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In this podcast episode, we debunk some myths about sexual desire, illuminate the impact that chronic stress can play in women’s low desire, and discuss Dr. Brotto’s research which found that mindfulness can help manage chronic stress and improve desire. Dr. Lori Brotto aims to place emphasis on pleasure-focused (rather than dysfunction-based) language for women with low sexual desire. Dr. Lori Brotto,PhD, is a clinical psychologist, sex researcher, and Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. She is a member of various sexuality organizations and an associate editor for Archives of Sexual Behavior. Brotto writes a monthly column called Health Advisor for the Globe and Mail and has been featured in the New York Times, the Walrus, Chatelaine, Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast, and many other outlets. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Dr. Lori’s Book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire is available here.