Pain during vaginal sex: A current issue among young women

By Reina Stewart For many people, sex is an important part of life. But what if sex hurts? What if it keeps hurting, but you continue to do it? Is this common for young women? These questions were explored in a recent study by Elmerstig, Wijma, and Swahnberg (2013)....

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Emotion is My Middle Name

By Justin Dube When I was a little punk-rock-kid I loved this song about emotion. Then, during the third year of my undergrad, I took a course on emotion, and… I hated it. At the time, emotion seemed so nebulous, while other things (like vintage road bikes and Rock ‘n...

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The Pros and Cons of the Sex Robot Revolution

By Justin Dubé If you’ve been paying attention to the news, your grandparents, or society in general, you’ve likely been privy to the technology debate. On the one hand, early tech adopters expound on the benefits of progress, of efficiency, of swiping right (or,...

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We Need to Talk: Disclosure of Sexual Problems

By Kat Merwin This blog summarizes our recently published paper: Merwin, K. E., O’Sullivan, L. F., & Rosen, N. O. (2017). We need to talk: Disclosure of sexual problems is associated with depression, sexual functioning, and relationship satisfaction in women. Journal...

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Understanding gender

By Maria Glowacka A few years ago I went to a workshop entitled, Towards a Collaborative Approach to Trans Health Care. I thought that I knew all of the appropriate terms and how to respect everyone’s gender identities, but realized during this workshop that there was...

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Sexual Distress and Sexual Problems during Pregnancy

This is a summary of our recently published paper: Vannier, S.A., & Rosen, N. O. (2017). Sexual Distress and Sexual Problems during Pregnancy: Associations with Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction. Journal of Sexual Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.12.239 By Sarah...

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Let’s talk about sex baby…

Image: Shutterstock/Alina Cardiae Photography By: Kat Merwin Do you ever communicate with your partner during sex? Do you let them know when you’re enjoying something? Or when you’re not? Then this article is for you! Do you shudder at the very idea of attempting...

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Practice Makes Passable: Practical Advice for GRE Prep.

By Justin Dubé People will tell you there is no way to study for the GRE. They are wrong. The GRE is a puzzle and, like any puzzle, it can be solved. Although there are likely many ways to prepare for the test, I found practicing the GRE (over and over, multiplied by...

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Diagnosing Sexual Dysfunction

Diagnosing Sexual Dysfunction

By Maria Glowacka Are you wondering if your sexual problem is a sexual dysfunction? First, if you’re wondering whether you should go talk to a health professional about a sexual problem you have been experiencing, the answer is YES if it is distressing to you and/or...

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Page Turner: Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

A brief book review by Kate Rancourt The book: Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life Author: Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. I’m surprised I didn’t know of Emily Nagoski prior to reading this book. My impression of her now can be summed up...

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Do You Know When Your Partner is in the Mood for Sex?

By Amy Muise  *This post originally appear on Science of Relationships Sometimes it’s obvious that our partner is interested in having sex—they might give us that seductive look or special touch. But other times it might be clear that tonight’s not the night—our...

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Why You Have Sex Matters for Your Desire and Satisfaction

By Amy Muise  (Note:This post was originally written for the website Science of Relationships) Think about a time when you engaged in sex with your partner in an effort to promote a positive outcome in your relationship, such as to feel closer to your partner or...

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Sexual Contingent Self-Worth

Written by: Maria Glowacka People might base their self-esteem on all kinds of things in their lives, including their relationships with others. When people think they have succeeded in these areas, they feel good about themselves, but when they think they’ve failed,...

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Let’s Talk (To Each Other) About Sex!

By Megan Wood Effective communication between partners in a romantic relationship is important for both relationship and sexual satisfaction. However, certain aspects of a relationship - such as sex - can be difficult and scary to talk about with a significant other....

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Sexual satisfaction: What is it and why does it matter?

Sexual satisfaction: What is it and why does it matter?

By Jaimie Beveridge Women’s ability to desire and enjoy sex has been largely disregarded throughout history. For centuries, women in the Western world were restricted in their ability to engage in and enjoy sexual activities so much so that they had to go to their...

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Is More Sex Always Better?

By Amy Muise When it comes to sex, the more the better right? Popular perception would suggest that the answer to this question is yes. Media messages often tout the benefits of sex, going as far as to suggest that having sex every day in a relationship might be one...

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Why we study PVD (provoked vestibulodynia)

By Maria Glowacka We have exceptional health services in Nova Scotia for women. Still, some health problems that affect women’s physical and sexual health can be neglected due to misinformation and a lack of research to inform better treatment options. One such...

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Viva la Vulva!

  By Kathleen Merwin When it comes to vaginas, there are a lot of common misconceptions out there! So today we’re going to clear up a few myths about your muff in order to help you take care of ‘down there!’ Before we get into the nitty-gritty of it all, let’s get...

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Looking Beyond the “Barbie Doll” Aesthetic

Looking Beyond the “Barbie Doll” Aesthetic

By Kate Rancourt **Just a note: Although we know that genital self-image matters for all people, this post focuses on genital self-image among persons with vulvas who identify as women.** We often think about relationships as being between two people, but what about...

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Women and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Women and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

If I don’t want to have sex with my partner, is there something wrong with me? Written by: Kayla Mooney It can be a tricky relationship situation in which to find yourself. You are in a relationship with your ideal partner, and things are going well. Yet, for some...

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Research Spotlight: Sexual Functioning during Pregnancy

Research Spotlight: Sexual Functioning during Pregnancy

* Our research spotlight series highlights recent and interesting peer-reviewed articles Written by: Sarah Vannier Pregnancy can be an exciting time when expectant parents are looking forward to meeting their new child. However, pregnancy can bring about a lot of...

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Male Circumcision: Are We Making the Cut Too Soon?

Male Circumcision: Are We Making the Cut Too Soon?

  Written by: Megan Wood Male circumcision and its necessity is a frequent debate in today’s society. However, the topic of circumcision cannot be regarded as new. Circumcision has been a prevalent aspect of history for religious humans; both Judaism and Islam regard...

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Vulvodynia FAQs: Part 1

Vulvodynia FAQs: Part 1

Many women with vulvo-vaginal pain have seen numerous medical professionals, yet still do not feel as though they really know what their pain is, or what causes it. Find the answers to some frequently asked questions about vulvo-vaginal pain.

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