Sexual difficulties are extremely common for both men and women and occur for a variety of reasons. They can occur at any point during the sexual response cycle – excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution – and can be caused by a combination of physical, psychological and situational factors. Although sexual difficulties can emerge and then fade as a consequence of life circumstances, longer and more complex issues can have a serious effect on one’s life and relationships. Some common sexual difficulties for women include:
- Painful sex
- Inability to reach orgasm
- Loss of sexual desire
Some common sexual difficulties for men include:
- Premature ejaculation
- Inability to ejaculate during sex
- Erectile dysfunction
With all of these difficulties there are physical factors and medical conditions that can contribute to their cause, and it is worth exploring the medical reasons for any of these issues with a GP. However, all of these difficulties may also have psychological causes and consequences. For example, issues of pain during sex and loss of desire for women, erectile dysfunction for men, and the inability to orgasm for both men and women, are sometimes related to sexual phobias or painful past experiences, as well as other issues such as stress, low self-esteem, grief, anxiety or depression.
Talking about sexual difficulties can be understandably hard, and often people refrain from seeking help for a long time. Receiving professional therapeutic support within a private and confidential space can alleviate the alienating effect of sexual difficulties and prove to be very enlightening. Psychotherapy can help people towards developing healthier attitudes to sexual intimacy and help with the psychological consequences of experiencing sexual difficulties.
If any sexual difficulty is causing you problems in your life and relationships, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the portland practice in Harley Street, London to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist therapists.
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