Sex dysfunction can impact both the health of the individual and the enjoyment of the relationship. In evaluating the underlying cause of sexual dysfunction, clinicians start with a complete history of symptoms. Lab tests may be ordered to further evaluate the patient’s sexual health, but they play a limited role. Evaluation of attitudes toward sex and relationship factors also helps clinicians determine the exact cause of the problem and recommend a course of treatment.
Men’s sexual health
Although often overlooked among other men’s health concerns, ED and other problems with ejaculation are serious concerns. Men often suffer in silence, figuring that these issues are simply a part of aging. Fortunately, affordable solutions are available that can re-ignite the passion in the bedroom. Read on to learn about some of the top treatments for ED and other issues affecting the male reproductive system.
Male sexual dysfunction is a common problem for men of any age. While most problems occur as men age, some may be the result of hormonal imbalances. In such cases, a medical doctor can prescribe appropriate treatments. Other causes include prescription drugs, blood vessel disorders, strokes, and nerve damage. Fortunately, most male sexual health issues are treatable. It’s important to understand that men’s health issues are complex and often involve several symptoms at once.
In general, erectile dysfunction is the most common men’s sexual health issue. It affects approximately 50 percent of American men over 40. The primary cause of erectile dysfunction is blood flow problems in the penis. Certain medications, smoking, and alcohol use can also contribute to erectile dysfunction. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of erectile dysfunction and seek treatment if necessary. Many men have varying degrees of this problem, and they may not realize that there are solutions.
In addition to sexual dysfunction, men also have to deal with low libido, premature ejaculation, and many other sexual health issues. Some men find it difficult to discuss their sexual health concerns with their doctors, resulting in delayed diagnosis of serious underlying conditions. Oftentimes, erectile dysfunction is the first sign of a serious health condition such as coronary disease. In addition, doctors should inquire about the man’s sexual function when diagnosing a patient.
Some men may be experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction due to emotional factors. Depression, anxiety, and relationship problems can be contributing factors. Treatment for these issues may involve psychological counseling or antidepressants. A certified sexual therapy counselor can help men overcome performance anxiety. Premature ejaculation can also lead to the development of performance anxiety. Performance anxiety is a common psychological issue for men and can interfere with the enjoyment of sexual relationships.
Women’s sexual health
Despite the fact that women are the largest group of patients seeking medical attention, many are still unsure where to go for sexual health issues. The new Female Sexual Medicine Clinic at Intermountain Medical Center offers women a high-quality medical resource that addresses these issues. Summerhays evaluates the women’s medical history and concerns to determine the cause of their problems. She then prescribes appropriate treatment to resolve their issues. Here are some tips for dealing with sexual health problems in women.
The first thing to understand is that sexual dysfunction in women is complex. Many factors contribute to sexual dysfunction, including age, hormonal and physical changes during the menopause. Women’s problems can range from lack of desire and impotence to erection issues to stress, depression and work-related stress. It can also be caused by anorexia, a common psychological condition. Sexual trauma can also affect women’s health.
Treatment for sexual dysfunction in women should take into account all possible factors. While some of these issues may go away on their own, others may require ongoing management. Sometimes women need to seek help from multiple health care providers, including mental health professionals and relationship counselors. But if these problems persist, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. For example, if the problem is affecting the intimacy of a woman, a health care provider can prescribe erotic materials, perform massage and help her patient masturbate.
Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act has made access to these services more accessible for women. But the lack of affordable coverage has created a barrier to some women’s access to reproductive health care. In some states, however, the Affordable Care Act expanded pathways to Medicaid, and made private health insurance more affordable. In addition, the Affordable Care Act requires private health insurance plans to cover recommended preventive services without patient cost-sharing, and all FDA-approved contraceptives.
O-Shot: This procedure involves the extraction of a sample of blood from an arm vein. PRP is then isolated from the blood and injected into nearby tissues, including the vagina. The procedure is fast and minimally invasive and results typically last for 18 months. Results vary by woman’s metabolism, and a series of O-Shots may be required for optimal results. This treatment is not for everyone, but it is highly effective for some women.
Situational or acquired sexual problems
In general, the boundaries between organic and functional sexual disorders are blurred when the two factors are merged. Sexual dysfunctions manifest as disturbances in desire, excitement, and resolution and often cause personal distress and interpersonal difficulties. They can be acquired or situational, or they can be life-long. Psychological factors may also play a role. Sexually dys functioned individuals are often unaware of the causes of their disorder, and may be embarrassed to discuss them.
A qualified sex therapist can help individuals manage the distress that is associated with their sexual problem. Psychotherapy can address the interfering factors that inhibit the individual’s ability to fully engage in sexual activity, such as feelings of shame, guilt, or fear. Other interfering factors may include trauma resulting from sexual abuse or poor body image. Couples therapy can also address relationships. Ultimately, the goal of joint therapy is to improve the quality of sexual encounters and relationships.
Another cause of generalized or lifelong low sexual desire is various medical or psychiatric disorders. For example, a patient with diabetes may experience changes in their desire and erection, which is caused by a number of medications. Some people may experience sexual dysfunction if they are taking antihypertensive medications, while street drugs such as marijuana, heroin, or prostitution may impair sexual ability.
Many physical and psychological conditions can cause a person to experience sexual dysfunction, including heart disease, diabetes, and vascular diseases. Other common causes are hormonal imbalances, drug use, and mental or emotional concerns. Some medications may also affect sexual function, including antidepressants. Other psychological causes include work-related stress, concerns about body image, and past sexual trauma. Your doctor can prescribe treatment based on the type of problem and how it has affected your life.
Various types of therapy are used to treat sexual problems in women. Among the first-line treatments are mechanical aids, penile implants, and vacuum devices. In addition to medication and devices, some women can also undergo therapy to increase their sexual desire. During chemotherapy, a doctor may recommend contraceptives to keep their partners away from the harmful effects of chemotherapy. Some couples may also consider psychotherapy as a way to improve their relationship and enjoy their life together.
When seeking care for sexual problems, women should always be able to discuss their concerns with their HCP. Sexual health is an indicator of overall wellness and quality of life, so getting the right treatment is essential. However, too many women are denied the treatment they need. Thankfully, effective therapy is available for many women suffering from sexual health issues. These women need a safe and confidential setting to discuss their problems with trusted HCPs.
The best treatment for sexual problems depends on the underlying cause. For example, hormone therapy can improve erections in women or men. Various drugs, such as sildenafil and tadalafil, can improve blood flow to the penis. In addition to this, hormones such as estrogen and testosterone can help improve sexual function. Some medications can also interfere with sexual activity. A doctor can prescribe medications to correct these problems.
In spite of these challenges, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to improving sexual health for women. There are many factors that may prevent women from seeking proper treatment. Nonetheless, a doctor can help. By following a holistic approach, a patient can receive the appropriate treatment that helps them feel better and live longer. The most common sexual health issues can be treated at an early age. In some cases, a woman may develop HIV or an STD, and these are not necessarily curable at the time of the diagnosis.