Sex Talk: Your Sexual Health Rolodex

Sex Talk: Your Sexual Health Rolodex

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Sarah has a low libido and does not want to have sex with her partner. Instead of getting help, she pushes her partner away emotionally and physically due to feeling guilty about her lack of desire. Sarah starts to blame herself and begins to create a negative self-identity in her relationship. Although Sarah is a fictional character, her pattern of feelings, thoughts and behaviors is a typical example of what is commonly seen among many women going to sex therapy.

 

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Sexual difficulties can often be a taxing, overwhelming time in a woman’s life. Often enough most women are not sure where to turn to or who to discuss these issues with and so their sexual health gets put on the back burner. However, healthy sexual functioning is important because in many cases sexual dysfunction is related to how we feel about our self-identity (ex: “How can I feel wonderful about myself when I do not feel fine about my sexuality?”). In Sarah’s case by getting help, she might find out that her life is too busy. Overly exerting oneself cannot only zap one’s energy but it also prevents the body from being able to feel desire due to exhaustion. The solution to Sarah’s problem may be as easy as having to say “no” to some activities in her life and saying “yes” to more self-care and dates with her partner.

 

Life is busy for most people these days. Finding time to take care of oneself is important. Everyone deserves to have great sexual health. Being proactive about sexual concerns might help prevent a small issue from snowballing into something bigger. Most of all, it is important to not give up hope. Sometimes the process can be about trial and error before finding something that helps. Provided below is a list of people and places in the Cincinnati area that specialize in helping women through discouraging sexual times.

 

Gynecologists
For many women the first place for help that comes to mind when experiencing sexual difficulties is their gynecologist. Gynecologists have education, knowledge and experience with what a woman might be dealing with. They also have the resources to either help guide her or refer her to someone even more specialized. This should be the home base for getting help with sexual issues. Some of the top gynecologist practices in the area are:
Dr. Amy Brenner and Associates
Seven Hills Women’s Health Center

 

Pelvic Floor Specialists
Physical therapists who specialize in the pelvic floor area are a great resource for helping women with sexual pain and/or discomfort. A woman might contact a pelvic floor specialist if she is struggling with pain during sex, pain in the pelvic area, post trauma pain and strengthening up the pelvic floor area. Techniques used include biofeedback and at home exercises among others. The place to go in the Cincinnati area is:
The Center For Pelvic Floor and Core Rehabilitation

 

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Sex Therapy
Sometimes sexual issues are cognitive and behavioral based. Sex therapy is a form of counseling led by trained professionals in the field of sex therapy for the benefit of individuals, couples and groups. Therapy can be helpful in talking through the dynamics of life that could be contributing to one’s current or past sex life. Concerns such as low sex drive, conflicts over frequency of sex, addictions, problems with orgasm, sexual abuse, sexual pain, and intimacy issues are some of the many reasons people seek out help from a sex therapist. In the Cincinnati area, sex therapists to check out are:
Emma Schmidt, MA, PC, Sex Therapy
Jill Bley, Ph.D
Thomas Kalin, Ph.D

 

Crisis Hotlines
In the unfortunate event when sexual abuse has occurred, 24-hour hotlines can be a good way to get quick answers in a time of crisis. Many times crisis hotlines have the resources to guide a survivor in the next steps after the abuse. Hospital accompaniment and court advocacy are usually provided as well. Typically, crisis organizations often have intervention and prevention programs for the community to utilize surrounding sexual abuse. A 24-hour crisis hotline to take advantage of in the Cincinnati area is:
Women Helping Women

 

Research and Education
When given a diagnosis or experiencing negative sexual symptoms, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and confused. Reaching out for more information can help alleviate some of those anxieties and worries. Utilizing research can also benefit in finding out ways to cope with the situation in one’s daily life such as helpful exercises, groups to attend, and the prevalence rate. More often than not, sexual difficulties are more common than people might realize. For more information on local research and educational organizations, go to:
Patty Brisben Foundation
Planned Parenthood

 

These suggestions are to help guide you in your journey to living a more fulfilling sexual life. If you are experiencing any sexual difficulties, I encourage you to seek help. In many cases a number of these resources will be used at the same time. By letting each resource know about the other, you can create a team mentality and have an even more effective approach to your situation. If you have any questions or comments about what you read, feel free to e-mail me at Emma@Emma-Schmidt.com

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