Sexual Health

Understanding intimacy and sexuality

Popular culture sometimes misinforms us on the subject of sexual intimacy. Explore these resources for help understanding yourself and your relationship. 



Sexual Health Guide
Global Internet Radio Technologies
Apple App Store (FREE)
Android Market (FREE)

This app lets you explore the world of sexual health giving information and advice on how to be sexually healthy. A range of topics are covered which include Positive Sexual Heath, protection and contraception, information on STIs, FAQ’s, myths about sex, details of where to go for support and testing, useful videos and current news on sexual health.



Explore Women's Sex
Brightfire Press
Apple App Store (FREE/$2.99)

An interactive app that makes it easy to learn about the different parts of a woman’s clitoral anatomy and how they are involved in her sexual arousal. Find out how this information can improve the way you have sex with a woman. Ideal for men and women, regardless of age or background, who want to understand women’s sexuality. Learn about a woman’s sexual anatomy in private. Become a better lover without having to embarrass yourself. Created and written by Dr Vivienne Cass, an experienced clinical psychologist and sexual therapist, author of ‘The Elusive Orgasm’ and a number of academic publications.



Coping With Premature Ejaculation: How to Overcome PE, Please Your Partner & Have Great Sex 
Barry W. McCarthy PhD (Author), Michael E. Metz PhD (Author)
ISBN: 978-1572243408

It is estimated that 30 million American men have problems with premature ejaculation. This book contains the latest, scientifically-based, multidimensional methods for overcoming all types of premature ejaculation and includes a complete relapse prevention program.

Explore a multidimensional, bio-psychological approach to dealing with this problem and strengthening your sexual relationship. Explode the myths of male sexual performance and analyze male sexual desire. Learn about the different types of premature ejaculation and use assessment exercises to find out which you suffer from. Then, follow one of the structured, symptom-specific treatment strategies based on psychological, relational, and physiological techniques. Find out ways to prevent relapse. Enhance and improve your overall sexual relationship. Designed as a resource for couples, this book is a powerful tool for creating support and positive change in your relationship.


Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self 
Sallie Foley MSW, Sally A. Kope MSW, Dennis P. Sugrue Phd
ISBN: 978-1609184698

When it comes to matters of sex, women today are trapped in a reality gap portrayed by the media as confident and fulfilled; yet struggling in everyday life with sexual myths, self-doubt, and “embarrassing” questions. Now women can find the answers they need to take charge of their sexuality both in and outside of the bedroom. This book presents solid, science-based information on the topics that everyone is talking about and those that aren’t talked about enough, from how to have more satisfying sex, to questions about hormones, anatomy, STDs, body image, relationships, sexual orientation, and more. Also included are thought-provoking exercises for self-discovery and sexual growth. The book concludes with an extensive listing of suggested books, websites, and organizations. For readers of all ages, this essential reference provides up-to-date advice on the many ways that sex matters in women’s lives. [FOR PROFESSIONAL USE, ADD: It will also serve as a useful text in advanced undergraduate and graduate-level human sexuality courses.



Men’s Sexual Health: Fitness for Satisfying Sex 
Barry W. McCarthy, Michael E. Metz
ISBN: 978-0415956383

Men’s Sexual Health is a breakthrough book about vital and satisfying male sexuality. It presents a new model of male and couple sexuality, which establishes positive, realistic expectations of pleasure and satisfaction, as opposed to the self-defeating traditional demand for perfect intercourse performance.

Men and couples who adopt this approach will enjoy sexuality throughout the lifespan. The authors introduce the new “smart thinking,” focused on an integration of mind and body, which confronts the myths and misunderstandings which limit male sexual growth. The book will help men and women understand how to pursue sexual and relational health, overcome sexual problems, with the goal of greater acceptance and satisfaction.

The book advocates for positive, realistic Good-Enough Sex which will significantly enhance male and couple sexual satisfaction.



Enduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy 
Michael E. Metz, Barry W. McCarthy
ISBN: 978-0415878302

Winner of the 2011 AASECT Book Award!

Co-authors of Men’s Sexual Health, Michael Metz and Barry McCarthy have come together to inspire and motivate readers in their newest book, Enduring Desire. Real-life examples and clear, helpful individual and couple exercises allow readers to reach for realistic and high quality sexual satisfaction as a couple. Throughout the book, the authors promote positive, realistic sexual expectations without commercialism and the hyped, exotic promises that only set people up for disappointment. The message is down-to-earth and full of joy for all couples from their 20s to their 80s. The authors advocate the variable, flexible “Good Enough Sex” (GES) model, which validates the inherent variability and flexibility of couple sexuality and examines the biopsychosocial, multidimensional, and comprehensive roles, functions and meanings of couple sexuality.



Guide to Getting It On! A Book About the Wonders of Sex 
Paul Joannides, Gröss Daerick Sr.
ISBN: 978-1885535757

There is no better how-to book on sex. Anywhere. We can say this with pride, because the book is that good. With six new chapters, 24 new illustrations and more than 4,500 updates and changes, this 7th edition of the category-leading Guide to Getting It On continues to earn its place as America’s most up-to-date and informative book about sex.

AWARDS THE GUIDE HAS WON: American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists Book Award; Ben Franklin Book Award; Firecracker Alternative Book Award; Best Heterosexual Book Award; Best Book Award; and American Foundation for Gender & Genital Medicine Book Award.



Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want from Sex—and How to Get It 
Marty Klein
ISBN: 978-0062026071

Enjoyable sex: it’s not about technique or a perfect body or being hopelessly, passionately in love. It’s about Sexual Intelligence.

In his three decades of working with couples and individuals as a sex therapist and marriage counselor, Dr. Marty Klein has continually seen that although most people say what they want from sex is pleasure and closeness, that’s not what they focus on during sex. Instead, we’re preoccupied with how we look, what our partner is thinking, how we’re performing, and whether we’re “normal.” We do more thinking, worrying, and judging than experiencing. Sex like that can’t thrill us, can’t create intimacy, and can’t, well, feel sexy.

In Sexual Intelligence, Klein shows how to stop observing ourselves during sex, ending our obsession with sexual performance and sexual normality. “I don’t help people ‘function’ better during sex,” he says. “I teach people how to relax and enjoy sex with the body they have, the partner they have, in the situation they have.” Now that’s something we all want: fulfilling, exciting sex at every stage of our lives.

In Sexual Intelligence, Klein challenges our understanding of sex, love, intimacy, romance, and satisfaction. After all, sex isn’t just an activity. Change the way you think about sex, and you can change your sex life—forever.



The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition 
Wendy Maltz
ISBN: 978-0062130730

This widely esteemed, comprehensive guide helps survivors of sexual abuse heal from the past, improve relationships, and discover the joys of sexual intimacy. Wendy Maltz sensitively takes readers step-by-step through the recovery process, integrating expert advice with groundbreaking exercises, proven techniques, and first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing.


Web Links Kinsey Institute

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Centers for Disease Control

Sexual Health Center for Disease Control


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