Roughly 40 percent of the female population in the United States is in those middle years when perimenopausal symptoms have already taken hold, or they are in the throes of menopause. Another 15 percent are defined medically as post-menopausal. In other words, the root word menopause sticks around as a descriptor for more than half a woman’s life and it currently is “stuck” to about 65 percent of the female population. That’s 102 million people.
Menopause has long been a branding category used by everyone from physicians to People magazine. A normal human event such as maturing is talked about as a medical condition with warning signs of ill health. But it does come with some natural side effects, and those can cause problems with sexuality and intimacy surrounding it. Here, seasoned author Maryann Karinch tackles the subject head-on through real life stories, interviews with experts in the area, and common sense practices that will help readers enhance both the way their view themselves sexually and how they engage with romantic partners, both physically and emotionally.
Introduction: Why This Book Is for All Women
Chapter 1: Myth versus Reality
Chapter 2: Menopause Head to Toes
Chapter 3: Pros and Cons of HT
Chapter 4: Intimacy and Wellness
Chapter 5: Sexuality: Libido, Motivation, and Culture
Chapter 6: Finding a New Normal'Physical Needs
Chapter 7: Finding a New Normal'Viewpoints
Chapter 8: Applying the Knowledge
Chapter 9: The Force of Lifestyle Changes
Chapter 10: Your Daughter's Menopause
In a direct fashion, Maryann Karinch emphatically invites her readers to seek sexual intimacy and pleasure in our mature years because we deserve it.-á She then presents useful research, information and actions we can take to remove the road-blocks to intimacy encountered due to aging and menopause. Her well-thought-out approach covers diverse topics, from physical challenges to lifestyle choices, clearly making the case that it is worth investing our time and energy and opens many avenues to increased pleasure for all.
Maryann Karinch is the author of 30 books, including Sex and Cancer: Intimacy, Love, and Romance after Diagnosis and Treatment with Saketh Guntupali (Rowman, 2017). Maryann has teamed up with seven doctors, two interrogators, a former CIA operative, and several other experts to produce some of the books in her list. She is an ACE- (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer. Among the international media outlets that have covered Maryann’s human behavior work are: ABC News; Boston Globe; Christian Science Monitor; Dallas Morning News; Fast Company; Huffington Post; Washington Post; New York Daily News; NPR; and others.