Urology Specialties, Conditions, Treatments & Technology

Male Sexual Dysfunction

A sexual problem, or sexual dysfunction, refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity.

Researchers say that sexual dysfunction is common 31% in men and 43% in women report some degree of difficulty. This is a topic that many people are not comfortable to discuss. Most cases of sexual dysfunction are treatable, so it is very important to share your concerns with your partner and doctor or urologist.

What causes sexual problems?

Sexual dysfunction can be a result of a physical or psychological problem.

Physical causes

Many physical and/or medical conditions can cause problems with sexual function. These conditions include diabetes, heart and vascular (blood vessel) disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse. In addition, the side effects of certain medications, including some antidepressant drugs, can affect sexual desire and function.

Psychological causes

These include work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, and the effects of a past sexual trauma.

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