Sexual problems like erectile dysfunction in men and loss of libido in women, often top the list of conditions that people shy away from and are embarrassed to talk about. But you don’t have to accept sexual dysfunction or loss of sex drive as an inevitable consequence of a busy lifestyle, illness, depression or age.
You are not alone
Sexual dysfunction and low sexual desire is a common problem that affects approximately one in five men and even more women at some point in their life. The causes can be complex and varied – a hectic life, illness, medication or age. Physical symptoms for women may include pain or discomfort during sex while men may be unable to get or maintain an erection, or to ejaculate. The majority of us suffer in silence, with only 25% of people with sexual problems seeking help.
Yet sex is undoubtedly important to our overall emotional and physical well being. It has been scientifically proven that sexual intimacy and physical affection play an important role in a healthy relationship. Unsurprisingly, lack of sexual intimacy is linked with low self-esteem, depression and relationship problems.
Sexual problems in Men
Sexual dysfunction affects around one in five men, with erectile dysfunction being the most common problem. More than 40% of men over the age of 60 have erectile dysfunction. Men with erectile dysfunction often show a loss of sexual desire.
Erection problems can be caused by, or be an early warning sign, of ill health such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Two thirds of men with raised blood pressure have some erectile dysfunction.
Causes of sexual problems in men
Male sexual arousal is a complex process that involves the brain as well as the nerves, muscles and blood vessels to the penis. Erectile dysfunction and low sexual desire can be caused by physical and psychological problems.
Physical causes of sexual dysfunction in men include:
- High blood pressure
- Side effect of prescribed drugs
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Hormone imbalance such as reduced levels of testosterone .
Psychological causes of sexual dysfunction include:
- Stress and anxiety from work or home
- Conflicts and dissatisfaction with your partner
- Sexual boredom
- Worries about your sexual orientation.
Sexual problems in Women
Sexual problems in women are common and affect women of all ages. It is estimated that 45% of women have at least one sexual dysfunction at some point in time. Women’s sexual dysfunction include loss of desire, loss of arousal, problems with orgasm and pain during sex.
Causes of sexual problems in women
Sexual problems in women are a result of a complex interaction of different factors and become more common with age.
Sexual problems can be caused by:
- Physiological and physical factors: hormonal imbalances during or after pregnancy or menopause; diabetes, low testosterone levels, alcohol and drug abuse, side effects of prescribed drugs
- Psychological factors: depression, relationship problems, traumatic sexual experiences, stress
- Sociocultural factors: religious beliefs, cultural norms
Sexual desire and physical arousal in both men and women depend on a complex interplay of biological functions. You therefore want to benefit from specialist, trustworthy expertise. Only the best is good enough.