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Sexual dysfunction due to diseases


Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. Sexual dysfunctions can be a result of a physical or psychological diseases.

Physical causes – Many physical and/or medical conditions can cause problems with sexual function. These conditions may include

  • Diabetes
  • Heart and vascular (blood vessel) disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances,
  • Menopause
  • Pelvic surgery
  • Kidney or liver failure
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Some antidepressant drugs

Psychological causes – These may include:

  • Work-related stress and anxiety
  • Concern about sexual functioning
  • Body image and self-esteem problems
  • Marital or relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Feelings of guilt

Common Problems related to sexual dysfunction in men

  • Inhibited sexual desire (reduced libido)
  • Erectile dysfunction ED or Impotence
  • Premature Ejaculation PE
  • Peyronie’s Disease
  • Painful Sex
  • Difficulty Ejaculating

Common Problems related to sexual dysfunction in women

  • Lack of or inhibited sexual desire
  • Inability to become aroused
  • Lack of orgasm (anorgasmia)
  • Painful intercourse (Vaginismus)
  • Vulval Pain

Treatments of sexual dysfunction

  • Treatment of underlying cause
  • Men with low levels of testosterone may benefit from hormone injections.
  • Education about sex, sexual functions, sexual behaviors and responses may help a man overcome his anxieties about sexual function.
    • A trained counselor can help a person address feelings of anxiety, fear or guilt that may have an impact on sexual function.
    • Erotic or non-erotic fantasies; exercises with intercourse; music, videos, or television can be used to increase relaxation and eliminate anxiety.
    • Using sexual positions that allow the woman to control the depth of penetration may help relieve some pain. Vaginal lubricants can help reduce pain caused by friction, and a warm bath before intercourse can help increase relaxation.
    • Sex Therapy
    • Holistic therapies like hypnotherapy, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, psychotherapy, yoga etc helps in revitalizing and regaining healthy sexual abilities.