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Sexual problems

If you are experiencing problems having sex this is called ‘sexual dysfunction’ and might include:

In men

  • Erectile dysfunction - difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
  • Premature ejaculation - ejaculating too early
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Pain during sex 
  • Problems with the foreskin

In women 

  • Loss of desire
  • Orgasm problems
  • Pain during sex 

Anyone can experience sexual dysfunction and many people do at some stage in their life. There are many reasons, both physical and psychological, why this might happen:

  • You may have an infection (such as thrush or an STI)
  • You may have another health problem such as diabetes or heart disease
  • It could be because you are taking alcohol or drugs (either legal or illegal)
  • There may be a problem with your hormones
  • There may be a physical problem with your genitals
  • There may be a psychological problem
  • Or something else…

You might have seen viagra or other products claiming to solve your problems advertised online but you should never buy prescription drugs online as you don't know what you are really getting and it won't solve the cause of problem.

If you are having problems with sex then you should see your GP or sexual health clinic or speak to Relationship Scotland . They may ask you some questions and do some tests to find out the cause and treat the problem. Don’t be embarrassed - many people have sexual problems at some time and doctors are used to dealing with issues like this.

For more information call  0800 22 44 88 or use our sexual health service finder to look for help in your area.