Is negative body image killing your sex life?

Is negative body image killing your sex life?

Our perception of our bodies — whether positive, negative, or complicated — is intimately tied to our sex lives and sexual satisfaction, especially for women. I was interviewed by the folks at Bedsider about how negative body image can impact women’s sex lives…and what we can start doing to turn that around.

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Top "Vagina" Trend of 2014

With so many ridiculous suggestions for how to "beautify" our genitals, this was my favorite "vagina" trend of 2014.

~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus -- San Diego Sexologist, Sexuality Speaker & Sociologist

Sex, Overweight Americans, & XL Love

San Diego SexologistWith 69% of Americans overweight, and over a third of those obese, it's interesting that we don't know that much about how this impacts intimacy, sex, and relationships. There's been some fascinating recent research on this topic (including a new book called XL Love), and I discuss this on San Diego Living this morning with Marc Bailey. In general I think it's important to take a balanced approach with a topic like this - don't shame yourself and others because that causes a negative spiral of self-hate. But also be mindful of honoring and respecting your body through conscious eating choices and regular exercise. These are all important aspects of a healthy sex life!

Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego Sexologist, Sexuality Speaker, & Sociologist

What can Women do about Beauty & Aging?

Should women fight the aging process and cling to youth, so that they can feel and be perceived as sexy and attractive? I was interviewed on Channel 6's San Diego Living this morning about an Allure Magazine research study that just came out about beauty, aging, gender, and sex. My first thought is to question the source, since Allure Magazine is a "woman's magazine," which are notorious for emphasizing ideal physical appearance and youth for women. They did hire a marketing research company, but I'd like to get my hands on the survey and see how some of the questions were phrased. Nonetheless, we discuss this on the morning show, and how shifting perspective is the only way women can get off the beauty hamster wheel.

~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego, CA -- Sociologist, Sexologist, Sexuality Speaker

Dr. Jenn releases EBook on Sex!

Ebook on Female Sexuality by Dr. Diana Hoppe & Dr. Jenn.I'm proud to announce the release of my first ebook, with my co-author Dr. Diana Hoppe. Dr. Diana is a board certified OB/GYN, and we've merged our perspectives on women's sexuality to write Am I Normal? A Woman's Guide to Female Sexuality. We think all women could benefit from reading this short ebook, but it is specifically targeted to younger women from 18 - 30 years of age.

Chapter one explores the history (and herstory) of women's genitals, and chapter two teaches you the low down about down there. In chapter three you get to take the time to reflect on your own sexual journey. Chapters four through six guide you through the messages you learned about sex and gender growing up, body image and self-esteem, and sensuality and masturbation. Each chapter is followed by a worksheet to guide your journey through exploring your own sexuality.

This is available through Amazon Kindle, and also in a variety of other formats through Smashwords. Please let me know what you think!

~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego, CA -- Sex Therapist, Sociologist, Sexuality Speaker, Sexologist