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how can i get over my mental block on sex with my girlfrie

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how can i get over my mental block on sex with my girlfriend
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Gina P replied 5 years ago.


Do you know what is causing the mental block?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
no, we have been together for three years and have three kids, we recently split up for six months where we both saw other people. so i think thats where it comes from. but every time we try i cannot either become arroused or perform well at all. we have always had really good sex untill now too.
Expert:  Gina P replied 5 years ago.


You may want to seek assistance through a marriage counselor. I am assuming your girlfriend is aware of your distress? And would be willing to go as well.

If you feel more comfortable, and think this is a mental hang up surrounding the dating of others, then you can do this on your own.

There are many exercises to help rekindle the flames physically, but if you feel it is related to a mental block, you will need to work to overcome this issue.

There are also medications to assist with the erection issue, until you are emotionally able to perform independently, so to speak.


I take it your relationship is sound, otherwise?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
it is otherwise doing good so far. but sex has always been a big thing with both of us and i guess what im really looking for is any advice or tricks that may help me think of something else. every time we get close i get nervous because i think of the last few times and i am just fullfilling my own prophecy. plus it does not help to think that maybe she liked sex better with someone else. and the more i dont perform the more i think of it and it seems like the worse it gets
Expert:  Gina P replied 5 years ago.


Many men make sex the end all in the relationship, so it is not surprising that you think about her with someone else and become nervous, continuing the cycle.


Since we will assume it is the mental block, you will need to learn to do some emotionally unblocking exercises to assist. This usually involves emotional work with your partner. Most people will tell you the secret to great sex is from the neck up, not the neck down.


So a couple of things to do:

Communication daily. Nurture the reasons you have gotten back together. You both have decided after a separation to come together as a couple, so there is some reasons why you are together. Talking about these daily helps to rebuild your relationship, create affirmations for each other and for yourself.

Complete three sentences daily. You must only discuss the current day. Both of you cannot change the past, but can move forward from here. These are the sentences:

I appreciate.....I regret.......and I request........

Each of you must complete these sentences to each other, one at a time. Stay focused on what your partner has done that you appreciate, and vice versa. Regrets and requests, and vice versa also. This will start the communication lines opening up again.


Next exercise:

Nondemand pleasuring and sensate focus. In exercises involving nondemand sensate focus, the clients initially avoid sexual intercourse. In fact, couples are forbidden to engage in any sexual activity until the therapist instructs them to do so. Over the course of treatment, they receive homework assignments that gradually increase their range of sexual behaviors. Initially, only kissing, hugging, and body massage may be allowed.

The partners are instructed to take turns in the roles of giver and receiver as they touch and caress each other's body. When playing the role of giver, the person explores, touches, and caresses the receiver's body. In applying this technique, called nondemand pleasuring, the giver does not attempt to arouse the receiver sexually. In an exercise called sensate focus, the receiver concentrates on the sensations evoked by the giver's touch on various parts of the body. In these exercises, the giver's responsibility is to provide pleasure and to be aware of his or her own pleasure in touching. The receiver's role is to prevent or end any stimulation that he or she finds uncomfortable or irritating by either telling or showing the partner his or her feelings.

The next step is to engage in nondemand breast and genital caressing while avoiding orgasm-oriented stimulation. If the partner or the person who is experiencing sexual difficulty becomes highly aroused during this exercise, that partner may be brought to orgasm orally or manually after completion of the exercise.

Read more: Sexual Dysfunction - Sex Therapy


There are many, many websites with suggestions such as this. Most of them involve exercises that teach you how to nurture one another without sexual activity, which takes a lot of pressure off of your performance. If you will do a web search for: psychosexual dysfunction, you will avoid most of the pornographic sites.


This issue can be very complicated and difficult to talk about. But it can be overcome, with a few extra exercises, or some brief cognitive behavioral therapy. I hope this helps. Gina

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
thank you. that was what i was hoping to hear
Expert:  Gina P replied 5 years ago.

Your welcome.

Please let me know if you have further questions. Best to you. Gina


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