Sex and persistent pain
Persistent pain, also known as ‘chronic’ pain can affect your sex life, including sexual and emotional intimacy. Whilst some people might live full and contented lives without sexual relationships, others feel it is important to them. Seeking help and advice on this matter is healthy and can be beneficial in solving sexual difficulties for those with persistent pain and chronic health conditions.
The following links provide some information on who to contact and how to address these issues:
Arthritis Research provides specific and graphic downloadable, printable information particularly for heterosexual partnerships and further resources regarding sex and chronic pain queries. Click here to accesss Arthritis Research
Pain Concern provides helpful advice in regards to sexual and emotional intimacy and communication. The leaflet can be read in conjunction to listening to the Able Radio podcast advised below. Click here to access Pain Concern information.
In an edition of ‘Airing Pain’ via Able Radio Podcast on Sex and Chronic Pain (Podcast 97): https://audioboom.com/posts/6536617-sex-and-chronic-pain, Paul speaks to Dr Edwards and Petersen about the major difficulties patients experience when it comes to living with chronic pain and managing sexual intimacy and techniques that can be used to combat them. Click here to access the podcast 'Airing Pain'
Relate is an organisation which promotes relationship counselling and can offer tailored advice to you and your partner through guidance from a sex therapist. Click here to visit their website to find out more about how they might be able to help you or for specific information regarding painful sex click here