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#34 – Keeping the Spark Alive

In episode 34, Dr. Zhana and Joe talk to Dr. Kirstin Mark about how couples can keep desire alive in long-term relationships!

Earlier this year, the Journal of Sex Research published a paper that reviewed research from 64 empirical articles all of which tried to answer the question of how to maintain sexual desire in long term relationships. To discuss the results of this research, we spoke with one of the lead authors of the paper, Dr. Kristen Mark.

About Our Guest

Dr. Kristen Mark is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. She is also the Director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab and the Faculty Fellow for the Office of LGBTQ* Resources. Dr. Mark’s research centers around sexual well-being with an emphasis on the importance of sexual pleasure and satisfaction to the study of sexual health. Her work has been published in over 50 peer reviewed academic journals and she has presented her work at more than 100 national and international conferences. She also regularly contributes to popular media outlets to digest scientific findings for the public.

To learn more about Dr. Mark, visit her website: www.kristenmark.com or follow her on twitter @Kristen_Mark.

Don’t Miss This Week’s Foreplay…

The U.S. fertility rate is the lowest it’s been in 40 years and the decline is sharpest for minority women. This could be due to the fact that having children is extremely expensive in the U.S. with new families receiving little to no government aid when a child is born, unlike some European countries. Read the article discussed here.

Apparently, Netflix might not be the best thing to do with your significant other. A new study proclaims that couples getting into bed and watching their own shows on different devices could be cutting down on romantic time. A previous study reported that couples were less interested in being intimate due to watching TV in bed. Read full study here.






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