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Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Stephanie Buehler, PhD in regards to how sexuality is commonly affected by infertility as well as how some sexual disorders can actually play a role in causing infertility. With 5-10% of couples facing some level of infertility in their family planning journey, this can be a sensitive and painful topic fraught with cultural, personal and religious pressures/messages. In addition, information surrounding treatment protocols can feel overwhelming and daunting for most couples to sort through. This podcast is meant to give informational and useful resources in helping couples navigate this difficult terrain, especially in the areas of sexual and relational health.
Dr. Buehler is a graduate of UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University and Alliant University (formerly California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego). She is the author of multiple articles in scientific journals and popular magazines and has been interviewed for various media outlets, including Men’s Health, New York Times, WebMD, and a Scientific American psychology textbook. She will be authoring the book: Counseling Couples Before, During and After Pregnancy: Focus on Intimacy and Sexuality (due out in 2017).
Resources Mentioned During the Podcast:
What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex: 2nd Edition
Resolve: The National Infertility Association
Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music.
Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST, CSTS can be reached at natashaparker.org and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, is the current past president of the Mormon Mental Health Association and runs a sex education program, Sex Talk with Natasha. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele.