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Treatment of Aversion to Sex

Abstract: The treatment of sex aversion depends on the cause. It can be medicine or psychotherapy.

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Treatment of Aversion to Sex

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, psychologist in charge of Emergis, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 24 Aug 2008.

How can aversion to sex be treated?

Answer:

Depending on the cause of the aversion to sexual behaviour a treatment is set up. A sexologist is specialized in this. Medication like anti-depressants can support the treatment. The aversion is often treated as anxiety attacks, that is through exposure. This means that they are exposed, little by little, to their fears so that these go away or gradually disappear under professional guidance. Psychological treatment that tries to influence the thoughts and feelings about sexual contact is also used. If sexual abuse or other traumatic experiences play a role it is important to do something about this and discuss it. Stress can be reduced by doing relaxation exercises and dealing with the causes of the stress. Relation therapy can be used in the case of relation problems or communication problems between the partners.
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