Sexual dysfunction is anything that stops you from having or enjoying the type of sex you would like to have. This includes erection problems, low sex drive, pain during sex and problems with orgasm or ejaculation, among other problems.
Many people have difficulties with sex at some point in their lives. Often these problems resolve themselves within a short space of time, but sometimes the problems can last longer, causing distress and relationship problems.
There are many factors which can affect your sexual function, including:
- Sleep problems
- Physical health problems including diabetes, hormonal problems, cardiovascular disease (‘heart disease’)
- History of trauma or difficult experiences
If you are having persistent problems with your sexual function, it is important to discuss with someone to make sure any health problems are not being missed. Your GP can assess if any blood tests or a physical examination are needed, or can explore any mental health problems which may be affecting your sexual function. For some people medication can help, while others will find talking therapies useful.
If you do not feel comfortable talking to your GP about your sex life, you can also discuss with the staff at Luton Sexual Health who can provide advice (however if blood tests or medical treatments are recommend these will still need to be done via your GP).
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