What is performance anxiety?

Dr Louisa Draper

"The most important step to overcoming performance anxiety is speaking to your partner and discussing your worries. Building up each other's self-confidence will help you enjoy sex together. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Anxiety is a psychological issue: a fear of something or worrying about things. One form of anxiety which is relatively common relates to sexual performance. Though this is often perceived as a predominantly male problem, a large number of both men and women suffer from it.

How to cope with performance anxiety - Top tips


Relax: Don’t focus on depictions of sex and body image in the media, which are often unrealistic. 

Discuss: Be open and honest with your partner about your worries, work together to overcome them.

De-stress: Try to find time to relax, alone and together, to reduce general anxiety. 

Get fit: It will improve you self-image, help you reduce general stress and help you achieve greater enjoyment.
If you suspect an underlying medical condition or cannot resolve your anxiety issues with your partner, speak to your doctor