Sex for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 047004523X

ISBN-13: 9780470045237

Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Ruth K. Westheimer, Pierre A. Lehu, Sabine Walter

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Try new sexual positions The bestselling guide to a rewarding sex life and a deeper relationship Looking for the straight facts on sex? In this friendly, authoritative guide, renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth gives you the latest on everything from oral sex and popular positions to new methods of birth control. She also debunks sex myths and covers new therapies to manage low libido, overcome sexual dysfunction, and enhance pleasure. Praise for Dr. Ruth and Sex For Dummies "Her energy level is higher than that of a charged particle." -People Magazine "Dr. Ruth writes the way she talks - enthusiastically, nonjudgmentally, and informatively. . . ." -Booklist "Her name and the distinctive thrill of her voice have become inextricably linked with the subject of sex." -New York Times Discover how to Enjoy the first time Enhance foreplay and afterplay with your partner Avoid STDs and have safer sex Discuss sex with your kids Navigate cybersex
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List price: $22.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Ruth K. Westheimer, 1928 - Ruth K. Westheimer was born in Germany in 1928, she went to a school in Switzerland at the age of 10, which became an orphanage for most of the German/Jewish students sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. Westheimer immigrated to the U.S. in 1956, where she received her Masters degree in Sociology and her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. She studied human sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Westheimer is a pioneer in "sexual literacy." She has twice been named "College Lecturer of the Year." Westheimer is a Psychosexual Therapist who helped pioneer the field of Media Psychology with her radio program "Sexually Speaking" which began in September, 1980 . "The Dr. Ruth Show," which aired on the Lifetime channel, has been syndicated nationally and internationally.

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Getting Ready for Sex
Doing It
Different Strokes
Having a Healthy Sex Life
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go From Here
Getting Ready for Sex
So You Want to Know More about Sex
What Is Sex, Anyway?
So Why Do We Have It?
Making babies: A natural outcome
Enjoying a sensory experience
Understanding the Ins and Outs of the Sexual Response Cycle
Partnering Up
For love and the long haul
For lust and the fun of it all
Flying solo
Playing It Safe
Adjusting Over Time
Are You Ready to Get Busy?
Tuning the Male Organ
The Penis: Inside and Out
The three sponges (No cleaning involved)
At the head of the class: The glans
Size and sexual performance
Getting erection direction
Grasping the Basics of Your Testicles
Making the descent
Manufacturing hormones
Producing sperm
Why boys wear cups
At risk for testicular cancer
The Prostate Gland
Checking the prostate
Treating the prostate
Demystifying the Female Parts
Making Time for a Grand Tour
Translating All Those Latin Terms
Viva the vulva
The hymen: Symbol of virginity
The vagina: The main thoroughfare
At your cervix
The uterus: It stretches, and stretches, and stretches
The ovaries and fallopian tubes
The "Men" Words: Menstruation and Menopause
Menstruation - "Your monthly visitor"
Menopause - "The change of life"
Breasts: Hanging in There
Feeding babies
Getting sexual pleasure
Checking for breast cancer
Be proud of your breasts
Courtship, Marriage, and Commitment Getting to Yes
Starting Off with Courtship
Finding the right partner: Difficult, yes; impossible, no
Believing in yourself
Taking charge
Moving On to Commitment
Deciding that someone is sex worthy
Becoming friends with benefits
Sealing the Deal: Making Marriage Work
Knowing that love isn't enough
Handling children and commitment
Putting your marriage first
Strengthening your marriage
It's All about Control: Contraception and Sex
Why Use Contraceptives?
