Our expert says:
I don't think that you need the advice of a shrink to deal with this issue and it is one that we hear of quite frequently. It is difficult to advise when one has only a little information about your situation but you have said that you have been married for 5 years and know each other for 7 years, and that your sex life was initially good. You also mention that you have been trying to conceive for four years which is not an easy situation. You mention that you have a wonderful loving husband.
It seems that you are describing a decrease in your desire to have intercourse. To start with, it may be useful to know that during the first 6 months to first few years of a relationship, testosterone levels are higher in women. Testosterone is the hormone which causes libido or sexual desire. So when one is in a new relationship, one's libido may be higher and then this may decrease, which is natural experience. You have also mentioned that you are trying to conceive. As you will know, this can put pressure on your relationship and there is often focus on the need to conceive rather than on just enjoying being physically intimate. What is also important to know, is that men can become sexually aroused very quickly. Women take a lot longer to reach this level of arousal. It is common for women to feel that more time needs to be spent on general bodytouching before zooming in on the more sexual/sensitive areas eg. breasts/genital areas and that there is then pressure for intercourse when actually only being physically close would satisfy one's need. This can be very difficult to deal with and can cause a lot of distress and then perhaps avoidance of being close at all.
It is necessary to be able to communicate your feelings in a kind way to your husband. To be able to tell him that you do love him and need to be physically intimate but that it is not necessary on every occasion for you to have intercourse or for you to reach an orgasm to feel satisfied and loved. It may be necessary to explain that you love a massage but that he should not go straight to the genitals or breasts until you guide him there or are 'ready' and aroused. It may be necessary to for him to satisfy himself if he feels that he needs to climax and that intercourse for you at that time or everytime is not needed. This can take off the pressure so that you don't feel like avoiding any contact. It is also important to tune in to the touch and closeness and being together, without fearing that has to end in intercourse. If you can relax and enjoy being close sometimes it naturally ends that way eventhough initially you didn't think it would.
I hopethis helps. For further information please consult SASHA’s website at www.sexualhealth.qw.co.za/dru or for referral to a professional in your vicinity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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