I Need Help For Intimacy Issues

A fulfilling sex life builds your self-esteem and strengthens your relationship with your partner. Sexual health is an important part of your overall well-being, but nearly half of all women are dealing with sexual dysfunction and intimacy issues in their daily lives.

Sexual problems like low libido and painful intercourse can take a serious toll, and many women are too embarrassed to bring these issues up with their doctor or their partner. Discussing intimacy is very personal, but avoiding the issues won’t make them go away.

You don’t have to suffer from sexual dysfunction in silence. Farly Sejour, MD, Natalie Gould, WHNP-BC, and our team at Solace Women's Care work with you to identify the cause behind your intimacy issues and find a solution to help you enjoy sex again.

Recognizing signs of intimacy issues

Talking about sex is often considered taboo. Since people are reluctant to discuss the details of their sex lives with their partners and their doctors, it’s easy for sexual problems and intimacy issues to go unnoticed for a long time.

Everyone’s sexual preferences are different, but there are a few signs that could indicate you’re experiencing intimacy issues that aren’t normal. You might need help for intimacy issues if you have:

Pain with sex

Almost 3 in 4 women experience pain with sex at some time or another. Although it’s extremely common, it’s not normal. Painful intercourse has many possible causes, including:

Experiencing pain with sex can make you less interested in having sex and contribute to intimacy issues. 

Low sex drive

Your sex drive, or libido, is your interest in having sex. Sex drive is fluid, and it’s normal for it to change over time. However, prolonged or extreme disinterest in sex could be contributing to your intimacy issues.

Abnormally low sex drive might have several causes. Hormonal imbalance, certain medications, and mental health conditions like depression or extreme stress can influence your sex drive.

Relationship stress

Physical problems like vaginal dryness or low sex drive can lead to intimacy issues, but your comfort level in your romantic relationship could also be a factor. A healthy, fulfilling sex life relies on trust between both partners, so a stressful or unstable relationship might trigger sexual issues.

Emotional disconnection and conflict can make you less interested in sex. On the other hand, you might feel more disconnected and experience additional stress in your relationship if you’re having less sex. 

Ways to improve your intimacy issues

Wanting a fulfilling sex life might seem superficial, but sexual health should never be ignored. If you think you’re dealing with intimacy issues, Dr. Sejour and our team are here to help. 

Seek medical care for sexual health

In many cases, the root cause of intimacy issues is a treatable medical condition. Dr. Sejour recommends starting with a comprehensive wellness exam to check for gynecologic conditions that might be contributing to your sexual dysfunction.

Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids are all common conditions that can cause painful sex, but treating them can make sex more comfortable. If you have symptoms of menopause like vaginal dryness, hormone replacement therapy could boost your sex life.

Build emotional intimacy

Intimacy issues can put stress on even the best relationships. Taking steps to build emotional intimacy with your partner can help you feel more connected and even improve your sexual relationship too.

Talk to your partner about how you’re feeling and what you want your relationship to look like. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but opening up to them allows you to build trust and strengthen your relationship together.

You deserve to have a sex life you’re excited about. To find help for your intimacy issues, turn to Dr. Sejour and our team at Solace Women’s Care. Contact our Conroe, Texas, office online or call us at 936-441-7100.

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