Sexual Dysfunction

The term sexual dysfunction covers numerous problems, including premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, pain during intercourse, and vaginal spasms. Older men are more likely to experience problems like sexual dysfunction, but it is not a common part of the aging process. The complaint received most commonly regarding sexual dysfunction for women is decreased sexual desire or drive. Information about sexual dysfunction, diagnosis, and treatment options are discussed below.

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Sexual Dysfunction Causes

The causes of sexual dysfunction are varied, and sometimes an exact cause cannot be determined. Sexual dysfunction may be long lasting or temporary, and some of the causes may include:

  • Stressful life events
  • Drug abuse
  • Side effects of certain medications, such as antidepressants
  • Imbalanced hormones
  • Psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression
  • Side effects of certain medical conditions, including coronary heart disease and diabetes

Sexual Dysfunction Associated Conditions

This condition can be caused by a variety of emotional and physical factors, or it can also be caused by a combination of both. Some medical conditions may also be associated with an increased risk of experiencing sexual dysfunction, and some of these associated conditions include the following:

  • Menopause
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Other cardiovascular diseases

Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction

The most common symptoms and signs include the following:

  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during sex
  • Difficulty achieving climax
  • Problems with the lower urinary tract

Sexual Dysfunction Diagnosis

The diagnosis of sexual dysfunction typically starts with an examination by a doctor or physician. Despite the thoroughness of this exam, a clear answer to the exact cause of the sexual dysfunction may not be determined. Your doctor may test your hormone levels, specifically testosterone, as these hormones have been shown to affect sex drive in both men and women.

Contact Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology today to schedule your initial consultation appointment. You will be able find out how you can improve your sexual dysfunction condition and see drastic changes in your personal and sexual health.

Sanjay Gandhi, M.D.

Sanjay Gandhi, M.D.
Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology

Conditions affecting the female pelvis are the focus at Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology. We provide effective solutions for these problems from our offices at Park City, Woodstock, and Lake Forest in Illinois.

Our team is headed by Sanjay Gandhi, MD, Urogynecologist. Dr. Gandhi’s specialized education included a residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Northwestern University and a three-year urogynecology fellowship. He is among a few in the country to pass the first examination in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (URPS) of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also teaches healthcare students.