for. However, I think it would be good for someone who is ready to explore their bodies and learn about themselves sexually.

UPDATE: As per a good suggestion from a concerned fellow reader, I went back and took stock of some of the other chapters. I read through a couple that had titles that appealed to me. The book continues to be a good source of information for people who are just learning about their bodies, no matter their age. There is a lot of good information in this book, even though it wasn't necessarily what I was looking for. I've changed my rating to reflect this.
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