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8 Ways To Make Sex More Enjoyable When Your Illness Makes You Exhausted
Thursday 11 April 2019
From The Mighty (via Yahoo! News):
8 Ways to Make Sex More Enjoyable When Your Illness Makes You Exhausted
Certain health conditions can make it difficult to have sex for a number of reasons. For instance, some illnesses may lower your sex drive, some can cause dyspareunia (or painful intercourse), while others cause symptoms, such as fatigue, that can make sex challenging. It can be incredibly difficult to have sex (or feel up to having sex) when you’re simply just exhausted.
According to The Mighty’s Fibromyalgia Condition Guide, fatigue is sleep that doesn’t make you feel refreshed when you wake up. You won’t feel better even with 10 or more hours of sleep because you’re not getting deep sleep. Many people describe chronic fatigue as severe physical exhaustion that can make it difficult to move or function.
Chronic fatigue is different than the “normal” tiredness the average healthy person may feel, as it can be completely debilitating. It is also different than myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), a separate illness with its own set of symptoms. Fatigue can happen for many reasons and is a common symptom among many chronic illnesses.
According to Dr. Rose Hartzell, marriage and family therapist and AASECT certified sex therapist of San Diego Sexual Medicine, your energy levels can absolutely impact your love life.
“Low energy can definitely impact sex drive in a negative way,” Dr. Hartzell told The Mighty. “Connecting with another human being can be the last priority when you are just trying to get through the day.”
Although chronic fatigue may introduce some challenges to your sex life, there are plenty of tools and techniques available that can make sex more achievable and enjoyable. Dr. Hartzell believes a bright sexual future is possible for anyone who is able to have sex. She said:
“Enjoyable sex is always possible! What’s needed may just be some planning, creativity and reframing of what sex “should” look like. Throw away the belief that sex needs to be spontaneous in order to be good and try to plan to have intercourse at times in the day/week in which you may be less fatigued (e.g. in the morning). This may give you and your partner something to look forward to (as an enjoyable release from your chronic illness) and also may help you to pace yourself.”
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