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Wanting Sex Again: How to Rediscover Your Desire and Heal a Sexless Marriage Paperback – December 4, 2012

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“For married couples facing dilemmas of desire, Laurie Watson offers a blueprint for growing more personally conscious, trusting each other more, and reconnecting with the realm of sensual and sexual pleasure.”—Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT, author of The Return of Desire: Rediscovering Your Sexual Passion


"I have read many books on this common problem. Rarely does one come along that's as good as Wanting Sex Again. This book is beyond helpful. It works on so many different levels that I would recommend it for anyone in a long term relationship whether they are having desire problems or not. I can't recommend it highly enough." —Paul Joannides, PsyD, author of Guide to Getting It On

 “This book challenges women to not passively accept low desire but rather to identify possible barriers preventing them from experiencing their innate femininity with all its mysterious pleasure.”  —Deborah C. Neel, PhD, Licensed Psychologist/Certified Sex Therapist

“Low libido is a difficult, bedeviling problem for many women and couples. Laurie Watson has helped many women recover lost libido, and her book will help many more. Two thumbs up!”—Michael Castleman, author of Great Sex

“Laurie Watson has a gift for relating to women.” —Julie R. McQueen, CHES, Oncology Patient Navigator, Duke Cancer Center, Raleigh

“A valuable therapeutic resource…” —Carol Casper Figuers, PT, EdD, Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

“Laurie Watson has a wonderful method… Her warmth, caring and passion for what she does really shines through.” —Ingrid Harm-Ernandes PT, WCS, BCIA-PMDB, Orthopedic/Women’s Health Specialties, Duke Hospital

“This insightful book is a compass that guides women back to their lost libido. Laurie’s message, rich in experience, inspires us to reconnect with our partners and ourselves.”—Polly Watson, MD, FACOG, NCMP, Boylen Healthcare, Raleigh

About the Author

Laurie Watson is a sex therapist certified by the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and a licensed couple’s therapist. She writes the “Married and Still Doing It” blog in Psychology Today’s online magazine, and frequently lectures at Duke University Medical School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and East Carolina University. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Libido expert, Laurie Watson, LMFT, LPC, AASECT certified sex therapist has counseled thousands of couples with low libido in sexless marriages. During a recent appearance on Katie!, she explained how 40 million American women are indeed struggling with low libido which greatly affects their happiness and relationships. Helping women to have sexual desire again, have more erotic sex and deeper intimacy with their partners has been the focus of her practice. Laurie is a blogger for Psychology Today at Married and Still Doing It. She offers couple's sexual communication weekends, weekend intensives for private therapy for those out-of-town and Skype consultation.

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on September 8, 2013
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I'm struggling to come up with the right words to explain how highly I recommend this book. I struggle because sex is such a sensitive topic, and I don't want to write even one word that would dissuade anyone who sees my review from reading (and, therefore, benefiting from) this absolutely marvelous book. I highly recommend it to all wives, regardless of whether they struggle with low libido. I also recommend it to any husband who sincerely desires to better understand his wife's sexual response.

I write this review as a conservative Christian. Over the past few years, I've been critical of the conservative Christian marriage literature. I'm past the anger, but I haven't changed my negative assessment of the literature's treatment of sex in marriage. Conservative Christian authors simply don't write about female sexuality with the same specificity with which they address male sexuality. It may not be the authors' intent, but what results is an imbalance in the authors' counsel. Although not targeted to my tribe, Laurie Watson's book provides what is missing in my corner of the world.

Yet, in saying that the author addresses female sexuality with specificity, I worry that I do the book a disservice. Husbands are not ignored. Far from it! Throughout, the book sounds a beautiful call to mutuality and eroticism. The preferences of each spouse are understood and balanced. In fact, in each of the vignettes, the ability of the author to advocate for both spouses is a hallmark of the book and a testimony to the depth of her understanding, maturity, and compassion.

To make her points, Laurie Watson draws on 20 years of experience as a sex therapist. The result is a book that is a superb example of narrative nonfiction writing.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MomofTwo on January 2, 2013
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This book is a must-read, not just for couples currently having problems in the bedroom, but for anyone who wants to make their marriage a top priority. It's candid and practical - written in a way that makes you feel like you're paying big bucks to talk with a therapist. The author points out how important sex is to long-term relationships, and she offers real-world solutions to help make it meaningful and satisfying no matter what stage of life you're in. Highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Ann Carter on December 9, 2012
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Gets it so right! The examples and solutions offered give so much hope and clarity. Great book and really easy to read-- down-to-earth with no babble. Let's have great relationships and great sex!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on January 1, 2013
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This book is not something that I would typically pick up to read as one of my first choices but I thought I would give it a look. I am intrigued on learning on how to help improve myself and my relationship all the time. Not to say that I have a bad relationship with my husband but there is always room for improvement. Besides, I think of these types of books as not only self help books but as my own private sessions with a psychologist without the huge doctor bill and appointment waiting time.

I found this book well written. It was insightful and had helpful tips. It was written in a way that the "regular" person could understand without feeling stupid trying to figure out the meanings. What I liked about this book as the examples or the couples featured in this book and the different situations were very relatable. At the end of the chapters is a "Help Yourself" section. It lists a few questions for discussion or just to thin about for yourself. Another thing nice about this book is that it is geared towards both men and women. It helps to give view points from both sides as we all know you can't know the true story unless you know both sides of it. Also, after reading this book you will realize that you are more normal then you thought. This book is worth the money. I would pick up a copy and keep it by your bedside. After reading this book, if it does not help you in the bedroom, then you might have other problems.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Woolsey on January 12, 2013
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There were a number of things I liked about this book. I liked the format; it was an easy engaging read from start to finish. Each chapter also stood well alone, allowing for efficient perusal of specific content. However, it would be hard to pick just one chapter to read. Wanting Sex Again covered a wide variety of relevant subject matter in a way that was comprehensive, thoughtful and very practical. The glimpses into the bedrooms of other folk were candid enough to be quite helpful, without a hint of salaciousness.

Laurie Watson is a master at capturing snapshots of relational dynamics, and using them to challenge and inspire little steps toward change ... and big ones too. It's not a "one size fits all" approach, but one that very much empowered me to better define and create the relationship I want to have. The hope she offers is not false. She presents a way of relating that will capitalize on the goodwill you have toward your partner (even if it's not much :-)) and authentically downsize the obstacles to intimacy (even if they seem quite large).

In the same way she captures the interplay of the various factors that shape our belief systems and behaviours. She does it in a way that invites being attentive to the influence of our family of origin, the feedback of our partner, and yet still true to our own heart's desires. This is a book for anyone who values significant insight and momentum toward lasting change.

Expect that both men and women will find this book appealing as it has a well balanced, respectful, and empathetic voice. Engaging just a few of its many thoughtful queries and creative ideas could be enough to keep most folk out of the counselor's office and at home enjoying intimacy.

My only criticism would be the title, as this is not just a book for those wanting to want sex again, but definitely for anyone interested in great sex period.
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