by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
- Changes in libido
- What is ecstasy?
- It’s OK to masturbate
- Many ways to reach orgasm
Welcome to Sexology 101
This is our ongoing article series devoted to sexual health. Our goal is to provide answers to your questions with information about libido, masturbation, partner issues, orgasm, and more. Women to Women celebrates the idea that satisfying sexual activity can be an integral, health-enhancing element of every woman’s life at every age.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM WOMEN TO WOMEN: the following article is an honest discussion about women’s sexual health that includes adult themes and vocabulary. If you would rather choose an alternate topic, please explore our other women’s health articles.
Meet Barbara Carrellas!
Barbara is an author, sex educator, university lecturer, sex/life coach, motivational speaker, and theater artist. Her most recent books are Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century and Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure. She is the founder of Urban Tantra® which she describes as “a way to bring people together to explore the vast range of sexual, spiritual and emotional possibilities open to all of us.”
When I was a girl moving with my family from Australia to the United States, I fretted about America’s wild and uninhibited reputation with respect to sex. But now, years later as a healthcare practitioner, I spend many hours helping women in this country reclaim and honor their sexual selves.
I see many women struggling to overcome their preconceived, cultural notions about sex, and it seems clear that our society still doesn’t promote the idea that sex is normal and healthy for women and girls. And we certainly aren’t taught that it can be a fun, creative aspect of total wellness!
So I had a conversation with my friend and colleague, Barbara Carrellas, a sex expert and facilitator. Through her workshops, lectures, and coaching, Barbara encourages women to set off on their own “life-changing adventures in the infinite realms of sex and spirit.”
Changes in libido — remind yourself what you love about sex.
Too many patients tell me their sex lives are nonexistent, or that their libidos are long lost. Worse, some say they have no hope — or desire — of rediscovering the joy, satisfaction, and stress relief that sexual activity provides. A woman in perimenopause or menopause may say to me, “I used to be interested in sex. But my libido has gone somewhere.”