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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we take lifestyle to a place we have yet to go on this show. We talk about female sexuality and erectile dysfunction with licensed clinical psychologist and clinical sexologist, Dr. Alex Chinks. Alex has a private practice in Boston, MA. She explains the difference between sexual and erectile dysfunction for men and explains how women can suffer from sexual dysfunction as well. We also talk about how sex is related to our everyday performance and if having sex before a big race is good thing or a bad one!


Sex is often overlooked as part of a healthy lifestyle but it may be more important than you think. Certain life factors may have an effect on your sex life and on the flip side your sex life, sex drive or other physical factors may be an indicator for physiological or psychological problems. And of course, Alex provides her tips for having a better sex life starting today!


In this episode we discuss:

  • How does one become a Sexologist?
  • Female sexual dysfunction
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sex and performance at work and life
  • Sex and athletic performance
  • Is sex exercise?
  • Sex and mental health
  • Food and sex drive
  • Heart disease
  • How much sex should you be having?
  • Rebuilding your muscles after childbirth?
  • Tips for having a better sex life starting today


Links to things we mentioned:

Dr. Alex Chinks:  Facebook, Email:

Find a sex therapist near you:

Doctor’s Picks:

Coping with Erectile Dysfunction: How to Regain Confidence and Enjoy Great Sex by Barry W. McCarthy PhD (Author), Michael E. Metz PhD

Coping With Premature Ejaculation: How to Overcome PE, Please Your Partner & Have Great Sex by Barry W. McCarthy PhD (Author), Michael E. Metz PhD

Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Program for Women by Julia Heiman, Joseph Ph.D. LoPiccolo, David Palladini (Illustrator)

Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships by David Schnarch PhD


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5 thoughts on “Female Sexuality & Erectile Dysfunction with Dr. Alex Chinks – PTP089”
  1. Avatar Alan Shriqui

    Hey Plant Trainers!

    Episode 89: Female Sexuality and Erectile Dysfunction with Dr. Alex Chinks

    This podcast aroused some curiosity within me because as a teenager I think it is very important to be knowledgeable in the topic of sex in order to stay safe and have a good time. I never considered the relationship between being a healthy person and maintaining a healthy sex life, but through this podcast I learned that erectile dysfunction and other problems that may occur during intercourse can often be signs of greater health problems such as heart disease or depression. I also learned that there is a sizeable correspondence between overall health and sexual activity, with special emphasis on mental health. I thought it was very interesting to learn that depression and other mental health problems could lead to performance issues in the bedroom. One point that was brought up during the podcast was whether or not athletes should engage in sexual activity the night before a big event, and I feel it is important to do so to both relieve stress and be well rested. Dr. Chinks also brought up the very interesting point that sex can be a very healthy activity. She specified that the more passive positions were not as healthy as others, but if done the right way sex could be used as a great way to stay healthy. One main question I was left with was how does food impact a person’s sex life and is it possible to eat foods that better improve one’s sexual performance. This podcast was very entertaining to listen to and very professionally done, and I can’t wait to listen to more and improve my lifestyle!

    • Avatar admin

      Food has a great impact on our performance in everything we do in life. If you fuel yourself with poor quality foods (processed foods), you can usually expect poor performance. If you fuel yourself with great quality foods (real foods), you can usually expect great performance (or at least a better opportunity at it).

      • Avatar Alan Shriqui

        Reflecting on the last year, I can attribute all my recent success entirely to your advice and I cannot thank you enough! Food really can improve your performance in ways I didn’t even imagine!

        • Avatar admin

          Thanks Alan…glad you’re realizing the importance that food truly has on our performance in all aspects of life!

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