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How can sex therapy treat female sexual arousal disorder?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
Women with female sexual arousal disorder may benefit from sex therapy. The sex therapist's role is to help you identify the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that might be interfering with your sexual arousal and enjoyment. He or she will also help you become more in touch with your erotic feelings and grow more comfortable with your sexuality. In addition to sensate focus exercises, the therapist will encourage you to try a range of techniques, such as sexual fantasy training, masturbation exercises, and the use of erotica and vibrators. Because many women find that being able to share their feelings with their partner is a prerequisite for arousal, therapy will also concentrate on improving communication and enhancing feelings of intimacy between you and your partner.

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