Sexual dysfunction occurs in several forms, in both men and women.
What is important to remember is that everybody suffers from some form of sexual dysfunction or the other, and it is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of.
With our bodies continuously changing, and in the fast paced lives we live in, it is no surprise that we totally lose interest in sex, or try as we might, we cannot get aroused or get orgasms. Women go through their monthly cycle where hormone levels rise and fall, which in turn, affects their mood in the bedroom, and while the jury is still out on the exact rhythm followed, there is evidence that men too go through a hormonal cycle, wherein testosterone levels rise and fall.
If some amount of sexual dysfunction is normal, how then do we tell if we have a real problem or not, and when do we seek help?
Listed below are some common sexual dysfunctions experienced by men and women, their possible causes, and when to seek advise from a doctor:
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Experienced by men. This article covers ED in more detail: Erectile Dynfunction Treatement
Premature ejaculation (PME)
Also experienced by men. More about that here: Premature ejaculation in men
Loss of Libido
Experienced by both men and women. As mentioned earlier, at some point everybody loses interest in sex, this is most often a temporary setback and could be caused by a number of reasons like stressful situations at work, hormonal cycles, changes in the woman’s body after childbirth, side effect to certain medication, etc.
However, if you are not going through any of the above and you find that while you once did get turned on and enjoyed sex, but now for a prolonged period of time you just do not have any sex drive, then you might have a dysfunction, and might need to see a specialist.
Unable to get orgasms
This problem is more common in women but does also occur with some men. A lot of women don’t orgasm every single time they have sex, and that is completely normal. However, if you have never experienced an orgasm even after having a considerable amount of sex, or once upon a time you enjoyed frequent orgasms but lately you can’t achieve one, then go ahead and consult with a sexologist.
Some reasons why women fail to achieve orgasm are- an inability to relax and enjoy sex, past traumatic experiences, not enough stimulation, premenopause, and depression.
Vaginasmus or pain during sex:
This is a female sexual dysfunction, and is because of spasms in the muscles in and around the vagina that make sex extremely painful and uncomfortable, even impossible.
This problem can be caused because of past trauma or surgery in the vaginal area, there could also be a psychological cause for vaginasmus, which could be caused due to fear or relationship problems.
As mentioned earlier some of these problems might occur as a one of case and clear up on its own, but in other cases, the condition might become chronic and really put a damper on your sex life and relationship, if this is the case, then you should go and seek medical advise.