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.
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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.