How Sex Therapy Can Help After Menopause

Peg Walsh APRN Uncategorized

There seems to be no shortage of information when it comes to sex after menopause. In fact, the number of potential sexual problems and complications for menopausal and postmenopausal women can be downright overwhelming!

But, the truth is, sex can be enjoyable for couples before, during, and after menopause. Here’s how sex therapy can help…

Understanding The Cause of Complications

To start, it’s important to understand the causes of complications such as loss of interest, painful intercourse, and difficulty achieving pleasure that are commonly associated with menopausal years. The loss of estrogen and testosterone following menopause can lead to changes in a woman’s body and sexual drive. Menopausal and postmenopausal women may notice that they’re not as easily aroused. That can lead to less interest in sex.

The Benefits of Sex Therapy

Many people forget to think about the brain as a powerful sex organ. Our minds have a lot to do with pleasure and sex drive. Many of the difficulties in sexual functioning are related to anxiety, expectation and miscommunication. The sessions are designed to give permission to experience pleasure and to reduce anxiety. They can help address emotional and relationship issues through a targeted approach with an
emphasis on talking about sexual feelings openly.

One of the main goals of sex therapy is to help couples understand the nature and cause of their sexual problems. At Peg Walsh Psychotherapy, we work with our clients to learn how to better express their sexual desires and needs to help enrich sexual expression.

What To Expect

Sex Therapy is a short-term (10 – 20 sessions) treatment utilizing a cognitive/ behavioral, psychodynamic approach to sexual problems. Because conflict and hurt feelings can interfere with sexual connection, at Peg Walsh Psychotherapy, we offer couples the option of combining Gottman Method Couples therapy with Sex Therapy to help address issues such as:
• Low or absent sexual desire
• Difficulty with orgasm, rapid ejaculation, delayed ejaculation
• Keeping your sexuality vibrant through and after menopause
• Effectively incorporating sexual medications into your intimate relationship
• Painful intercourse
• Reestablishing sexual activity after cancer, disability, chronic illness
• Erectile Dysfunction

Peg Walsh of Fort Myers Therapy is a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapist and is ready to help each couple develop a lasting way to communicate.