June 23, 2006, Newsletter Issue #107: Expressing Sexual Desire

Tip of the Week

Differences in sexual desire is a very common problem, especially for long-term couples.

Sometimes the problem is deep-seated - for instance, if one partner has previous sexual-abuse issues. Other times it's a temporary reflection of stress, hormones (particularly around pregnancy and perimenopause), or medication.

There's no one "normal" frequency of sex. "Normal" is whatever works for you and your partner. At the same time, if you have no interest in sex at all, or if you feel intense urges that are disrupting your life with your partner, it may be time to seek medical help.

If you don't want sex and your partner does, it may work for you to provide support for your partner's pleasures, such as helping to set the scene, or remaining involved through spoken and nonverbal communication.

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