Are you worried about sex?

If you’re worried about your sexual health, your sex life, or just sex in general, you’re not alone.

Most people will have some difficulties with sex at some point in their life. All sorts of things, from your emotions to your lifestyle choices, can affect how you experience and enjoy sex.

Your GP or local sexual health clinic can help you with appropriate advice, testing and treatments. They can help make sex easier, more pleasurable or less painful. And there’s support available if you’re worried about your sex drive or other parts of your sex life.

Common concerns

1 in 10 men experience problems related to sex. This can include erectile dysfunction, where you find it hard to get or keep an erection. Or premature ejaculation, which means you ejaculate (come) faster than you’d like to.

Women often experience pain during sex or might struggle to orgasm.

You might feel like your sex life is out of control. Perhaps it’s affecting your relationships, finances and work life. Or you might worry about having a low sex drive.

You can get help with all of these things from a sexual health clinic or GP. Or you can reach out to one of these organisations that offer support for anyone having problems with sex and sexual health.

  • - online advice about sex and relationships. You can also contact Relate for telephone, online or in-person counselling

  • - a not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support on sex addiction and compulsivity

  • - supporting people with lust, sex or pornography addiction. Find a local meeting or call them for support.

Last updated at: 02 February 2024
Published on: 12 August 2022