Is it really true that couples stop having sex after they get married? While we know that this is not completely true, we do know that sex can truly diminish after having children and being consumed with the stressors of raising them, feeding them, and schooling them! I mean who really has the energy or the gumption to look sexy, feel sexy, and better yet have sex! Children are a lot of work.
Eventually, the lack-of-sex subject in your marriage has to be addressed. Married folks have sex, and should enjoy it, and hopefully desire it on at least a semi-regular basis.
So why are so many of us not handling this subject like we would our finances, our careers, our children? Why are we avoiding it? Well, because even in today’s modern society, sex is still a very uncomfortable subject for us to discuss with our children, our friends, and our spouses.
It’s strange, isn’t it? We love a good romance novel or romantic comedy movie. So why aren’t we talking? Well, in many cases we feel that we are the source of the problem, but we are confused or frightened to admit it and deal with it.
If this sounds like you and your marriage there may be a few concrete ways you can address what has to be a very difficult and painful topic for you and your spouse. Let’s get back to intimacy.
If you have a diminished desire for sex, go see your physician ensure there is not a medical reason for your problem. Also, there are some women who have always experienced discomfort or pain during intercourse but never addressed it. Perhaps you think that certain positions are just not meant for you, but it may be that you have a physical problem that has a solution. Simply stated – if you can’t get aroused or are uncomfortable, even after a round of foreplay, there may be something physical going on. Check it out with your gynecologist.
Once you have determined that there is nothing physically wrong with should also consider that the problem may be mental or emotional in nature. Are you tired? Mentally tired? Tired of him? Is he still attractive to you or is he just a warm body? Do you feel unattractive? Do you think he feels you are unattractive? Has either of you cheated in the past – and know about it? Is sex boring–A ritualistic rut?
It’s a huge myth that sex is not an important part of a relationship. Physical intimacy with your partner is very important for the health of your relationship.
If you are married, sex may not feel like it did the first time with him, but it should be satisfying and desired by both of you. If you have low feelings of desire, consider the following:
1. Pinpoint your sources of stress. Write them down. Number them. Get a list. What is causing you the most stress? Finances? Intimacy? Children? Illness? Family?
2. Now sort them in their order of importance. The last item on the list you should be able to eliminate this week. For example, if your kids are stressing you out. Hire a babysitter; go out on a date with your mate, and at the end of the evening try to initiate intimacy.
3. Continue to work on whittling down your list while you keep up with your
date nights etc…
4. Find things to reduce your overall stress levels. Activities such as reading a book, yoga, walking/running, taking up an old hobby, dancing to your favorite music on your iPod, etc.
Reducing your overall stress is a great way to promote relaxation during times of intimacy. Sometimes we put great amounts of performance pressure on ourselves and inadvertently sabotage our performance. Plus happy people have more sex!
Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…