Sexual dysfunction help

Sexual difficulties or sexual dysfunction problems are common and are caused by a number of factors. These include physical, psychological and emotional issues. Difficulties associated with sex or sexual dysfunction may arise under certain circumstances but they are more often attributed to a combination of factors.

It can be very difficult and embarrassing for people to talk about sexual dysfunction, even with their partner. Many people will go through periods where sex is not enjoyable and this can act as a knock on effect for further emotional feelings.

Who is affected by sexual dysfunction?

In short, anyone can be. Sexual health problems are encountered by every kind of person and show no discrimination. Adults who are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, married or single are prone to issues regarding sexual performance and relationships.

Research in Europe has suggested that men in the UK are more likely to seek help for problems such as early ejaculation and erectile dysfunction than their European counterparts, whilst British women are more likely to experience a lack of interest in sex and a lack of pleasure.

Symptoms of sexual dysfunction

Symptoms associated with sexual difficulties vary between men and women but many of these will be shared, including:

  • Lack of desire for sex
  • Arousal problems – women may struggle to feel aroused while men may have erection difficulties
  • Difficulty in reaching an orgasm
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Penetration – can be painful or impossible
  • Childhood issues relating to negative associations with sex

The range of emotions encountered during sexual relations is so great that it is almost inevitable that you will experience emotional highs and lows. The emphasis in today's society on performance and the relationship between sexual prowess and capabilities may place further pressure on you which can become too much to handle.

As a result, some individuals may be prone to feelings of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, issues with your appearance and body image, and your ability to find a partner. These questions can lead to anxiety and, in some cases, depression.

Treatment for sexual dysfunction

Talking to health professionals about sexual problems can be daunting. In the European survey, only 26% of men and 17% of women had discussed their sexual problems with a doctor.

Priory has been helping to treat people with sexual dysfunction for over 25 years. We know that everyone's situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs.

The type and length of treatment is dependent on the individual's circumstances and the severity of the condition. Some patients are treated as outpatients, which means they come to Priory for hourly sessions with their consultant, psychologist or therapist. Others require a more structured treatment approach which can include taking part in group therapy as part of our daycare programme.


For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Sexual dysfunction help, please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here