Evolutionary psychologists have long argued that women’s sexual behavior is driven by hormonal changes that occur throughout the menstrual cycle, including everything from their desire for sex to their partner choice. This has fed the popular idea that hormones are really the driving force behind women’s sexuality. As it turns out, however, that’s not entirely true.

In this episode, we’re going to be deconstructing the myth of the “hormonal woman” with Dr. Tierney Lorenz, a former Kinsey Institute trainee who is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tierney studies the interaction between women’s mental, physical, and sexual health.

Some of the topics we explore in this episode include:

  • What role do hormones and the menstrual cycle really play when it comes to women’s sexual behavior?
  • Scientists have long argued that ovulation triggers changes in sexual behavior, but it turns out that having sex can actually trigger ovulation. So what does this mean for couples who are trying to get pregnant?
  • How does having sex impact how the immune system operates?
  • What is the key to boosting sexual desire? Can testosterone supplements help? What about medications?
  • How do sexual health, physical health, and mental health all intersect?
  • How can people with a history of sexual trauma go on to develop happier, healthier sex lives?

This interview blew my mind in several ways, so be sure to check it out! To learn more about Tierney, follow her on Twitter @tk_lorenz and follow her lab at @lab_wish

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