Ask Tahira: I’m worried I’m not good in bed
I am not good in bed and I am very much worried about this issue. Please help me to get out of this.
Tahirs Rubab Says…
The fear that you might not be very good in bed is something that many people experience at some point in their lives.
One of the most common issues that affects relationships is sex insecurity. Every year, we see thousands of people with similar concerns in Relationship Counselling and Sex Therapy sessions.
So, first and foremost, if this is something on your mind, know that you are not alone.
But, before we address the issue, it’s worth considering what we might mean when we say we’re not ‘good in bed.’
Understanding your relationship:
When we say we’re not excellent at something, we’re usually referring to our relationship with it rather than our ability level.
We may believe we aren’t good at sketching because we don’t consider ourselves to be particularly ‘artistic.’ We may also claim that we aren’t adept at public speaking because we don’t consider ourselves to be confident.
When someone says they’re “not good in bed,” they’re almost always referring to their relationship. Sex is frequently used as a metaphor for deeper concerns in a relationship. We frequently have couples who come in claiming that sex is the biggest issue, but who only discuss it a few times during counselling — instead, they focus on their relationship as a whole and how they’re feeling about it.
It’s not about being ‘excellent at’ having a wonderful sex life with someone; it’s about doing things in a way that is mutually gratifying for both of you. Getting to that stage usually entails discussing any concerns that may present in the relationship and determining how to address them.
How do we do that?
It depends entirely on your individual relationship. Problems with sex can come from a wide variety of places. It might be worth thinking about any of the following:
Have you recently had a lot of disagreements? Do you notice that minor arguments can quickly escalate into major squabbles? Or that seemingly insignificant things can easily set you and your partner off?
Do you have any other sources of stress in your life, such as family or work? Anxiety from other sources can have a significant impact on our sexual lives.
Are you a good communicator? Are you able to express your needs and feelings while also empathizing with what the other is saying?
Do you spend much time with each other? Or are other demands on your time making it hard to properly prioritize your relationship?
Have you been through a big life change recently? Things like moving, starting a new job, or having children can provide problems that you weren’t expecting.
While different relationship issues may necessitate varying levels of attention, a lack of good communication is frequently the common denominator. It’s far more difficult to cope with problems and sustain your relationship when we don’t communicate to our partner freely and constructively – and they don’t talk to us.
Communication is a big topic, but you might like to start by checking out our article about communication tips to try with your partner. These tips will help you think about how you’re communicating together, and using them can help to make tricky conversations easier.
However, if you think you might need a little help, then you may find it useful to find out a bit more about Relationship Counseling and how it works. Counseling is a great way of beginning to explore any issues in your relationship in a safe space where you’re both able to express openly how you’re feeling.
Talking about sex and learning together:
Another possibility is that you believe you are unable to satisfy your spouse because you lack experience or have never acquired a sufficient number of skills.’
In this case, it’s important to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective. We have a tendency to exaggerate these concerns in our imaginations. People often stress about things like being ‘excellent’ in bed, their attractiveness, or the size of specific organs when, in reality, their partner isn’t bothered nearly as much as they think they are.
It’s also a good idea to address the idea of you not being a good bed partner. We don’t have sex with our partner by ourselves; it’s something we do together. If you and your spouse don’t feel like you’re getting things ‘right,’ it’s something you and your partner should work on together.
Much of this, once again, may be solved through improved communication. Although discussing sex might be difficult, it is an important aspect of having a successful sex life. Remember: the goal isn’t to be ‘excellent’ on your own; it’s to be good together. The ultimate goal is to talk about it and understand each other’s requirements in order to figure out what works best for both of you.
If you and your partner think you could benefit from getting some professional help when it comes to sex, there’s no shame in asking. People who come to Sex Therapy are so often surprised by how effective they find it – and how quickly they begin to see changes. You can come in for an initial consultation to find out whether it would be useful for you and your partner.
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About the Author
Tahira Rubab a Relationship Counsellor and Sex Therapist .If you’ve got a relationship worry you’d like some help with, please call us at 0311 4482787