August 24, 2021 1 min read

What does the research say around why people want or choose non monogamy? How does someone know which relationship style is right for them? And what are some tips for folks who want to "open smarter"? 

We also read a testimonial from Dr. Shawn about how to navigate anal sex and hemorrhoids. 

Want to skip to the interview? Fast forward to minute 18.

About our guest: Zhana Vrangalova, PhD, is a NYC-based sex and relationships consultant, speaker, and writer passionate about elevating society’s conversation about sex and relationships. She was born and raised in Macedonia, a small country in Southeast Europe, where traditional gender and sexual norms clashed with her own alternative sexual desires and interests, and inspired her to pursue a career of understanding and helping sexually adventurous individuals and couples live authentic, healthy, and ethical lives.

Dr. Zhana has a BA in psychology from the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University where she studied how nontraditional sexual lifestyles (casual sex, nonmonogamy, and nonheterosexuality) affect psychological health and wellbeing. She currently teaches Human Sexuality courses at New York University, and hosts the global Uncensored conversation series. Her new online course, Open Smarter, helps people make smarter decisions about their relationship choices using their unique relationship personality. Join her weekly conversations on Instagram @DrZhana or visit


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