Millions missing out on sex because of urology diseases

London, 01 September 2018

Research reveals that more needs to be done to address urology disease before it impacts sex lives

Recent polling has revealed that urology diseases such as UTIs, incontinence, and erectile dysfunction are causing couples to miss out on sex.

Polling conducted by The Urology Foundation ahead of Urology Awareness Month in September has revealed,

  • Over a quarter of Brits say a urological condition or disease has stopped them from having sex
  • 1 in 8 admit a urological condition has prevented them from pursuing a romantic relationship
  • 10% say that a urological condition has caused them too much discomfort to have sex
  • Others surveyed have not pursued sex due to embarrassment, some felt it wasn’t safe for the other person

The Urology Foundation believes that far fewer sex lives would be impacted if people were to receive timely and accurate diagnoses and treatment.

Louise de Winter is the CEO of The Urology Foundation. She said,

“Too often there is a stigma around urology disease and it means that people are reluctant to see their doctor and talk about the problem. This only leads to the problem getting worse and when this happens their sex lives are interrupted. Faster treatment will ensure the problem is addressed and limit the impact on sex lives.

“It is also true that too many people accept problems such as incontinence and UTIs as a normal part of life, when in fact they are very treatable and require medical attention. By encouraging people to take their urology health seriously we hope to limit the impact of urology disease in the lives (sex and otherwise) of people across the UK”

Lorraine Grover is a Psychosexual Nurse Specialist who had this to say,

“Sex is an important part of our lives and feeling unable to have sex can be deeply distressing. I know that it is not easy to talk about these issues, but not talking about them will only make it worse. When a urological condition is causing you to miss out on sex, speak to your GP or other healthcare professional.

“We have beaten so many sexual taboos in recent years, now it’s time to tackle issues like erectile dysfunction and incontinence. These issues are far too common for us to be hung up on taboos. If your partner struggles with these problems, I encourage you to seek professional help.”


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