Veterans with PTSD sexually dysfunctional

This memorial day we remember the sacrifices of men and women who, now departed, served the country in the U.S. military. But what about the sacrifices of those who are still right here with us. Many veterans struggle with issues after service that make sexual intimacy with their spouses or partners challenging.

It is obvious why a veteran with a physical injury or disability might find sexual intimacy challenging. But that is not where it ends. Veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury, may find sexual intimacy difficult.

Conditions like feeling emotionally numb, having low or no libido or suffering from erectile dysfunction may effect veterans with TBI or PTSD. Social scientists suspect that the numbers of people suffering from PTSD are under reported. Same with TBI. But the official numbers, since the year 2000 are 138,000 veterans diagnosed with PTSD and 350,000 veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

One of the new ways that PTSD is being treated is with the drug Ecstasy, also popularly known as Molly. In August of 2017 the FDA approved the drug for use in clinical trials as a treatment for PTSD. In May of 2018 the report of the phase II of those clinical trials was published and the results are cause of cautious optimism.

What makes Ecstasy and attractive medication for PTSD is that it does not impair memory nor is it sedating. Conventional anti-depressants frequently have both of these side effects. The treatment, which will go into phase three trials starting in fall or winter of 2018, is not for everyone. Most PTSD suffers do just fine with conventional anti-depressants combined with talk-therapy or behavioral modification therapy. But for a small percentage, persistent and deep PTSD can be quite debilitating, in more ways than being a barrier to sexual intimacy.

Another barrier to sexual intimacy that is not trauma related and only effects women is a decrease in vaginal health. This can come in the form of vaginal dryness or in the form of vaginal looseness. The dryness can be caused by menopause or by some prescription medications. The looseness can also come with menopause or from multiple vaginal births.

Women First has a treatment for both conditions that does not involve pharmaceuticals or invasive surgery. It is FemTouch for vaginal rejuvenation. FemTouch uses lasers that penetrate the vaginal walls and stimulate collagen in the tissues responsible for keeping the vagina moist and tight.

If you’re finding your vaginal health to be a barrier to sexual intimacy, call Women First today and book your FemTouch consultation appointment.

Hear more from NPR about PTSD being a barrier to sexual intimacy on the audio player below:

See more about Ecstasy being used as a treatment for PSTD from CBS News on the video player below: