Am I digisexual?

Am I digisexual?

by Sam Dawson At the most recent meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (see https://sstarnet.org) Dr. Markie Twist gave a fascinating plenary on digisexuality, based on a recent article entitled: The rise of digisexuality: Therapeutic challenges and...

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What is dyadic research, and why is it so important?

What is dyadic research, and why is it so important?

By Megan Muise As the name of our lab suggests, the majority of our research focuses on couples. We collect and analyze data from both members of the couple, which is often referred to as dyadic research. Dyadic research is important because it allows us to examine...

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Navigating Pain and Intimacy in the Postpartum Period

Navigating Pain and Intimacy in the Postpartum Period

By Meghan Rossi Welcoming a new baby into your family is both an exciting and challenging time. For many parents it is a time of joy; however, some couples can experience unanticipated difficulties that are hard to navigate, both individually and as a couple. Pain...

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What’s new and exciting in Canadian sexuality science?

What’s new and exciting in Canadian sexuality science?

by Samantha Dawson The lab just returned from another fabulous meeting of the leading national organization for sexuality science—the Canadian Sex Research Forum (CSRF). One of the best things about attending academic conferences is that you get to hear about the...

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Your Thoughts Matter: Framing Your Sexual Experience

By Meghan Rossi This blog summarizes our recently published paper: Rosen, N. O., Muise, A., Impett, E. A., Delisle, I., Baxter, M.L., & Bergeron, S. (2018). Sexual cues mediate the daily relations between interpersonal goals, pain, and wellbeing in couples coping...

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The Asexuality Spectrum and Relationship Negotiation

By Paige Robillard Relationship decisions can be tricky to navigate. Communication is often lauded as the key to a successful relationship, but sometimes the things you have to talk about can be hard to bring up and discuss. The hurdles couples have to face can be...

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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....

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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...

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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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