Anxiety Related to Sex - Sexophobia

Anxiety related to sex and sexual performance is extremely common, and can cause a person to worry to the point that they may start to experience some form of sexual dysfunction. It can greatly affect the sufferer’s confidence, and even impact relationships that are otherwise happy.

Signs & Symptoms

Severe worry before or during sexual activity can result in physical and emotional manifestations such as:

  • Lack of arousal and lubrication
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Painful intercourse
  • An inability to reach orgasm
  • Erection and ejaculation issues
  • Vaginismus
  • Feelings of dissociation, distress and frustration


In our experience, many different physical and emotional factors can be at the root of sexual anxiety, including:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Low self-esteem, poor body image
  • Inexperience
  • Social pressure
  • Relationship problems
  • Upsetting previous sexual experiences or sexual trauma

How We Treat It

Because sexuality is a complex combination of both physical and emotional factors, the holistic approach used in Traditional Chinese medicine is particularly effective in the treatment of a wide variety of sexual issues, including sexual anxiety. At the Nei Jing center for Chinese medicine in Jerusalem, we use a combination of

  • Acupuncture and laser acupuncture,
  • Chinese herbs,
  • Tuina massage, cupping and reflexology,
  • Lifestyle and dietary advice,

in order to decrease anxiety levels and treat the underlying imbalances that may be at the root of the symptoms of each of our patients.

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Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

People Say

I had a very uncomfortable first sexual experience, that left me with a lot of difficulties around reaching arousal and orgasms. But even the knowledge that it was ‘’ all in my head ‘’ was not very helpful at all, and only made me feel inadequate. Acupuncture, and especially Tuina, have been the most helpful with these issues. My anxiety issues around sex have gradually disappeared, and I have Nei Jing to thank for this.
Peter Z.

People Say

I’ve always felt a lot of anxiety around the idea of sex, which kept me from having an active sex life until I was in my late twenties. Even then, I sometimes experienced pain that could last for several days at a time. Worst of all were the feelings of disconnection from reality that happened sometimes. Nei Jing has been extremely helpful for me with this. I also still follow the diet and lifestyle advice that they gave me, even several months later, and my old problems are nothing more now than a memory.
Rebekah N.