We all know having sex with our romantic partners is good for our relationship and sexual satisfaction. But why you’re doing it can make a difference; not all sexual motives were made equal. Some reasons to have sex lead to better and healthier outcomes than other reasons. Optimizing your intimate life is partly about making sure you’re doing “it” for the right reasons, and not doing “it” for the wrong reasons.
In Episode 53, Dr. Zhana and Joe talk to Dr. Jessica Wood about her research on the different types of reasons people have sex, how these different motives affect their relationship and sexual satisfaction differently, and whether this differs between folks in monogamous versus consensually nonmonogamous relationships.
Curious about what the “good” and the “bad” reasons are? Tune in to learn more!
You can read the full study discussed in the episode, here.
About our Guest
Dr. Jessica Wood is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at York University and the University of Guelph. Her research examines how sexual motivations are associated with relationship and sexual satisfaction, needs fulfillment, and sexual problems and challenges. Jessica also conducts research on the determinants of sexual health behaviors and barriers to healthcare access for people with developmental disabilities. She is currently a research specialist with the Sex Information & Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN).