Monthly Archives: February 2018

Hormone Replacement Therapy: An Update from Science News



I received this note from the Society for Science & The Public on the topic of Hormone Replacement Therapy:

Hormone Replacement Therapy and how it impacts women’s bodies during menopause has been a longstanding debate. This week, Science News, features a piece called “Menopause Heats Up informing audiences about the biological workings of menopause and a discussion of the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy.

In this article, Science News cites a number of reputable organizations that stress the benefits of hormone replacement therapy on the surge of hot flashes that present during menopause, but ultimately suggests treatment is a unique personal decision for all women.

The article’s author, Aimee Cunningham, is the biomedical writer at Science News. She has a degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University.

Me again: The article is clearly written and helps dispel some of the incorrect assumptions made after the release of the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative study. (My gynecologist called the day the study came out “A Black Friday for women’s menopausal health.”)

Do read Menopause Heats Up” to learn more about the pros and cons of HRT. So many women decide against HRT without really understanding the facts.

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Love Worth Making: A Book Review and Giveaway



Announcing Love Worth Making (St. Martin’s Press; February 13, 2018) by Dr. Stephen Snyder, a sex and couples therapist and psychiatrist featured on NBC’s Today, GlamourNewsweek, and Cosmopolitan.  Talk about a fun read! My favorite takeaway is that sex shouldn’t be difficult. Who knew? If sex feels like a chore or a hurdle, work to change things up. Adjust. Adapt. Chill. Relax. Dr. Synder tells you how. 

Here’s the scoop on the book in the words of the publisher:

For couples in long-term, committed relationships, a satisfying sex life can be elusive. Sex advice is plentiful, but it overwhelmingly focuses on techniques to spice up your sex life and make things “new” and “exciting.” What if, however, this advice fundamentally misunderstands the sexual needs of men and women in committed relationships?

In Love Worth Making, Dr. Stephen Snyder explains how a great sex life is possible when we connect deeply with our sexual feelings. A sex therapist with 25 years of experience, Dr. Snyder offers a game-changing approach to good sex in this lively and informative book.

Research from the Kinsey Institute suggests that 25% of American women in heterosexual relationships are markedly distressed about their sex lives. Love Worth Making uses stories from Dr. Snyder’s practice to illustrate how to make significant and lasting changes to your sex life. He also integrates the latest research on human sexuality in easily understandable terms. Dr. Snyder’s guidance will allow couples to understand and embrace their sexual feelings in order to have the best sex of their lives.

Like Mating in Captivity, Love Worth Making is destined to become a defining book on sexuality for couples of all ages and backgrounds.

 Giveaway: The publisher is offering a copy of Love Worth Making to one lucky Friend for the Ride winner. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by March 5. Thanks!

About the Author: Stephen Synder, M.D, is a sex and couples therapist, psychiatrist, and writer in New York City. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City, and chairman of the Consumer Book Award Committee for the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). He has treated patients at his practice for 25 years, is a guest on major media outlets nationwide, and writes for Psychology Today and Huffington Post. He lives with his wife and children in New York City.

Author Photo Credit: Michael Benabib

The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Forty-one!


From Diane, comes the best ladies room view ever! Diane snapped this gorgeous picture in Revello, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast. 

Here’s the unisex door at Volume, a fun beer and record store (yes, records!) that just opened up in a restored old building in Hillsborough.

From Susan, Halloween doors at the IHOP in Chantilly, Virginia.

From Beth, Parallel 38 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The ladies room door:

AND, the heated toilet.

From Claire, Della Rosa’s Local Tavern in Bel Air, Maryland. The young woman on the door is Sallie Utz, the Utz Potato Chip Girl. Fellow Marylanders will recognize Maryland’s lovely flag in her hair bow.


The door for gentlemen features Natty Boh, the National Bohemian Beer mascot.

This one comes from Candace, who writes she found the door “somewhere in DC:”

Kathy took this at the Five Happiness Restaurant in San Francisco.

These huge letters grace the bathroom doors at Three Notch Brewery in Charlottesville, Virginia. We spent Thanksgiving there with daughter Kath and family.


From Jennifer, the sign by the First Ladies dresses at the Smithsonian. It made her think of the blog! Thanks, Jennifer. Wouldn’t this make a fun door for a ladies room in DC? What should the men’s room say?

There you have it. From Ancient Greece to Washington D.C., this wraps up another edition of Friend for the Ride’s ladies room door series. Thank you one and all!

Fiera: Help for Low Libido (and a Giveaway)



Here’s information from the makers of Fiera:

Fiera is the first of its kind, hands-free, personal care device for women that enhances physical arousal and interest in sex. Fiera was created with OB-GYNs and has multiple scientific studies showing it works. Fiera helps women who have changing levels of arousal, interest, and vaginal dryness, enter a sexual experience with enhanced levels of excitement and interest.

Fiera uses gentle suction and light stimulation to enhance blood flow and increase lubrication in advance of sex, in as little as 5 minutes.

Fiera is now available with and without a remote control to give you the fullest flexibility in choosing the experience that is right for you.

Note: Fiera is not a replacement for a vibrator as it is designed specifically to spark genital arousal and sexual interest.

Dr. Leah Millheiser, MD Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/GYN and Director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University, writes: “Women can now warm up, before jumping right in. As we age, give birth and enter menopause, our hormone, estrogen and testosterone levels shift, causing up to three-quarters of women between the ages of 45 and 58—to experience a drop in libido and challenge arousal due to less sensitivity and blood flow to our lady parts. Don’t give up. Remember, we don’t give up reading when our eyesight gets worse, we get a pair of reading glasses.  Women can compensate by taking more time, energy, and attention to awaken or re-awaken lost sensations.”

Here’s the Fiera website, with lots more information.

Giveaway: The makers of Fiera are offering a device to one Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, enter a comment by February 20 or email me at the address on the right. Thanks!