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Treating Sexual Dysfunction

There are many ways to address Parkinson’s-related sexual dysfunction.

Sex therapy, couples therapy and behavioral therapy tips:

  • Increase open sexual communication between sexual partners.
  • Plan the setting of sexual activity (including time, location, position and roles).
  • Practice comfortable positions.
  • Adapt new sexual roles according to the couple’s abilities.
  • Find new solutions for physical limitations (such as, touch, arousal, orgasm).
  • Perform intimacy training and erotic tasks.
  • Practice sensate focus — a process of re-learning body sensations.
  • Practice growing intimacy and satisfaction through sexual stimulation without intercourse, then begin to add it back in, known as the intercourse-outercourse approach. 
  • Work with medical staff to reduce the effects of medications on sexual function.


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