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About the Author

Dr. Theresa L. Crenshaw is the founder of the Crenshaw Clinic, one of the largest treatment centers for sexual dysfunction in the country. A past president of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, Crenshaw is considered one of America's foremost pioneers in sexual medicine. She lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671004441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671004446
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really liked this book. I found it informative, well written and easy to read. The information it presented about our hormonal makeup was fascinating. This book has good information about our different sexual hormones and the ways they influence our thinking, actions and relationships from birth to old age. It certainly helped me to understand how the complex interaction of sexual chemicals within our bodies affects our lives in so many different ways. This book is really packed with great information. I found it especially helpful in understanding the "chemical bonding" that happens between two people. It also has great information about Estrogens and Progesterones and their use in Hormone Replacement Therapy. I would recommend it for adults of all ages, who are looking to understand their bodies, but as a menopausal women I found it especially insightful. I loved it so much I bought 5 copies to share with family members and friends and I've told numerous people about this book.
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The insight of how the range of hormones effects the F/M relationship was wonderful! Hormones is what makes love happen...It explains how these hormones control our thought, how we perform, and the part they play in our associations from birth on up. This book also gives information about Progesterone's and Estrogens and the use of these in Hormone Replacement Therapy. It helps you see and understand the actual chemical bonding which happens between F/M.
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This is generally a good book but it is good as a reference book on hormones far more than as a relationship book. If you want a list of each hormone, and then some, it is here and so is the behavior connected with each hormone and each combination of hormones. But in the end it does not even pretend to tell you what to do. It stops far short of being actionable probably because the author is a medical doctor rather than a psychologist or philosopher. Books like the Mars/Venus book and The 91% Factor: Why women Initiate 91% of Divorce pick up on how you deal with the behavior caused by hormones.
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This book is easy to read and explains in layman's terms the effects of hormones on sexuality and emotions. For people that are noticing hormonal changes in their bodies it can be explanative. For me personally it leaves a lot of unaswered questions relating to my sexual an d physical health, and has compelled me to seek professional guidance. I have tried to find the Crenshaw Clinic that is mentioned in the book but have been unable to do so and now I'm trying via the webb site. I bought the book for friends and for my boss. Any help in finding the clinic would be appreciated.
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very interesting and knowledgeble book ! It does explain so much, that I intuitively came to the conclusion without having a real facts on how much our hormones influence our lives, both men and women
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This is another excellent book on understanding the psyche of men and women. I chose this book for the simple reason that Michele Langley (Women's Infidelity vol 1 & 2) used 'Alchemy' many times as a reference source. Together, both books provide incredible insight into understanding the complex psyche of the female. With this knowledge, a marriage has a good chance of surviving, ……without it, very little hope.
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Do you want to know what makes men and woman tick?, how they work on the inside?, what chemistry really is? - then look no further. This book is extremely revealing in that ive learnt that even an intimate cuddle can produce a chemical called oxytocin. And thats not all your learn. You will learn much more than a few buzz words in this book, what they are, how they are generated by the body and affected by external elements too - I highly recommend it to anyone that is even the slightest curious about all those feel good chemicals that our bodies produce during cuddling, menopause and even orgasm - its all in here. I found this an excellent book and companion resource for my NLP and psychology study.
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Very impressed with this book, especially compared to the others on the market covering this general subject. The roles of the various hormones in male/female relationships was especially valuable and insightful. Best of all, the author would sometimes tell you what science doesn't know! How humble and honest. Her acknowledged speculations were also fascinating. Might just save your relationship. Another reviewer criticized it for not being a "relationship" book. They missed the point that hormones make a "relationship" - otherwise its just a room mate situation. Remember the saying "Love conquers all." ? Hormones make love happen and love helps us overcome the certain frictions in a "relationship". Too bad that most of her prescriptions require a prescription and hence an MD.
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