Symptoms & Signs
Some common symptoms of sexual dysfunction in males are –
- Erectile Dysfunction – A condition in which you are unable to achieve or maintain an erection. Not achieving an erection once in a while is nothing to worry about but if happens on a consistent and repeated basis, then it could be sign of ED.
- Ejaculation Disorders such as premature or delayed ejaculation.
- Loss of interest or desire for sex – Physical or psychological issues and low levels of the hormone testosterone can result in a lowered sexual desire.
Some common symptoms of sexual dysfunction in females are –
- Loss of sexual desire – This involves a reduction or loss of the desire to have sex.
- Difficulty in getting an orgasm – It refers to the absence of sexual climax during sexual intercourse.
- Inability to get aroused – Insufficient vaginal lubrication can create difficulty in physical arousal during sexual activity. Anxiety can lead to this condition.
Sexual dysfunction is generally a result of a physical or psychological problem. Sexual dysfunction is generally a result of a physical or psychological problem.
- Physical Causes: Many medical conditions can result in sexual dysfunction, and these include conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological disorders, chronic diseases such as kidney/liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse. In addition, certain medications have side effects on sexual desire and function.
- Psychological Causes – The 2 biggest psychological causes of low sexual desire are depression and fatigue. Other causes include relationship issues, stress, anxiety, over concern about sexual performance, feelings of guilt etc. People with body image issues also experience lack of sexual desire.
Loss of libido can also be caused by anger and resentment-especially in a married couple. If a partner is overly critical or too dominant, then anger steps in and dampens the sexual desire.
Sex therapy is the most effective when someone’s sexual partner is willing to be part of the treatment. Studies show that involving the partner in the therapy resolves the problem of sexual dysfunction 50%-70% of the time. When the man must go through counseling alone, the efficiency of the method is somewhat lowered.
However, sex therapy is unlikely to work if a man drops out of treatment after only one or two sessions.
Sometimes, several sessions of sexual counseling can be helpful to a man who is going to undergo medical or surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction. A counselor can help guide a couple in agreeing on a treatment or help them improve their sexual communication and lovemaking skills. All of this will help in dealing with the sexual dysfunction that is causing all the trouble.