Sexual dysfunction (or sexual malfunction or sexual disorder) is difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of sexual activity, including physical pleasure, desire, preference, arousal or orgasm. Sexual issues can occur at any time in a persons’ life, can be caused by many things and can cause a great deal of heart ache and frustration.
Many people find talking about their sexual issues embarrassing but research shows that 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men report some degree of difficulty, a trained professional will be completely comfortable talking about these issues and will have worked extensively with many types of sexual issues.
Sexual dysfunction generally is classified into four main categories:
Desire disorders —lack of sexual desire or interest in sex
Arousal disorders —inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity
Orgasm disorders —delay or absence of orgasm (climax), or premature ejaculation
Pain disorders — pain during intercourse
In men symptoms can include:
Inability to achieve or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
Absent or delayed ejaculation despite sexual stimulation (retarded ejaculation)
Inability to control the timing of ejaculation (early or premature ejaculation)
In women symptoms can include:
Inability to achieve orgasm (Anorgasmia)
Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse
Inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse (Vaginismus)
Symptoms seen in men and women:
Lack of interest in or desire for sex
Inability to become aroused
Pain with intercourse
Causes of sexual dysfunction can be both physical and psychological.
Physical causes — Many physical conditions can cause problems with sexual function. These conditions include diabetes, heart and vascular disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse. Some medications, including some antidepressant drugs and blood pressure medications, can affect sexual function.
Psychological causes — Work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, concerns about body image, and the effects of a past sexual trauma.
It is important that your 1st port of call should be your doctor to rule out any underlying medical cause for sexual dysfunctions. If the cause is deemed to be psychological then it is extremely likely hypnosis will help.