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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you explain if it's unhealthy to use intimacy (sex) as comfort?

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Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Normal: This is normal in a healthy, loving relationship. However, if you find yourself having multiple sex partners just to have sex to feel wanted or comforted, then this is problematic.
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Dr. Steven Hanley
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Sex as Comfort: Like most things in life, sex can be used in positive and negative ways. Physical intimacy, including touch and sex, can be very healthy forms of receiving comfort. The problem often comes when sex is solely equated with love and acceptance. If you are having difficulty figuring this out it might be helpful to talk with a trained therapist or counselor.
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Last updated Feb 28, 2017
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