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I'm Not in the Mood: What Every Woman Should Know About Improving Her Libido Paperback – October 20, 1999
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"Libido maintenance is complicated," admits Judith Reichman, M.D., the frank "hormone maven" you've seen on PBS, The Today Show, and Oprah!. Few physicians are able to help or are comfortable helping women whose dwindling sexual urge interferes with sexual pleasure, intimacy, and expression of affection. I'm Not in the Mood examines the medical reasons for the loss of libido as women age. Reichman concludes that although estrogen replacement makes sexual activity more comfortable and pleasurable, it has no effect on sexual desire, whereas testosterone does. "From an ovarian point of view, many of us are testosterone-deprived, if not downright deficient," asserts Reichman. Testosterone deficiency can result in diminished desire and arousability, insensitivity of the clitoris and nipples, and difficulty reaching orgasm. She discusses the "good news" about and "dark side" of taking testosterone.
Reichman wisely avoids blaming testosterone deficiency for every sexual woe, however. She describes "Seven Sexual Saboteurs": psychological concerns, couple trouble, medications, disease, surgery, pain, and a partner with erectile difficulties. For each, she explains the problem and her recommended solution. She discusses (and, generally, dismisses) other products that are used or advertised as libido enhancers and gives advice about how to talk to your partner and to a sex therapist. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Real-life vignettes, understandable medical information, and humor make this important book on women's sexuality a winner."Ten StupidThings Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives and The Ten Commandments""I wish I had this book three years ago. Finally, a medical book that you can understand and that gives you answers then and there. . . . Dr. Reichman speaks franklly and with humor.It's like she's talking to you.-- Cristina Ferrare, talk show host
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There are a more than a few good things about the book: a section entitled 'who's doing it - and not doing it' which covers the demographics of sexual behavior; Reichman's extensive discussions of how hormones work (or don't), alternatives to HRT; the ways in which certain meds, diseases, and medical treatments might affect desire; and the resources and recommended readings.
All that said - I was put off by Reichman's (sometimes) dismissive attitudes and comments about men, and her sophomoric attempts at humor:
"the same male hormones that convert little boys (and politicians) into sexually driven beings"
"my first scientific documentation that the hearts of men are ruled by their...)."
"I guess if the plumbing works, these men will want to use it."
etc. etc. etc.
Because, after all, that's what you need in a book for women who don't want to have sex, isn't it? Comments and attitudes which trivialize, objectify, and ridicule men. Right?
There are also swipes at conservatives and Republicans (note: the two are not necessarily interchangeable), and comments which may offend her more religious readers ("God didn't invent it, the pharmaceutical companies did").
She is at her best when she drops the 'aren't I droll?' routine and writes clearly and in great detail about that which she clearly knows - the science and practice of medicine.
Sexual incompatibility desire between men and women IMO is the #1 battle of the sexes problem and it increases dramatically as women age. With post menopause women the problem escalates. Viagra for men has caused many a divorce.
Hormone therapy can't be done indefinitely because of cancer. Lubricants can help vaginal dryness, but after sex an older woman will probably experience urinary urgency. No amout of foreplay solves the the problem of an atrophying vagina. How is a woman supposed to enjoy sex when she has no libido and sex creates post sex misery.
When everything is ok, women may like sex. When a man has sex, everything is ok. One egg a month vs 200 million sperm a day. The whole design screams for polygamy, but that's only legal in the bible. Medical science has a big challenge.
The European solution has historically been a mistress. There seems no solution in the US at this time. The design is greatly flawed. It's amazing the divorce rate is only a scant 50%. This situation is just one of hundreds of reasons intelligent design is nonsense.
"JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE?" -Growing Up A Baptist Fundamentalist-
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