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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > March/April 2018 > SEX THERAPY


Could talking to a professional about your intimate issues help stoke up the fire in your relationship again? healthy investigates

Should I try it?

Compiled by Laura Potter. Photographs istock

It’s the one topic we’re reluctant to discuss: the health of our sex lives. But desire can take a nosedive at any age and for myriad reasons, from stress to work worries. Once you lose intimacy in a relationship, you can feel lonely, guilty, frightened or embarrassed, so it’s important to deal with the underlying causes, often a mix of physical, emotional, psychological and situational factors; sex therapy can be a way to do this.

Who can it help?

Anyone, for any reason, but the most common concerns that bring people into sexual therapy are around levels of sexual desire, so someone may have too much, too little, none at all or there may be a big mismatch in their relationship. Some people may feel uncomfortable about their desires, because they seem unusual or even scary. Difficulties climaxing are common, whether it’s reaching climax too quickly, or failing to orgasm all together. Some women have vaginismus, where they find it almost impossible to be penetrated, and pain during sex is also common. Sex therapy can help all of these issues, as well as complications with physical or emotional intimacy. It can also help if sexual problems are preventing you from conceiving, by addressing psychological and physical issues.

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