My wife has a diminishing sex drive and makes excuses not to be intimate

We are both in our 60s and, after illness six years ago, she is unable to take medication that may help

My wife has a diminishing sex drive and now continually making excuses as to why it is not a good time to be intimate. I am 69 and she is 61. She had breast cancer six years ago and this precludes her taking medication that may help. Do you have any advice – other than my taking on a discreet lover?

Breast cancer can sometimes lead to depression – which needs to be treated. It may also change a woman’s relationship with her own body to a more negative one; if this has occurred, you should help support her in coming to terms with her altered body, and in developing a more positive body image. If she truly feels attractive and desirable, she will be more desirous.

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