Problems experienced by both sexes

General dissatisfaction with their sex life. A need to put back the sparkle.

This is a very common problem and often responds well and quickly to therapy.

High or low sex drive

You may be concerned that your sex drive is low. Or consider it excessive. Normal sex drive covers a wide spectrum. Our need for sexual activity is individual and varies from person to person just as our needs for food and sleep.

It can also vary from time to time within the individual due to factors such as illness, stress or alcohol consumption.

However, a mismatch in the level of sex drive often causes problems in relationships. One partner is feeling frustrated whilst the other could feel pressured to engage in sexual activity.

A high level of sex drive can distract the individual from work and other necessary activities. Or cause them to engage in risky and potentially harmful behaviour.

A very high level of sex drive is sometimes referred to as obsession or sex addiction.

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Negative emotions related to sex

Some people experience negative emotions related to sex. These can include feelings of guilt or depression after sexual activity. Or negative feelings towards sex generally. Such feelings may relate to couple’s sexual activity or solo sex (masturbation).

Jealousy

For most couples love means exclusivity. We don’t want to share our partner and may look out for signs that s/he is interested in someone else. To some extent this is natural. However excessive jealousy or jealousy related to past partners is undesirable and can be very damaging to the relationship that the person is trying to safeguard by their watchfulness.

Vaginismus and anxiety about penetrative sex.

These clearly effect both partners in a relationship and so to some degree will any sexual problem involving one half of a couple.

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