Michael Krychman, a long-time advisor and friend to MiddlesexMD, partnered with Alyssa Dweck to write The Sexual Spark: 20 Essential Exercises to Reignite the Passion. Both are doctors who specialize in aspects of sexual health.
The book opens with all of the ways in which sex is good for us, an excellent reminder when continued intimacy may take some effort. It goes on to outline activities for couples, encouraging fresh perspective, experimentation, playfulness, and communication. If you read only one chapter a month, we suspect you'll experience more pleasure and intimacy with your partner!
134-page paperback book
Manufacturer: Dr. Michael Krychman
If you're in a long-term relationship and have found the passion to be flagging, if you're in a new relationship and are interested in learning about each other, or if the discomforts of menopause have begun to challenge your interest in sex, you'll find this book helpful.
Why We Chose It
The MiddlesexMD team has relied on Dr. Michael Krychman for a number of years as a medical advisor. We know he shares our mission to encourage and equip women (and their partners) to remain sexually vital for just as long as they choose.
The book explores the history of aphrodisiacs and offers a guide for pairing dishes with relationship stage, time of day, and season of the year. It also includes recipes for massage oils, bath oils, and salt scrubs. Full-color photographs throughout reinforce the relationship between food and sensuality.
208-page hardcover book
"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves," Hanh maintains, and this book contains stories and exercises to show how meditation works in everyday life.
160-page paperback book
Choose this book to be introduced to mindfulness meditation to help you overcome stress, depression, or other ways in which your mind is getting in the way.
We find Hanh's writing to be simple, direct, and easy to understand. Many of our friends who've come to meditation on various paths have this book on their shelves.
These note cards by Holland, Michigan, artist Carolyn Stich celebrate everyday sisterhood. Carolyn is an artist, photographer, and children's book illustrator, as well as a mother of two. The 5x7 cards can be framed or used for correspondence; the envelopes use standard postage. Two sets are available: The Girls in Summer shows scenes of the beach, bicycling, and golfing; The Girls on the Town includes shopping, eating, and drinking.
Manufacturer: Carolyn Stich
She Comes First speaks to both beginners and more seasoned lovers, grounded in the author’s candor about his own bout with sexual dysfunction. “Straightforward, intimate, and exuberant.”
240-page paperback book
Our medical advisory team, which includes therapists as well as MDs, unanimously recommended it, and when we looked into it, we found that MiddlesexMD friend Joan Price also recommends that women buy it for their partners.
Authors Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever make the case for why traveling together is an important part of sustaining romance in our lives. Along with solid travel advice, the book offers ways to negotiate with your partner about vacation plans.
416-page paperback book
Pick up this book if you're looking for ways to sustain or rekindle intimacy in your relationship (or set a new one off on a solid trajectory), or if you'd like inspiration for getting out of your comfort zone.
We saw a review in the AARP magazine and knew it would be just right for women who are taking action to sustain or improve their relationships.
Frommer's is a trusted travel advisor.
This helpful guide includes suggestions for dealing with skin changes, hot flashes, dizziness, mood swings, migraines, low libido, and poor memory.
368-page paperback book
Choose this book if you're troubled by any symptoms tied to hormonal changes and would like to learn more and address them through changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
Dr. Barb often recommends this book to patients facing mental fog and mood swings attributable to changing hormone levels.
Written in a witty, insightful, and readable voice, Passionista can increase confidence and inspire exploration between partners.
224-page paperback book
You’ll appreciate this book if you’d like to feel more confident (or inspired) in intimacy with your partner, or if you’re opening or deepening a conversation with your partner about what works for him.
Our medical advisory team, which includes therapists as well as MDs, unanimously recommended it, and we know that women’s knowledge and confidence about their partners’ satisfaction plays a role in their own.
This well-researched, indispensable guide is filled with tips and advice from experts for both men and women, as well as stories from everyday people.
386-page paperback book
Anyone interested in sustaining—or rediscovering—sexual activity, especially if she “didn’t learn much” while younger or wants to overcome sexual trauma or neglect.
Joan Price is a long-time friend of MiddlesexMD. We share a belief in the value of straight information and in the importance of maintaining our sexuality as a part of a healthy and complete life.
On this CD set, he introduces the ways that becoming mindful of our breathing can reduce stress and improve health. Mindfulness for Beginners includes five guided meditations for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as well as information to help develop practices to help you work wisely and compassionately with stress, pain, illness, and sorrow, as well as joy and pleasure.
Two audio CDs run 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Robinson challenges often-held assumptions about the role of sexuality in an accessible way, including personal experiences, science, and insights from around the world. "A refreshing, practical approach to sexuality."
416-page paperback book
Choose this book if you’re interested in the role of sexuality in our relationships, or if you're working to understand or reset expectations with your partner.
We like the author's very practical approach. Not only will you understand what's rewarding for us and why, but you'll know how to change your own relationship dynamics.
Topics include body image, exercise, relationships, re-entering the dating world, and accommodating the physical changes that come with menopause. True to its subtitle, the book contains straight talk, in a conversational tone that's easy to read. The stories and quotes from women like us make it easier to resist stereotypes of older women as sexless!
It presents the most common questions women—and their partners—pose, with authoritative answers to each. This book provides the information you need to take charge of your sexual health and your relationships, including practical information about lifestyle, medication, and therapy.
211-page paperback book
100 Questions & Answers About Life After Breast Cancer: Sensuality, Sexuality, Intimacy was written to provide authoritative answers for women and their partners. The authors, Michael Krychman, Susan Kellogg, and Sandra Finestone, are female sexuality and breast cancer physicians. The book offers encouragement and reassurance to those struggling with the physical and emotional repercussions of this disease.
230-page paperback book
Manufacturer: Dr. Michael Krychman
Choose this book if you, a partner, or a friend are rebuilding a sense of sensual self and relationships after breast cancer.
We know that while breast cancer can occur much earlier, it's more common among us midlife women. Two of the authors also have served on the MiddlesexMD medical advisory board, so we know we share an interest in helping women maintain sexuality for life.
An invaluable guide for women and their partners