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Sexual dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction or sexual malfunction refers to a difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of a normal sexual activity, including desire, arousal or orgasm.


Sexual dysfunction disorders may be classified into four categories: sexual desire disorders, arousal disorders, orgasm disorders and pain disorders.

(a) Sexual desire disorders

Sexual desire disorders or decreased libido are characterised by a lack or absence for some period of time of sexual desire or libido for sexual activity or of sexual fantasies.

(b)Sexual arousal disorders

Sexual arousal disorders were previously known as frigidity in women and impotence in men.Impotence is now known as erectile dysfunction, and frigidity has been replaced with a number of terms describing specific problems with, for example, desire or arousal.

(c) Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or impotence is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis. There are various underlying causes, such as damage to the nervi erigentes which prevents or delays erection, or diabetes, which simply decreases blood flow to the tissue in the penis, many of which are medically reversible.

(d) Orgasm disorders

Orgasm disorders are persistent delays or absence of orgasm following a normal sexual excitement phase. The disorder can have psysical, psychological, or pharmacological origins. SSRI antidepressants are a common pharmaceutical culprit, as they can delay orgasm or eliminate it entirely.

(e) Sexual pain disorders

Sexual pain disorders affect women almost exclusively and are known as dyspareunia (painful intercourse) or vaginismus (an involuntary spasm of the muscles of the vaginal wall that interferes with intercourse).

 (f) General

Sexual dysfunctions are more common in the early adult years, majority of people seeking care during their late twenties through thirties. The incidence increases again in the geriatric population.

Psychological sexual disorders

  • Hypoactive sexual desire disorder Bestiality
  • Sexual aversion disorder (avoidance of or lack of desire for sexual intercourse)
  • Female sexual arousal disorder (failure of normal lubricating arousal response)
  • Male erectile disorder
  • Female orgasmic disorder
  • Male orgasmic disorder
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Dyspareunia
  • Vaginismus
  • Paraphilias
  • PTSD due to genital mutilation or childhood sexual abuse
  • anhedonia

Other sexual problems

  • Sexual dissatisfaction
  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Anorgasmia
  • Impotence
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Delay or absence of ejaculation, despite adequate stimulation
  • Inability to control timing of ejaculation
  • Inability to relax vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse
  • Inadequate vaginal lubrication preceding and during intercourse
  • Burning pain on the vulva or in the vagina with contact to those areas
  • Unhappiness or confusion related to sexual orientation
  • Transsexual and transgender people may have sexual problems (before or after surgery), though actually being transgendered or transsexual is not a sexual problem in itself.
  • Persistent sexual arousal syndrome

Homeopathic Treatment Homeopathy takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body’s mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness. Treatment in homeopathy is individualized (tailored to each person). Homeopathic practitioners select remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including not only symptoms but lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors.

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