Persistent pain, also known as ‘chronic’ pain can affect your sex life, including sexual and emotional intimacy. Whilst some people might live full and contented lives without sexual relationships, others feel it is important to them.

Sex can be an important and healthy part of someone's life, the following links provide information that may be helpful to anyone experiencing changes or difficulties with sex and intimacy due to persistent pain:

Versus Arthritis has a leaflet about sex and living with the chronic health condition: Versus Arthritis: Sex and Arthritis Leaflet

Pain Concern has a leaflet that can be read in conjunction to listening to the Able Radio podcast advised below. For the PDF version click here: PDF Sex and Persistent Pain Leaflet

In an edition of ‘Airing Pain’ via Able Radio Podcast on Sex and Chronic Pain (Podcast 97): Paul speaks to Dr Edwards and Petersen about the major difficulties patients experience when it comes to living with chronic pain and managing sexual intimacy and techniques that can be used to combat them.

Relate is an organisation which promotes relationship counselling and can offer tailored advice to you and your partner through guidance from a sex therapist. Visit their website to find out more: