The Model Health Show

Sex is a normal part of human biology, but in our society, there is a lot of stigma, shame, and secrecy when it comes to talking about sex. Unfortunately, the majority of sexual education in the United States withhold information on important topics like anatomy, hormones, consent, and pleasure. Today’s guest, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is on a mission to change the way we talk about our bodies and sex.

Dr. Brighten is a board-certified naturopathic endocrinologist, a pioneer in the field of women’s health, and a fierce proponent of honest, medically accurate sexual education. Her new book, Is This Normal? bridges the gap between what most folks learned in sex ed. classes and the truth about human biology. Is This Normal? is a comprehensive and engaging guide to the human body, including hormones, the menstrual cycle, the orgasm gap, and so much more. 

Today she’s back on The Model Health Show to have a real conversation about anatomy, human biology, hormones, and sex. This interview covers everything from the anatomy and function of the clitoris, the importance of the vaginal microbiome, the role of hormones, and natural, normal variations of the human body. If you want to learn more about sexual health and hormonal health, Dr. Jolene Brighten is an empowering, honest, and non-judgmental educator. I hope you enjoy this interview!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The solitary function of the clitoris.
  • Major problems with anatomy education.
  • The effects of fear-based sexual education.
  • Why parents need to become the expert in their home.
  • The history of feminine hygiene.
  • How douching impacts the vaginal microbiome.
  • The difference between a vaginal orgasm and a clitoral orgasm.
  • How a woman’s cycle affects her sex drive.
  • What arousal non-concordance is.
  • How the sexual excitation and inhibition model works.
  • The role and function of hormones during ovulation.
  • What to look for in a safe lubricant.
  • The risks of labiaplasty.
  • Different variations of vulvas, and why they’re normal.
  • Why humans are the only mammal that retains breasts.
  • The biological reason why genitals are darker than the rest of the body.

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