It’s hard to imagine a cross harder to bear, or heavier, or more laden with shame.But through it all Jesus has given me hope, strength, and indefatigable peace. My suffering, my weakness, is a badge of honor, and not a scarlet letter.
While the psychological impact can be overwhelming for those who just found out that they have contracted herpes and initially coming to terms with it can be difficult, remember, it is not your fault and certainly not the end of the world for you.
I got an ambulance ride to the hospital for that one, not to mention the citation for misdemeanor trespass in the third degree (the charge was later dropped).
I have been struggling with my illness for 16 years, and on medication for 13.
Castellanos is a psychiatrist who specializes in sexual dysfunction. “Biologically, women are hardwired to put others’ needs first,” Castellanos says. "They’re not worried about what they [women] are wearing, whether they’ve showered, or if they’ve put on weight.” If you need a morale boost, don’t put yourself down and wait for your partner to cheer you up with a compliment.
“But that instinct can put a damper on your sex life.” The solution: Slow things down. Your pleasure is a turn-on to your partner.” It’s equally important to be honest with yourself -- and your partner -- about what works for you. Instead, ask positive questions like, “Do you think you’d enjoy having sex with me tonight? Couples who have sex regularly are happier and more likely to stay together.