Effective treatment of a
sexual problem requires a high level of comfort
between you and your health professional, and between you and your partner. Because a
sexual problem often has multiple causes, treatments cannot be universally
applied-what works for one woman may not work for another. An effective
treatment plan will address and manage the cause and then build and strengthen
intimate communication between you and your partner. The best results will help
you find methods for having more satisfying sex.
Treatment may include communication counselling for you and your
partner, psychological therapy with a goal of building your emotional
well-being, and sex therapy. Sex counsellors and therapists are trained to
provide guidance for women to develop their sexual expression. Therapies may
Problem-solving techniques to incorporate into
communications with your partner.
Specific exercises and techniques
to enrich your sexual experience. For example:
In the case of involuntary contractions of
the vagina (vaginismus), you may be taught techniques for dilation of the
In the case of an inability to have an orgasm, you
may be taught techniques for masturbation that involve the sites of sexual
excitation in the genitals.
Dual sex therapy, in which partners are treated
together to clarify and work through problems as a
Behaviour training, such as assertiveness techniques to
help you express your sexual needs with confidence.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine