... And they say women are complicated.
How does PTSD affect sex lives?
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a very real condition that affects victims of trauma, like war, rape, violence, etc. For most people afflicted with PTSD, it is a lifelong condition that manifests differently, some ways more obviously than others. And unfortunately, bedroom fun-time can be an area where PTSD rears its head.
"If people are traumatized severely they can often experience severe sexual ramifications from the trauma," Dr. Krychman says. "For instance, rape victims, people who have had coercive sex, unwanted rough sex, or even those who expire sexual pain syndromes, may present low libido or avoid sexual behavior. Women who have been sexually molested as young children may experience higher levels of pelvic muscle hypertonus, vaginismus, or even sexual pain syndromes. Dealing with the underlying trauma is a step in the correct direction to help reclaim your sexual independence and control."