Radio Show Podcasts — Sexual Intimacy in Marriage

liz-laura-sqr-150pix.jpg Check out the newly posted radio show podcasts on the new Podcast Page. These are FREE audio podcasts from Laura’s radio show segments with Dr. Liz Hale. Dr. Liz and author Laura M. Brotherson discuss the delicate subject of sexual relations in marriage with both candor and reverence.

Some of the many topics discussed in the podcasts include:

  • Preparing for a positive honeymoon experience
  • Teaching children about sexual intimacy
  • Pornography’s effect on marital intimacy
  • Reasons to make love
  • How to bring up the topic of intimacy with your spouse
  • How to answer what’s okay and what isn’t questions
  • Why you were attracted to your spouse and how it can lead to your healing and wholeness
  • Focusing on ourselves to improve our relationships
  • Sex after childbirth
  • Female sexual desire issues

Enjoy these podcasts and have fun strengthening your marriage!

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  • dhsundwall April 1, 2008 at 10:07 am

    These podcasts don’t play or download for me.

    Plus, it would be nice to have a separate RSS feed for the podcasts so they can easily downloaded and placed on an iPod.

    Thanks for these resources.

    • klover April 11, 2008 at 8:45 am

      These podcast do not play for me either. Is it the operator or the computer?

  • klover April 2, 2008 at 12:11 pm


    I wish to thank you for your book “And They Were Not Ashamed.” My wife and I have read most, if not all, of it several times; It is helping my wife feel better about herself and our intimacy – especially sexual.

    My wife and I have struggled with our sexual intimacy for nearly ten years. Almost always she can do without sexual intimacy. Within the last year we finally experienced an orgasm for her. Most of the time she does not know what she needs for arousal. She is taking some hormone supplements which have sometimes helped. I continue to try my best to cherish her and seek emotional intimacy.

    In my quest to be a better lover for her and for me I have seen some books which I am interested in such as:

    * “She Loves God, Me, … and Sex!” by Robert Irwin

    * “Sexual Skills for the Christian Husband” by Robert Irwin

    * “Lick By Lick” by Michael Webb

    * “She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman” by Ian Kerner

    Laura and/or friends, does anyone have an opinion about these self-help books or any other which may help us improve our lovemaking? I would greater appreciate your perspective.

    My wife is involved in a book club and has the opportunity of suggesting the next book. I took encouragement from a reader that she had offered to read “And They Were Not Ashamed” in her book club. I too believe we need to treat this subject as sacred … the key is “sacred” and “to treat.” Since we purchase the book when it first became available my wife has kept it at the bottom of a drawer hidden by clothes.

    Thus far I believe our LDS culture/my family has not “treated” this subject as “sacred” because we have not talked about it with reverence but instead just said “it is evil.”

    My parents and church leaders taught me little about sex; I do not remember them ever exposing its highest purpose of bonding husband and wife. My wife grew-up hearing the “thou shalt not’s” about this subject in almost every young women meeting. I too just heard the “thous shalt nots”.

    I feel so cheated, deceived, rejected it is hard to not be angry. I do not feel wanted, needed, cherished, desired, accepted without our emotional, spiritual, and sexual fulfillment.

    Before marriage I believed that most divorces were caused by the husband, now I can believe that the husband and the wife can be equally responsible!

    Thank you, Thank you, for addressing this subject as a professionally trained women; it carries a lot more weight than if a man wrote it — he would be thought of as selfish, inconsiderate, one-tracked.

    Thank you for bringing this most enlightening, sacred topic into the light.

    Thank you so much for your service!!! I can not thank you enough. I believe you have saved and enhanced our marriage and our daughters and possibly my life.


  • Red April 4, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Actually I have question.

    Why would a man and a womans sexual desire for each other lessen if both still love each other?

    I find myself wanting more sexual intimacy than he does. He says sex is good just not everything. He often just flips me over rubs what he thinks is my clitoris and just goes for it. When we were younger we took our time and enjoyed being together and exploring each other. I try to make things more exciting but, I get about as much foreplay as a bench warmer in a football game.

    I don’t have an orgasm unless I give it to myself.

    IF I try to explain that I need more time or try to tell him what I like he just get aggravated and says “How long have we been together? You don’t think I don’t know what you like”? Problem is he used to know what I liked now it’s like it is a chore, unless he’s in the mood and that is only in the mornings. He won’t go to a couselor or talk about it. I think it makes him feel less a man when I try to talk to him.

    Any suggestion?


    • klover April 11, 2008 at 9:02 am

      I guess it is one or a combination of getting older physically, emotional issues, other relationship issues, mental issues, or chemical issues.

      I feel for you.

      It sounds like you may feel as I do that I am weird or abnormal for wanting this curiosity, playfulness, desire, for our bodies to feel intimate emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As with most relationships, the party with the least desire usually dictates the level of involvement.

      Keep loving, be gratiful, be positive, and also lovingly communicate with your spouse each other’s needs (even if expressing your needs seems “selfish”). It is a challenge for me.

      Thanks for sharing; somehow it is good to hear that the husband is not always the “abnormal” one.

      Husbands and wifes should both fully acknowledge and not discount, belittle, or demean each other’s emotional and physical initimacy desires. Frequently, I hear “oh, that is all they ever think about,” or “they are so one tracked.” Statements and attitudes like this do not show love or concern they only further label and fail to validate each other’s needs to feel loved and to love!

  • micahutah April 9, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    You may try if you don’t get any ideas here. I have found to be a good resource as well. Of course Laura’s book is also excellent as well as the many articles she’s written for Meridian magazine. Good luck.

  • JustGettingBy October 10, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I am amazed at how much wisdom / knowledge Laura has on this subject. I just listened to one of the clips and she was able to articulate something that after hearing it I realized just how true it was for me.

    The comment was that (generally) men don’t primarily want more sex, they want their wife to enjoy intimacy as much as they do.” I hit rewind and listened to it again and thought – wow – that is how I feel!

    I just wish my wife would even crack open Laura’s book or listen to some of these talk shows that Laura has done.

    Great work Laura!

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