Sexual dysfunction can be any problems that prevent a person or couple from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity. Sexual dysfunction can affect any age, although it is more common in those over 40 because it is often related to a decline in health associated with aging.
What causes sexual dysfunction?
- Heart disease
- Neurological diseases
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chronic diseases such as kidney disease or liver failure
- Drug abuse
- Side effects of medications, including antidepressant drugs
- Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
- Low testosterone
- Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Work-related stress
- Concern about sexual performance
- Marital or relationship problems
- Feelings of guilt
- Concerns about body image
- Effects of a past sexual trauma
- Sleep disorder
- Parkinson disease
What are the types of sexual dysfunction?
- Erectile Dysfunctioning
- Premature Ejaculation (less timing)
- Delayed Ejaculation (excessive timing)
- Low libido (reduced interest in sex)
- Female Sexual Arousal disorders (inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity)
- Orgasm disorders (delay or absence of orgasm) (climax)
- Pain disorders (pain during intercourse)
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When to see your doctor?
Sexual problems create anxiety in both partners. Things can escalate if you don’t discuss it.
If the situation doesn’t improve or you suspect a physical reason, it’s time to see your Psychologist. Be prepared to give a complete medical history, including a list of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Tell your doctor the specifics of your problem.
Doctor will begin with a physical exam. Depending on the outcome, this may be followed by a diagnostic testing. If they don’t find a physical cause, consider seeing a therapist.
Treatment depends on the specific cause. Sometimes, treating an underlying medical condition will resolve the situation. In some cases, switching medications may work.
Psychological counseling may help. A therapist can teach you how to cope with stress and anxiety. Joint counseling with your partner can help improve communication and increase intimacy.
Sometimes, support and education about sexual behavior are all that you need. You can address body image and other inhibitions in counseling. For deeply rooted sexual dysfunction, psychotherapy may be necessary.
Doctors who treat Sexual Disorders
- Psychologist. After having a detailed analysis about your disorder, Psychologist starts treatment with different psychotherapies including sex therapy of couple.
- Urologist: If you are having medical issues then you have to consult a urologist for your treatment.
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