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Sexuality: common problems and their treatments II

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Various | Posted on 05-03-2013

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In honor of European Sexual Health Day, I set out to write a post that answered the most frequently asked questions by patients in the Sexual Health Unit at Xanit International Hospital.

My goal in these posts is to talk about problems in the realm of sexuality that have, too often, been classified as taboo. As such, I have already discussed the most common sexual disorders and how they can affect quality of life. In addition, I also explained the importance of guidance and sex therapy. You can review these topics by re-reading this post. Today, I’d like to describe how we treat these issues at Xanit International Hospital.

To start with, you should know that we have a team of specialized sexologists who are trained in various types of sex therapy, and who have experience using a range of different medical and surgical options for the treatment of sexual disorders.  Some problems can only be successfully solved if approached from a sexology point of view—such as, for example, female hypoactive sexual desire disorder—whereas others can be treated more successfully via sex counseling.

Here in the Sexual Health Unit, the doctors often encounter couples who have deep-seated communication issues. These can develop due to personal difficulties in expressing emotions, or they can take root in the daily routines we acquire in our lives together. As a result, one of the first steps we take on the road to improvement is to potentiate communication.

Our services range from diagnostic to therapeutic for dysfunctions such as anorgasmia, as well as for issues that can result from other disorders like menopause or depression. In addition, we also provide assessment and mediation for relationship conflict (communication, separation, infidelity, jealousy…).

Furthermore, we offer workshops on Sex Education, Sexuality from a Gender-based Perspective, and Divorce Therapy. The Sex Ed workshops are given in schools and are not intended only for students, but also for teachers and families. They are the most effective way to prevent significant social conflict, such as assault, sexual abuse, or domestic violence.

This year, the workshops on Sexuality from a Gender-based Perspective contain a new element, since at Xanit we are developing group workshops aimed to improve female sexual desire. These workshops are designed both for women and for couples. Gender is a socially constructed part of sexuality, and given that women are not socialized in the same way as men, this affects the development and manifestation of their sexuality. It is very important that we come to accept this reality and from there, above all, that we understand that this difference is not indicative in any way of inferiority.  Our workshops are intended to help with the acceptance of these differences. They also identify factors that can imply inferiority thus that these can be avoided and, instead, mutual understanding and social harmony among all is encouraged. Likewise, differences relevant to female desire and sexual response are analyzed so that women can improve their level of sexual fulfillment and enhance the quality of their experiences with their partner(s).

Lastly, the Divorce Therapy we offer can help prevent other mental and/or physical problems associated with the situation, such as depression or anxiety.  When someone comes to us for divorce therapy, normally they do so seeking to overcome the pain of marital separation. This therapy can provide those in need with the tools to get through divorce as civilly and with as little collateral damage as possible, especially in their relationships with their children and families.

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Sexuality: common problems and their treatments I

Dr. Ana Rosa Jurado

Coordinator of the Sexual Health Unit

Sexuality: common problems and their treatments I

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Various | Posted on 14-02-2013

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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