Living with Chronic Pain
Sexual intimacy is an important part of a healthy romantic relationship. Chronic pain and certain chronic pain treatments can have a significant impact on an individual’s interest in sex and their ability to engage in sexual activity. Some pain medications can affect hormone levels, reducing sex drive or affecting the ability to perform. A simple blood test can identify any hormone imbalances.
Furthermore, finding a comfortable sexual position can take time, a bit of research, and practice. Preparation before sexual activity can help prevent increased pain. This might include taking pain medication, using temperature therapy, stretching, or having a partner massage a painful area. Finally, a consultation with a sex therapist may be needed. Sex therapists (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, etc.) are specially trained in sexual health.