Let’s Talk About Sex, Maybe

From the annual meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, Pentagon City, Va.

courtesy of flickr user bjoneill74
courtesy of flickr user bjoneill74

Well, it’s a sex meeting, so of course they are going to talk about sex, but the topic of sexual problems also came up. As it turns out, sex therapists aren’t immune from sexual problems or sexual dissatisfaction. One speaker presented data from a survey of self-reported sexual problems among sex therapists in the United States.

Although the sample size was small (42 women and 17 men), there were some interesting trends.

Compared with women in the general population, female sex therapists were more likely to report a lack of interest in sex and to report pain during sex. But the ones who were interested were having a good time–the female therapists were more likely to climax, compared with women in the general population (tricks of the trade?).

Compared with men in the general population, male sex therapists were more likely to report peformance anxiety (professional reputation?) but less likely to report a lack of interest in sex.

Hmm. The findings do offer a different perspective on “physician, heal thyself.”

This study also made me wonder:  How often do doctors or researchers complete similar surveys to those that they give their patients?  Here’s a thought–maybe doctors should sit down once a year and try to fill out whatever questionnaires they give patients related to lifestyle issues, just to see how it feels to think about those questions on the spot. It might lead to simpler, clearer surveys.

–Heidi Splete

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