According to the World Health Organization, sexual health is defined as “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” Sexual dysfunction occurs when any of these areas is negatively affected, thereby making it difficult to have sexual intercourse.
This type of dysfunction refers to sexual disorders that include loss of libido (sex drive), impotence in men, and the inability to have an orgasm. Sexual dysfunction can be attributed to either physical or psychological concerns, and one can even negatively impact the other. For instance, stress that leads to anxiety may inhibit sexual function, and medicine taken for the stress might also affect sexual performance.
Let’s talk about the different tendencies of sexual dysfunction in men and women:
How Sexual Function Is Different for Men and Women
Women might experience sexual dysfunction with the onslaught of menopause or during or following pregnancy. This is due to shifting hormones that cause physical changes within a woman’s body.
Sexual dysfunction can be brought on in men with the introduction of an illness, such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. It also tends to happen in men due to work-related stress.
It is estimated that up to 52% of men experience sexual dysfunction, whereas that figure increases to 63% of women. Sexual dysfunction is therefore quite common; fortunately, it is also treatable. Don’t be embarrassed to speak with your doctor regarding sexual dysfunction.
Sexual Dysfunction for Women
Painful intercourse is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions that women experience. The pain can be attributed to a number of factors, such as endometriosis, an ovarian cyst, or a lack of lubrication. Pain during sex may also be attributed to sexual phobias, scar tissue that has formed following surgery, or a sexually transmitted disease.
Inability to orgasm, or the inability to reach sexual climax, is a dysfunction that women tend to experience more often than men do. Women who are taking certain medications may experience this type of dysfunction. Also, women who have experienced sexual abuse may not be able to reach climax due to the resulting psychological issues.
Sexual Dysfunction for Men
Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates too quickly following penetration. It is the number one form of sexual dysfunction that men experience. Medications can cause premature ejaculation, but there is no clear cause that has been identified. Men can also experience an ejaculation that is too slow, which is referred to as inhibited or retarded ejaculation.
Retrograde ejaculation refers to ejaculation that goes into the bladder rather than out of the body. Retrograde ejaculation is a sexual dysfunction that is more likely to occur in men who have diabetes.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also recognized as impotence, is when a man cannot maintain an erection to penetrate for intercourse. Certain conditions contribute to ED, such as lack of blood flow – and various medical conditions and medications can inhibit circulation and thereby cause erectile dysfunction.
Comprehensive Medical Doctors in Wellington
If you have a sexual dysfunction and you would like to receive a confidential evaluation and treatment, call our team at Advanced Medical Clinic for a consultation. Your sexual health is important, and you shouldn’t be embarrassed to address these issues with a trusted physician who can help you.
You may book an appointment with us by calling (561) 434-1935 or fill out our easy-to-use appointment request form online. We look forward to seeing you here.