Warding off STDs
Preventing the natural outcome
Considering Your Birth Control Options
The Pill and other hormonal methods
The diaphragm, condom, and other barrier methods
Natural family planning
Facing Facts about Birth Control Myths
Douching doesn't prevent pregnancy
One time is all it takes
You can get pregnant without orgasms
Stand-ups don't stop sperm
Pregnancy and periods can mix
Pulling out is no protection
If Your Method Fails
Keeping the baby
Putting the baby up for adoption
Ending the pregnancy early
Making your decision
Growing Up Fast: The Challenges of the Teen Years
Being a Teenager in the Twenty-First Century
Evolving into Adulthood
The physical changes
The psychological changes
Dealing with Common Concerns
Sexual orientation
Peer pressure
Protecting Your Privacy
Don't Stop Here
Doing It
Foreplay: Revving Up Your Engines
Foreplay for Life
Linking the Emotional to the Physical
Setting the Stage
Sending flowers
Thinking ahead
Dressing for success
Dinner for two
Getting Physical
Bestowing a kaleidoscope of kisses
Making the most of massage
Turning up the heat in the hot tub
Pinpointing erogenous zones with body mapping
Switching Gears: Engaging the Genitals
Looking under the hood: Foreplay for her
Checking the dipstick: Foreplay for him
Moving on to the Main Event
Variety Is the Spice of Foreplay
Intercourse: Coming Together for the First Time
What's the Rush?
Making Your First Time Special
Choosing your partner wisely
Avoiding the dangers of demon rum
Giving the green light
Picking protection
Expressing your wishes
The First Time for Women
Breaking the hymen
If you're too tight
What to expect
The First Time for Men
Controlling your erection
Premature ejaculation
Working through the problem
The First Time All Over Again
Changing Positions: Variations on a Theme
The Good Old Missionary Position
Mating face-to-face
Recognizing drawbacks
Varying it up
The Female-Superior Position
Reaching maximum pleasure
Stressing about stamina
A variation to make your head spin
Taking Her from Behind
Gaining a new perspective
You might want kneepads
Experimenting with some alternatives
East Side, West Side, Side by Side
Lap Dancing
The Oceanic Position
Standing Up
Oral Sex: Using Your Mouth
Anal Sex: Handle with Care
Safe Sex: Playing Alone Together
Sex During and After Pregnancy: Orgasms Are Okay, with Changes
Rethinking what you can do
Be prepared for physical changes
Postpartum sex
Going for the Big O
What Is an Orgasm, Anyway?
Experiencing Orgasms: Differences for Men and Women
Men's orgasms: The penis is the star
Women's orgasms: Several paths to the goal
Kegelling is not a new dance
Achieving Orgasm: Let Me Count the Ways
Hitting the G-spot: Stuff of fact or fiction?
Climaxing during intercourse
The simultaneous orgasm
Multiple orgasms
Don't Try - Let It Come. You'll Be Glad You Did
Putting on Your O-Face: Responding to the Orgasmic Experience
The Best Reason to Have an Orgasm
Afterplay: Embracing the Moment
Understanding the Importance of Afterplay
Sharing the Moment
Advice for men: Stay awake
Advice for women: Tell him what you need
The Simplest of Techniques
Spicing Up Your Sex Life
Using Variety to Add Some Va Va Va Voom to Your Sex Life
Making the extra effort
Taking creativity on the road
Expanding Your Toy Chest
Visiting a sex shop
Ordering sexy stuff from a catalog or online
Watching X-rated movies
Different Strokes
Enjoying Oral Sex
Overcoming Your Inhibitions
Leaving Him Breathless: What Men Like
Making Her Toes Curl: What Women Like
Dealing with Some Delicate Details
Tidying up down there
To swallow or not to swallow
But I'm having my period
Avoiding lockjaw, lip languor, tongue tiredness
Assuming the Position
Addressing the Safety Issue
Savoring Solo Play and Fantasy
Exploring the Mythology of Masturbation
Avoiding Too Much of a Good Thing
Masturbation: Good for All Ages
Childhood: Figuring out what's "down there"
Adolescence: Exploring sexuality
Adulthood: Masturbating for many reasons
Masturbation Education
For men: Do-it-yourself techniques
For women: Tickling your own fancy
Fantasy: It's All in Your Head
Stories to get you started
Anything and anyone goes
Sharing your fantasies
A fantasy is a fantasy is a fantasy...
