Sexual concerns can arise either through physical or psychological causes and sometimes as a combination of both. After eliminating any physical causes (which may involve a visit to see your GP) the following issues can be identified and worked on:
- Anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm)
- Sexual anxiety
- Ejaculatory problems, too fast, too slow or not at all
- Inability to achieve or maintain an erection (Erectile Dysfunction)
- Loss of sexual desire (generally for men and women, and specifically after childbirth)
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginismus (a tightening of the vaginal muscles making intercourse very difficult)
- Working through the impact of childhood sexual abuse
- Sexually compulsive behaviours, problematic internet pornography use, chat lines, compulsive masturbation
Sexual issues affect most people at some point in their lives, regardless of their sexual orientation, age, religion, stage of relationship or social status. They may have a sudden or a gradual onset or, even be life-long. There may be various contributing factors such as unhappiness in the couple relationship, a work/ life imbalance, difficulties following childbirth, household and parenting pressures, ageing, illness impacting on one’s sex life such as cancer or surgery, prescription medicines, trauma, affairs within the relationship and general exhaustion.
Sex therapy provides an opportunity to meet with a qualified person in a safe environment and explore problems and issues related to intimate relationships, in order to gain a better understanding and work on more positive ways of doing things, providing you with the skills for on-going long term improvements.