Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.
Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss how to become interested in sex again while battling infertility:
- Study after study has shown infertility negatively affects couples’ sex lives, which likely comes to no surprise to those of us in the throws of it. Can you explain some of the specific impacts?
- How does infertility impact men and women’s sex drives differently?
- One popular tip is to avoid sex on a schedule. How do you recommend doing this, especially while undergoing fertility treatments?
- Another tip I’ve found is to connect with your partner on a deeper level. How do you recommend accomplishing this?
- A third tip I found is to talk to your partner about your sex life. How should this conversation begin and what should it involve?
- A fourth tip is to let go of expectations when it comes to your sex life. I feel like this is easier said than done, perhaps especially for men. How do you recommend accomplishing this?
- Therapy is of course another route couples can take. At what point do you recommend this route and why?
- So far we’ve been discussing tips I’ve heard or found via research, but what other tips do you specifically recommend and why?
- For couples perhaps feeling like they’ve lost all hope of regaining the sexual relationship they had prior to battling infertility, what would you tell them?
BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.