Almost all of us have experienced a common health issue that can alter our sexual confidence, desire and behavior: stress.

What about how other health concerns affect our sexuality? Disease, chronic pain and obesity all have the potential to alter how you feel about yourself sexually, and your levels of energy and enthusiasm for sex. Medical treatments can also change your sexual identity and interest in significant ways. For your own good and the good of your relationships, it's important to be aware of how health complications might have repercussions in your sex life, and what you can do about them.

Disease and sexuality

Blood vessel disease, hormonal imbalances and alcoholism or drug addiction are examples of diseases that can decrease sexual appetite. They may make it difficult to become aroused, to maintain an erection or to reach orgasm, and can also cause pain during intercourse for both women and men.

Following the diagnosis of a disease, it can be quite common to experience a lack of sexual interest. You may be worried