Syphilis (pronounced siff-eh-lis) is a bacterial infection that is sexually transmitted. It progresses in distinct stages. The disease is curable and progression is preventable if syphilis is caught early and treated. But if it isn't treated, it can cause serious damage to the cardiovascular system and brain and lead to blindness and nerve problems.
Syphilis is often called "the great imitator," because its signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases.
Set aside time to be alone or alone with your partner, without children and other distractions
Use erotic videos or books to increase stimulation
Masturbate to learn about what increases your arousal
Fantasize about what arouses you sexually; if appropriate, tell your partner about these fantasiesUse sensual massage and other forms of touch
Try new sexual positions or scenarios
Use relaxation techniques such as a warm bath before having sex
Use a vaginal lubricant to relieve arousal problems due to vaginal dryness
Several excellent books are available in mainstream bookstores or from mail-order sources to help couples deal with sexual and communication problems. Many people prefer this "do-it-yourself" method to talking about these problems with an outsider.