Our interest in sex varies from person to person, and changes from time to time. It Is normal for us to experience highs and lows in our sex drive at various points in our lives.
The word 'arousal' is used to describe the physiological changes that occur when we are sexually stimulated. Arousal is noticeable in the man when he gets an erection. When a woman is aroused there is increased blood flow to the genitals resulting in vaginal wall thickening, lubrication and swelling of the clitoris. In both men and women, heart rate and breathing quickens and there is a feeling of being turned on. Without this arousal, sexual activity is possible but tends to be less enjoyable, and achieving orgasm will be difficult.
Many things can cause a problem with sexual desire or stimulation, including menopause, ageing and medication.
These problems can mean you might not feel interested in sex, or you might avoid it. In men, there may be difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection, and for both men and women there may be a lack of sexual excitement and pleasure in sexual activity.
There can be medical reasons for these problems, for example circulatory problems or long-term health problems such as anxiety, depression and stress. There may also be relationship issues.
When the cause for the problem is identified, your doctor can provide you with the right treatment or can arrange for you to see a specialist.
Counselling or therapy may be required. Sandyford staff will be able to offer you the best advice and information.