By Sarah Mahoney
You’ve Said It. You’ve Heard It. How To Put That Excuse To
Bed—And Get Back In The Mood
Be honest. How many times have you turned down sex this month? Even the best
marriages have sexual cold fronts and everyday problems—like a crushing work
deadline, a sick parent, or an acting-out teen—that can put the chill on
romance. But when sex evasion turns into a daily habit, marriage can become an
arctic zone. After all, there's room for only so many nights of "Do we...
Getting caught during a delicate moment, whether you’re solo or with a partner, is common.
“It’s best to address your embarrassment head-on,” says Carole Lieberman, MD, a psychiatrist in Beverly Hills. A light response can work wonders -- something like, “Oh, I thought I was going to have some private time here,” or, “We thought we were alone.”
Get caught by your kids? “Young children, in particular, may interpret sexual situations as Mommy and Daddy fighting, so it’s important to quickly let your child know that you are playing,” says Lieberman. Older children are more clued into what’s going on and respond better to, "We were showing our love for each other, and you'll understand better when you grow up.”
Your Partner Has a Fetish
If your partner makes a freaky request, ask yourself: Are you ashamed to do it? Is it unsafe? If the answer is no to both, “it’s worthwhile to be open-minded and willing to try it,” Lieberman says.
Before you start, discuss what it is you don’t like about the idea, and consider having a "safe word" that lets your partner know it’s time to stop. Knowing you can call a halt when you want to may even help you enjoy it.