Sex and Psychology Podcast

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The Sex and Psychology Podcast, hosted by Kinsey Institute Research Fellow Dr. Justin Lehmiller, is here to help you understand the most important sex organ in the entire body: your brain. Each episode offers a deep dive into the psychology of sex and relationships, drawing upon expert interviews and Dr. Lehmiller’s extensive body of research. The Sex and Psychology Podcast is the sex ed you never got in school–and won’t find anywhere else. Catch up with the latest episodes below, and subscribe on your favorite podcast platform to keep up to date.

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January 14, 2022

Episode 69: Designer Genitals – The Truth About Genital Enhancement Surgery

From penis enlargement to vaginal rejuvenation, modern medicine is offering those who are concerned with their genital appearance the opportunity to obtain "designer genitals." In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of people seeking genital augmentation surgery, as well as a growing number of procedures to choose from that promise to boost self-confidence and sexual desirability. But do all of these procedures really work as promised? Are they even safe? And is genital surgery really what we need, or do we just need better sex ed to help us appreciate our bodies? To discuss the growing world of genital enhancement, I am joined by Dr. Rachel Rubin, a board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist. She is an assistant clinical professor of urology at Georgetown University and works in a private practice in the Washington DC region. Some of the topics we explore in this episode include:
  • What kind of genital enhancements are people looking for today and why?
  • Do procedures designed to increase penis size really work, and what are the risks?
  • How is Botox being used to enhance genital appearance and function?
  • What kind of procedures are people seeking to enhance their vulvas and vaginas? Do they work, and are they safe?
  • What does the growing trend of genital augmentation say about our culture and our sexuality?
  • Could better sex education help people to grow more comfortable and confident in their bodies without the need for medical intervention?
To learn more about Dr. Rubin, visit rachelrubinmd.com and follow her on social media @DrRachelRubin

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Thanks to Promescent (promescent.com) and the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (modernsextherapyinstitutes.com) for sponsoring this episode!

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January 7, 2022

Episode 68: What Do Singles Today Really Want?

Before the pandemic hit, the number of American adults living single was at a record high, while the marriage rate was at a record low. But that might all be about to change, according to results from the 11th annual Singles in America Survey from Match. This survey involved a demographically representative sample of 5,000 single adults aged 18-98, and the findings suggest that singles today are thinking very differently about sex, love, and relationships. To break down the results, I spoke with Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute, and Chief Scientific Advisor at Match. She has conducted extensive research and written six books on the evolution and future of sex, love, and marriage. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, including:
  • What singles today find attractive in a partner (hint: looks are out, emotional maturity is in).
  • Why singles today are open to dating a wider range of partners than they were in the past.
  • How online dating changed during the pandemic.
  • Tips for creating more chemistry on virtual dates.
  • Why singles today are sending fewer dick pics than they were before the pandemic.
  • Why men are more eager to start long-term relationships right now than women.
  • Whether the “three-date rule” is really a thing.
To learn more about Dr. Fisher, visit helenfisher.com and check out her latest book, Anatomy of Love. Learn more about the latest Singles in America Survey at singlesinamerica.com

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December 29, 2021

Episode 67: Resolutions For Better Sex In The New Year

As you ponder your New Year's resolutions for 2022, think about things you can do to improve your sex life! With the right set of resolutions, you can address problem areas and tap into unfulfilled desires, which will allow you to enjoy the best sex of your life, boost passion in your relationship, and keep the spark burning all year long. Need some inspiration? I have you covered with this episode! I spoke with Dr. Jessica O’Reilly about sexual New Year's resolutions. Dr. Jess is a Toronto-based sexologist, author, speaker, and television personality. She is host of the Sex With Dr. Jess Podcast and the Intimately You program on CityTV. She is also the resident sexologist at Astroglide. We cover a lot of ground in this episode, including:
  • Why noisy sex is (usually) better sex, and how to be more vocal in bed if that's something you don't have much experience with.
  • How to break sexual routines and suggest new things to try with your partner.
  • Why it's important to expand your definition of sex.
  • How resolutions to better your physical and mental health can boost your sex life.
  • How to be more "in the moment" during sex.
  • Practical ways to improve your sexual communication skills.
  • Why it's important to incorporate more non-sexual touch into your relationship, and how this can improve your sex life.
To learn more about Dr. Jess and listen to her podcast, visit sexwithdrjess.com You can also follow her on social media @sexwithdrjess and find her online courses at happiercouples.com Also, the episode of her podcast Dr. Jess mentions in the show about understanding your core erotic feeling is available here. Here's to a very happy--and sexy--year ahead!

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December 22, 2021

Episode 66: Why The Holidays Make Us Horny

If you're feeling extra horny right now, it's not just you! The winter holidays are one of the times of year when sexual interest and behavior reliably increase. We see this in everything from a spike in condom sales to an increase in sexual injuries to a peak in STD rates early in the new year. So why is that? That's what we're going to explore in today's episode. I revisited my conversation with Dr. Patrick Markey from Episode 49, who analyzed Google search trends for sex and relationships over time and found that there's a certain seasonality to when people are looking for sex-related content online. We discussed some of the biological, psychological, and social factors that underlie this trend. However, in this show, I take a deeper dive into holiday horniness. Some of the other topics I cover include:
  • Why does travel make us horny?
  • Why is there so much Santa Claus porn? What's the sexual appeal of Santa?
  • Sexual interest rises around the holidays, but this time of year can also be really stressful. So how can prevent stress from spoiling the mood?
I wish you all a very happy (and sexy) holiday season!

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December 17, 2021

Episode 65: Understanding Asexuality

What does it mean to be asexual? This is something that different people have defined in different ways, and there are a lot of misconceptions about it. That's why this episode of the podcast is all about understanding asexuality. We dive into what the science tells us about this subject and bust a lot of myths along the way. We also talk about helpful tips for navigating relationships in which one of the partners is asexual (lacking sexual attraction) and the other is allosexual (experiencing sexual attraction). I am joined by Dr. Morag Yule, the founder and director of Ontario Sex Therapy, a private practice that offers sex therapy as well as clinical training and supervision out of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Yule has published extensively on human sexuality, but is especially recognized for her ground-breaking studies of asexuality. Some of the topics we explore in this episode include:
  • How do sex researchers define asexuality, and how do they measure it in their studies?
  • What percentage of the population is asexual?
  • How is asexuality distinct from celibacy?
  • What have genital arousal studies told us about the sexual functioning of asexual persons?
  • Do asexual people masturbate and have sexual fantasies? How is solo sexuality similar or different for asexual and allosexual individuals?
  • Why is it important to view asexuality as a unique sexual orientation?
  • How does asexuality intersect with kink/BDSM and consensual non-monogamy?
  • How do you make a relationship work when asexual and allosexual people partner-up?
For more asexuality information and resources, check out the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network at asexuality.org To learn more about Dr. Yule, visit ontariosextherapy.ca

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