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Sex For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-04523-7
432 pages
November 2006
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Try new sexual positions

The bestselling guide to a rewarding sex life and a deeper relationship

Looking for the straight facts on sex? In this friendly, authoritative guide, renowned sex therapist Dr. Ruth gives you the latest on everything from oral sex and popular positions to new methods of birth control. She also debunks sex myths and covers new therapies to manage low libido, overcome sexual dysfunction, and enhance pleasure.

Praise for Dr. Ruth and Sex For Dummies

"Her energy level is higher than that of a charged particle."
–People Magazine

"Dr. Ruth writes the way she talks – enthusiastically, nonjudgmentally, and informatively. . . ."

"Her name and the distinctive thrill of her voice have become inextricably linked with the subject of sex."
–New York Times

Discover how to

  • Enjoy the first time
  • Enhance foreplay and afterplay with your partner
  • Avoid STDs and have safer sex
  • Discuss sex with your kids
  • Navigate cybersex
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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Ready for Sex.

Chapter 1: So You Want to Know More about Sex.

Chapter 2: Tuning the Male Organ.

Chapter 3: Demystifying the Female Parts.

Chapter 4: Courtship, Marriage, and Commitment: Getting to Yes.

Chapter 5: It’s All about Control: Contraception and Sex.

Chapter 6: Growing Up Fast: The Challenges of the Teen Years.

Part II: Doing It.

Chapter 7: Foreplay: Revving Up Your Engines.

Chapter 8: Intercourse: Coming Together for the First Time.

Chapter 9: Changing Positions: Variations on a Theme.

Chapter 10: Going for the Big O.

Chapter 11: Afterplay: Embracing the Moment.

Chapter 12: Spicing Up Your Sex Life.

Part III: Different Strokes.

Chapter 13: Enjoying Oral Sex.

Chapter 14: Savoring Solo Play and Fantasy.

Chapter 15: Keeping Up with Cybersex and Other Hot Stuff.

Chapter 16: Celebrating Same-Sex Relationships.

Chapter 17: Conquering the Challenges of Mature Sex.

Chapter 18: Thriving Sexually with Illness or Disability.

Part IV: Having A Healthy Sex Life.

Chapter 19: What You Can Catch and How to Prevent It.

Chapter 20: Erectile Dysfunction and Other Male Sexual Problems.

Chapter 21: Low Libido and Other Female Sexual Problems.

Chapter 22: Avoiding Sexual Relationship Pitfalls.

Chapter 23: Sex and the Law.

Chapter 24: Teaching Your Children about Sex and Keeping Them Safe.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Ten Dumb Things People Believe about Sex.

Chapter 26: Ten Tips for Safer Sex.

Chapter 27: Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew about Sex.

Chapter 28: Ten Things Men Wish Women Knew about Sex.

Chapter 29: Ten Tips for Truly Great Lovers.

Appendix A: Step into My Office.

Appendix B: Terrific Resource.


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Author Information

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is the author of 31 books, and she teaches at Yale University and Princeton University. Pierre A. Lehu has worked with Dr. Ruth for decades as publicist, writer, and friend.

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