Some books about sex, bodies, and intimacy are a little hard to sit through. They can be dry, clinical, embarrassing, or slanted in a way that doesn’t work for us. That’s why we set out to discover 5 page-turning books that will help you better connect with your sexual & intimate health and well-being.
Come As You Are: Revised and Updated: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life - Emily Nogalski, Ph.D.
Emily is a sex educator and former researcher at the Kinsey Institute. She set out on a mission to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies. Come As You Are is a ground-breaking book that explores the ways we experience pleasure. Emily dives deep into our sexuality in an approachable, nonjudgmental, and sometimes humorous way. Her data-driven, science-backed approach to orgasms will change the way you think about sex for the better.
Vagina: A Re-Education - Lynn Enright
Lynn Enright is an Irish journalist who writes about feminism and women’s health. Vagina: a Re-Education, is part-memoir, part-guide is a practical relearning about women’s bodies — sifting through all the myths and misinformation passed down to us for generations. This book is a must-read for anyone, whether they have a vulva or not. It unpacks taboos around women’s bodies and sexuality while providing an all-encompassing education about vaginal wellness, the hymen, the clitoris, and the orgasm.
Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters--And How to Get It - Laurie Mintz
Sex therapist and psychology professor Laurie Mintz understands a thing or two about female stimulation — and she knows mainstream media taught us to think about sex in the wrong way. This book leaves no stone unturned when it comes to helping to improve sexual function for women. From an entire anatomy lesson on the clitoris to revealing the gap between male and female pleasure, Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters, is an illuminating read on women’s pleasure is one to pass along to your partner.
The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine - Dr. Jen Gunter
We admit much of the information out there about our bodies is confusing. When you turn to Google to find out answers to your most embarrassing questions, what turns up is enough to make your head spin. Dr. Gunter, OB/GYN, and women’s health advocate quiets all the internet noise in her book. She answers the most common questions women have about their intimate health in a practice, science-backed manner. No matter your age, you’re in good hands with Dr. Gunter and The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina - Separating the Myth from the Medicine.
Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship - Stephen Snyder, M.D.
Dr. Stephen Snyder is a sex and relationship therapist who helps people think about sex in an entirely new, emotionally-focused way. In a world where we have more access to sex than ever, people are not enjoying sex as much as they should. Dr. Snyder helps long-term couples connect in a way that overcomes many erotic challenges couples face after being together for a long time. In his book, Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship, he packs the work he’s done with 1,500 couples, along with 30 years of research into a relatable, actionable book that will support couples’ journeys out of a sexual stalemate and into a new appreciation for each other.These books are a great starting point to learn more about your own sexual wellbeing, but if you’re interested in learning more, Joylux’s blog is a great resource for topics related to intimate health.