Welcome to my virtual therapy room! I am Dr Lori Beth Bisbey and this is Sex Spoken Here. Remember that this Vlog deals with adult themes so if you don’t have privacy you might wish to put on your headphones. Today we are talking about mismatched desire.
Today I am on location, in NJ, in my childhood bedroom, and we are talking about what happens when you discover that you and your partner have mismatched levels of desire.
It is often not easy to spot this at the beginning of a relationship because of the excitement and energy that new relationships bring. Once you are in a long term relationship, the mismatch becomes apparent and that is when the difficulties begin.
Joining me to discuss mismatched desire is Pam Costa founder of Down to There.
After a decade-and-a-half at Apple and Facebook, Pam left her career in high tech to found Down To There to share her real-life stories of challenges and successes around sexuality in her marriage. Through her writing, speaking and coaching, she hopes to inspire individuals and couples to find ways to renew and deepen desire and intimacy in their own relationships.
Pam is also passionate about raising awareness within the medical and mental health communities about the positive impact of peer support on female sexual health, recently presenting her research on this topic at the 2018 International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health conference and TEDx Palo Alto.
We talked about how important your history can be, the messages you received in childhood about sex, to determining your current adult view about sex.
We talked about how many people have issues with sexual desire and mismatched desire and that often there is nothing physically wrong. Pam talked of being someone who often couldn’t tell if she wanted to have sex until she was already involved. There are many people whose libido is response driven. It means that more conversations have to occur before it is clear if We talked about being disconnected from your body and she said she asks her clients if they feel like ‘floating heads’.
We spoke about the importance of good judgmenet free sex education for all and the importance of peer support as well as coaching and therapy.
We talked of using multiple mediums to learn and for support. We spoke about how men’s genitals are obvious and so there is an additional cue to having sexual desire and feelings and women having the clitoris hidden can find it more difficult to connect to their bodies. We spoke about masturbation and learning about desire.
To find Pam, head to downtothere.com.
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