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  • Romantic Side Effects to Birth Control – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep 36!

    What are the romantic side effects of hormonal birth control? Goes Deeper We often talk about the physical side effects of hormonal birth control methods (i.e. the pill, the IUD, the patch, the shot, the ring…) like weight gain, acne, cramping, spotting, headaches, and so on. But we rarely talk about how the emotional side effects of these hormones can affect relationships. Turns out, hormonal birth control may have an influence on mate preference and relationship outcomes, so we spoke to Dr Patrick Jern who has studied these effects extensively! Dr. Patrick Jern is currently an associate professor of applied

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  • Coming Out in America – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep 35!

    How has coming out changed in America? Goes Deeper Coming out as gay and bisexual has changed over the years, but there is also another layer to coming out and that is coming out as HIV-positive. Due to modern advancements in medicine, an HIV-positive status no longer implies a death sentence, so coming out becomes more complex. This week, we spoke to Dr Christian Grov on the studies he has conducted about coming out in America. Dr. Christian Grov is a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Science. His research centers on the sexual health of sexual

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  • Keeping the Spark Alive – The Science Of Sex Podcast Ep. 34!

    How can couples keep desire alive in long-term relationships? Goes Deeper Earlier this year, the Journal of Sex Research published a paper that reviewed research from 64 empirical articles all of which tried to answer the question of how to maintain sexual desire in long term relationships. To discuss the results of this research, we spoke with one of the lead authors of the paper, Dr. Kristen Mark. Dr. Kristen Mark is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. She is also the Director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab and the Faculty Fellow for the

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  • Kink V Abuse – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 33!

    What marks the difference between abuse versus consensual kink in a relationship? Goes Deeper Many believe that because BDSM is founded upon consent, communication, and negotiation that abuse cannot make its way into a kinky relationship. However, just like vanilla relationships, BDSM dynamics are not immune to the possibility of abuse, and it can sometimes be even harder to identify abuse in kink-oriented relationships. It is extremely important to be able to identify this (sometimes very fine) line between consensual BDSM and abuse. To talk about this distinction, we sat down with Dulcinea Pitagora, aka The Kink Doctor. Dulcinea Pitagora

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  • Recap – Sex Science Social: Navigating Consent in the #MeToo Era!

    Thank you to everyone who either attended or watched Wednesday’s Sex Science Social: Navigating Consent in the #MeToo Era! This topic can be difficult and complex, especially in today’s political climate, but I thought everyone brought forth and interesting and unique perspective on the various models of consent we were able to unpack. If you missed the event, check out the live stream above! Click here if you would like to support me on Patreon for as little as $2 a month! If you would like to make a one time donation to my work, you can donate via PayPal here. To

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  • Porn Ed – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 32!

    What are the benefits of educating kids about porn? Goes Deeper A new study recently published in the American Journal of Sexuality Education reported on joint efforts by folks at Boston University and the Boston Public Health Commission to educate young people about pornography, in hopes that they would develop a more realistic understanding of what porn is, how it’s made, and how it relates to real-life sex and bodies. These programs have been proven to work and be extremely beneficial young people. On this week’s episode we spoke to the lead author on this study, Dr. Emily Rothman. Emily

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  • Managing Low Sexual Desire – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 31!

    What are some ways that people can manage low sexual desire? Goes Deeper Low sexual desire is something that is more common than most people think. It can appear in many different forms, and it is not synonymous with asexuality. Low sexual desire among women is thought to be common around the the time of menopause, and despite what people might assume, there are many different treatment options both medicinal and not for women. On this week’s episode, we have Dr. Lori Brotto discussing her extensive research on treatment for low sexual desire, specifically in women. Dr. Lori Brotto is

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  • High Infidelity – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 30!

    What are the motivations for infidelity? Goes Deeper There are many factors that play into the cause of infidelity including anger, stress, neglect, a general lack of love or passion, and more. Infidelity and cheating is interesting to study on the quantitative side. We can look at how many people cheat, the demographics of cheaters, etc, but what about the psychological motivations for cheating? What exactly drives a person to cheat? This week we spoke to Dr. Dylan Selterman who has conducted some great research on what motivates people to cheat. Dylan Selterman received his B.A. in Psychological and Brain

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  • How Kinky Is Too Kinky? – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 29!

    What are some of the more common (and uncommon) kinks and fetishes? Goes Deeper Paraphilia is defined as a condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires, typically involving extreme or dangerous activities. While this definition might draw some immediate conclusions, various paraphilias are very common, such as BDSM/kink, while others are more rare. On this week’s episode we spoke with Dr. Christian Joyal on his research on paraphilia and uncommon sexual interests. Christian Joyal, Ph.D., is doctor in neuropsychology, full professor at the University of Quebec, co-director of the International Center of Comparative Criminology and associate researcher at the Philippe-Pinel Institute

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  • Sex Science Social: What Is Your Open Relationship Style? – RECAP!

    A huge thank you to everyone who attended or streamed Thursday’s Sex Science Social! I had a really wonderful time speaking with all of you, and I loved hearing everyone’s thoughts and opinions on different types of consensual nonmonogamy! If you weren’t able to make it or missed something, you can watch the live stream below! The topic of the next Sex Science Social will be… Navigating Consent in the #MeToo Era! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 23rd at 8 pm! Tickets are available here.

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