Sexual dysfunction

People can experience sexual dysfunction at any point in their lives.  Common problems include low libido, mismatched expectations, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, pain or discomfort on intercourse, vaginismus, performance anxiety, fear of specific activities or sex in general, promiscuity, gender identity and sexual confusion.

Some difficulties can have a physical cause.  Conditions such as diabetes, heart and vascular (blood vessel) disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances (including menopausal changes), chronic disease, alcoholism and drug abuse can cause sexual problems.  The side effects of some medications, including antidepressants, can also affect sexual desire and function.

Other difficulties have psychological causes.  These include work-related stress and anxiety, worry about sexual performance, marital or relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, guilt and the effect of past sexual trauma or abuse.  Many people find that they run into difficulties after getting pregnant, childbirth or breast-feeding.

Whatever the cause, counselling can help.  While it may not be possible to eradicate the problems caused by physical conditions, counselling can help you adapt and gain confidence in sexual exploration.

No problem is too small or embarrassing to talk about and all such counselling is in the strictest confidence. Why not call us on 0776 011 6985 for an informal chat or to make an appointment?

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