Having a good sexual function is essential for quality of life and overall health. In any case, problems with sexual health can cause certain disorders. In this article, we will discuss sexual dysfunction (SD), its causes, symptoms, and others.
What is Sexual Dysfunction?
This condition may affect both men and women and negatively affect their relationships, sexual performance and desire, and overall wellness. Therefore, you cannot experience alone or in couple satisfaction from sexual activity. Commonly, the person has four sexual response phases such as excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolve. A person may experience dysfunction symptoms at any of the stages listed above. SD often occurs due to several physical and psychological issues. The first step in the treatment of this condition is to find the main cause.
Types of SD
This disorder may appear in different forms, which affects an individual’s ability to perform sexual activity. The most common types of sexual dysfunction in males are:
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED) (when a man loses the ability to get and maintain an erection)
- Premature Ejaculation
- Delayed Ejaculation
- Reduced Libido
Check below the most common SD in females:
- Low libido (decreased interest or desire to perform sexual activity)
- Female Orgasmic Disorder (hard to get an orgasm)
- Penetration Disorder (pain during sexual intercourse)
- Sexual Aversion Disorder
Additionally, Penetration disorder is a condition when a female experiences pain in the Genito-pelvic area.
Causes of Sexual Dysfunction
The main causes of SD are psychological and physical factors or a combination of two. Physical causes usually include heart disease, hormonal imbalance, neurological conditions, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others. In addition, antidepressants may significantly increase one’s desire to engage in sexual activity. Psychological factors include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, sexual trauma, stress, and others. All factors listed above contribute to SD. Talk with a doctor to get a suitable treatment for your condition.
Treatment of SD
Treatment may include management of existing health conditions, adjusting medicines, hormone therapy, surgery, and others. According to studies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments against sexual dysfunctions. In some cases, medicines are enough to treat your disorder. For example, men who experience erectile dysfunction (ED) can use Sildenafil Citrate to treat this condition. In addition, lubricants or estrogen creams can treat a female’s vaginal dryness.
Moreover, if you are using ED medicines, you should know that you may experience certain side effects. Do not use any ED drug without a physician’s prescription.
If you have any sexual dysfunction is nothing to fear. There are many treatments that can improve your sexual function. However, discuss with a healthcare provider before any therapies or medicines because you may notice unwanted results.