Mapping a course: Predicting outcomes of two treatments for women who have pain during sex

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By Katrina Bouchard; This post is a summary of a recently published article from the Couples and Sexual Health Lab with our close collaborators at Université de Montréal:

Rosen, N. O., Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Corsini-Munt, S., Steben, M., Delisle, I., Baxter, M.-L., & Bergeron, S. (2021). Predictors and moderators of provoked vestibulodynia treatment outcome following a randomized trial comparing cognitive-behavioral couple therapy to overnight lidocaine. Behavior Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2021.05.002

It isn’t all talk: Couple therapy results in more improvements for women who have pain during sex relative to a common medical treatment

By Katrina Bouchard;
This post is a summary of a recently published article from the Couples and Sexual Health Lab with our close collaborators at Université de Montréal:
Bergeron, S., Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Corsini-Munt, S., Steben, M., Delisle, I., Mayrand, M.-H., & Rosen, N. O. (2021). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy versus lidocaine for provoked vestibulodynia: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89, 316-326. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000631

Sexual Talk in Long-Term Relationships: What’s Being Left Under the Covers?

Believe it or not, the key to keeping sex exciting and satisfying in long term relationships may be communication! We know that sexual communication (e.g., couples having a conversation about their sexual preferences at a time when they are not engaging in sexual activity) is beneficial for the relationship and sexual well-being of couples [1]. But what about the potential benefits of communication during sex? Sexual talk refers to the communication that occurs between partners exclusively during sexual activity and that is about the sexual interaction itself (i.e., expressing to one’s partner the pleasure they feel while engaging in a sexual act) [2]. Yet, sexual talk has largely been kept under the covers一until now!

My needs also matter! Why women with low sexual desire/arousal continue to have sex…

By Erin T. Fitzpatrick This blog is a summary of our published article: Hogue, J. V., Rosen, N. O., Bockaj, A., Impett, E. A., & Muise, A. (2019). Sexual communal motivation in couples coping with low sexual interest/arousal: Associations with sexual well-being and sexual goals. PLoS ONE, 14(7), e0219768. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0219768 Did you know that nearly 25% […]

Are new parents less stressed when they’re more sexually satisfied?

By Inês Tavares This blog is a summary of our published article: Tavares, I. M., Nobre, P. J., Schlagentweit, H., & Rosen, N. O. (2019). Sexual well-being and perceived stress in couples transitioning to parenthood: A dyadic analysis. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.ijchp.2019.07.004 After the birth of their first baby, new parents usually have a lot […]

Vulvodynia: Research Challenges and Treatment Recommendations

Co-authored by Lida Abdulrahman and Kat Merwin This blog is a summary of our published article: Corsini-Munt, S., Rancourt, K., Dubé, J., Rossi, M., & Rosen, N. O. (2017). Vulvodynia: A consideration of clinical and methodological research challenges and recommended solutions. The Journal of Pain Research, 10, 2425-2436. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S126259 What is vulvodynia? Vulvodynia is […]

How is sexual health attained and maintained?

By Justin Dubé Though I’d like to think the studies I run facilitate sexual health, translating research into practice can take a loooong time (17 years!) [1]. Also, people generally want to manage their sexual health by speaking with a clinician [2, 3]. Clinicians, however, often feel ill-equipped to navigate these conversations due to gaps […]

Page Turner! Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman

A brief book review by Kat Merwin The book: Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy Author: Hallie Lieberman, Ph.D. I like to think of myself as relatively knowledgeable about sex researchers—especially those who also write books on the topic—yet I hadn’t heard of Hallie Lieberman prior to reading this book. After reading this […]

Daily anxiety and depressive symptoms in couples coping with vulvodynia: Associations with pain, sexual functioning, and distress.

  By Paige Robillard This blog is a summary of: Pâquet, M., Rosen, N. O., Steben, M., Mayrand, M. H., Santerre-Baillargeon, M., & Bergeron, S. (2018). Daily anxiety and depressive symptoms in couples coping with vulvodynia: Associations with women’s pain, women’s sexual functioning, and both partners’ sexual distress. The Journal of Pain, 19, 552-561. doi: […]