Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

At each stage of your life, you may experience changes in sexual desire, arousal and satisfaction. To better adapt:

  • Understand your body and what makes for a healthy sexual response. The more you and your partner know about the physical aspects of your body and how it functions, the better able you'll be to find ways to ease sexual difficulties.
  • Gather information. Ask your doctor or look for educational materials to learn how issues such as aging, illnesses, pregnancy, menopause and medicines might affect your sex life.
  • Communicate openly with your partner. Be flexible in your approach to intimacy with your partner. Continue to engage in the areas of intimacy that are working well for the two of you.
  • Accept changes that occur. Explore new aspects of your sexuality during times of transition to improve your sexual experiences.

Sexual response often has as much to do with your feelings for your partner as it does with physical sexual stimuli. Reconnect and discover each other again.

Sep. 25, 2012