Overview

If you’ve tried on your own to solve a problem and used whatever books you thought would help and you still haven’t found a solution, please don’t give up. A book is, in the end, just a book, and often our patients find that they need more help than they can get from any written material. Make sure you see a book as a starting point in your journey toward improving your sex life; it should by no means be the end of the road.

Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self

By Sally Folley, 2011

This guide helps women understand how their bodies work and take charge of their sexuality. The authors interweave candid reflections from diverse women with current, science-based information, exercises, and advice. You’ll find answers to everything from how to have more satisfying sex to questions about body image, anatomy, hormones, relationships, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted infections, and trauma.

Guide to Getting It On

By P. N. Joannides, 2004

This is a (very large) lively, upbeat, book that covers nearly every element of sexuality in a straightforward, plain-talk, humorous way.  It is clearly, aimed at a young, hip audience but nearly everyone would have something to learn from this book.  It is, however, extremely explicit both in its pictures and its text and some may find it offensive.

What Your Mother Never Told You About Sex

By Hilda Hutcherson, 2002

This book is an excellent guide and outline for women in heterosexual relationships. It covers basic anatomy, different forms of sexual pleasuring, and includes ideas to make sex more interesting. It also gives an overview of the typical life stages a woman might experience and the challenges sex may pose during each. While fairly explicit it is understated and more conservative than other sex books.

Real Sex for Real Women

By Laura Berman, 2010

If you would like a book which is heavier on pictures than words and full of short, practical advice, then this might be the book for you. It’s not esoteric and sticks to the basics of heterosexual sex but it gives some good practical suggestions and it could be helpful for a couple to read together, as the pictures are attractive but not pornographic.

Pleasure

By Hilda Hutcherson, 2006

This book is an excellent guide and outline for women in heterosexual relationships. It covers basic anatomy, different forms of sexual pleasuring and includes ideas to make sex more interesting. It also gives an overview of the typical life stages a woman might experience and the challenges sex may pose during each. While fairly explicit it is understated and more conservative than other sex books.