Since there are so many different aspects that can impact you and FSD, I don't stop with treating just your body. My next steps include asking about any psychological traumas like sexual abuse or relationship stressors. Views of sex, how sex is negotiated with your partner and other thoughts can strongly impact your desire for and reactions during sex.
Sex counseling works with you medically (i.e. HRT, blood glucose control) and uses counseling for the needs of your mind and heart to heal. Sex counseling combines methods like education, physical therapy for pelvic floor exercises with medical intervention and discussion of ways to bring sex back into the exciting category. Many times spicing up your sex life with erotica, dance, massage and attitude shifts can increase desire and reduce the stress of Female Sexual Dysfunction.
Most importantly, couples are encouraged to promote bonding in noncoital interactions (keep hands off erogenous zones). By focusing on sensation rather than only the sexual, individuals can build a broader idea of intimacy and connection.
I use the ISIS Wheel by Gina Ogden and help my patients discover about heart connection, a powerful way to discuss and treat sexual dysfunction. When a patient checks out medically, I have them explore the energy of their desires and the stories that emerge around sex. These energies are key to understanding your attitude and approach to sex overall.
The ISIS Wheel and sex counseling reveals very important elements in helping to treat FSD. I am constantly hearing from women that the intimacy they are seeking is that they are seen as a human being and that their partners are curious and interested in who they are as women. Often a partner may try to "fix" the issue, when in truth the woman is capable of healing herself and knowing that the power lies within carries a great deal of encouragement for every woman.