5 Minutes for Books:
Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You

Ever have a book title catch your eye, leaving you instantly intrigued? Well, Dr. Diana Hoppe’s new book, Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You: What Your Libido Reveals About Your Life, most definitely fell into this category for me. As a happily married woman with three children and never enough time in the day for my to do list, I would be lying if I said that my love life hasn’t felt the negative effects of the responsibilities and stresses of daily life. But, without getting into the nitty gritty details, I can say that I definitely benefited from Dr. Hoppe’s accessible and informative offering.

With a female audience in mind, Dr. Hoppe makes a connection between a woman’s libido and her overall health, supporting the book’s eye-catching title. In addition to some basic suggestions for a healthy lifestyle in terms of diet, physical exercise and stress reduction, the author, an OB/GYN and medical researcher, also provides information about the roles that self-esteem, medications, health conditions, and communication all play in a woman’s level of sex drive. As a 30-something year old, I really appreciated the comprehensive descriptions of the typical phases of women’s libidos as they pass from the child-bearing years through perimenopause and menopause itself.

Honestly, the best content of this book is undoubtedly the references to the differences in male and female brains– I hadn’t given much thought to how differences in communication and multitasking could have such a significant effect on sexual health and libido. I truly appreciate when my nonfiction selections affirm my own observations and experiences!

While we as women may not always be comfortable discussing sexual health questions or concerns, reading a book that informs us, answers common questions and offers suggestions to benefit our overall health is certainly a welcomed opportunity. Dr. Diana Hoppe’s Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You is just that book, and I’ve already pulled it off the shelf during conversations with more than one girlfriend!

Now, don’t feel the need to get too personal in the comments section, but if you do leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win one of three copies of this easy-to-read and useful woman’s health book. One comment, and US and Canada residents only, please.

We’ll announce the winner in the May 3 5 Minutes for Books column.

The winner of the Readable Classics book is #25 Erin Pyle.

Book giveaways still open:

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

Dawn’s book reviews tend not to reveal the personal details of her life, unlike the craziness on display at her blog, my thoughts exactly.


  1. says

    This definitely sounds like something I would read. As a 40 year old hitting her peak I need all the info I can get on getting my groove back with hubby… accckkkk

  2. Wendy says

    I alwasy find it interesting when books say that woman are embarassed or shy about this subject. I have found in my life and my choice of males around me that the roles are reversed and I am more bold where they are much more timid. I would be very interested in reading this book.

  3. says

    Sounds like something I could use. I am only 25 but after that last pregnancy my libido has all but disappeared. I know it’s hormonal, but a book that can explain in a bit more detail would be great. I am far too young to be having sex drive issues. Personally I think 50 is too young for that. :0) It really is paramount to your physical and emotional health.

  4. says

    I would love to read this one! As a 40 Year old mom, of 2 kids under 6 it sounds as it will be very helpful.
    Thanks for the chance!

  5. says

    I would love to share this with my husband, if nothing but to site other examples of why women in general have bouts of low libido. Too bad its written by a woman, he’ll never buy it. Sorry, needed to get my rant in. I for one would like to read this.

  6. Jeannine M says

    This sounds like a book I must read!!! “Our Bodies, Ourselves” is a good book to learn about various health issues pertaining to women. I also have a book on periomenopause that’s on my reading list. I think a healthy sex life is vital….as I see it, sex=life!!! Like that old saying: “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”!

    I have my fingers & toes crossed, hoping that I’m one of the winners of this book. Not only would I read it and put it to good use; but I’d be sharing it with alot of friends I know are in desperate need of learning a thing or two!

    I’m 42 now, and have noticed how my libido has changed over the years of my life. Don’t get me wrong; I love sex, and want it very much (too much, I’ve been told over the years); however, now facing the onset of menopause, I’m wondering which way I should be looking at that hill: up or down?

  7. Alison S. says

    Recently my mom’s group at church had a guest speaker (an older woman in her 70s!) who teaches a class with her husband on Song of Solomon. She talked about how important sex is to a marriage (even in your 70s & 80s! lol). Needless to say is was a very interesting talk! :) Since that session I’ve been more in tune to making my husband and marriage a priority even when the rest of my life feels swamped with stuff to do. This books looks like it would be a good one to add to my reading list even if I didn’t win it. Thanks for your review.

  8. says

    As a mother of two under the age of 3, I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from! I’d love to read this book to find out what my husband is thinking! {hehe!}

  9. Dena says

    This book sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for to help me get myself and the intimate part of my marriage back on track! I’ll definitely be looking this one up!

  10. Jen says

    After a friend of mine recently went through a very trying time in her marriage, I have become more aware of my role as a wife pertaining to my husband’s greatest need. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!


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