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Sexuality: common problems and their treatments I

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Problems related to sexuality can too often be a taboo issue. Sometimes this is the result of lack of knowledge on the subject, whereas other times it can just feel too embarrassing to talk about.

Today is European Sexual Health Day. The World Health Organization defines sexual health as “a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality” and, in honor of this day, in this post I am going to try to answer some of the questions that come up most frequently in the Sexual Health Unit at Xanit International Hospital. I hope you find it helpful!

What are the most common sexual problems?

The issues we see most frequently in sexology consultations are erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), and hypoactive sexual desire disorder.  In order for any of these to be considered a sexual dysfunction, they must exist over a period of time (have continuity) and cause relative to intense stress in the person who suffers from them and/or their sexual partner(s).

What treatments are available for sexual disorders in men?

Male sexuality has, historically, received more attention than female sexuality.  As a result, there is a range of medicine and proven therapies available to deal with issues such as erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

And is there treatment available for sexual disorders in women?

Female sexuality has been less studied than its male counterpart.  In fact, female sexual desire disorders are still the one of the main unresolved mysteries in both medical practice and research. There have been no major breakthroughs in medication— unlike for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation— so as of now sex therapy is the most appropriate, effective treatment for female hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

How does sexual dysfunction affect our lives?

Problems with sexuality can affect both our self-esteem and our relationship with our partner. They have the potential to generate a high level of stress, given that we tend not to discuss these sorts of difficulties with our doctors, friends, or family, and, at times, not even with our partners. As a result, what begins as a sexual disorder can sometimes turn into depression, occasionally leading to damaging social isolation.

Why is sex therapy and guidance so important?

Sexual dysfunction affects the quality of life of both our patients and their partners.  It also affects people’s overall state of health by reducing their perception of general well-being.  In addition, some sexual problems can be the first sign of another disorder that has yet to fully express itself.  Erectile dysfunction is a good example of this; at times it is the first symptom of a risk of serious cardiovascular disease.  Furthermore, the treatment for erectile dysfunction can complement the treatment for other issues, such as the one for benign prostatic hyperplasia (a non-malignant enlargement of the prostate).

The sexologists here at Xanit International Hospital are proud to offer a variety of different medical and surgical options for the treatment of sexual disorders.  Our services include, for example, diagnoses and therapy for problems such as anorgasmia, sexual arousal disorders, premature ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction.  Where appropriate, we also investigate possible links to other ailments like prostate diseases, cardiovascular disorders, menopause, or depression.  In addition, we also deal with sexual disorders in the context of the partnership-relationship, providing evaluation and mediation for couples that have issues with communication, separation, infidelity, or jealousy.

Want to know more?  Keep an eye on our blog and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  In our next post we’ll explain how we treat these problems at our hospital.

Dr. Ana Rosa Jurado

Coordinator of the Sexual Health Unit