According to a 2013 CNN study, 224 million roses were grown for Valentine’s Day, with flowers alone counting for $1.9 billion in sales. The same study revealed that some 6 million people were expecting or planning a marriage proposal for Feb. 14, while 85 percent of respondents said sex was an important part of Valentine’s Day.
Yes, love is in the air, though not all of us are breathing it.
“Valentine’s Day is such a Hallmark card holiday,” says Wendy Fader, Ph.D, a board-certified sex therapist in Boca Raton (5295 Town Center Road, 561/362-5530). “The expectations are really high, and it sets up so many people for disappointment.”
Fader would know. As a diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, she’s spent more than 20 years dealing with human sexuality—diagnosing and treating issues ranging from decreased libido and erectile dysfunction to body dysmorphia and sexual trauma.
Along the way, she’s been published in Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness and contributed to books such as A Lifetime of Sex and The Book of Sex. In anticipation of the February flurry of pheromones, we asked Fader to sound off on a myriad of issues related to love and sex.
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