Common Sexual Problems
Common sexual problems include: impotence, premature ejaculation, erectile difficulties, female orgasm problems, painful sex, low sex drive, sexual mismatch, sexual inexperience, poor sexual communication, infertility, and STD’s. Over the course of a person’s life, most people will have an experience of not being able to sexually perform the way that they would like. This is normal. With that being said, we have created hundreds of self-help tips for you to read from the comfort of your own home to help you take the steps to overcome the sexual problem that you are experiencing.
For several people, sex is a desire that naturally builds up over time, and some use pornography to express that sexual desire. However, not everyone is satisfied with their pornography use; some want a better experience. If your pornography use has become bland and you genuinely want to spice it up, here are five ways […]
Starting a new relationship can be CONSUMING, in both a wonderful way and an overwhelming way at times! Newly intimate individuals typically dive in head first and forget to come up for air, sound familiar at all? Maybe you still find yourself feeling this way even if you’ve been in a committed relationship or married […]
If you talk with a physician about having herpes simplex virus (HSV), they would likely tell you that the virus is pretty benign (e.g., skin irritation, physical fatigue). Yet, so many struggle with having HSV. That’s because of the immense social stigma with having the virus. Additionally, sexual scripts often add to that social stigma. […]
The previous article defined healthy sexual expression as engaging in activities that align with a person’s boundaries, which promotes comfort and self-satisfaction. The previous article also listed three ways to determine one’s sexual expression: creating a list of one’s sexual actions, viewing those actions as though they were a friend’s, and reflecting on the […]
The disease Covid-19 needs little explanation. It has affected nearly every country on the globe. However, Covid-19 has also influenced life on a micro level. People are forced to stay at home, which influences finances, parenting, and social connections. However, Covid-19 also affects sexual expression. If you’re someone who cares about sexual satisfaction, this […]
Why do some sexual desires and practices make us feel good and others make us shrink with shame? Sometimes, this is due to a mismatch between our desires and our beliefs about what is right and wrong when it comes to sex. That mismatch often causes intense feelings of shame, anxiety, and low self-esteem. One […]
Despite the stigma, a lot of people have some strain of herpes. Approximately 20% of the population has HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus – type 2) (i.e., genital herpes), while about 80% has HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus – type 1) (i.e., cold sores). Even though so many people have a form of herpes, many myths […]
Gaining Control of Your Erections through Mindful Touch Erectile dysfunction is a relatively common issue amongst people with penises, and most people will find themselves unable to achieve a wanted erection at some point in their lives. Before becoming too concerned about erectile dysfunction, it is important to keep in mind that erection density, or […]
Many couples come to sex therapists for help with their sex lives. Sometimes couples have lost the spark and need help spicing their sex lives back up. Others encounter sexual dysfunctions like painful sex, erectile disorder, low desire, premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, or not achieving an orgasm. Often times people expect that sex is just […]
Many men think about how long they last before orgasming and wonder if they are normal or not, whether their performance is good enough, or how satisfied their partners are. Some women may not feel comfortable telling you to hurry up sex to avoid hurting your feelings, but they may sometimes think it. Sex can […]
How often do you think about if you are lasting long enough in the bedroom as opposed to lasting too long? Worried about your sexual performance because of how quickly you achieve orgasm during intercourse? There is a ton of emphasis in our culture about sexual performance equating with how long a guy lasts until […]
Are you frustrated with your sex life? Don’t know why your girlfriend is experiencing painful sex? Unsure about how to help her overcome the chronic traumatic sexual pain that she experiences? Maybe your partner has disclosed that she just received a vaginismus, vulvodynia, or Genito-Pelvic Pain Penetration Disorder (GPPPD) diagnosis. Maybe you knew that she […]
Humans make meaning in the world and communicate with others through language. The language following the discovery or disclosure of an affair is very important to the healing process. The meaning that infidelity takes on for people varies. Difficult emotions and decisions lie ahead as you begin a new phase of your relationship post-affair. This […]
Pressure to orgasm: A long time ago, someone declared that an orgasm equals a successful sexual encounter. If one could not assist their partner in achieving this feat, then they were seen as an unsuitable partner. I’m here to stop people from placing pressure on their partners to orgasm so that the real fun can begin. The […]
Male Anatomy Have you ever wondered what exactly the male penis is made of that allows it to become erect from its flaccid state? The male anatomy may seem simple at first glance, especially if we are to compare it to the female anatomy. You have a penis and testicles, or so you thought. Conversely, […]
Delayed ejaculation is a condition that refers to men taking an extended period of time to ejaculation (orgasm, cum, get off, bust a nut). Some men can not ejaculate during intercourse at all. Some men experience delayed ejaculation their whole sexual lives and others start having difficulty after having no trouble getting to orgasm before. […]
Female anatomy can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing the appropriate anatomical names to your female anatomy will help you to communicate with your partner and healthcare provider more efficiently. Having the same body part language as your partner can promote better communication surrounding your sexual needs and wants. Knowing your female […]
