OB/GYN to discuss book on libido

By Diane Y. Welch


For many women who struggle with the demands that a professional and family life bring, sexual health can be low on the priority list. With less time and less energy, intimacy with a loving partner often gets placed last.

With advice that can help women take back control of their love lives, local gynecologist Diana E. Hoppe, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. will discuss her new book, “Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You: What Your Libido Reveals About Your Life” (Health Reflections Press, $15.95), 10:30 a.m. to noon June 26 at Earth Song Books, 1440 Camino del Mar.

“A woman’s libido is a reflection of her overall health, and a healthy sex drive not only indicates a well-balanced life, but intimacy also has significant health benefits,” Hoppe said.

She has scientific data in the book to back up her claims.

“Studies show that it can increase longevity, boost the immune system, alleviate stress and improve brain health — a healthy libido equals a healthy you!”

The book is geared to women ages 20-70. Chapters offer tips with case studies that can help women shift their priorities, enabling them to place their overall well-being first. There is an explanation about the role hormones and the brain play in sexual health, and even how certain foods can affect libido.

Hoppe, with more than 20 years of experience, is in private practice in Encinitas. As co-founder of Pacific Coast Women’s Health Inc. she has treated thousands of women, and as Medical Director/Principal Investigator of Pacific Coast Research Center she has conducted international clinical research trials in the field of menopause, perimenopause and libido.

Her book took almost four years to complete.

“My hope is to inspire women to live the fullest, most invigorating life possible,” she said.

She plans to produce a male version of the book.

“Guys keep asking me, ‘When are you going to write something like this for us?’ ”

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