By Jessa Zimmerman, who interviews experts and highlights insights, strategies, and ways of thinking about sex that will help you improve your intimate relationship.
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Better Sex is focused on helping all couples create and enjoy their best possible sex life. Better Sex is hosted by Jessa Zimmerman who is a couples’ counselor and nationally certified sex therapist. Each episode will dive into one topic related to sex. Some will be devoted to addressing sexual concerns like sexual dysfunction, differences in sexual desire, and intimacy problems. Some will help you develop realistic and helpful expectations. And some will offer information and approaches that can just make your sex life better. The information and discussion on the podcast should not be taken as medical advice or as therapy. Please seek out qualified professionals for medical and therapeutic advice.
||Clean#46: Dr. Tina Sellers - Sex, God, and the Conservative Church||Overcoming Sexual Shame In her work, Sellers places considerable emphasis on reversing sexual shame in her clients’ and readers’ minds. Growing up in a sexually-open environment, with parents who were very transparent about sexual function, health,.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#45: Pia [Personal Story] - Parent of a Trans Teen||Parenting a trans teen Pia is the mother of a transgender child (now twenty years old) who underwent a successful physical transition into his male self. Pia’s love for her kid and overall emotional resiliency shines through when she recounts the...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#44: Paul Joannides - The Guide to Getting It On||The Guide to Getting It On: A Self-Published Phenomenon If there was ever an excuse to self-publish a book, The Guide is a great example of how successful one can be using the practice. After Paul had taken nine years to finish the first draft of...||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#43: Jenny Berk - Body Image||Our Body Image: Is it Environmentally Reinforced? To start this episode, Jenny shares her fascination for the “etiology” (origin) of our body image. That is, when did we first become self-conscious about our bodies? Jenny states that she did over...||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#42: Suzanna Mathews - Cougar-Cub Relationships||Using the Term “Cougar” To start this episode, Suzanna talks about the negative connotations surrounding the title “cougar.” There are considerable allusions to predatory behavior when the term is brought up. Of course, Suzanna was well aware of||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#41: Peggy Bennett - Matchmaking||Basics of Matchmaking School Listen in as Peggy describes her learning experience at the Matchmaking Institute of New York. What do you need to pay attention to when matchmaking? Peggy details that listening carefully during one-on-one sessions and...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#40: Jessa Zimmerman [Soapbox] - Sexual Avoidance Cycle||The Sexual Avoidance Cycle is far more common than many would believe, and I talk about this situation, what causes it and perpetuates its continuance. I also answer the first of my listener questions during this “Soapbox” episode where I get to...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#39: Heather [Personal Story] - Sexual Trauma & Awakening||A personal story of trauma and awakening Listen to the story of Heather and her traumatic experiences which led to her transformative journey in her own life. She grew up feeling like an outsider with feelings of inadequacy. Hear Heather...||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#38: Dr. Steven Davidson - Pornography||Pornography - the good and the bad Listen to the discussion of the role of Erotica and Pornography in a relationship and the positive and negative impacts. Defining Pornography What is the definition of pornography? Listen as Steven...||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#37: Lara Currie - Difficult Conversations||Difficult conversations as an opportunity? Challenge as an opportunity? Listen as Lara describes the context of conflict. She discusses how the components of assumption, judgment and expectation lead to a reaction. Tune in to the Body’s Signal...||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#36: Rebecca Coffey - Evolution and Sexual Behavior||Evolutionary Psychology and Sex In this episode, Rebecca tells us about Evolutionary Psychology, examining our roles and interactions through a biological and historical lens. Listen in as she compares our human proclivities to our great ape...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#35: [Personal Story] Marina - Journey of Liberation||A personal story of sexual liberation In this episode, I talk to Marina, who shares her personal journey from struggles with her self-image and a painful first sexual experience, to finally feeling liberated with a happier sex life. The first...||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#34: Katie Zvolerin - Adam & Eve||History of Adam & Eve, A Sex Toy Retailer Listen in as Katy discusses how Adam & Eve started out. She mentions it was just a thesis requirement to complete the founder Phil Harvey’s Master’s Degree. Being part of the hippie generation, he...||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#33: Dr. Laurie Mintz - The Orgasm Gap||Becoming Cliterate Dr. Laurie shares the reason behind why she wrote her book, Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters--And How to Get It. As a professor to over 150 students a year, she shares the influence her undergrad students had on...||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#32: Beth Liebling - Darling Way||The Store: Darling Way In this episode, Beth talks about how she started and founded the Darling Way after her 22-year marriage ended with a divorce. She shares how her shop started after an awful experience buying a lingerie for herself. Her...