Mental Health & Sexual Health
We all lead busy lives, and it can be hard to take the time to look after ourselves both mentally and sexually. So, what’s the link between mental health and sexual health?
Relationships and Sex
A healthy sex life is an important part of any relationship, but it can sometimes be difficult to maintain one. Anxiety and depression can often get in the way, leading to difficulties in the bedroom. Stress, lack of confidence and a fear of intimacy can all have a huge effect on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Impotence and Low Sex Drive
Mental health problems such as depression can sometimes lead to impotence and a low sex drive. This can have serious consequences for relationships and can lead to poor mental health as well. It’s important to speak to your GP if you are experiencing symptoms of depression in order to access appropriate treatment and to look after your sexual and mental wellbeing.
Sexual Health Impacted by Mental Health
Mental health can also have an impact on your sexual health. Lack of sleep, stress and anxiety can all lead to an increase in unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted sexual contact.
What Can You Do?
To ensure you are looking after both your mental and sexual health, there are a number of steps you can take:
- Take time to talk and connect with your partner. Discuss any worries you may have, and make sure you and your partner are both on the same page when it comes to sexual activity.
- Talk to your GP. It can be difficult to ask for help, but your Doctor can provide advice, treatment and support to help you take care of your mental and sexual wellbeing.
- Try to find ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Exercise is a great way to do this and can also help to boost your self-esteem and confidence.
- Practice safe sex. Make sure you always use a condom and get regular STI checks.
Remember, taking care of both your mental and sexual health is important – and it’s never too late to start.