Childhood Sexual Abuse: How Might Attachment Insecurity Affect Sexuality in Adulthood?
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Attachment security could play a role in the sexual function of people who were sexually abused as children.
In a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study, researchers explained two types of attachment styles: attachment anxiety (fearing a significant other will leave) and attachment avoidance (staying emotionally distant).
Their study sample included 265 adults. Seventeen percent of the group were childhood sexual abuse survivors.
Among the abuse survivors, those with attachment anxiety tended to have higher levels of vaginal lubrication or penile erection. Those with attachment avoidance has less sexual desire.
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ISSM members are discussing several new topics in the Member Forums this week. Here's a quick summary.
In the Women's Sex Health Forum, a colleague asks about treatment for interstitial cystitis, particularly antidepressant alternatives.
The Men's Sex Health Forum is especially busy, with new conversations on testosterone replacement therapy, nocturnal emissions, masturbation (and potential links to premature ejaculation), and the case of a man with no libido and anejaculation.
The Member Forums are a convenient, secure space to discuss specific cases, issues in your practice, and the latest research. Access is included with your ISSM membership, so it's easy to get started! This link will take you there.