For Sexual Dysfunction, ‘Men Get A Pill And Women Need Therapy.’ What Gives?
Melanie says she loves her partner of four years and that she’s physically attracted to him. She just hasn’t wanted to have sex with him for the past three years.
“It’s very frustrating being somebody who used to be so interested in sex and having such a voracious sex life only to not,” Melanie, a 27-year-old student in Canada, said. “It affects my self-esteem. It affects my day-to-day existence.”
Melanie spoke candidly to The Huffington Post about intimate details of her personal life on the condition that her real name not be used.
This loss of desire came after taking antidepressants to treat a misdiagnosis of anxiety disorder and depression. As the medication took effect, Melanie’s libido dropped and her sex life pretty much ceased to exist. She eventually weaned herself off the medication with the help of her doctor, but her sex drive never returned.
Luckily, Melanie’s partner has been willing to work through this issue with her. They practice sensate therapy exercises that allow them to touch each other without the expectation of sex, and through therapy, Melanie has been able to understand that her difficulty with intimacy doesn’t mean she’s not “good enough” for her relationship.
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