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Disturbances in sexual desire or performance.

Symptoms of Sexual dysfunction

The following features are indicative of Sexual dysfunction:
  • trouble getting an erection
  • trouble keeping an erection
  • reduced sexual desire
  • ejaculate after long periods of stimulation

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Common Causes of Sexual dysfunction

The following are the most common causes of Sexual dysfunction:
  • heart disease
  • clogged blood vessels
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity

Other Causes of Sexual dysfunction

The following are the less common causes of Sexual dysfunction:
  • metabolic syndrome
  • Parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Peyronie's disease
  • tobacco use
  • alcohol consumption
  • sleep disorders
  • treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • urinary tract infection

Risk Factors for Sexual dysfunction

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Sexual dysfunction:
  • diabetes or heart conditions
  • tobacco use
  • being overweight
  • prostate surgery
  • radiation treatment for cancer
  • antidepressants
  • alcohol consumption
  • prolonged bicycling
  • older age
  • spinal cord injury
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • kidney failure
  • heart and blood vessel disease
  • psychological stress
  • history of sexual abuse

Prevention of Sexual dysfunction

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Sexual dysfunction. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • keep diabetes under control
  • see doctor for regular checkups and medical screening tests
  • stop smoking
  • limit or avoid alcohol
  • don't use illegal drugs
  • exercise regularly
  • take steps to reduce stress
  • maintain healthy weight

Occurrence of Sexual dysfunction

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Sexual dysfunction cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Sexual dysfunction most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Sexual dysfunction can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Sexual dysfunction

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Sexual dysfunction:
  • Physical exam: To examine the penis, testicles abnormalities and check nerves for sensation
  • Blood tests: To diagnose signs of diabetes, heart disease, and low testosterone levels
  • Urine tests: To check for signs of diabetes and other health conditions
  • Ultrasound: To provide detail information about sexual function
  • Psychological exam: To diagnose depression, anxiety and other psychological causes of erectile dysfunction
  • Pelvic exam: To determine the physical changes such as thinning of the genital tissues, scarring, decreased skin elasticity or pain

Complications of Sexual dysfunction if untreated

Yes, Sexual dysfunction causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Sexual dysfunction is left untreated:
  • unsatisfactory sex life
  • stress or anxiety
  • embarrassment or low self-esteem
  • relationship problems
  • inability to get partner pregnant
  • inability to become aroused
  • sexual pain disorders

Procedures for Treatment of Sexual dysfunction

The following procedures are used to treat Sexual dysfunction:
  • DNN surgery (Dorsal nerve neurectomy): To treat premature ejaculation

Self-care for Sexual dysfunction

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Sexual dysfunction:
  • Exercise regularly: Improves the erectile dysfunction
  • Avoid Smoke: Avoid smoking to prevent condition from worsening

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Sexual dysfunction

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Sexual dysfunction:
  • Do kegel exercises: To strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor
  • Squeeze technique: To reduce excessive arousal

Patient Support for Treatment of Sexual dysfunction

The following actions may help Sexual dysfunction patients:
  • Psychological counseling: Helps in dealing with the disease

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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