Keeping Up with Cybersex and Other Hot Stuff
Eyes Wide Open: A Word of Caution
Cybersex: Sights for Mature Minds
Computers as sex objects: Turned on all the time
Getting kinky with a keyboard: Chatting online
Off-line viewing
Sex and the Telephone: Aural Sex
Pay to play - 900 or 976 numbers
I just called to say...
Cell phones: Sex on the go
Sex and the Radio: It's All Talk
Sex and Television: A Different Meaning of Boob Tube
Renting films to view alone or together
Starring in your own sex flick
Pulp Nonfiction
Sex with Multiple Partners: Where Do All of These Body Parts Go?
The lure of adultery
Wife swapping, swinging, and group sex
Celebrating Same-Sex Relationships
Considering Sexual Orientation
What determines sexual orientation?
Keeping religion and government out of the bedroom
Behaving responsibly, no matter what orientation you are
Where does bisexuality fit in?
Determining Your Orientation: What Turns You On
Revealing Your Sexual Identity
Living in the closet
Coming out
Outing by others
Finding support
Sexual Practices among Gay Men
Sexual Expression between Lesbians
Marriage between Same-Sex Partners
Conquering the Challenges of Mature Sex
Female Changes: Tackling Menopause
The downside of menopause: vaginal dryness
The upsides of menopause: No periods, no pregnancy
Male Changes: Not All the Same
The spirit is willing, but the penis is weak: Fewer psychogenic erections
Impotency: Don't ignore it; bring it up
A benefit of aging: No more premature ejaculation
The Psychological Bonuses
Thriving Sexually with Illness or Disability
We Are All Sexual Beings
Sex When You're Physically Disabled
Finding a partner
Partnering the person with disabilities
Keeping the relationship alive
Sex After You've Had a Heart Attack
Overcoming fear
It may not all be in your head
What can you do?
Sex When You Have Diabetes
Sex and People Who Are Mentally Disabled or Ill
Sex and People Who Are Living in a Long-Term Care Facility
Uncompromising Compromised Sex
Having a Healthy Sex Life
What You Can Catch and How to Prevent It
STDs: Battle Scars No One Wants after a Night of Sex
Genital warts and HPV
Hepatitis B
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS
Molluscum contagiosum
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Pubic lice
Let's Get Serious
Condoms give good, not great, protection
Have a relationship before you have sex
Don't be a silent partner
Minimize your risks
Erectile Dysfunction and Other Male Sexual Problems
Premature Ejaculation
Defining the dilemma
Does circumcision make a difference?
The age factor
Home remedies
The real cure: Recognizing the premonitory sensation
Is it really that simple?
Going for help
Erectile Dysfunction
The precursor: Loss of instant erection
Dealing with ED in older men
Managing short-term impotence
Monitoring your erections as a clue to your health
Giving Mother Nature a boost
Retarded Ejaculation
Priapism - The Case of the Permanent Erection
The Bent Penis
Lack of Desire
Low Libido and Other Female Sexual Problems
That Elusive Orgasm
Warming up to the idea of orgasms
Handling your own orgasm
I need more: Employing a vibrator
Forging ahead through the flat moment
Filing a missing orgasm report
Playing show-and-tell with your partner
Faking it
Ouch! It's Too Tight in There
When Cleaning the House Sounds Better Than Having Sex
Acknowledging your partner's frustration
Identifying and treating the problem
Every Body Is Attractive
Putting away the scales
Beautiful at any age
Sex After a Mastectomy
Avoiding Sexual Relationship Pitfalls
Making Time for Alone Time
Connecting through meaningful conversations
Scheduling sex dates
Fighting boredom in and out of the bedroom
Making the Most of a Long-Distance Relationship
Dealing with Addictive Behavior: Hooked on Porn
Surfing for a thrill
Deciding if porn is a problem
