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Simple Methods Heighten Women’s Sexual Satisfaction

Simple Methods Heighten Womens Sexual Satisfaction New psychological research finds that many women with low sex drives reported greater sexual satisfaction after taking a placebo and participating in a clinical trial.

University of Texas researchers believe opening a new line of communication about sex can have a positive effect in many women with low libidos.

Expectations to improve sex and a willingness to work on sexual problems appear to be key toward obtaining greater sexual satisfaction.

The researchers examined data from a previous clinical trial that followed 200 women over a 12-week period.

Fifty of those women, ages 35 to 55, were randomly chosen to receive a placebo instead of a drug treatment for low sexual arousal.

None of the participants knew which treatment they were given.

To measure the effect of the treatment, women were asked to rate symptoms of sexual dysfunction such as low sexual desire, low sexual arousal and problems with orgasm.

The findings, available online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, show that on average, one in three of the women who took a placebo showed an overall improvement.

Most of that improvement seemed to happen during the first four weeks.

Symptom changes were measured by the frequency of satisfying sexual encounters that the women reported during the treatment. Many women reported they received more stimulation during sexual activity while they participated in the trial, even though their partners were not given any special instructions.

All women taking the placebo talked to a health provider about their difficulties and monitored their sexual behaviors and feelings regularly.

“The findings from our study show how a woman’s expectations to improve sexually can have a substantial positive effect on her sexual well-being without any actual drug treatment,” Meston says.

“Expecting to get better and trying to find a solution to a sexual problem by participating in a study seems to make couples feel closer, communicate more and even act differently towards each other during sexual encounters.”

Source: University of Texas

Simple Methods Heighten Women’s Sexual Satisfaction

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Simple Methods Heighten Women’s Sexual Satisfaction. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 15, 2019, from
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