When ill, sexuality may take a back seat before the other health needs. Pain, discomfort, medications or worry can overshadow sexual desire. Talk to your partner about other ways to be close during that time. If you are the caregiver, the demands of caring for your partner might take a toll on your sexual desire. Try to set aside your role as a caregiver from time to time and be a partner instead – take time to also relax and feel nurtured by your partner.