Why Your Patient’s Stress May be Affecting Her Sexual Function

The holidays are in full swing!  In today’s video we’re going to talk about why stress can be so detrimental to your patients’ and clients’ sexual function.

Click on the video below to enjoy today’s science lesson on stress and sex…

I hope you enjoyed the video!

Don’t forget to answer the two questions I asked in the video below…

1. What did you learn today about the biochemical effects of stress on your patients’ and clients’ sexual pain and desire?

2. How will you help your patients and clients to mitigate their stress to help them to improve their sexual function?

Let’s chat below in the comments!

Wishing you a calm and joyful holiday season,


11 thoughts on “Why Your Patient’s Stress May be Affecting Her Sexual Function

  1. Thank you so much for this information, I will be sure to pass along to my sleepless families. Stress is such a big factor in all aspects of their lives. Sleep is definitely affected and so is their sex life, for sure!! You are an incredible resource. Thanks again Jessica.

    • Thanks so much Ingrid. Your work is essential for new parents trying to minimize their stress. Sleep is also essential for adrenal healing! Thanks!

  2. Another great addition and resource Jessica – I really think this information is the missing link and allows us to provide whole woman care to our patients! This is such a huge quality of life issue for so many women – and it goes un-talked about or accepted as ‘normal’ – no more! Let’s get women talking and help them to help themselves. Thanks Jessica!

    • I’m thrilled to be filling these gaps for women’s health PT’s. Hormones are so key to quality of life! Thanks for everything to do Michelle!

  3. Thank you for this post (and video), Jessica! I place a huge emphasis on stress management and relaxation in my book about intimacy, and relaxation techniques were always the primary treatment “modality” I used when I was in clinical practice and working with patients with dyspareunia. It’s fantastic to have a video resource to explain WHY stress impacts sexual function… Thanks again for this valuable resource!

    • Thanks Brianne! Stress management tools are so essential in clinical practice. Glad the underlying why is helpful for you!

  4. I love this video Jessica! We so often hear the blanket term “stress” but have no idea how it is affecting us on a physiological level. This video is so clear and gets right to the point about what is going on in the body on a hormonal level so we can understand the mind-body connection better. Self-care practices are so key to reigning in the runaway stress response that so many of us experience on a daily basis.

  5. OK, It did go thru. So, here is my actual comment. Once again, – wonderful info, and the presentation is very clear too. You have this inherited ability to explain a complicated concept in a clear straight forward format that makes it easy then to present it to our pts. I still have a bunch of copies of your “How pelvic pain and food are related” article with your website address on it . I keep giving the copies to my pts with your website address on each copy hoping that after they read the article, they would want to know more and get to your website too:)
    Are there any references to your video concepts that I could present to my pts, Drs, and, most importantly, to my psychologist-daughter who works around o’clock, feels unhappy and exhausted all the time, and therefore, works even more trying to avoid dealing with any aspect of her life outside of work scope that she doesn’t feel in control of…
    Thank you very much in advance.

  6. Thanks Jessica. I like how you stressed on the introductory video to your site how important it is for us as therapists to ensure our own stress levels and health are a priority especially if we are going to model healthy behaviors to our clients. I own a Women’s Health physiotherapy clinic in BC, Canada and am a single mother to 2 young children. I myself suffer from adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalance and subsequent hypothyroidism. My struggle to decrease stress in my own life has helped me better understand what my patients are going through when they are facing pelvic floor dysfunction and hormone imbalance.

    Thank you for your holistic approach.

    I think therapists are so used to “giving” and caring for their clients. We often neglect to give ourselves the permission to nurture and care for ourselves too.

    • You are so right Corinne! Women’s health professionals often need support to care for themselves! Cheers to you! I’m celebrating all that you’re doing for women, your family, and for taking care of your stress. Let us know how taking better care of yourself makes it easier to care for others.
      Wishing you a calm and joyful 2014.

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