Rodgers, Whelihan Pen Book On Desire

While flowers, romantic dinners and gifts exchanged on Valentine’s Day may ensure a fun night for many couples, many women seem to lose interest in sex once they’ve been in a relationship for a while. Men often step up their game on holidays or at the beginning of a relationship, which may amplify a woman’s interest, and when that phase ends and day-to-day reality sets in, the excitement can wane.

Intrigued by the elusive nature of desire, gynecologist and Wellington resident Maureen Whelihan and journalist Anne Rodgers surveyed 1,300 local women ages 15 to 97 for their book, Kiss and Tell (, and found out firsthand what women said helped keep the spark going.

Kiss and Tell illuminates the fantasies and realities of women in each decade of their lives. Rodgers and Whelihan break down responses to questions such as, “What are you thinking about during sex?” and “What is the one thing in regard to sex you wish your partner wouldn’t do?”

Whelihan lives in Wellington and is a founding partner of the Center for Sexual Health in Charlotte, N.C. Rodgers, a former writer and editor for the Palm Beach Post and the Austin American-Statesman, lives in West Palm Beach and spent a year conducting the interviews for Kiss and Tell.

ABOVE: Anne Rodgers and Dr. Maureen Whelihan