Erectile Dysfunction Treatments Sex Therapy

Sex therapy can be part of the process of correcting impotence, especially in cases where no physical cause can be found. A sex therapist can help you deal with relationship problems, intimacy issues, depression and anxiety.

Sex therapy or counseling is not a quick fix: it requires a substantial time commitment. Discussing topics as intimate as the emotions associated with sex can be very difficult. Unfortunately, many men find this aspect of counseling too embarrassing and avoid therapy.

Therapy is usually beneficial when a man’s partner also plays an active role. Partners can help to incorporate anxiety-reducing techniques into the couple’s sexual activities. This, of course, requires that the partner be fully aware of the nature of the problem. When a man shies away from discussing erectile dysfunction with his partner, he probably fears that he will be seen as “less of a man” if his partner knows about the problem.

What the Therapist Needs to Know

At the start of counseling, a therapist will gather as much information about your sexual life as possible. You should provide a complete sexual history along with any concerns or expectations you have about sex. In addition, you’ll be asked questions about your current and past relationships. Should you seek therapy as a couple, your partner will also be asked for this information.

Treating Depression, Anxiety and Relationship Issues

Don’t be surprised if your initial therapy doesn’t focus directly on sex and erection difficulties. If you’re diagnosed with depression or an anxiety disorder, the underlying problem will be addressed first.

Your relationship will also come under close scrutiny. Unresolved resentment, frustration or other emotional issues between you and your partner may be affecting your sex life. Your sexual expectations and those of your partner may differ. Developing interpersonal communication skills may help you discuss and resolve such differences.

Physical Techniques for Correcting Impotence

Erectile dysfunction is sometimes the result of anxiety about sex. Your therapist may suggest some physical techniques for reducing sexual anxiety. These may include a program of non-genital sexual touching with your partner to build confidence and reduce anxious feelings. After this stage, the therapist may recommend mutual masturbation, eventually building up to full intercourse.

Resources

Ricker Polsdorfer, J. (1999). Sex therapy. Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Retrieved September 24, 2002, from www.findarticles.com/cf_0/g2601/0012/2601001241/p1/article.jht ml?term=sex therapy.

Urology Channel. (updated 2002). Erectile dysfuntion. Retrieved September 24, 2002, from www.urologychannel.com/erectiledysfunction/index.shtml.