The Women, Immunity and Sexual Health (WISH) lab is an interdisciplinary lab that studies the interactions between women’s sexual and reproductive health, and mental and physical health.
Some questions we are researching include:
How does the reproductive system interact with the immune system to balance between defending against pathogens, and not accidentally attacking sperm or embryos? How does sexual activity influence this balance?
How do antidepressants change sexual function and sexual relationships in females during reproductive transitions, such as postpartum or during puberty?
Can psychological interventions reduce the fight-or-flight response to sex in women with a history of childhood sexual abuse, or women with pelvic pain?
To answer these and other questions, we uses methods from multiple fields, including measures of hormones and immune markers, psychophysiological measures of sexual and autonomic arousal, neural imaging, clinical trials, surveys and interviews.
Please explore our Research page to learn more about current projects, Publications page for completed studies, and our Lab Personnel page to learn more about the research assistants, graduate students and collaborators who support this lab.