We, the authors, are passionate about the need for education in sexual medicine, both as women and as patients currently being treated for sexual dysfunction. We know that people learn from the lives of other people, so we have chosen to write and compile a collection of stories about real women who have struggled with symptoms of sexual dysfunction, and who have found solutions for their sexual health concerns. The identities of the women have been disguised but we attempted to maintain their individuality.

Lillian Arleque is a nationally known motivational speaker, educator and consultant. Providing trailblazing and humorous keynote addresses, seminars and workshops for business, academia and the medical community, Dr. Arleque leaves her “pioneering spirit” on the lives of her audience participants. In addition to speaking, Dr. Arleque is a leadership coach, helping men and women regain control of their professional lives, and author of a chapter in Women’s Sexual Function and Dysfunction, the first textbook on women’s sexual health.

Dr. Arleque earned her doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts. She has had more than twenty-four years of teaching experience and fifteen years of speaking experience, and more recently has co-chaired and been a speaker at sexual medicine education seminars. Dr. Goldstein has used Dr. Arleque as a patient resource on numerous occasions. Dr. Arleque decided to take her knowledge to the next level by co-authoring her first book. In this way she is fulfilling her dream, as well as providing a valuable service.

Sue W. Goldstein worked in an endocrinology laboratory after graduating from Brown University. After taking time off to raise her children, she reentered the work force in her first love, education. After several years working as a technical writer in the field of sexual medicine, Ms. Goldstein was named coordinator of education and development for sexual medicine at a local medical school. Her responsibilities included planning patient, medical student, and physician education programs, as well as writing quarterly sexual medicine newsletters. She co-chaired several sexual medicine seminars for the public with Dr. Arleque. Ms. Goldstein was also responsible for, and continues to act as, Webmaster for a sexual medicine information Web site.

Ms. Goldstein is editorial assistant for The Journal of Sexual Medicine. She is Online Services Chair for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and an honorary member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine. In addition to authoring a chapter in Women’s Sexual Function and Dysfunction, Ms. Goldstein served as an associate editor of this textbook that recently received an award of Highly Commended by the Royal Society of Medicine.

The book’s medical consultant, Dr. Irwin Goldstein, has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970’s. His interests include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women. He has authored more than 325 publications in the field of sexual dysfunction, with 20 consecutive years of funding by the National Institutes of Health in this area. Dr. Goldstein is currently Editor-in Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the official journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine and its regional affiliate societies.

Dr. Goldstein holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University, with an honors thesis in biomedical engineering. In 1975, he graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Goldstein was on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine for 25 years where he was professor of urology and gynecology. He was founder and director of the Institute for Sexual Medicine at BUSM. He is secretary of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, past president of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and a member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, the International Academy of Sex Research, the American Urological Association and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.