This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Explain when a book recommendation might be helpful to a patient
2. List 3 books would be appropriate to recommend to patients
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Sema4, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from Dec 31 2017 through Dec 31 2020, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
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Some women struggling with sexual concerns may inquire about book recommendations on the topic. It is important to first determine if a referral to a sex therapist is warranted, especially if the problem seems complex or longstanding. In these instances, consultation with a sex therapist is the preferred first step. However, for more general questions, such as a woman who wants to know more about sex, or feels uninformed or confused, a book recommendation can be extremely helpful.
Listed below are books that are basic, but informative. It is suggested that you review these books prior to recommending them to patients, so that you can determine which may be most appropriate for each patient.
Paul Joannides (Author), Daerick Gross Sr. (Illustrator)
While this book is not clinical, there is a reason it’s in its 8th edition. Its nearly 1000 pages are easily accessible, with cartoons, direct language and illustrations. However, the content may be too blunt or even shocking for certain patients, so consider that when recommending it. If that is not a concern it is one of the most basic, comprehensive, and informative book available on sex.
Sallie Foley MSW, Sally A. Kope MSW, Dennis P. Sugrue PhD
This book, authored by therapists, is aimed at empowering women to take charge of their sexuality by understanding their bodies and sexual response. Topics addressed include everything from how to have satisfying sex to questions about body image, anatomy, hormones, relationships, sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases, and trauma.
Hilda Hutcherson, MD
This book, authored by an OB-GYN physician, is written in the tone of a friend. Dr. Hutcherson addresses issues including discovering physical pleasure, communicating with a partner, basic sexual positions, the quest for female orgasms, and how to communicate with your daughter about sexuality.
Emily Nagoski, PhD
This is the newest book in the genre and incorporates some elements of neuroscience to explain how women function sexually. It is clear, supportive and informative and focuses a great deal on reassuring the average reader that she is normal. It may be particularly appropriate for the younger patient.
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