“I have a headache,” “I’m too tired,” “I’m not in the mood tonight”…
You’ve probably used one of these once in a while.
It’s OK not to be in the mood – all women (and men) experience that sometimes. But for some it becomes an actual problem.
A UK national survey showed that 54% of sexually active women suffered from at least one sexual problem lasting at least one month in the preceding year.
Women who see a doctor about bladder problems are not always checked for sexual problems as well.
But as you may have experienced, bladder problems can have a negative effect on all parts of your sex life. This includes effects on sexual desire, arousal, lubrication and orgasm. It can also be a cause of pain during sexual activity.
Different types of incontinence can have different effects on sexual function:
If you have stress incontinence, you may have reduced sexual desire, because sexual thoughts are frequently associated with the fear of having urine leak during intimacy, which results in sexual anxiety.