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Sexual Dysfunction

What is Sexual Dysfunction?

It occurs when you have a problem that prevents you from wanting or enjoying sexual activity. It can happen anytime. Men and women of all ages experience sexual dysfunction, although the chances increase as you age. There are four categories of sexual dysfunction:

  • Desire disorders, which is a lack of sexual desire or interest in sex
  • Arousal disorders is the inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity
  • Orgasm disorders refers to delay or absence of orgasm (climax)
  • Pain disorders, which is pain during intercourse

Can physiotherapy help people with sexual dysfunction?

Yes. Physiotherapists use non-invasive treatment approaches to address varying causes of sexual dysfunction.

What are the causes of sexual dysfunction?

  • Diabetes

  • Heart and blood vessel disease

  • Neurological problems

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Kidney or liver failure

  • Alcoholism

  • Drug abuse

  • Anti-depressant drugs

  • Work-related stress and anxiety

  • Marital or relationship problems

  • Depression

  • Effects of past sexual traumas

  • Feelings of guilt and concerns about body image

How do I know if I have sexual dysfunction?

You will experience the following symptoms:

  • Inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse

  • Absent or delayed ejaculation despite adequate sexual stimulation

  • Early or premature ejaculation

  • Inability to achieve orgasm

  • Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse

  • Inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse

  • Lack of interest in or desire for sex

  • Inability to become aroused

  • Pain with intercourse

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