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#31: [Personal Story] Anca - A Recovering People Pleaser||Recovering from people pleasing Today's guest is sharing her story of claiming her story, rewriting her story, figuring out which parts she wants in, and which parts no longer serve her. She says it has been a struggle to understand where her...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#30: Tamara Powell - Polyamory||Polyamory - one version of consensual non-monogamy. There are certainly plenty of people that choose an open relationship of one sort or another. Even though they're committed to each other, but by agreement, they are non-monogamous. Often what...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29: Maegan Megginson - Female Sexual Pain||Welcome to Better Sex. Today we are covering an important and pervasive topic. We're going to talk about female sexual pain, a woman's sexual pain. Way too many people struggle with painful conditions and most of them don't know what to do about it....||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28: Brodie Welch - Holistic Approaches to Libido||Today’s episode features Brodie Welch, a Chinese Medicine expert who helps us to recognize that from a Chinese medicine perspective, everything is energy, and sexual energy is an important subset of our total sum of energy reserves. We cover how to...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27: [Personal Story] Jenn - Trauma & Infertility, Fortunate Healing||Today’s personal story features Jenn, a 47-year-old woman who has undergone more than her fair share of stressful events during her life. From being molested as a child and losing her virginity to date rape, to facing repeated infertility issues,...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26: Melissa Walker - Healing Our Sexual Fragmentation||Correction: I misspoke in my introduction to the episode. Melissa is not yet certified as a sex therapist. I apologize for any confusion. Sexual Fragmentation - what is it and how does it show up in sex therapy? Tune in today to learn about how...||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25: Amanda Laird - Menstruation and Sexual Health||Amanda’s interest in menstrual health began as early as her childhood. Today she passionately shares her wisdom about how women should have knowledge of how their bodies work and, with this, feel empowered to talk about menstruation and sex without...||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24: Stacy Fisher-Gunn - The Importance of Self-Care||What is self-care? Tune in to hear Stacy’s definition of self-care: what it looks like and how it relates to all areas of life, not only with regards to physical health but mental and emotional health as well. Stacy reveals what percentage of...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23: Dr. Serena Fiacco - Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy||What is pelvic floor physical therapy? Dr. Fiacco kicks off by telling us exactly what pelvic floor physical therapy is; explaining about the basic musculature of the pelvic area and what kind of health issues can stem from this region, including...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22: Dr. Renee Flores - Sex and Sexuality in the Elderly||Sex in the elder years In today's episode, we look at sex and sexuality in the elderly. It is a common misconception that people are no longer sexually active as they grow older and Dr. Flores will be sharing her thoughts on this with us so enjoy...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21: [Personal Story] Nancy & Frank - A Perfect Storm||Frank was raised in a conservative home that placed a noose of fear and shame around sex. After a decade of fantasizing about sex, Frank married in his late 20’s and recalls the awkwardness about it. Sexuality was a very taboo topic in Frank's life...||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20: Dr. Stephen Snyder - Why Social Media is Making Sex Obsolete||Social Media is making sex obsolete. Dr. Stephen Snyder shares a shocking statistic that reveals the drop in the sexual interaction between people. He unpacks his very interesting theory on why this is. In this episode, you will hear about why...||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19: Robin LaCross - Talking to Kids About Sex||How do you talk to kids about sex? In today’s episode, Robin LaCross and I discuss talking about sex to kids. Robin shares the childhood experiences that drew her to her purpose. She reveals the impact of a book about natural family planning, that...||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18: Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh - A New Perspective on Passion||How important is passion? The place of Love across cultures In this episode of Better Sex, Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh unwraps her theory of love in two categories: submergent and emergent. She describes the difference between the two and how cultures...||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17: Jennifer Valli - Men's Sexual Concerns and Solutions||Men's sexual health concerns often stem from the pressure of expectations In today’s episode, Jessa and Jennifer Valli talk about men’s sexual health concerns and dysfunctions ( men being defined as people who have been raised male and who have a...||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: Heather Edwards - Vino and Vulvas||Vino & Vulvas - A community conversation about sex Today I am delighted to have Heather Edwards, who has been a pelvic physical therapist for 14 years and is currently completing the University of Michigan’s Certificate Program in Sex Counseling...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: [Personal Story] Alli - Sexual Trauma||Triumph after sexual trauma This is the first in a new series of episodes where I will be talking to real people sharing real stories. On this episode, I am joined by Alli, a recovering overachiever who has learned to let go of society's...||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: Marc Gilmartin - Out of Control Sexual Behavior & Erotic Conflict||Out of control sexual behavior or sex addiction Are you concerned about your own sexual behavior in relation to your values? Do you wonder if your sexual behavior is out of control? Are you or someone you love worried that you have a sex...