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One of the common problems which afflicts infertile couples is that of inadequate sexual frequency.

 

Infertility does affect sexuality, and dampens sexual ardour. Many infertile couples feel - What's the point of having sex if we can't have baby? Having timed baby making sex takes away the fun and spontaneity, and it starts becoming a chore. This is especially true in large cities, where both husband and wife are working, and the stress of their job and their commute often extinguishes sexual desire.

 

The irony is that reducing the frequency of sexual intercourse just ends up reducing their chances of getting pregnant even further,and this becomes a negative vicious cycle, which is hard to break out off.

 

Sadly, this is often the elephant in the room which no one talks about. Doctors don't even bother to ask this basic question - how frequently are you having intercourse? And even if they do, patients are too embarrassed to tell the truth, because they are ashamed about the fact that they're not having intercourse frequently enough.

 

For men, it's fairly easy to treat this by giving them sildenafil citrate (Viagra).After all, erection in the man is just a hydraulic phenomenon, and the increased blood flow will help them tobe able tohave intercourse. However, for women, the problem of decreased libido (hypoactive sexual desire disorder), because sexual desire starts in the brain.

 


This is why the new drug called Flibanserin (Addyi) may help these women. By improving desire, it may help them toincrease how often they have intercourse!

 

 
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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.
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