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American Sex Podcast Episode 73: Mindfulness & Stress in Sex & Relationships with Dr. Hernando Chaves

Couple meditating in bed together
Couple meditating in bed together

Stress has a heavy impact in the bedroom. Learn how to use mindfulness to overcome it and about how to find common ground with your partner.

American Sex Podcast is back after holiday hiatus! Ken & Sunny speak with sex therapist Dr. Hernando Chaves about what affects the health of our sex lives. He discusses the heavy impact stress has in the bedroom and tells us how we can use mindfulness techniques to combat it, how to find common ground with a partner when your sexual interests don’t seem compatible, the current political climate and its effects on gender power dynamics in relationships, and support for men in the age of #MeToo. We also talk sex-positive parenting and raising children that are questioning their gender and sexual orientation. As a bonus, Dr. Chavez gives us prostate play tips and tells us about the best new toy for p-spot play.

Guest Bio

Dr. Hernando Chaves holds a B.A. in psychology from University of California Santa Barbara, an M.A. in marital and family therapy from the University of San Diego, and a D.H.S. doctorate in human sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing with clients working with intimacy/relational difficulties, sexual concerns/dysfunctions, and with sexual minorities (LGBTQ, BDSM, fetish, sex work, nonmonogamy). Dr. Chaves is a psychology and sexuality professor at Orange Coast College and Pepperdine University, presented at various academic institutions including Alliant, Cal Lutheran, CSULB, NYU, Pepperdine, USC, and USD and conferences/shows such as AVN/AEE, AASECT, Catalystcon, SSSS, and SHE and a Western Region past president for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He has written and/or consulted for 14 instructional sex education projects, co-hosted for Penthouse's Sex Academy instructional series, and consulted for BaDoinkVR virtual reality sex therapy instructional video. Dr. Chaves has written for,, is a contributing author to the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, and has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Bustle, Vice, Maxim, The Daily Star, Esquire, and Alternet.

Sunny Megatron

Sunny Megatron is a sexuality educator, sex & relationship writer, media personality, YouTuber, and sex toy expert. She's also the host and utive producer of the Showtime original television series, SEX with Sunny Megatron plus hosts the hit American Sex Podcast. Named one of the 6 most Savvy sexologists in North America, her work has been featured in Cosmo, Playboy, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, CNN, Refinery29, Playgirl Magazine, and more. She's a three-time XBIZ Sexpert of the Year nominee and has received numerous awards for her sexuality blog including Kinkly's #1 Sex Blogging Superhero of 2017. Sunny's passion is helping people become their authentic, sexual selves by learning to overcome shame and shed inhibitions.
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