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Sexuality: common problems and their treatments II

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Various | Posted on 05-03-2013

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In honor of European Sexual Health Day, I set out to write a post that answered the most frequently asked questions by patients in the Sexual Health Unit at Xanit International Hospital.

My goal in these posts is to talk about problems in the realm of sexuality that have, too often, been classified as taboo. As such, I have already discussed the most common sexual disorders and how they can affect quality of life. In addition, I also explained the importance of guidance and sex therapy. You can review these topics by re-reading this post. Today, I’d like to describe how we treat these issues at Xanit International Hospital.

To start with, you should know that we have a team of specialized sexologists who are trained in various types of sex therapy, and who have experience using a range of different medical and surgical options for the treatment of sexual disorders.  Some problems can only be successfully solved if approached from a sexology point of view—such as, for example, female hypoactive sexual desire disorder—whereas others can be treated more successfully via sex counseling.

Here in the Sexual Health Unit, the doctors often encounter couples who have deep-seated communication issues. These can develop due to personal difficulties in expressing emotions, or they can take root in the daily routines we acquire in our lives together. As a result, one of the first steps we take on the road to improvement is to potentiate communication.

Our services range from diagnostic to therapeutic for dysfunctions such as anorgasmia, as well as for issues that can result from other disorders like menopause or depression. In addition, we also provide assessment and mediation for relationship conflict (communication, separation, infidelity, jealousy…).

Furthermore, we offer workshops on Sex Education, Sexuality from a Gender-based Perspective, and Divorce Therapy. The Sex Ed workshops are given in schools and are not intended only for students, but also for teachers and families. They are the most effective way to prevent significant social conflict, such as assault, sexual abuse, or domestic violence.

This year, the workshops on Sexuality from a Gender-based Perspective contain a new element, since at Xanit we are developing group workshops aimed to improve female sexual desire. These workshops are designed both for women and for couples. Gender is a socially constructed part of sexuality, and given that women are not socialized in the same way as men, this affects the development and manifestation of their sexuality. It is very important that we come to accept this reality and from there, above all, that we understand that this difference is not indicative in any way of inferiority.  Our workshops are intended to help with the acceptance of these differences. They also identify factors that can imply inferiority thus that these can be avoided and, instead, mutual understanding and social harmony among all is encouraged. Likewise, differences relevant to female desire and sexual response are analyzed so that women can improve their level of sexual fulfillment and enhance the quality of their experiences with their partner(s).

Lastly, the Divorce Therapy we offer can help prevent other mental and/or physical problems associated with the situation, such as depression or anxiety.  When someone comes to us for divorce therapy, normally they do so seeking to overcome the pain of marital separation. This therapy can provide those in need with the tools to get through divorce as civilly and with as little collateral damage as possible, especially in their relationships with their children and families.

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Sexuality: common problems and their treatments I

Dr. Ana Rosa Jurado

Coordinator of the Sexual Health Unit