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PTSD & SEX... i'm making it work!


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I also have a hard time with sex -- as a result of abuse and rape. I tend to dissociate during sexual situations, so that I'm not in the present with my partner but somewhere lost in the morass of past bad things.

So we do some things to try to keep my focus in the 'here and now.' My partner talks to me, and encourages me to talk (just happy noise, not necessarily holding a conversation). We leave lights on so I can see that it's her. And things like that.

Unfortunately, even using all these things and having plenty of genuine desire we rarely actually get very far. We do lots of cuddling and not directly sexual touching.

Fiona

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