Sexuality counseling is a key tool in assisting individuals and couples to handle erectile dysfunction. There is more to sex than an erect penis! Blood flow, medications and other medical impediments can impact erections, but the body is more than just systems. As a person your thoughts, worries, connections and interactions also affect the body's ability to get and maintain an erection.
You should seek medical treatment and then sexuality counseling for erectile dysfunction as soon as you notice the symptoms. Most people notice an inability to get an erection, lessening rigidity, loss of erection during intercourse or fewer morning erections. Many medications and medical conditions like diabetes, blood pressure issues or injury can change your ability to achieve satisfactory erections. Treating medical causes is only the first step in recovery from erectile dysfunction. I often recommend lifestyle changes including diet, stretching, meditation or exercise to address physical causes of erectile dysfunction.
I find that shifting the individual's thoughts away from penis centered sex to a sensual whole body idea of sex works well. Focusing on connection and satisfaction without pressure to perform a very narrow action can relieve stress while building a positive new outlook on what sex offers to you. Couples who embrace a broader definition of sensuality often redefine their own needs sexually and learn to meet those needs in exciting new ways. Developing a new sexual style can encourage a deepening of connection in body-heart-spirit.
Sherri Aikin is a Fellow of Integrative Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Sex Counselor, Mindfulness Facilitator, and Life Coach.
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