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  • Mismatched Sexual Desire

    Do you want to feel intimately connected with your partner but feel that something is blocking the sexual intimacy?

    Are you and your partner not on the same page when it comes to intimacy and sexual desire?

    Do you want to feel closeness and connection with your partner but just not interested in pursuing sex anymore?

    Does it feel like your partner and you have different high and low sex drives that do not match up?

    Has your sexual intimacy with your partner become boring, vanilla sex, dull, and humdrum?

    Are you feeling that your partner is not attracted and interested in having sex with you anymore?

    Couples’ sexual desire mismatch is a common discrepancy occurrence within the dynamic of couples and experienced due to various reasons in most long-term relationships. Couples therapy can guide couples in establishing a solid foundation in their relationship and provide support with challenges that block intimacy, including communication, boundaries, parenting, and rebuilding trust issues due to past betrayals and hurts.

    Mismatched desires where one partner experiences low desire caused by several factors, including biological, physical, and psychological influences affecting sexual functioning, resulting in decreased sexual connection and intimacy.

    Mismatched Sexual Desire Factors

    Medical Diseases

    Cancer

    Diabetes

    Arthritis

    Chronic pain and fatigue

    High Blood Pressure

    Coronary Heart Disease

    Neurological Issues

    Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

    Significant Life Events

    Pregnancy, birth & breastfeeding

    Parenthood transition

    Menopause

    Grief and loss

    Sexual trauma (abuse, rape, incest)

    Work and life imbalance

    New professional career

    Religious beliefs

    Psychological or physical disability

    Relationship Factors

    Relationship conflict

    Toxic communication

    Criticism or contempt

    Defensiveness,

    Stonewalling

    Lack of emotional connection

    Affairs and Infidelity

    Low sexual satisfaction

    Broken Trust

    Medical & Psychological Factors

    Mental Health Issues

    Anxiety, Depression, Low-Self Esteem

    Psychiatric medications (antidepressants)

    Alcohol & Substance Use

    Hormone changes

    Painful Intercourse

    Erectile dysfunction

    Delayed Ejaculation

    How Can Couples Therapy Help?

    Couples therapy can focus on the core root of relationship problems and negatively impacting your emotional and psychological connection. Additionally, sex therapy guides couples in focusing on meeting their specific sexual desires and restoring the spark of physical intimacy and passion into the relationship for balance, harmony, and satisfaction.

     

    References

    Fischer, N., Štulhofer, A., Hald, G.M., Carvalheira, A., Træen, B.. (2021). Sexual

    Satisfaction in Older Heterosexual Couples From Four European Countries: Exploring the Roles of Actual and Perceived Discrepancy in Sexual Interest. J Sex Res. Jan;58(1):64-73. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2020.1809615. Epub 2020 Aug 27. PMID: 32852228.

    Mismatched sexual desire (2006). Navigating through the differences. Mayo Clin Womens Healthsource. Jan;10(1):9. PMID: 16404327.

    Rosen, N., Bailey, K., Muise, A. (2018). Degree and Direction of Sexual Desire Discrepancy are Linked to Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction in Couples Transitioning to Parenthood. (2018). J Sex Res. Feb;55(2):214-225. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1321732. Epub May 19. PMID: 28524698.