Sexual health is an important component of good general health and well-being. There are many factors that can impact sexual health and the development of a sexual disorder or dysfunction.
Each sexual disorder has its own set of symptoms all of which are influenced by being male or female and the presence of physical and/or psychological symptoms. These are some of the symptoms that can be present with a variety of sexual disorders:
There are many risk factors to developing a sexual disorder. While such disorders are not genetically based, they range from the effects of simple aging to medical issues like diabetes, neurologic conditions or heart disease. The topic of sexual dysfunction is often a difficult one to begin discussing with a physician but this is a critical step in developing a treatment plan to address a problem. A few things that can cause or influence sexual dysfunction are:
Sexual disorders can cast problems on a relationship. It is important to strive for open communication between partners, regardless of the root cause of the sexual dysfunction. Many issues are easily treated while others require more intensive and long term therapy or treatment. It is critical to rule out a physical cause of the dysfunction before moving forward with the development of a treatment plan.