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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! And this second edition has an expanded resource section for even more spark.
144-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.
Joan Vernikos is the retired Director of Life Sciences for NASA, where she studied the stress on astronauts during space launches and under zero gravity. As she studied stress in a scientific context, she also experienced it personally, raising children, pursuing a career, caring for family members, and navigating decisions about retirement. She recognizes, too, that stress can be a positive force: The same chemical reactions can energize us for achieving the unexpected.
A definition of stress provides a foundation of understanding. The book goes on to offer many practical tactics and strategies for diffusing, avoiding, and managing stress. There are breathing techniques you can immediately put into practice, and suggestions for things you might think through now to avoid predictable stress in the future.
Anyone who's feeling stress, or has a growing awareness of the number of changes and challenges we as women face at midlife and beyond.
The MiddlesexMD team met Joan Vernikos when Dr. Barb interviewed her for the podcast, The Fullness of Midlife, on the importance of physical movement throughout our days. When we learned she'd published a new book on stress, we knew we should add it to our shop.
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.
This is the book Dr. Barb hopes every woman (and every health care provider who serves women) will read. It explains the role of estrogen in women's health, and debunks false narratives that have emerged over the past several decades. Hear an interview with the authors, Dr. Carol Tavris and Dr. Avrum Bluming, on our podcast, The Fullness of Midlife.
Dr. Barb found this book to be clear and compelling, and very helpful in outlining the risks and benefits--based on scientific evidence--that will help every woman be an informed advocate for her own health.
320-page hardcover book
Anyone investigating health through menopause and beyond, especially if she's received conflicting advice about hormone therapy or has particular concern about heart, bone, or cognitive health. Which, Dr. Barb would say, means "Anyone!"
Dr. Barb and the MiddlesexMD team receive books for review periodically. Some are interesting, some are forgettable, but Dr. Barb found this one absolutely galvanizing.
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!
Of course it includes authoritative answers to each, to provide 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
Consider this book for a comprehensive reference and practical advice about sexual problems and health.
We met Dr. Krychman through Dr. Barb's practitioner network, and found we have so much in common we asked him to join our medical advisory board!
Represents both patients' and doctors' views
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