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Pillow Talk: Sensual and Sexual Vitality after 50

Reclaiming Our Power: Rocking Mid-Life Transition

Mid-Life transition is not necessarily associated with feeling empowered in this culture, especially for women. However, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup in "The Wisdom of Menopause," mid-life can be a potent time of change for women--for the better!

On September 18, I will begin teaching a four-part class in which we'll delve into the menopause experience, with an eye to owning this process and time, free from our cultural biases and scripts. Additional classes take place October 23, November 6 and November 20. All classes take place from 6-7:30 pm, at As You Like It: The Pleasure Shop, 1165 W. 11th Avenue.) Cost is: $15 in advance or $20 at the door, or $55 for the series if paid in full before September 18.

Open to women who want to “write their own script” for their menopause experience, I will guide participants through an exploration of menopause issues and concerns, with the intention that each participant will develop her own unique strategy for managing her changing body and sexual responses and expression. Classes will be a dynamic combination of presented information, group discussions, time for personal reflection and small group interactions. While participants are welcome to sign up for individual sessions, participation in all sessions is recommended to build group cohesion and support.

Topics will include libido/desire, lubrication/dryness concerns, managing partner concerns/expectations, hormone replacement pros and cons, the effectiveness of herbal products, handling irritating symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes and feeling unattractive, and more. Participants are asked to bring a notebook for journaling, a sense of humor, and open minds and hearts!

Take charge of your menopause experience and step into empowerment!

Jane Steckbeck is a sexologist and Certified Sex Coach. She lives with her husband of 27 years and two cats. A former lawyer and an accomplished public speaker, Jane is available to speak to groups. A member of Planned Parenthood’s Board of Directors, she has taught senior sex education classes through Planned Parenthood and As You Like It-The Pleasure Shop and recently spoke at AARP’s Vital Aging Conference in Eugene on Empowered Sexuality for Seniors. Jane recently joined the staff of As You Like It-The Pleasure Shop, Eugene’s only eco-conscious sexual wellness center and store. She maintains a second blog, Inspired to Connect, which addresses broader sexuality topics.

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