Sexual wellbeing

Men and women can both experience problems that affect their sexual health and their sex life. Many sexual problems are temporary and the Royal Free London can support you to overcome, or live with, your problem. Visit the Clare Simpson Clinic (Barnet and Edgware Community hospitals) or the Marlborough Clinic (Royal Free Hospital) for further advice.

Common sexual health problems

  • lack of interest in sex
  • pain or difficulty in experiencing penetrative sex
  • being unable to get or keep an erection
  • premature ejaculation (coming too soon)
  • loss of desire
  • difficulty in reaching orgasm

Sexual health problems can be due to a physical or psychological cause, and often a combination of both.

Physical reasons include:

  • illness or infection
  • skin conditions
  • side effects from medications.

Psychological reasons include:

  • stress
  • anxiety, depression or low self esteem
  • relationship difficulties
  • uncertainty about your sexuality
  • previous sexual experiences.

NHS Choices has more infomation on the following:

Getting the right advice

Come in and see us or phone our health advisers on 020 7830 2847. Chat to a member of our friendly team in complete confidentiality. We provide free advice and information, and if necessary we will refer you to a specialist clinic where we will consider whether there are any underlying physical or pyschological causes.

Your GP may also be able to refer you to a counsellor on the NHS.

If you require medication for erectile dysfunction, there are circumstances in which you may have to pay for your prescription as there are special rules about the prescribing of this medication. Your doctor will explain this to you.