Our expert says:
In terms of resolving the stretch marks, that is obviously something I can't help with that - perhaps a dermatologist could assist more with this. Alternatively, ask the medical expert 'cyberdoc' on the expert forum; perhaps she has some ideas about that.
The psychological issues related to feeling uncomfortable with what your body looks like now can be tricky and require you to do some work on your thinking (it's mostly how bad you think it is that makes you feel bad about it - if a man wants to be intimate with you, and you tell him that you are conscious about the way it looks, then you need to trust that it may be okay with him). How is your feeling self-concious about this changing things? If you have done as much as you can for now, then you have to try to just take the leap of 'just being' and let him have his reaction or not - many people are guided by how YOU feel about yourself. You can try to protect yourself some by warning any possible partner how you worry about the appearance of these marks, then you can also try moving slowly to being naked (dim the lights to begin with, if that helps), but do eventually expose yourself fully (i.e. don't try to hide behind sheets, or hide certain areas) and try to overcome your fear as far as possible. The alternative is you remain slave to it and hide away for another few years!
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