Sexual Therapy and Other Advice
If the problem is lack of knowledge, your health care provider or a sex therapist can teach you (and your partner) about the sexual response cycle and the elements of sexual stimulation. Armed with this new knowledge, many couples can go forward on their own.
Psychotherapy can help a woman identify problems in your life, can be expressed as sexual problems.
- For some women, these problems are quite clear, including sexual abuse or other past, rape or traumatic sexual encounters.
- For other, problems may be less clear, involving unresolved emotional issues or dissatisfaction with other areas of life.
- In both cases, the therapist generally focuses on restoring the attitudes of women toward sex.
- The goal is to get rid of old attitudes that got in the way of nice sex, establishing new attitudes that increase sexual responsiveness.
If the problem relates to your relationship, recommends couples counseling. (You do not have to be married to go to a “marriage counselor. “)
- The couples therapist is trained and experienced in helping couples recognize, understand and solve their problems.
- Firstly, the counselor explores the relationship to find the trouble spots.
- The counselor will recommend exercises and activities that will improve communication and trust of the couple.
- If this can be done, sexual problem often can be solved more easily.
A sex therapist can lead to couples therapy a step further, focusing on the couple''s physical relationship. After identifying the attitudes of the couple about sex and sexual problem, sex therapist recommends specific exercises to re-focus attention and expectations of the couple. Specific objectives may include any of the following:
- Learning to relax and eliminate distractions
- Learning to communicate in a positive way what you would like
- Learn techniques nonsexual touching
- Enhance or improve sexual stimulation
- Minimize pain during intercourse
Sex therapists often use what are called exercises “fire sensorial” for the treatment of sexual problems. The exercises begin with non-sexual touch and encourage both partners to express how much they like to be touched. The goal is to help both partners understand how to recognize and communicate their preferences.
Sex therapists can recommend exercises to help with vaginismus
- One successful technique is the use of Kegel exercises. Many women are familiar with these from their childbirth education classes. Kegel exercises involve voluntary contraction and relaxation of the muscles surrounding the vaginal opening. Women do this instinctively when they need to urinate at an inconvenient time.
- Some women have been helped using vaginal dilators to relax spasms. A small dilator is placed in the vagina, during 10 minutes, then, removed. Larger dilators are used over time to train the vaginal muscles. Kegel exercises can improve the chances of success with this technique.
Group therapy or a support group can be very useful for a mulher.Lá, she can discuss their problems with other people they compartilham.As women often gain insight and practical solutions to these groups, as well as greater confidence to know that she is not alone. Groups of couples can also be very helpful if both partners are willing. A sex therapist usually recommend such a group, if he or she thinks would be useful.