Having a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) can be hard enough, having to talk about it with your partner can be even more difficult. When is the right time to share this information with your partner? How do you share this information? What do you need in return from your partner? Though having the conversation may […]
You found your partner’s name linked to the Ashley Madison Site. Now What? The identity of millions of Ashley Madison users have been revealed, which means millions of partners are either reeling from the reveal, questioning whether to look for their partner’s name in the database, and some are simply unaware their partner has been […]
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Affairs, Infidelity & Cheating : a collection of articles written by relationship therapists at Sex Therapy in Philadelphia. Infidelity and Marriage Infidelity and Marriage are not two words that are supposed to go together. Working through the affair with your spouse, or alone requires vulnerability, honesty, and an open-ness to making behavioral as well as emotional […]
Male Sexual Problems : Impotence & Premature Ejaculation IMPOTENCE Erectile Dysfunction Erectile Dysfunction (e.g. Impotence): if, for the last three months, you have experienced an inability to attain / sustain an erection sufficient for a satisfactory sexual experience and it bothers you (or your partner) then you meet the definition of having “An Erectile Dysfunction.” Treatment For […]
How To Have An Orgasm: Questions to ask yourself Do you masturbate? Many women find it easier to have an orgasm from solo-sex (masturbation), than from two-person sex. Have you ever tried the Jack Rabbit? The Jack Rabbit is an excellent type of vibrator for women with difficulties having an orgasm. The Jack Rabbit vibrator combines […]
Pain Before, During and After Intercourse: It Could Be Dyspareunia Dyspareunia, is defined as recurrent and persistent genital pain that occurs before, during or after intercourse. This pain can be sharp, dull, brief or long lasting. Diagnosis typically occures when it is determined that the pain is not caused by anatomical, physiological or pharmaceutical […]
You’ve been thinking about sex all day; the last thing you want is another night where you and your partner don’t connect in the way you need. How might you be contributing to creating an evening where sex isn’t appealing? Could you change your nightly routine to ensure you’re getting the sex you desire? Some […]
Regaining Confidence and Control After Premature Ejaculation: Do you feel like you are haunted by your sexual performance? Are you constantly worried about whether or not you will be able to get and maintain an erection or that maybe you will ejaculate too quickly? Maybe you are afraid to pursue a new sexual relationship because you […]
The Power of Compliments: Learn how to give your woman more detailed and specific compliments, her self confidence will improve and your appreciation for her will be enhanced. The Power of Compliments: Compliments can become few and far between in relationships, and worse, the compliments can often become stale or too general. As nice as […]
People often differ in their appetite for sex. One of the most common sexual complaints among couples is a disparity in level of desire. (Think: “When I’m hot (s)he’s not!”) Since this is a common concern, it is helpful to take the time to examine the root cause of the difference in level of desire […]
Vulnerability. The mere mention of the word can make grown men squirm and grown women hide! It’s something we don’t often talk about, yet it is universal to all human beings. In the context of human relationships, vulnerability is the glue that connects us, yet terrifies most of us at the same time. When the […]
Your daughter forgot to tell you about the school project that’s due tomorrow. Your son’s soccer game starts in 45 minutes and the washer just broke. Your toddler got a raisin stuck up his nose, and there’s a huge deadline at work. Are you too busy for sex? Does the mere thought of getting naked […]
We all have underlying beliefs about sex, about ourselves, our bodies and how it “should be.” But most of us think of these as FACTS, not beliefs. If left unexamined, these beliefs about sex can rob us of freedom, ease and pleasure in our sexual journey. Have you ever stopped to consider how your beliefs […]
This premature ejaculation technique is useful for men who experience hypersensitivity during sexual intercourse resulting in a quick ejaculatory response after penetration. This technique will help you merge your mind/body experience in order for you to train your body to feel the sensations of intercourse.
Just because you and your past partner had amazing sex, does not mean that all future lovers will consider you amazing in the bedroom. Each partner is different. Different build, different tastes, different needs, different likes and dislikes. Just like dating and relationships, the chemistry created between two people changes from person to person, and […]
What is your sex drive? For some couples having a different level of sexual drive / desire in a relationship creates problems, and for others it is not a big issue. There is a wide range of sexual variations that people may experience. Take our test and explore the differences that exist between you and […]
Many turn to interventions when confronting a loved one’s sex addiction, drinking problem, or an inability to manage their bipolar disorder, etc. The person’s life is spiraling out of control and it’s only a matter of time until the unspeakable happens. An intervention is typically chosen when family and friends feel that their loved one’s […]
For some people with PTSD sex can be a trigger. Sex as a trigger is common among survivors of sexual assault and rape. However, other types of trauma could still impact a person’s desire to have sex or impact a person’s feelings about sex. Some people with PTSD may try to avoid sex altogether, while […]
Self-Help Tips for Satisfying Sexual Experiences when you have Vulvar Vestibulitis
Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome includes physical as well as psychological symptoms.
