For various reasons, many women find that they have lost their sexual desire and struggle in their attempts to rekindle it. They frequently rationalize that low desire is normal for someone at their age and stage in life or that sexuality is simply unimportant, even going so far as to define themselves as non-sexual beings. Underneath this rationalization, there often remains a level of regret or sadness, along with a yearning for things to be different.
This program will speak to women who are dissatisfied and want to rekindle the full vitality of their lives by reconnecting and engaging with their sexuality. It is for the women who, simply put, want to cultivate their desire to experience and enjoy great sex. Honouring our organism to the full extent of including sexuality as an intricate aspect of healthy intimacy, tends to still create embarrassment and be a taboo subject. With our program we provide a safe and confidential environment within which we can overcome shame and stigma in order to fully flourish as integrated human beings.
The program was developed through extensive research conducted by Dr. Lori Brotto PhD, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of British Columbia, and Laurel Paterson, PhD, Rosemary Basson, MD, Miriam Driscoll, MD, and Andrea Grabovac, MD. Participants will engage in exploring sexuality and the difficulties they are experiencing in relation to it. They will be exposed to the latest scientific research and theory of sexual arousal and the two-way communication between brain and body that facilitates sexual response. At the core of their inquiry will be the use of various mindfulness mediation techniques, both formal and informal, as a way of getting in touch with the body in order to pave the way towards sexual integration. Each week, there will be an opportunity to discuss their weekly experiences and learn ways to overcome challenges of the process.
There is a new injectable drug, Vyleesi, that is now available in Canada, specifically for premenopausal women and it increases sexual desire by stimulating dopamine production. It has not been approved for peri-or post-menopausal women. While a wonderful breakthrough that is long overdue, it is not without its drawbacks. Side-effects include nausea in 40% of study participants, along with headache and an increase in blood pressure. This Mindfulness program is a drug-free approach that avoids unnecessary exposure to these potentially harmful side-effects.