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Can BDSM actually help a relationship?

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  • Relationship therapist: 'One thing that the BDSM community is very, very proud of -- how they are able to communicate'

On Tuesday night, a caller told HLN's Dr. Drew that Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) strengthened the relationship with the man who has become her husband

“It forces us to communicate about what we want, not just in the bedroom, but in life,” she said.

Psychosexual and relationship therapist Simone Bienne continued, “That's certainly one thing that the BDSM community is very, very proud of -- how they are able to communicate and this is essential how it spills out -- the sexual relationship spills out into the emotional side of the relationship because you are able to manage conflict better because of strong communication.”

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