Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem that occurs during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents a person from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity.
There are four different types of sexual dysfunction.
1. Desire disorders
Lack of sexual desire or interest in sex.
2. Arousal disorders
Inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity.
3. Orgasm disorders
Delay or absence of orgasm (climax).
4. Pain disorders
Pain during intercourse.
What causes sexual dysfunction?
Your sexual function can be affected by:
- prescribed or non-prescription drugs
- treatments for illness
There are many causes of sexual dysfunction, but they can broadly be divided into physical and psychological.
Certain medications, including some anti-depressants, can cause or contribute to sexual dysfunction.
Diabetes can cause, or contribute to, sexual dysfunction as can other diseases associated with the:
- neurological conditions
Hormonal imbalances, including those which may be experienced during menopause may also cause sexual dysfunction.
Sexual dysfunction can also be caused by lifestyle factors like:
- excessive alcohol intake
- substance misuse
How you function sexually can all be affected by:
- relationship problems
- problems with self-esteem