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Sexual Healing – What’s getting between you and a satisfying sex life?

Sexual Healing – What’s getting between you and a satisfying sex life?

Are you not getting enough sex…or not enjoying it as much as you’d like? Sometimes the dry spell is temporary. Maybe you’re stressed, tired or too bored by the routines to muster excitement of any kind. That’s nothing a vacation can’t solve.

But some problems are more serious, and rooted in medical problems left untreated, because couples are too embarrassed to seek help. When the incidents became more regular, you blamed it on performance anxiety.

When Romance Isn’t Enough

However, erectile dysfunction (the inability to maintain an erection) is caused by physical problems, and can’t be solved by a romantic dinner or blamed on lack of interest or passion. For example, in lazy erections – when it’s not rigid or full or is lost more rapidly than expected, then there could be a failure in the mechanism that holds blood in the penis. Elderly males who have hypertension, diabetes and heart problems can experience ED.

ED can be treated, but only after the doctors have diagnosed the real cause of the problem. Doctors can prescribe pills, direct injections to the male sex organ or insert prosthesis. Treatment can take much longer if the problem is organic.

Not ‘Just’ Sex

Some people hate going to doctors – more so for a personal problem like a deteriorating sex life. However, it’s worth getting professional help for ED, premature ejaculation, inability to have an orgasm, and other psychologically related sexual problems, considering how much they affect the couple’s quality of life and self-esteem.

Not Tonight, Dear

Men’s sexual problems may be more immediately obvious, but four out of ten women experience female sexual dysfunction. If you were to compare female and male sexual dysfunction, women have a lot of hormonal play and physical changes. It’s just that women don’t talk about it or aren’t aware of it because there is less hype.

Female sexual dysfunction falls under one or more of the following categories;

  • Low sexual desire or libido
  • Sexual arousal disorder (has desire, but unable to become aroused or stay aroused)
  • Orgasmic disorder (inability to achieve orgasm)
  • Sexual pain disorder (pain associated with stimulation or penetration)

Some Possible Causes

  • Other Health Problems

Medical illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, incontinence, and cancer can also affect sexual desire and performance. Other culprits: medications like anti-depressants, anti-histamines and anti-hypertensives.

  • Childbirth

There’s a condition called vaginal relaxation, where the vagina feels “loose” because of damage to the tissue and ligaments that occurred during labor (and aggravated by the aging process).

  • Hormones

Women are more vulnerable to sexual problems during pregnancy, postpartum period and menopause. Many new moms report that they’re just not interested anymore because of raising kids or sudden vaginal dryness. Menopausal women, on the other hand, have lower estrogen levels, which causes the vagina to become narrow and less elastic.

  • Lifestyle

Excessive amounts of alcohol blunt your sexual response. And we all know how it feels to be too tired and too stressed to have sex.

  • Psychological Issues

Emotional pain, the harassing demands of work and home, and a negative image of your partner and yourself can take their toll on your sex life.