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What Sexual Health Information Can I Find In Your Book? - Sue Goldstein (VIDEO)

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What sexual health information can I find in your book, When Sex Isn't Good? Sue Goldstein is the program coordinator for San Diego Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital and co-authored the book When Sex Isn't Good, a collection of stories of women with sexual dysfunction.

Sue Goldstein:
I think that When Sex Isn’t Good is a wonderful resource for women that actually could be shared with your providers. The first half of the book has stories of women with different kinds of sexual dysfunctions who have gone through different experiences seeking help, from a woman who was put on birth control pills as she went through menopause which instead of making her better actually doubled her problem, to a woman who had never had an orgasm in her life, to a woman who had what is called persistent sexual arousal syndrome where she essentially was aroused all the time even though she had no interest in sex. To someone like me who simply lost their ability to be aroused and reach orgasm as I went through menopause, the stories are women of all different ages with different problems so that the reader can identify with the woman and learn from the woman.

The second half of the book is basically different problems that can affect your sexual health and a discussion of different therapies, all written in a way that is understandable. Each one is supported by references in the literature; that means that have been written by researchers and then each of those actually has a few sentences explaining why that particular paper has been chosen to support that information.

At the very end of the book, we actually have illustrations so that a woman, instead of going to her doctor can say, "You know, it hurts down there." You can say, "It hurts in my vestibular area," or when the doctor talks to her and uses doctor’s speak, the woman can go home and look it up in the glossary of terms. We have a complete glossary of terms in the back of the book. We want to make the reader educated because the educated patient is the empowered patient. You should not be afraid to ask questions. But if you are or if you want to go in feeling like you know what you are talking about because you do not want your doctor being another one of those doctors saying, go home and take a vacation. You want to go in and say you know what, Doctor, I read about the different therapies, I know there is something you can help me with, and if you do not want to help me I am going to find another doctor who will. So if you want to be educated, this website and this book are both powerful tools to help you, the patient.

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