What Is Sexual Dysfunction & How common is it?

Sexual Dysfunction refers to the condition that stops an individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity during any stage of the sexual response cycle. By sexual response cycle, it refers to the phases such as excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. Arousal and desire are important phases for an individual or couple that are marked by excitement during sexual intercourse.

Sexual dysfunction is common, and it affects as many as 30% of men and 40% of women. For couples dealing with infertility, it is even more common. Often, people ignore or downplay the sexual problems of infertile couples. Many think that the issues will go away on their own or will not have long-term consequences. Though sexual function problems are common all over the world, people are hesitant to discuss them due to different reasons.

Sexual Dysfunction Treatment Options at Bizrahmed, Dubai

People suffering from any sexual function problem should consult a doctor at the earliest to avoid sexual frustration and depression. Bizrahmed experts often come across patients that are struggling with sexual dysfunction in Dubai and we have been able to help individuals and couples take control of their sexual lives. The Sexual Dysfunction treatment in Dubai at Bizrahmed may include:

Medication or medical treatment

If you have a medical condition that is causing your dysfunction, our expert team of doctors will work with you to correct the problem. A common cause for most of the related problems is due to hormonal imbalance. Both men and women can have hormone therapy to help them restore proper sexual function. There are also drugs, like Viagra (generic name sildenafil), that can help increase blood flow to the penis. If your dysfunction is related to a medication you are taking, our expert doctors will prescribe a different medication that won’t interfere with your sexual activity.

Mechanical aids

Men who have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection may have success with special vacuum devices or penis pumps. Penile implants are an option for some men, especially those who have lost sensation due to spinal injury. Women who have vaginismus can sometimes be treated with special dilators that can help relax the muscles in the vagina.

Therapy

Both psychotherapy and sex therapy can help with the psychological causes of sexual dysfunction. Counsellors can help people work through fear, stress, anxiety, past trauma, body image issues, and other issues that can keep people from fulfilling sex life. Sex therapists can help couples who are experiencing sexual problems as well. Sex therapists can help couples delve into problems in a way that most physicians aren’t equipped to do.

Both counsellors and sex therapists may recommend education, practicing communication, and behavioral treatments that can address underlying issues and help individuals and couples find techniques that work for them.

What Are the Types of Sexual Dysfunction?

Experts divide sexual Dysfunction problems into the following four categories:

  • Orgasm Disorders: Delay or no orgasm at all.
  • Pain Disorders: Experiencing pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Desire Disorders: Having little or no desire for sex intercourse.
  • Arousal Disorders: Not being able to achieve physically aroused.

Sexual Dysfunction in Men

  • Delayed/absent ejaculation.
  • Early or premature ejaculation
  • Not being able to achieve a full erection.

Sexual Dysfunction in Women

  • Not being able to achieve orgasm.
  • Lack of lubrication during intercourse
  • Not being able to relax the vaginal muscles for intercourse.

Sexual Dysfunction in Both Genders

  • Inability to have sex at all.
  • Feeling pain during intercourse
  • Not being able to become aroused.

What Are the Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction?

The symptoms may be different for different sexual function problems. Here are some common symptoms men and women experience:

  • Low Sexual Desire: The person is not willing or not interested to have sexual activities. It is the most common sexual function problem faced by females.
  • Sexual Arousal Disorder: The person wants to indulge in sexual activity but is not able to maintain arousal or become aroused during sexual activity.
  • Orgasmic Disorder: The person is not able to achieve the orgasm phase despite being fully stimulated and aroused.
  • Sexual Pain Disorder: The female feels a significant amount of pain during vaginal intercourse or due to stimulation.

What Causes Sexual Dysfunction?

There are two main reasons for all sexual dysfunctions, which are discussed below:

Physical Causes

Often sexual dysfunctions are caused by a medical or physical condition. For example, health conditions such as liver failure, drug abuse, neurological disorders, diabetes, heart & vascular disease, alcoholism, kidney failure, and hormonal imbalances can become a reason for this. Moreover, the use of some medications such as antidepressant drugs can affect sexual function.

Psychological Causes

Sometimes, non-physical reasons can contribute to such problems. When your mind is preoccupied or full of things that you hold important, you may not be able to focus on your personal needs such as sexual desire. If you are stressed, dressed, have anxiety, or any other psychological disorder, your sex life may also be disturbed.

Preventing Sexual Dysfunction

Some types of sexual dysfunction cannot be prevented. However, you may be able to reduce your risk of certain types of dysfunction by working to prevent diseases that can lead to dysfunction. Adopting certain healthy habits may reduce your risk. For example:

  • Stop smoking or don’t start.
  • Get regular exercise, including aerobic exercise.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Limit alcohol intake to a maximum of two drinks per day
  • Don’t use illegal drugs.
  • If you have chronic diseases, like heart disease or diabetes, take steps to control your condition and improve your overall health.

Why is Sexual Dysfunction common in couples with fertility problems?

Infertility treatments often bring stress, psychological demands, and physically intrusive procedures. These can affect a person’s sexual self-image, desire, and performance. For many couples, making love is a way to connect emotionally. When their sex lives are associated with failure, frustration, anger, and resentment, they can lose this way of showing their emotions. The pressure to perform, and to have (or abstain from) sex due to infertility treatment plans can push couples even further apart. Fertility treatments can make sex less spontaneous and less enjoyable. As sex becomes focused on baby-making, couples often stop lovemaking for sexual pleasure.

These issues can get worse as fertility treatments go on. It does not matter if a couple already had problems with sexual dysfunction or if the problems started with infertility treatments. Sexual dysfunction can take a large toll on emotional well-being. It can also increase the disappointment of not having children and the distress of medical treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Oral medications are successful in erectile dysfunction treatment for many men. They include: Sildenafil (Viagra) Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis).

To treat sexual dysfunction, your doctor might recommend that you start with these strategies:

  • Talk and listen. Open communication with your partner makes a world of difference in your sexual satisfaction.
  • Practice healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Seek counselling.
  • Use a lubricant.

If the erection is not as hard or long-lasting as it was in the past, then the man may be experiencing circulatory problems. Other causes of weak erection problems include nerve damage, diabetes, anxiety, and depression. Prolonged alcohol or tobacco consumption can also cause weak erection.

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The following symptoms indicate that you need some sexual function problems treatment. The symptoms of sexual dysfunction are:

    • Reduced sexual desire.
    • Lack of ability to maintain an erection.
    • Inability to get the penis erect.

For sexual function problems treatment like sexual dysfunction, you can do:

  • Treatment of physical and psychological problems
  • Medicines like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis.
  • Vacuum pumps and Penile Implants for assisted erection.
  • Weight loss and regular exercise.

Sexual dysfunction is a problem that can happen during any phase of the sexual response cycle. It prevents you from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity. The sexual response cycle traditionally includes excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.

Frustration, anxiety, depression, loss of self-esteem, anger -- all are examples of emotions that both partners may (and often do) feel as a result of sexual dysfunction.

So erectile dysfunction can be cured, but it depends on the cause. Some causes of ED are easier to “cure” than others. But, with the right diagnosis, support, and treatment, ED can go away without the need for ED medications like Viagra (sildenafil) or Cialis (Tadalafil).

Prolonged alcoholism causes permanent nerve damage that can result in permanent erectile dysfunction. For sexual function problems treatment, you need to quit alcohol. Alcohol also causes an increase in angiotensin, a hormone directly linked with erectile dysfunction.