How to cope with sexual problems and return your sex life to normal

9.7.2021 0

Sexual problems in men

Many men struggle with problems during sex. Doctors call this sexual dysfunction. Your health, stress, relationship problems, and other issues can lead to these problems.Approximately 31% men and 43% women have some difficulty having sex. But many types of sexual problems can be treated or otherwise improved. Thanks to ongoing research, doctors understand more about them than ever before.

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Health problems

Your overall health and any medical conditions you have can also affect your sex life. Conditions that can affect your sexual ability or desire for sex include:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol levels
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Mental and emotional problems

Stress, anxiety, and other mental and emotional issues can have a big impact on your sex life. Just worrying about how you will perform during sex can keep you from enjoying sexual intimacy. You may also feel guilty about sex, fear of pregnancy, or memories of traumatic sexual experiences. Worries about your relationship can also lead to sexual problems. Anger at your partner, boredom in your relationship, and other ongoing issues can affect you sexually.

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Sexual problems in women

Most women experience symptoms of a sexual problem in one way or another. For some women, the symptoms continue. But your symptoms are only a sexual problem if they bother you or cause problems in your relationship.

What are the causes of sexual problems in women?

Women's sexuality is complex. At its core is the need for intimacy and closeness. Women also have physical needs. If there are problems in your emotional or physical aspect, you may have sexual problems.

Some common reasons include:

  • Emotional reasons such as stress, relationship problems, depression or anxiety, memories of sexual abuse or rape, and unhappiness with your body.
  • Physical causes such as hormone problems, pain from an injury or other problem, and certain conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.
  • Aging, which can cause changes in the vagina, such as dryness.
  • Taking certain medications. For example, some medications for depression, anxiety, and seizures can cause sexual problems.
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What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of sexual problems may include:

  • Less desire for sex.
  • There are problems with arousal.
  • Inability to achieve orgasm.
  • Pain during sex.

How are sexual problems in women diagnosed?

You may notice a change in desire or sexual pleasure. When this happens, it helps to look at what is working and what is not working in your body and in your life. For example:

  • Are you sick or taking medications that may reduce your sexual desire or response?
  • Are you stressed or often very tired?
  • Do you have a caring, respectful relationship with your partner?
  • Do you and your partner have the time and privacy to relax together?
  • Do you have painful memories of sex or intimacy?

Our doctor can help you decide what to do. He or she will ask questions, do a physical exam, and talk to you about possible causes.