5 Minutes for Books:
Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You

by Guest Contributor

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.

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1 Laura April 19, 2010 at 12:05 am

This book sounds interesting…


2 Angel April 19, 2010 at 12:10 am

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


3 Allison April 19, 2010 at 12:17 am

I would love to read this book. I’m curious to see what it has to say.


4 Stacy April 19, 2010 at 2:44 am

I’d like to read this.


5 DeDe Smith April 19, 2010 at 3:45 am

I really feel the need for this book at this time in my life. Thanks for the opportunity.


6 Wendy April 19, 2010 at 7:33 am

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.


7 Jennifer April 19, 2010 at 7:47 am

Speaks directly to my struggle right now.


8 Teri April 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

This book sounds like something I would enjoy reading. thanks for sharing.


9 Cassidy April 19, 2010 at 8:12 am

I am interested to see what this book has to say. I could benefit from reading this.


10 Samantha April 19, 2010 at 8:37 am

I would love to read this…so would my husband!


11 Michele April 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

This really does sound like an interesting book. I’m also curious about what it has to say.


12 Julia April 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

Sounds like a helpful resource.


13 mary margeson April 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

Would love to give this one a read!


14 Jeannette April 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

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.


15 Janel April 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

I SO need this book – not to get too personal! ha!


16 LT April 19, 2010 at 11:24 am

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!


17 Liz April 19, 2010 at 11:25 am

Definately an interesting title!


18 Joni April 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

I think this could be a very helpful and informative book for me. Thanks!


19 Amber C April 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Sounds like a very interesting read! I’ll have to add it to my list.


20 Kristi D April 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm

At 40 something, I could sure use this book – sounds like some great information!


21 Christine April 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm

As a mom to 2 little ones 3 and under I think this would be a good read for me!


22 Krista April 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

no details, this would be great! ;)


23 Linda Kish April 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I would like to read this book.

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24 Mads Mom April 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm

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.


25 Benita April 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Please count me in.



26 Petula April 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Sounds like an extremely helpful and interesting book. I would really like to read a copy.


27 Jenn of the Roof April 20, 2010 at 6:55 am

I think I may be picking this up…winning or not!


28 Jeannine M April 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

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?


29 Barb S. April 20, 2010 at 10:40 am

Going through perimenopause right now, and I know that I would find this book quite helpful!!!


30 Marisa April 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!


31 Christina Weignd April 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Wow I really could have used this book nine years ago and now having gone nine years without could still really use it. I may pick it up even if I don’t win it.


32 Alison S. April 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

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.


33 dancealert April 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I’m going through menopause I think the book could be helpful!


34 Melissa April 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I would love a chance at winning this book!


35 Sara April 21, 2010 at 1:03 am

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!}


36 Dena April 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

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!


37 Jacki April 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm

This sounds like a very interesting and helpful book. Would love a chance to read it.


38 Linda M April 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

This books sounds helpful. Any tips are appreciated.


39 Bailey April 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I think a lot more people want/need this book than want to admit. But I admit…this would be helpful right now.



40 Daniel M April 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

looks like a helpful one


41 racergirl1313 April 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I’d like to read this.


42 Lynette April 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Thanks for the chance to win this book


43 Gerrie S April 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

All I am going to say is that I REALLY would love to own this book!! I need it…nuff said!!


44 Rebecca April 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I could really use this book right about now.


45 Mozi Esmes Mommy April 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

This looks like great, useful information!

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46 Upstatemomof3 April 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I would absolutely read that. :)


47 Jen April 27, 2010 at 12:09 am

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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