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#40 – How Sex Affects Your Immune System

In Episode 40, Dr. Zhana and Joe talk with Tierney Lorenz on sex and the immune system!

It’s been known that sexual activity can have an effect on the immune system. What do those effects look like? A healthy sex life can be great for the immune system which can in turn increase things like sex drive or pleasure. On this week’s episode we were able to talk to Dr. Tierney Lorenz on her research on sex and the immune system!

About our Guest

Dr. Lorenz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin after completing an internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kinsey Institute and the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at Indiana University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska, and a member of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Dr. Lorenz’s research examines the interaction between women’s mental, physical and sexual health. The Women, Immunity and Sexual Health (WISH) lab investigates the ways that sexual behavior impact women’s immune and endocrine function, as well as ways to help women with mental and/or physical health conditions have happy, healthy sexual lives.


Don’t miss this week’s foreplay…

New Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, recently said that certain forms of birth control were “abortion inducing.” Let’s get the facts straight: this is entirely untrue. The pill prevents the body from ovulating (the process of releasing eggs) so that sperm cannot meet with an egg. Even Plan B (otherwise known as the morning after pill) acts as a large dose of birth control to do the exact same thing. The package even specifies that Plan B will not work if sperm has already found its way to an egg. Bottom line is science does NOT say that birth control induces abortion, so try again, Kavanaugh! Read more here.

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