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How can chronic pain lead to sexual problems?

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If you live with long-term pain, it can make it hard for you to enjoy sexual intimacy with your partner. You may be worried about such things as:

  • Fear of rejection by a partner: You may wonder if a partner is less attracted to you because you are in pain. Talk openly about it.
  • Fear of physical pain from intercourse. You may want to try different positions or techniques.
  • Not being able to get or keep an erection, or to enjoy sex. Sometimes, stress and anxiety over your pain may play a role in your sexual performance. Or it could be related to your medication. Don’t quit taking your meds before you talk to your doctor.

SOURCE:

American Chronic Pain Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 08, 2019

SOURCE:

American Chronic Pain Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 08, 2019

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