Sex therapy

March 2017



Many couples have sexual difficulties which they have never dared to talk about for months, or even years.

There are many avenues in which you can find help and advice.

Unfortunately, some of these are not available on the NHS, but nevertheless, your GP will be able to guide you in the right direction.

How can sex therapy help?


Sex therapy can help in many aspects of sexual health.

The professionals involved have been trained to be open-minded, non-judgemental, and confidential.

Sex therapy can address issues with:
  • Relationship problems
  • Self-confidence
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and safe sex
  • Contraception
  • Infertility
  • Examination of your genital organs
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Difficulty in achieving an orgasm
  • Vaginismus or any other female sexual disorder

Where to find help with sexual problems?


There are organisations that can provide help with sexual problems, however, these may differ according to where you live.

Examples include:
  • Your GP is a good place to start - your GP can perform physical examinations any necessary investigations, contraception, prescribe medication and provide some counselling.
  • Family planning clinics - for contraceptive needs and female sexual health.
  • Genito-urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics - regarding sexual transmitted infections and safe sex.
  • Specialists in urology or gynaecology - for physical sexual problems.
  • Psychosexual counselling - available privately, or in some NHS hospital clinics.
  • Sex therapy in the private sector is also possible. For more information, please visit:

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