7 Sexual Secrets Every Man Needs to Know About Women

Most of the men and women I work with as a therapist are worn down by the “battle of the sexes.” They would both like to settle into a comfortable, loving, and sexually satisfying relationship. One of the big blocks for men is accepting female sexuality. “Why isn’t she more interested in sex?” “Why does she get so upset when I look at other women? I’m just “looking!” “Why isn’t she more interested in experimenting sexually?” This ight help.

Male and female sexuality may have more to do with our brain chemistry and hormones than many would like to think. Louann Brizendine is a neuropsychiatrist who is helping women (and men) understand the secrets of male and female sexuality. This is a good thing for everyone.

Here’s what Dr. Brizendine said in a recent interview with Dr. Oz.

"The female brain is a "fabulous learning machine" that governs a woman's life from birth to birthing and beyond, says Dr. Louann Brizendine, a neuropsychiatrist and author of The Female Brain.

"Dr. Oz talks with Dr. Brizendine about what makes the female brain unique, as well as some of the fascinating changes that occur in the brain over the course of a woman's life. Here are just a few of her recent findings:

"Birth of the female brain

  • Up until eight weeks, every brain is female. In males, a huge testosterone surge hits and kills cells off in the communication center, and grows more cells in the sex and aggression centers.
  • In females, huge amounts of estrogen spur brain growth and enhance circuits and centers for observation, communication, gut feelings and caring.

"The teen girl brain

  • During puberty, a girl's primary purpose (from a biological standpoint) is to become sexually desirable and attractive.
  • Girls speak two to three times more words per day than boys do and they also talk faster. Connecting through talking activates the pleasure centers in a girl's brain, Dr. Brizendine says

"The mommy brain

The brain shrinks during pregnancy—it does not lose cells but changes metabolism and restructures. Then in the final one to two weeks, the brain begins to increase in size again and construct maternal circuits. It does not return to its former size until about six months after giving birth. "We don't know what it's doing but we think it has something to do with redeveloping the mommy brain's circuits, but also maybe even letting the fetus 'snack' on the mommy's brain," Dr. Brizendine says.

"The mature female brain

  • The "mommy brain" unplugs.
  • Menopause means the end of the hormones that have boosted communication circuits, emotion circuits, the drive to tend and care, and the urge to avoid conflict at all costs.
  • More than 65 percent of divorces after the age of 50 are initiated by women. Dr. Brizendine attributes this to something called "post-menopausal zest." "They want their turn, they want to go and do stuff that they're passionate about and step out in a more independent way—they don't want to be taking care of everybody else," she says.

"Sex and emotions

  • Female sexual turn-on begins with a brain turn-off: Orgasms can only be triggered when the amygdala (the fear and anxiety center) is turned off. "It requires turning off the worrywart circuits in the female brain to have an orgasm," Dr. Brizendine explains.
  • For women, foreplay is everything that happens in the 24 hours before intercourse. "She needs to feel comfortable and loving towards her partner and everything in the relationship is alright, so you're reducing that amygdala's activation that something is dangerous or fearful," Dr. Brizendine says.
  • Women have evolved to cry four times more easily than men. "The silent treatment is not a way, women, to get his attention," Dr. Brizendine says. "Crying is a way to get his attention that something is wrong and upsetting you."

For guys that wonder why women aren’t more interested sexually, he has to learn some things about how her brain works. Remember, for millions of years any time a woman engaged in sex, she was putting her life at risk. Pregnancy was dangerous and she could die, and often did die, in child birth.

Despite modern birth-control methods, a woman’s brain is still telling her to be careful. “Be sure you are safe and secure.” Women also have a tendency to ruminate more than men. They have a difficult time turning off the fear centers in the brain.

So, if you want a woman to be more playful and sexually provocative, give her the cuddling, care, and emotional connection she needs to feel safe.

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©2010 Jed Diamond

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Jed Diamond is the internationally best-selling author of eight books including Male Menopause, now translated into 17 foreign languages. Other books include Looking for Love in All the Wrong Place, The Irritable Male Syndrome: Managing. The 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression and his latest book Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome. For over 45 years he has been a leader in the field of men's health. He is a member of the International Scientific Board of the World Congress on Men’s Health and has been on the Board of Advisors of the Men’s Health Network since its founding in 1992. His work has been featured in major newspapers throughout the United States including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. He has been featured on more than 1,000 radio and T.V. programs including The View with Barbara Walters, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, CBS, NBC, and Fox News, To Tell the Truth, Extra, Leeza, Geraldo, and Joan Rivers. He also did a nationally televised special on Male Menopause for PBS. To receive a Free E-book on Men’s Health and a free subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go to . If you are looking for an expert counselor to help with relationship issues, contact Jed at E-Mail.

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