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25 Jan

How Does Sexual Dysfunction Develop in Men & Women?


Sexual health is a pivotal factor in men and women no matter what are their age, civil status or sexual orientation. Sex is also an important part of a couple’s foundation and it has also a contribution to the quality of life.


Like all our physical and mental health problems sexual dysfunction is quite natural and it needs attention to be treated for a healthy and happy sexual life with your respective partners. On detecting sexual discomfort you should immediately visit a sexologist’s clinic irrespective any kind of social taboo.


Now let’s start this discussion with the question what sexual dysfunction is.


Well, sexual dysfunction is the inability to have a satisfactory sexual relationship. Sexual function on each person’s own interpretation on what it is judged as satisfactory. In general sexual dysfunction affects the quality of life and even more importantly it can cause another medical or psychological condition in both and woman. You should take any sexual complaint seriously and evaluate it properly.


Before moving on to the cause and symptoms of sexual dysfunction let’s have a look at How does sexual function work?


Sexual activities involved coordination between various systems in our body. Hormones and neurological pathways may be sync for sexual desire to be present. Blood vessels, nerves, penile integrity must all be present for an adequate erection and its maintenance during sexual relation.  Orgasm is a complex phenomenon and that isn’t completely understood. But, it involves the coordination of muscles and nerves. When the sexual dysfunction present, the physician must evaluate all possible problems in this chain of events.


Let’s start the discussion based on the reasons for developing sexual problems in both men and women.


Causes of Sexual Problems Found in Men & Women:


Sexual dysfunction is a common concern shared by many men and women. Problems may occur in any level of sexual response cycle i.e. excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution which prevent a man or a woman to relish the experience of sexual satisfaction. Most of the men and women feel embarrassed to discuss and open up about this issue and in many cases, they are just reluctant. They should be concerned and discuss with the sexologist to know the causes behind this because in most of the cases sexual dysfunction is treatable.


Sexual dysfunction may be developed due to physical and psychological causes. Sexual dysfunction can have physical and psychological causes.



Common Physical causes include:


  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac Diseases
  • Neurological Disorder or Diseases
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Menopause
  • Chronic Diseases such as Kidney Disease or Liver Problems
  • Physical Troubles caused by Excessive Intake of Alcohol.
  • Drug Abuse
  • Side Effects of Medications, Including Antidepressant Drugs.


Common Psychological Causes Include:


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Stress
  • Mood Variation or, mood swings
  • Bipolar disorder


These reasons develop reluctance in you while you participate in sexual activity. You will be unable to feel the sexual pleasure. The remedy is hidden there. Consult with a sexologist so that it will be easier to detect and treat the issue from the root.


Let’s have a look at some certain kind of sexual dysfunction developed in men especially due to specific medical conditions. Most of the men tend to avoid these issues due to lack of time to give proper attention to their sexual health resulting which can turn into a serious issue later. These problems comprise:



So, how many of you know have faced such issues silently and don’t have any idea why these sexual dysfunctions have occurred to you? We have sorted out a list of medical conditions as well as psychological conditions focused on particularly these issues.



First, look at the medical conditions which cause less sexual desire and check whether you can relate or not:


  • Deficiency of Testosterones
  • Thyroid Problems (e.g. Hyperthyroidism)
  • Allopathic Medications  (e.g. SSRIs, anti-androgens, opioid analgesics)
  • Medical Conditions like BPH( benign prostatic hyperplasia) and prostate cancer
  • Recreational Drugs
  • Hypoactive Sexual Disorder
  • Sexual Aversion Disorder
  • Systematic Illness


Allopathic medications used for these conditions will definitely affect your sexual desire.


Now, check out some psychological conditions playing a crucial role behind absence orgasm:


  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Relationship Issues
  • Fear of Humiliation
  • Incident of Sexual Abuse in the past
  • Stress


If you cannot match with any of these above-mentioned conditions you definitely can link up with the following miscellaneous reasons if you are facing sexual dysfunction in your life. Have a look:


  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug Addiction
  • Malnourishment


We will still mention about another factor that is age. Over the years testosterone concentration will decrease for aged men. This can be the normal cause for low libido in men.


Not only in men,  after a certain age when a woman’s menstruation cycle completely stop they will face sexual dysfunction like low desire, the absence of orgasm in their body.


We are now going to focus on diagnosis and prognosis of sexual dysfunction developed in men and women:


Several Methods Applied for the Diagnosis of Sexual Dysfunction:


  • Collecting and recording of the detailed psychological, medicinal, medical history of the patients.
  • Collecting information on your sexual history
  • Several physical examinations
  • Prior discussion or comments from the respective partners which can be optional.


All these parameters are important to evaluate which conditions might trigger the sexual dysfunction both in men and women. Comments and information from your partner are equally important for the diagnosis purpose. After having all the information a sexologist can help you out to detect your sexual disorders and ruling factors behind this.


Physical examinations including assessing the pulses in the legs and a detailed external and internal examination of male and female genitalia and related body parts are performed to the diagnosis of sexual dysfunction.


For men, some other tests are performed including:


  • Tracking Nocturnal erection
  • Tracking Penile blood vessel function


During the diagnosis questions on the following topics might be asked by your physician:


  • Frequency of sexual relation
  • Sexual orientation
  • Number of sexual partners
  • Satisfaction from your sexual relation


So, don’t feel shy and awkward in front of your physician as talking about this stuff till remains under a taboo in our society. But, you should be frank enough with your physician for the proper diagnosis of your problems. You should always help your doctor in terms of getting cured and live a healthy sex life with your partner. Isn’t it? So, don’t be late and go to a physician for prior consultation.


Now let’s look at the prognosis part. How to treat this sexual dysfunction:


Here is a list of prognosis you have to go for,


  • Lifestyle changes including regular exercise, healthy and proper diet consumption, reducing alcohol consumption and smoking etc.
  • Hormonal Therapy
  • Medications to cure your sexual dysfunction prescribed by your physician


Apart from all these things, which will be the best for you is to go for a methodical Ayurvedic treatment. Dr Roy’s clinic offers you the best treatment and consultation to all kind of sexual dysfunctions. Don’t suffer alone, share us your problem. To book an appointment, contact us as soon as possible.