Dear Diary, how can I keep my relationship and sex-life satisfying post-baby?: Sexual intimacy in first-time mothers

By Eva Cohen This blog is a summary of our lab’s published article: Rosen, N. O., Williams, L., Vannier, S. A., & Mackinnon, S. P. (2020). Sexual Intimacy in First-Time Mothers: Associations with Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction Across Three Waves. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49(8), 2849-2861. Photo by Zach Lucero on Unsplash Many mothers […]

Is sex still painful years after childbirth? Taking a closer look at persistent postpartum pain

White mixed-gender couple laying in a bed with white and pink pillows and a white blanket, laying facing each other and with their legs touching under the blankets

Photo by Pavel Danilyuk from Pexels By Ella Vermeir This blog is a summary of our published article: Rossi, MA.,* Vermeir, E.,* Brooks, M., Pierce, M., Pukall, CF., & Rosen, NO. (2021). Comparing self-reported pain during intercourse and pain during a standardized gynecological exam at 12- and 24-month postpartum. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 19(1), 116-131. […]

Not tonight, baby: Understanding when a partner is not in the mood

By Maria Belen Field Lira This blog is a summary of our published article: Muise, A., Kim, J. J., Impett, E. A., & Rosen, N. O.  (2017). Understanding when a partner is not in the mood: Sexual communal strength in couples transitioning to parenthood. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 1993-2006. Photo by Anna Shvets […]

New mothers’ sexual distress and sexual values in the transition to parenthood

By Heather Oliveira and Jackie Huberman This is a summary of our published article: Huberman, S. J., Allsop, D. B., & Rosen, N. O. (2022). Associations between new mothers’ partner-oriented sexual values and sexual distress in the transition to parenthood. The Journal of Sex Research, Photo by Alena Shekhovtcova on Pexels The exciting changes that occur when becoming a new parent […]

Post baby hanky panky? For some women, it’s painful.

By Natalie Rosen This blog is a summary of our published article: Rosen, N. O., Dawson, S. J., Binik, Y. M., Pierce, M., Brooks, M., Pukall, C., Chorney, J., Snelgrove-Clarke, E., & George, R. (2022). Predictors of two trajectories of dyspareunia from pregnancy to 24 months postpartum. Obstetrics & Gynecology. When new parents hear “post-baby-hanky-panky”, some […]

Myth Busting: Sex After Baby

By: Erin T. Fitzpatrick There are many commonly held beliefs about what sex will (or won’t) look like after the transition to parenthood. In this blog post, we will debunk of a few of these myths!   MYTH: Everyone will be ready to have sex 6-weeks after giving birth. FACT: Your doctor may suggest that […]