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When The Doctors first met husband and wife Branden and Angie they were in the midst of a serious sex dry spell and hoped they could save their sex life and their relationship. Now, they're back with a promising update!
Branden told us his wife was never interested in having sex, or even touching or kissing him. Angie revealed, "Sexually, I just don't want to be there," explaining problems started during their wedding ceremony and said when they kissed during the ceremony it made her feel nauseous and even "repulsed." Branden thought after their baby was born their sex life might improve, but it did not, and he told us it was "frustrating and heartbreaking."
They met with psychologist and sex therapist Dr. Douglas Weiss, who coined the term "intimacy anorexia" -- the act of withholding spiritual, emotional, or sexual intimacy from your spouse -- who suspected the young couple was experiencing this issue. After working with Dr. Weiss, they return with some great news!
"We're having sex again," a happy Branden shares. Angie says they are intimate usually 6 days a week.
Dr. Weiss explains when couples are able to reconnect emotionally that the sex can easily follow. He says Branden and Angie worked hard to get their spark back through identifying their feelings, communicating better, being more nurturing to one another, going on dates, and working on establishing a sexual agreement. He says they also stayed accountable with each other and practiced honesty with one another.
Angie, who dealt with past trauma and worked hard to better understand and cope with it, shares that the return of her sex drive is "amazing."
Dr. Weiss stresses to any couple struggling sexually to share your feelings, make time for date night, talk through the issues and ensure your relationship is a priority for both people.
The Doctors note that Branden and Angie's story is a great reminder that sometimes couples need professional help when it comes to their sex life and they encourage anyone struggling to connect with their partner sexually or emotionally to seek out guidance from a trained professional.