Sexual problems are common in both men and women and can happen at any time of life. Problems may include a lower sex drive or getting less pleasure from sex. Men may struggle to get or keep an erection or find they ‘come’ too quickly. Women may suffer from vaginal dryness even when they are sexually excited. And some people may struggle to have an orgasm. The causes of sexual problems can be both physical and psychological:
- Long-term health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
- Lifestyle including alcohol consumption, smoking and lack of exercise
- Mental health conditions such as stress and anxiety
- Side effects of some medication
For more information on the causes of sexual problems and tips on what might help, you may find the following NHS website helpful https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodsex/Pages/Goodsexhome.aspx
If you are currently taking antipsychotic medication to treat a condition like psychosis and experience sexual problems you may be eligible to take part in this study. If you are interested in taking part, check to see if you are under the care of one of the NHS Trusts participating in the study and see how to contact us. If you are not under the care of one of the NHS Trusts and are experiencing sexual problems, talking to your doctor may help.