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Hypnotherapy for Sexual Problems

Sexual difficulties may begin early in a person's life, or they may develop after an individual has previously experienced enjoyable and satisfying sex. A problem may develop gradually over time, or may occur suddenly as a total or partial inability to participate in one or more stages of the sexual act. The causes of sexual difficulties can be physical, psychological, or both.

Emotional factors affecting sex include both interpersonal problems (such as marital or relationship problems, or lack of trust and open communication between partners) and psychological problems within the individual (sexual fears or guilt, depression or past sexual trauma).

Physical factors contributing to sexual problems include:

  • Drugs (alcohol, nicotine, narcotics, stimulants, antihypertensives, antihistamines, and some psychotherapeutic drugs)
  • Injuries to the back
  • Problems with an enlarged prostate gland
  • Problems with blood supply
  • Nerve damage (as in spinal cord injuries)
  • Disease
  • Failure of various organ systems (such as the heart and lungs)
  • Endocrine disorders (thyroid, pituitary, or adrenal gland problems)
  • Hormonal deficiencies (low testosterone, oestrogen, or androgens)
  • Some birth defects

It is important that any physical factors are ruled out before treatment of using hypnotherapy is sought.

Sexual dysfunction disorders are generally classified into 4 categories: sexual desire disorders, sexual arousal disorders, orgasm disorders, and sexual pain disorders.

For both men and women, these conditions may appear as an aversion to, and avoidance of, sexual contact with a partner. In men, there may be partial or complete failure to attain or maintain an erection, or a lack of sexual excitement and pleasure in sexual activity, or premature ejaculation.

There may be medical causes for these disorders, such as decreased blood flow or lack of vaginal lubrication. Chronic disease may also contribute, as well as the nature of the relationship between partners.

Sexual pain disorders affect women almost exclusively, and are known as dyspareunia (painful intercourse) and vaginismus (an involuntary spasm of the muscles of the vaginal wall that interferes with intercourse). Dyspareunia may be caused by insufficient lubrication (vaginal dryness) in women.
Poor lubrication may result from insufficient excitement and stimulation, or from hormonal changes caused by menopause, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Irritation from contraceptive creams and foams may also cause dryness, as can fear and anxiety about sex.

It is unclear exactly what causes vaginismus, but it is thought that past sexual trauma or negative sexual associations can pay a role, however this is not exclusive.

Symptoms, Men or women:

  • Lack of interest or desire in sex (loss of libido)
  • Inability to feel aroused
  • Pain with intercourse (much less common in men than women)

Men :

  • Inability to attain an erection
  • Inability to maintain an erection adequately for intercourse
  • Delay or absence of ejaculation, despite adequate stimulation
  • Inability to control timing of ejaculation


  • Inability to relax vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse
  • Inadequate vaginal lubrication preceding and during intercourse
  • Inability to attain orgasm

How hypnosis & hypnotherapy can help treat sexual problems

  • Enabling open and honest communication
  • Improving body image
  • Improving balance of relationship
  • Exceptance of any past events
  • Removal of negative emotions surrounding sex e.g guilt, fear, performance anxiety, pressure
  • Isolating root cause
  • Relaxation
  • Self hypnosis
  • Improve confidence, self esteem, self belief
  • Shifting patterns of past behaviour
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