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Episode Overview

On this episode of the Sexology Podcast Dr. Melvin L. Phillips joins me to talk about chronic illness and sexuality. I see this issue arise frequently in my practice. Chronic illness can be a variety of things and have a various impact on sexuality and your sex life.

Because chronic illness can be so many things, the focus of this episode will be on the medical illness aspect of chronic illness. Few chronic illnesses require restriction of sexual activity. Although, you may have to navigate physiological or mental blocks.

Some common effects include erectile dysfunction, lack of arousal, dryness, decrease in orgasmic intensity, etc. When experiencing these side effects, the goal is really to help the couple become sexual again in what they can do.

Sex doesn’t have to be negative. It can be a positive thing and a way to reclaim your intimacy. It’s also important to look at the sex life prior to chronic illness and determine potential issues beyond the illness. Ultimately, the whole goal is to get creative with sex.


  • What exactly is chronic illness?
  • How chronic illness effects sexual response
  • Why you should engage your partner when you feel well
  • Understanding retrograde ejaculation
  • The importance of holding a safe space
  • Exploring shame and guilt around sexuality
  • Discovering the new normal of in partnership
  • Recommendations for resuming a normal sex life

About Dr. Nazanin Moali

Dr. Nazanin Moali is a clinical psychologist, sex expert, sexologist and sex therapist in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Moali has helped couples and individuals overcome sexual concerns, including pornography addiction. Dr. Moali hosts confidential consultation sessions for clients and potential clients in her Torrance and Hermosa Beach offices. You can also book a session with her online, via a secure video-counseling platform.

About Dr. Melvin Lee Phillips

Dr. Phillips is a licensed clinical social worker in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He has worked in several mental health and substance abuse treatment settings including outpatient community health, inpatient treatment and private practice. Dr. Phillips identifies as a psychotherapist, certified sex therapist, adjunct professor, write and speaker.


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