Many women are less than satisfied with their sex lives. But how can they improve the situation?
Research about female sexuality is surprisingly scarce, but both biological and psychological factors can play an important role in women’s sexual satisfaction. Some women may be upset about a lack of libido, while others may be quite disturbed that their partners don’t share their level of desire. Medications, including common ones such as antidepressants or birth control pills, can affect sexual interest and performance.
Guests: Jennifer Berman, MD, is a urologist and co-founder of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her books, co-authored with Laura Berman, PhD, are For Women Only: A Revolutionary Guide to Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction and Reclaiming Your Sex Life, and Secrets of the Sexually Satisfied Woman: Ten Keys to Unlocking Ultimate Pleasure.
Anita Clayton, MD, is David C. Wilson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She is consulting editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine and for the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Her book is Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Dr. Clayton consults for several pharmaceutical firms and receives grants from BioSante, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Brain Resource Limited, Pfizer, Inc. and Repligen Corporation.