Wanting to Want
How can I love my partner but not want sex? Is it normal that I’d rather Netflix binge than do the horizontal shuffle with my beau? Is it weird that my intimacy bucket gets filled from the love and cuddles of my kids, that I don’t need this from my lover? These are common, normal, and often distressing questions women face, yet, they rarely seek help for sexual concerns. In this talk we will have a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred conversation and exploration into the nature of women’s sexual desire.
Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist. She is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on advancing the science of psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women’s sexual health.
Dr. Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, is passionate about knowledge translation, and as such, is frequently featured in the media on sexual health topics. Her book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire (Greystone Publishing) is a knowledge translation of her research over the past 15 years demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for women’s sexual concerns and genital pain.
Apart from these academic roles, her most impressive achievements including birthing three children, now aged 13, 12, and 8, and still being married after 18 years.