"i waited, feeling flatter and flatter
. . . seeking out alternative methods to try to pick up my energies and revitalize my turned-off body. "
"My relationship with myself had been pretty dependable since I was a girl.
"The doctor said, impatiently, "I can't possibly justify recommending hormones because you want to masturbate. If a man had consulted this endocrinologist with the complaint that he had been accustomed to enjoying his libido, both with and without a partner, and was suffering sexual deadness, could he possibly have received such a response?
"I am a physician, a psychiatrist, and a woman.
"I was embarrassed, and then angry -- for myself and for all of us who struggle to get the help we need in matters we would prefer to keep private. And I knew that I would not quit until I was satisfied that I had done what I could to take care of myself.
"That was one of the reasons I had gone to medical school in the first place."