When you have sex with someone, things don’t always go as you planned it. There may be a little problem here and there. It may be your partner, it may be you. It may be temporary, or it may be repetitive and long term. Sexual health disorders are long lasting and are often related to sexual contact. These problems often impact a person’s life and his relationships in a negative way.
In different parts of the globe, an estimated two percent of the population each year approach general practitioners with questions and complaints regarding their sexual health. Half of those people report having sexual problems. Even mental health experts are approached regarding concerns and problems in the sexual field. What causes sexual disorders?
There is no single specific reason for people experiencing sexual problems, it is often a combination of many. It may fall under physical, psychological, or social causes.
Physical factors may include abnormalities in the body that causes the sexual dysfunction. It may be a hormone regulation disorder caused by certain medications taken by the person which can in turn result in a decreased interest in sex, irritation in a woman’s vagina, or operations on the genitals that may cause discomfort during sex.
Psychological factors include the person’s feelings, thoughts, and perceptions that may result to sexual problems. It may be a negative emotion for his or her partner, a feeling of shame for his own body, unpleasant memories of event in the past, or it may be a person’s fears or restrictions regarding the sexual act.
Social factors may be the different values and standards inculcated to a person’s mind while growing up, traumatic events, or even the behavior of the partner during the sexual act itself. It may also be caused by external stress factors which may include unemployment, financial situations, domestic concerns.
Different kinds of sexual problems:
Sexual health disorders may be sub-divided into:
l Reduced sexual desire. This refers to sexual dysfunctions wherein a person feels a a lack of interest in having sexual intercourse, and a certain aversion to any form of sexual contact.
l Sexual arousal disorders. This refers to a condition wherein a man feels sexually excited but is unable to sustain an erection, or for a woman to muster sufficient lubrication for the intercourse.
l Orgasm disorders. This condition may entail early ejaculation or no ejaculation at all.
l Sexual pain disorders. This dysfunction causes a man or a woman to feel pain during the act of making love.
Each dysfunction has its own corresponding treatment. However, to generalize treatments, doctors use the following:
l Therapy. This entails identifying the root cause of the problem if it is indeed psychological. This means consulting to a sexologist or a psychologist who specializes in sexual dysfunctions.
l Physical checkup. A doctor runs a complete diagnostic to see if the problem lies with the body. This may require the need of a gynecologist or a urologist for treatment.
l Medications. Certain drugs may be prescribed to aid a person in achieving or sustaining an erection, or lubricant production.
Having sexual disorders is not a simple problem. If left untreated it may it may develop into a more serious problem that can affect even a person’s mental health aside from his sexual health. So don’t be afraid to step forward and seek help, your happiness and well-being may depend on it.