All couples go through periods where they don’t have the time or energy for regular sex. Sometimes problems relating to sex multiply or become entrenched and the relationship begins to be adversely affected. About 40-45% of adult women and 20-30% of adult men have sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives.
Sexual dysfunction may include the following:
- Sex is difficult or painful for one partner.
- Sex causes disappointment
- One partner has gone off sex
- Sex is the subject of rows and sulks
Although sexual problems may be caused by illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, neurological diseases and hormonal imbalances or the side effects of certain medications, when a couple are experiencing sexual problems this can be a sign of deeper issues within the relationship that need to be explored. Other causes of sexual problems may include:
- Child birth
- Aging or loss of self-esteem
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- loss of status or change in circumstances
- Betrayal of trust
- Relationship or family problems
- Unwanted sexual experiences
- Religious and family messages
it’s natural to want better sex with your partner and sometimes there are specific reasons for your difficulties. Don’t be embarrassed about it. Most cases of sexual dysfunction are treatable.
Couple Counselling can help explore the physical communication and the understanding of what sex means to two particular people. Possible causes can be explored and solutions identified.
*Always visit your GP to rule out any physical problems.