Sexual Desire

Calling All Expecting Mamas & Papas: This Workshop is for YOU!

When it comes to pregnancy, we are often left alone in the dark and confused about sex. And, if we are not well prepared for the physiological and emotional changes we may experience during pregnancy, then of course we are going to feel uneasy and anxious. When it comes to sex, expecting parents may find themselves wondering: Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy? What will sex feel like during pregnancy? What can I do if my sexual desire has drastically changed and my partner’s has stayed the same?

These questions are the real deal and so is sexual health during pregnancy. In efforts to make the experience less daunting, Embrace Sexual Wellness and The Haven Group have joined together to design a workshop to address these very concerns on sexual intimacy during pregnancy. We are here to answer your burning questions and provide tools to help you stay intimately connected during this transition to parenthood.

Please consider joining us on March 11th for a conversation on keeping the flame alive during pregnancy!

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Book Review

Review of Emily Nagoski’s book, Come As You Are

Come As You Are is an intelligent and creative read that is extremely relevant, comprehensive and a necessary contribution to the field of female sexuality. Emily Nagoski’s writing combines humor with a sex-positive tone to address the complexity of sexual desire and arousal for women in a way that is friendly, directive and resourceful.

Nagoski challenges popular societal conceptualizations about sexual arousal and desire while using science to explain why certain ideas are myths and offer alternative interpretations that honor individuals’ realities and experiences. Anecdotes from former clients are woven into the text to demonstrate how many people navigate these concerns throughout their sexual relationships, validating and normalizing the worries of many readers.

Nagoski introduces the framework, “Pleasure Is The Measure” as a guide for readers to understand their own positive sexual experiences and acknowledge the nuances of contexts that can interfere with sexual satisfaction and desire, both individually and relationally. Readers have the opportunity to complete worksheets, which are included throughout the chapters, to increase their understanding of how the content applies to their own experiences. The versatility of Come As You Are makes it a fantastic read for females and couples as well as clinicians working in the field of sexuality.