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Podcast Season 6 Episode 2: Asking for Wants and Needs

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Impact-Site-Verification: 74d5b551-6ed2-4283-a230-434b2af9c155 “I find that minimizing other relationships doesn’t do what people think it will- you have to move through discomfort anyway.”

“If you can’t talk about a kind of sex or a relationship style with the people you want it with, you may not be ready to have it.”

On today's podcast, Laura sits down with Yana Tallon-Hicks, LMFT, to discuss the comforts and complications of polyam relationship networks when it comes to communicating our needs and wants, especially regarding our sex lives. From communicating with partners and polycule members about STI status to changes in relationships, she's got lots of useful advice for the practicalities of having these conversations. They also discuss nonmonogamy while parenting and communicating bandwidth to new and potential partners.

Yana Tallon-Hicks, LMFT, is a couples and relationships therapist and a consent, sex, and sexuality writer and educator living in Western Massachusetts. Her work centers around the belief that pleasure-positive and consent-based sex education can positively impact our lives and the world. Connect with her socially on Instagram @the_vspot and professionally at Order your copy of Hot and Unbothered (out August 16) at or wherever you buy books.

As always you, can find the podcast at, on Instagram and Tiktok @readyforpolyamory, and on Twitter @ready4polyamory; and her book on Amazon & Audible.

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