Sexual Dysfunction of a Non-organic Nature

Sexual Dysfunction of a Non-organic Nature

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Sexual dysfunction can have psychological roots and can have a massive effect on marital satisfaction. Dyspareunia, Erectile dysfunction, Vaginismus, Pre-Mature Ejaculation and Anorgasmia are all very treatable.

Sexual Addiction, though not a dysfunction, also falls in this category and is also treatable with time and resilience.

 

How common is sexual dysfunction?

  • 40-45% of adult women and 20-30% of adult men have at least one manifest sexual dysfunction.
  • Lifetime prevalence of sexual problems of 68% for women and 54% for men.
  • The prevalence of sexual dysfunction increases with age.
  • Erectile dysfunction in men is very common worldwide. Prevalence as high as 52% in men aged 40-70.

The likelihood that a person will approach a health professional with a sexual problem has increased over the last few years, due to the greater level of openness in society with regard to sexual issues.

  • However, many patients still find difficulty with discussing sexual problems. If the patient senses any discomfort on the part of the healthcare professional they may not be able to discuss such a sensitive issue.
  • Healthcare professionals may also be reluctant to pursue sexual issues because they are uncomfortable with the topic, or because they do not feel sufficiently knowledgeable or skilled to address issues that may be raised by the patient.

Effective help therefore depends on providing a comfortable, open and confident environment for the patient to discuss their difficulties and the most appropriate course of management.

 Sexual dysfunctions

  • Loss of sexual drive.
  • Sexual aversion.
  • Lack of sexual enjoyment.
  • Failure of genital response.
  • Orgasmic dysfunction.
  • Premature ejaculation.
  • Non-organic vaginismus/dyspareunia.
  • Excessive sexual drive.
  • Other/unspecified sexual dysfunction.

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