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Better sex through mindfulness : how women can cultivate desire / Lori A. Brotto, foreword by Emily Nagoski.
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9781771642354
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Vancouver ; Greystone Books, 2018.
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xiii, 263 pages ; 22 cm
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Psychologist and sex researcher Dr. Lori Brotto offers a groundbreaking approach to improving desire, arousal, and satisfaction inside - and outside - of the bedroom. Brotto provides simple, effective exercises that readers can do on their own to cultivate desire and increase sexual enjoyment. She also explores the various reasons for sexual problems, such as stress and our incessant multitasking, and tells the stories of many of the women she has treated over the years.
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A groundbreaking look at improving desire, arousal, and sexual satisfaction through mindfulness.

Studies show that approximately half of all women experience some kind of sexual difficulty at one point in their lives, with lack of interest in sex being by far the most common--and the most distressing. And when sex suffers, so do all other areas of life.

But it doesn't have to be that way. In Better Sex through Mindfulness, acclaimed psychologist and sex researcher Lori A. Brotto, offers a groundbreaking approach to improving desire, arousal, and satisfaction inside--and outside of--the bedroom. A pioneer in the use of mindfulness for treating sexual difficulties, Brotto has helped hundreds of women cultivate more exciting, fulfilling sexual experiences. In this accessible, relatable book, she explores the various reasons for sexual problems, such as stress and incessant multitasking, and tells the stories of many of the women she has treated over the years. She also provides easy, effective exercises that readers can do on their own to increase desire and sexual enjoyment, whether their goal is to overcome a sexual difficulty or simply givetheir love life a boost.


Author Notes

Lori A. Brotto, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, sex researcher, and Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health. She writes a monthly health column for the Globe and Mail and has been featured in the New York Times, the Walrus, Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast, and many other outlets.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

University of British Columbia researcher and clinical psychologist Brotto's first book written for a non-academic audience provides a career's worth of advice on how the "15 to 31 percent of women experiencing lasting and distressing sexual complaints"-including low desire, satisfaction, and genital pain-can "explore [how] to make sex fabulous and fulfilling again." She begins with a brief history of the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in women, including an overview of the different therapies typically used to treat sexual dysfunction (such as cognitive behavioral therapy and medical interventions). Case histories illustrate the mindfulness-based interventions employed by Brotto's team to help women overcome sexual dysfunction related to factors such as depression, stress, and the negative effects of habitual multitasking. Based on the premise that a satisfying sexual response is not a reflex and that two-way communication between brain and body is essential for sexual response, this guide provides several mindfulness exercises that "have been tested, critiqued, revised, tweaked, and tested again in hundreds of women," as well as a list of resources. Although the book starts slowly, it is a practical and useful reference for readers interested in testing out Brotto's approach of cultivating mindfulness as a therapy for sexual dysfunction. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Sex in a Multitasking Worldp. 13
Chapter 2 Seeking Sexual Ecstasy-From the Couch to the Brain Drugp. 35
Chapter 3 Introducing the Raisinp. 60
Chapter 4 Becoming Aware of Your Bodyp. 88
Chapter 5 "Your Attention, Please!"p. 112
Chapter 6 How Mindfulness Worksp. 137
Chapter 7 If You're Happy and You Know Itp. 155
Chapter 8 It Takes Twop. 177
Chapter 9 Tuning In to Painp. 199
Chapter 10 You Have My Attention-Now What?p. 218
Chapter 11 The Next Chapter of the Present Momentp. 235
Appendix: Where to Find Helpp. 240
Select Bibliographyp. 243
Acknowledgmentsp. 247
Indexp. 251

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