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Some of the most common things that couples argue about are money, sex, children, and in-laws. People are more and more likely to talk to a therapist about their families and money. However, many people still are too embarrassed to seek treatment for sexual problems.

There are many kinds of sexual problems. It is common for women to have trouble reaching orgasm or sexual climax. It is common for men to have difficulty in delaying orgasm. Couples often have problems when one person wants to try something sexual that the other person does not want to try. Sex therapy can help with these and other problems.

As with any therapist, it is important to check the qualifications of the person you are going to see. Ask about degrees, training, memberships in associations, and so forth. Therapists should abide by guidelines set by the American Psychological Association and/or the American Medical Association. These guidelines forbid sexual contact between patients and therapists. Ask the State Board of Mental Health in your state about specialists who treat sexual problems.

It is important to have physical examinations before seeking therapy. Many times the cause of sexual problems is physical. Diabetes, treatment for high blood pressure, and certain anti-depressant medications are common culprits. These causes can often be addressed. At other times, the cause of the problem is psychological. People who have been sexually molested or raped often have difficulties with sex.

If you have sexual problems, consider sex therapy. Sex is not all that there is to a happy marriage or relationship, but it acts as a big reward for many people. Many people have reported that they learned to enjoy sex after they were in their sixties or older. Do not give up, it is never too late.

 


 

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Last Updated: 09 April 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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