Stopping destructive habits
Staying Close to Avoid the Empty-Nest Syndrome
Sex and the Law
Sex, Children, and the Law
The age of consent
The legal marriage age
Incest: A violation of trust
Sex education: Spreading the word
Rape: A Growing Concern
The Law and Contraception
The Law against Spreading Diseases
Abortion: A Legal Safeguard
The Law and Homosexuality
Acknowledging homosexuality
Gay marriage
Prostitution: The Case for Legalization
Pornography: Erotic or Obscene
Adultery: Cheating the Law
Teaching Your Children about Sex and Keeping Them Safe
Not Everything Is Dangerous: Teaching Proper Functioning and Etiquette
Allowing children to explore their bodies
No prescription needed to play doctor
Answering Children's Questions
Warning Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse
The Accidental Voyeur
Protecting Your Children from the Media
Protecting Your Children from Cyberporn: Good News and Bad News
Educating your kids
Controlling kids' access
Giving the Speech about Strangers
Personal privacy
Telling kids to tell an adult
Organizing with other parents
That Other Discussion - Sex Ed and the Older Child
Knowing doesn't equal doing
To give or not to give condoms
Other Messages You Don't Want to Send
The Part of Tens
Ten Dumb Things People Believe about Sex
If I Haven't Had Sex by the Time I'm 18, I'm a Loser
The More I Score, the More Pleasure I'll Have
Being a Heterosexual Makes Me Immune to AIDS
The Grass Is Always Greener in the Neighbors' Bedroom
Having Sex Will Make Everything All Right
A Good Lover Must Be an Open Book
I Should Always Compare Sexual Partners
I Can't Become a Better Lover
Lovers Want and Need the Same Things
I'm Too Old to Have Sex
Ten Tips for Safer Sex
Learn to Say No
Limit Your Number of Partners
Don't Rely Solely on Your Instincts
Never Dull Your Senses When You're with Strangers
Discuss Safer Sex in Advance
Use Condoms
Develop a Relationship Before You Have Sex
Don't Engage in Risky Behavior
Don't Forget about the Other STDs
Don't Sell Your Other Options Short
Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew about Sex
Chivalry Isn't Dead Yet
Appearances Count
You Can't Hurry Love
A Clitoris Is Not Just a Small Penis
Women Need to Bask in the Afterglow
Kinky Sex Isn't Sexy Sex
Wandering Eyes Mean Less Sex
Slam-Bam-Thank-You-Ma'am Doesn't Cut the Mustard
Changing Diapers Is Sexy
Just Because You Can't Doesn't Mean You Won't
Ten Things Men Wish Women Knew about Sex
Try Not to Give Mixed Signals
Lack of Sex Really Can Hurt
Sometimes Wasting Electricity Is Okay
Teamwork Is Important
The Playboy Playmate Is Not a Threat
The Day I Stop Looking Is the Day I'm Dead
If You Really Loved Me, You'd...
The Way to a Man's Heart Is Not through His Stomach
To a Man, Sex Is Different than Love
The Older a Man Gets, the More Help He Needs
Ten Tips for Truly Great Lovers
Don't Make Love on Your First Date
Set the Mood as Far in Advance as Possible
Find Out What Your Partner Needs
Protect Yourself and Your Partner
Don't Fall into a Rut
Fix the Potholes of Love
Use Your Sense of Touch
Become a Great Kisser
Satisfy Your Partner Even If You Don't Feel Like Sex
Adjust to Changes Caused by Aging
Step into My Office
Baring All for the Sexual Status Exam
Tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth
Take a number; one at a time, please
Do you need a partner?
I am not a medical doctor: Ruling out physical problems
Accepting that sex is natural
Advancing to psychosexual therapy
Sex Therapists Give the Best Homework
The start-stop method
Sensate focus exercises
Finding a Sex Therapist
Choosing a Sex Therapist
Terrific Resources
Sex Therapy
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexual Orientation
Sexuality and Family Planning
Sexual Toys
Protecting Children
Support Groups
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