Vaginismus is a disorder defined as painful spasms of muscles around the outer third of the vagina. Learn how to relax the muscle.
Telling a spouse about your sexual addiction is a big step. There is a very real possibility that she/he will end the relationship. Think about whether you are ready to take the step, and consider having a therapist help you with the decision. When you decide you are ready, the step will be an important […]
Sexual Pain Glossary If you have been experiencing sexual pain for some time now and are beginning a course of treatment, you may hear many different terms to describe your condition and the necessary treatment. These new terms may be confusing and at times sound like a different language.
If the feeling of not wanting sex persists and you find the thought of it disgusting, repulsive or unpleasant, you might be experiencing a sexual aversion.
Do I really want to recover from sex addiction? Most individuals reach a point where they realize that their sex addiction has caused much more pain than pleasure in their lives and led to isolation, loneliness, legal problems, and financial problems. Yet to totally give it up and try to recover from sexual addiction? What […]
Sex Addiction: Obstacles and Coping Skills The first step when recovering from a sexual addiction is to stop the sexually compulsive behavior. This step may seem simple enough, however willpower alone or just telling yourself that you will never do the behavior again is rarely successful. Urges to engage in the behavior can be very […]
Prodrome refers to the early symptoms and signs that a person experiences before the full blown symptoms of an illness become evident.
Premature ejaculation and sexual anxiety treatment in Philadelphia. Practical steps that can be taken to learn how to last longer from the privacy of your own home.
Overcoming Sexual Pain in a group setting- Learn about our Sexual Pain Group located in Center City Philadelphia
Oral Facial Herpes: Herpes is a very common and usually mild recurrent skin condition transmitted through skin to skin contact.
Minimizing the risk of herpes transmission: Herpes is most contagious during an outbreak, however it can be spread even when no symptoms are present if the virus is active on the skin, but asymptomatic.
An exercise to determine your Lover’s level of commitment to you and to this relationship.
The Intimacy Expression Exercise A vacation from sex can be a useful way for survivors of sexual trauma to heal. A vacation from sex provides survivors of sexual trauma (or anyone who is struggling with less sexual desire than they would want for themselves) with an opportunity to process their emotions and feelings about sex, […]
Depression and sex. How does your depression effect your sexuality.
Interstitial Cystitis What is Interstitial Cystitis? Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. This condition is painful and is caused by inflammation of the tissues of bladder wall. The most common symptoms of IC include: increased frequency of urination, pelvic pain, and urinary discomfort. It […]
Erectile Dysfunction (e.g. Impotence) If, for the last three months, you have experienced an inability to attain / sustain an erection sufficient for a satisfactory sexual experience and it bothers you (or your partner) then you meet the definition of having “An Erectile Dysfunction.” The term erectile dysfunction (ED), is frequently used by professionals because […]
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Herpes impact on your body, including outbreak duration, recurrence, treatment and prevention.
Female Sexual Pain – Some of the conditions that cause female sexual pain include: vulvodynia, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections, vaginal infections, fibroids, ovarian cysts, cervical problems, or lack of vaginal lubrication.
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Diagnosing herpes in Philadelphia
Developing A Sexual Self exercise can help you to build positive intimate experiences with yourself and your partner.
Confronting the abuser is a technique that may be utilized in sex abuse / trauma treatment.the goal of confronting your abuser is for you to regain your voice and re-do things so that you can play an active role. You can change the outcome of history for others who would be affected by the abuser, […]
Getting Your Partner on Board With Your Vacation From Sex (The Center for Growth in Philadelphia) You’ve decided that taking a vacation from sex is an important step for you in healing from your sexual trauma. This vacation is a wonderful opportunity for you to develop a healthy sexuality and to better understand yourself […]
Herpes Question: What is Asymptomatic Shedding?
Anorgasmia: the persistent or recurrent delay in, or absence of, orgasm following normal sexual excitement. Exercises to overcome anorgasmia . . .
Taking Control Of Pelvic Pain: from the perspective of a phsysical therapist.
Vibrators for Men – many people think of vibrators as being a sex toy for women. However, men can also receive pleasure from using vibrators either through masturbation, partnered sex, or both.
Vulvar vestibulitis is an inflammation in the vestibule, otherwise known as the vaginal opening.
What is a sex addiction? Sex addiction is best understood as a form of an intimacy disorder. Addicts typically experience compulsive sexual thoughts and/or actions.