Sex & Fertility With Dr. Mandi Murtaugh PT, DPT (2.3)

CONTENT WARNING: contains conversations about sex, sexual trauma, and uses anatomically correct words for genitalia. 

This episode is in the context of heterosexual couples – we acknowledge that same sex and queer couples experience things differently when it comes to sex and how it interacts with fertility. There is however lots of great information on reconnecting with your partner while navigating fertility treatment that is applicable for everyone.

Sex is complicated. Whether it’s before you start to build your family, when you’re trying to conceive, and all the way through our sexually active years. 

When you’re trying to conceive sex becomes regimented, something that needs to happen at a certain time, and the want & desire may disappear. And if you’re doing IVF, sex is sometimes stopped altogether when you’re doing IVF because there is a fear of a spontaneous pregnancy. Yes – it seems so backward.

Sex and fertility is something that not a lot of people are talking about – but it’s important. So I’m tackling it today with my amazing guest Mandi Murtaugh. Mandi is a pelvic floor physical therapist, yoga teacher, and heart-centered coach. Inspired by the lived experience of her own long journey to parenthood, she specializes in walking with clients through all stages of a family building–from pre-conception through fertility treatment and beyond. She lives in Tacoma, WA with her family.

Episode highlights:

  • Why more people should be talking about sex and fertility
  • How society, culture, and upbringing affect views and experiences with sex
  • The energies of sex – masculine & feminine
  • The pelvic floor and sex
  • Painful sex
  • The nervous system and sex
  • Trauma and the nervous system
  • Sexual Trauma and sex, IVF treatment
  • How IVF affects sex
  • Regaining connection with your partner
  • The power of touch
  • Recognizing what you want to receive
  • Noticing your own rhythms of desire and not relying only on the charts

Mandi approaches these topics in a trauma informed and loving manner – making a taboo topic more approachable and accessible to us all. 


Season 1, Episode 14 – Naturopathic Medicine and Fertility with Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale

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This podcast is brought to you by Kerry Hinds and Fertile Body Yoga, a virtual yoga studio that is dedicated to supporting those on their fertility journeys – mind, body, energy + soul.

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Kerry Hinds is a E-RYT, RPYT, Relax and Renew® Certified Teacher, Fertility Yoga Teacher, and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder of Fertile Body Yoga and teaches weekly fertility yoga classes and offers other avenues of mind + body support for those trying to conceive. All is available in the FBY Virtual Studio.

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