Ask Basia Video Podcast Episode9

By Basia Alicia Powell

Why Men And Women Cheat?

I am not sure that I have the answer for the above question. For this reason, I decided to get together with some other queens to get their perspectives. We are all grown women who have lived, and we have all had different experiences with relationships. However, every now and then grown women, get together to discuss issues regarding relationships and marriage that affects us in one way or the other. We don’t learn these things at university. Unfortunately, there are certain things that only life can teach us.

As I began my research for this episode, I stumbled upon some interesting statistics. My research confirmed for me that men cheat at a higher rate than women. However, they both cheat for different reasons. In addition, I was also astonished to find out that infidelity is not the number one cause for a divorce. According to, that the majority of couples get divorced due to communication and financial issues rather than issues associated with infidelity. Who would have thought. Nevertheless, infidelity continues to cause a great deal of pain to both men and women. I wanted to hear the ladies views on why infidelity happens, how to address and get past it if and when it occurs in your relationship.

For episode 9 of the Ask Basia Video Podcast, I was joined by Dr. Ayanna Eastman, Dr Sydelle Ross, Dr Stephanie Thompson . (Please see their bios below) While we may not all agree on the way infidelity should be handled, we all understand that it brings a lot of pain to both men and women.

Commentator Bios

Dr Sydelle Ross, an Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist, who currently practices palliative medicine. She is also a classically trained vocalist who uses music to care for patients living with life threatening illnesses. Dr Ross’s podcast “Prescription in Song” is dedicated to promoting awareness of healing potential of music and is available on Apple Podcast and Spotify. Take a look at her website

Stephanie M. Thompson, M.D. is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist at The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science (IRMS) at Saint Barnabas in Livingston, NJ. She is an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. Thompson received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Medical Center and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School.

Her special interests within the field include health and wellness in fertility patients and oocyte cryopreservation. Dr. Thompson has received many honors throughout her academic career and has actively contributed to the scientific literature in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her research includes “Single vs. Double IUI for Male Factor Infertility” and “Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in immortalized endometrial stromal cells. She is currently a principal investigator for the “STAR” trial investigating the impact of pre-implantation genetic screening on pregnancy rates.

As well as her research involvement, Dr. Thompson is a frequent speaker on oocyte cryopreservation having appeared on CNN’s “Birth with Lisa Ling” as well as “The Dr Oz” show to discuss this emerging technology. She also regularly addresses groups of women contemplating egg freezing to help them navigate the medical and emotional aspects of the process.

Dr. Thompson continues to teach residents and medical students as the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division Director for Resident Education at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Thompson’s primary location is in Hoboken, NJ where her practice encompasses reproductive surgery, treatment of gynecologic endocrine disorders and assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilization and oocyte cryopreservation

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Dr Ayanna Eastman

Dr Eastmam is a Professor Communication, educator scholar, entrepreneur, proud single mother, sister, aunt, and most importantly, woman of God. (Check her out on )

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