SEX AND SEXUAL PROBLEMS: PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF ILLNESS

As you would expect, physical illness of any kind can affect sexuality. The physical effects of illness, like tiredness or depression or the effects of treatment like chemotherapy can make sex difficult, too much of an effort, or even too painful. One of the common problems for people who are seriously ill is that not only does their sex life go into hibernation but if you are in hospital there is very little opportunity to show the physical affection that we find so comforting. This just adds to the despair of being sick.

Some people with asthma find that arousal can set off an attack; for others the problem is exertion. I remember a colleague telling me of one patient who knew when his asthma was getting out of control because he was running out of puff earlier than usual during intercourse. An interesting variation on the theme of exercise-induced asthma. Getting his asthma medications adjusted fixed the problem. Poor physical fitness can also affect your ability to maintain the exertion level involved in any prolonged sexual activity.

Sue is in her early fifties and her husband Ron found out a couple of years ago that he was diabetic. It was then that she found out that over a half of diabetic men have problems with erections. ‘At first it didn’t really bother us. We had always had a very happy sex life. There had been times in the past when he had not been able to keep it up and neither of us made a big deal about it. When it started to happen fairly regularly he would get really frustrated and angry and I must say I did take it personally. After a while he just stopped trying. I worried that I didn’t turn him on like I used to. The trouble was that it felt like he was cutting himself off from me emotionally too. He wouldn’t cuddle up to me in bed like we used to, and he refused to talk about it. Just said work was really stressful. I was beginning to wonder whether our marriage was on the rocks. The turning point came when he went along for a checkup and his doctor found out he had high blood sugar. He asked him about his symptoms and whether he had noticed any problems with erections.’

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