Sex therapy may be helpful for some men who have
erection problems (erectile dysfunction). Sex therapy
doesn't involve having sex with or in front of the sex therapist. Also, isn't long-term or open-ended therapy. It usually involves working with a
therapist who recommends gradual steps to change sexual behavior.
Sex therapy helps you understand and accept that emotions (such as
anxiety or sadness) can easily become associated with physical factors or
reactions. This therapy is based on the following:
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Both partners share responsibility for helping
solve the problem, even if it is due to physical causes.
your partner receive information and education about sexual
It is necessary to change any negative attitudes toward
It is necessary to open up lines of communication between you
and your partner.
Sex therapy may involve:
Talking about the multiple causes of sexual
problems and how emotions can play a role in physical causes.
a variety of psychological tests.
Talking about the natural changes
in sexual function that occur with aging.
suggestions for enhancing sexual enjoyment (such as changing foreplay, using
lubricants, getting enough rest, eliminating distractions).
Your family doctor may be able to refer you to a sex
therapist. Or you can get a referral from a psychologist or social
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