If your vagina isn’t happy, chances are, neither are you. When Naomi Wolf suddenly finds that sex—though still physically pleasurable—has begun to leave her emotionally flat, she sets out to fathom the relationship between female sexuality and life satisfaction. The result is Vagina (HarperCollins), Wolf’s latest investigation of the female experience. Her interviews with doctors, scientists and therapists reveal that the pelvic nerve, which originates in the lower back and has many pathways, is in constant contact with the brain, allowing it to stoke and regulate dopamine and other transmitters of pleasure and positive thinking. When neglect or injury disrupts that crucial nerve-brain connection, a woman’s self-esteem may suffer. Wolf is in top form as she explores the implications of this relationship and prescribes behaviors and practices that will make lovemaking better and women more creative, adventurous and fulfilled.
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