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: Jeni Dahn, Energy and Sex||I'm excited about the topic for this episode. We're going to be talking about both Masculine and Feminine Energy. I'm talking about this because it's relevant to sex and to our lives in general. We all have masculine and feminine energy, it's not...||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Jill Angelo - Genneve, Support for Women in Midlife and Menopause Solutions||I'm revisiting a topic that we talked about in a previous episode, which is menopause This time it's not so much from the medical standpoint or a provider's standpoint. It's more about the invisibility that tends to happen in that time of life: the...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: Tammy Senn - Postpartum Sexuality, Listen to Your Body||Well, the last episode of my podcast was about pregnancy and sexuality, and it seemed to make sense to go right into the next obvious topic, which is postpartum sexuality. Talk about a lot of change to adjust to! You've got not only the physical...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Aleece Fosnight - Pregnancy and Sexuality, How to Enhance and What to Avoid||Today's topic is pregnancy and sexuality. It's just not talked about very often, and if you have been pregnant or if you have been a partner with somebody that's pregnant, you may have noticed that the doctors often don't ask or talk about sex....||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Anna Joy Reedy - Platonic Cuddling and Healing Touch Therapy||I give a lot of thought to what makes a great sex life. What makes us sex life healthy, what makes it enjoyable for people, what makes it fulfilling? When I consider the kinds of things that matter, I think about the ability to slow down and be...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Jessica Butts – Do Opposites Attract? How Different Personality Types Affect Your Sex Life||I often hear from clients about how much they struggle when they're different from each other. In the beginning, we were attracted to this other way of being. We were interested because this person was so different from us. But what intrigued us in...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Dr. Stephanie Ring – Menopause: Understanding the Inevitable||As I was putting the podcast together, I put out a little survey to my subscribers asking what kinds of topics people wanted me to cover. While it is not the most frequent presenting concern in my practice, the most frequent request I got in terms of...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Sallie Foley – Sex Therapy: What is it?||So why is today's show about sex therapy? Well, because I'm a certified sex therapist and I know that a lot of people listening don't know what that means. There is confusion about what sex therapy is and what a sex therapist does. And there's...||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Matthias Rose – Tantra, A Beautiful Integration of Personal Strength, Sexual Power, and Emotional Connection||It can be extremely hard to get out of your own head. People get distracted by their to-do list, by stresses of life, what they must do for work. They're distracted by concerns that are keeping them up at 4:00 in the morning. A lot of people, even if...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Dr. Joe Kort - "Is My Husband Gay?" | Male Sexual Fluidity||What are we talking about? Men who have sex with men, have done it in the past or who are interested in it, but still identify as straight or mostly straight. However, their behavior or their interest makes their partner wonder about their sexuality....||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Parke Burgess - The Virus Known As Shame||Shame. We're not born with it but it is given to us at a very early age. And we unwittingly pass it along to others. Shame is an emotional response which is completely natural, and you should never feel there is something the matter with you for...||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Edy Nathan - Grief, Sex, and Life||During this important conversation about grief and how it impacts our lives, especially within the context of our sex lives, Jessa and guest Edy Nathan help us to recognize that sexual changes throughout life are not always looked at as moments of...||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Sar Surmick - Sexual Consent, Did They Say "No?"||It's all over the news these days and sexual consent is important everywhere, even in a committed relationship. There are no "givens" and consent is required, no matter the situation. Especially if you change something within the relationship....||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#0: Jessa Zimmerman - Welcome to Better Sex, You Deserve a Good Sex Life||Welcome to the very first episode of Better Sex. I'm so glad you're here. The format of the show in the future is going to be largely interview-based, where I'm going to be talking to people with various areas of specialty and expertise that have some..||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Shame, ignorance, dissapointment, needs.... how and where do we learn to discuss these very real subjects and emotions. Thank you Jessa for providing a safe foundation. Your podcasts have sparked life giving conversations that have brought my husband and I closer on all levels. Liberating!!!!
Fresh, engaging, and timely!
This podcast is a breath of fresh air, and touches on many relevant and difficult topics like consent, grief, and sex positivity. Jessa and her guests talk about sex in all of its complexity, and provide listeners with a broader understanding of often oversimplified issues that we all must deal with in our relationships. It's informative, entertaining, and insightful. I recommend for people in all types and stages of relationships!
Such a great podcast! That episode on shame....wow. I just love that she dives deep into the emotions that can permeate our sex lives. It's so helpful - I just love listening to this show!
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