Even successful long-term relationships require tending and can fall into a rut. “The type of emotional intimacy that women seek to achieve in the beginning of a relationship may be exactly what undermines sexual desire later on. It’s important to continue to discover one another, to flirt, to create opportunities to see each other in different roles, in other words to keep the excitement going. ” It’s easy to become wrapped up in daily routines and responsibilities, which leave little time and energy for intimacy. Hire a babysitter to take the kids out for the afternoon, send a flirtatious text or email, go out to dinner, bring home a gift for no reason, plan a last-minute getaway, turn off the TV and computer, talk to each other, make your relationship a priority.
“The best way to counter low libido is to identify its root cause,” Dr. Wainer concludes. “Whatever is inhibiting that enjoyment can be overcome.”
Larisa Wainer, PsyD., is a licensed psychologist providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups. She has specific training and experience in issues related to relationships and sexual functioning,
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