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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Do Women have a Sexual Orientation? – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 25!

    What is sexual orientation and do women have one? Goes Deeper Sexual orientation, although widely agreed upon to exist, is still disputed by some in the scientific community. Specifically, the sexual orientation of women has been studied and questioned due to the common assumption that women are more likely to be able to “change” their sexual orientation. Speaking with us about his work on sexual orientation on this episode is J. Micahel Bailey. J. Michael Bailey has been involved in research in a wide variety of fields and has one of the most diverse research programs of anyone in Canada.

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  • Pumps…Strap Ons…and The Rubber Penis Illusion – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 24!

    What are the ways that people can treat erectile dysfunction without medication? Goes Deeper There has been significant research conducted on those diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED) and many of those treatments include prescription medication, however there are also many other options available that do not include changing the chemical composition of the body. To discuss the variety of treatments for ED, we spoke with Dr. Richard Wassersug. Dr. Richard Wassersug is an Honorary Professor at the University of British Columbia and also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

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  • To Shave or Not To Shave – The Science of Sex Podcast Ep. 21!

    Is there a relationship between pubic hair and STD’s? Goes Deeper Pubic hair isn’t as popular as it once was. The majority of both men and women have engaged in some sort of grooming ‘down there,’ whether it’s some basic ‘manscaping’ or waxing everything off. But have you ever wondered if having (or not having) pubic hair made a difference in your susceptibility to STI’s? Turns out, not having any pubic hair may actually increase the chances of contracting an STI. To talk about the study that focuses on pubic hair, we interviewed Dr. Benjamin Breyer. Dr Benjamin Breyer is

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  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cuckolding: TSOS Podcast Ep. 17

    Could cuckolding be a positive thing for some couples? Goes Deeper A new study just published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior investigated fantasies about and experiences with cuckolding in a large and diverse sample of gay-identified men. The study was picked up by the media, with CNN reporting “Cuckolding could be positive for some couples”, and FoxNews and other conservative media mocking CNN for doing it. Another fun tidbit about this study is that one of its authors is someone who most listeners are probably familiar with but is not a scientist and has never published an academic

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The Science of Sex Podcast

The Science of Sex Podcast

Listen to comedian, Joe Pardavila, and I sit down each week with a new sex researcher to talk about the latest information on anything and everything to do with sex.

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