Sexuality Through the Lifecycle

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Developed by Marty Klein, Ph.D.

Course materials include videos, with audio versions and transcripts.

General Course Description

Most of us develop our ideas about sexuality in our late teens and early 20s—when our bodies are relatively strong, flexible, and mostly pain-free. But our bodies change as we go through our 30s, 40, 50s, and beyond, so we need a model of sexuality, desire, and attractiveness that doesn’t depend on those youthful bodies. Unless we understand and accept our body’s changes, and adapt our sexual expectations and activities to them, we’re inviting sexual frustration and even dysfunction.

The most common question about sex is What is normal? Dr. Klein’s Sexual Intelligence model emphasizes what people really want from sex (which is rarely endless, heroic orgasms), and challenges people to use their everyday skills to make sex more enjoyable. This perspective leads directly to innovative, effective interventions with individuals and couples.

This beginner/intermediate level course consists of two video recordings, with audio versions and transcripts available. It addresses what people can expect regarding desire, erectile function, lubrication, orgasm, preferences, and other aspects of sexuality as they age. We’ll discuss hormones, erection drugs, and the effects of various medications on sexuality. We’ll discuss everyone’s desire to be attractive—while living in a culture that glamorizes youth and (often cosmetically-enhanced) bodily perfection. Included in the course are 3 slides as supplemental materials, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to:

  • Discuss the sexual effects of medications, chronic pain, and various health care issues with patients.
  • Analyze common questions about “normal sex” with an innovative model that does not provide data on others’ sexuality.
  • Discuss patients’ skills in two areas critical to sexual satisfaction: self-acceptance and communication.


  • Developing our ideas about sex
    • Healthy bodies
    • What is normal
    • Why have sex?
    • Does sex have meaning?
  • Common changes with aging
    • Arousal, orgasm, lubrication, refractory period
    • Menopause
    • Stamina
  • Ways sexuality can stay stable with aging
    • Desire, pleasure, fantasy, communication
  • Patients’ narratives about sex
    • What is normal?
    • Empowered vs. powerless
    • Attractiveness
    • Skill, experience
    • Sexuality as identity
  • Health challenges to sexual expression
    • Chronic pain
    • Medication side effects
    • Treatment side effects
    • Sleep problems
    • Artificial fertility
    • Contraception
    • STIs
  • Sexual Intelligence
    • What doesn’t need treatment
    • What do people really want from sex?
    • Sexual empowerment
    • Conditions for sexual satisfaction
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Cost: $29.00


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