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Treatment Options for Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women

Sexual problems affect as many as 46% of women and 40% of men. If you have sexual dysfunction, help is available to address the physical and psychological causes.

The providers at PharmXHealthOne specialize in men’s and women’s health. We take a holistic and functional medicine approach to treating a wide range of conditions, including sexual dysfunction. 

Symptoms of sexual dysfunction

In men, problems achieving or maintaining an erection, low libido, and problems ejaculating are the most common symptoms of sexual dysfunction. Women with sexual dysfunction may experience problems reaching orgasm, pain during intercourse, and lack of interest in sex. These issues can impact your relationships and how you feel about yourself. 

Causes of sexual dysfunction

Sexual arousal involves multiple systems, including the brain, hormones, and nerves. Sexual dysfunction issues can be caused by physical problems, psychological problems, or both. 

Physical causes of sexual dysfunction

The following are common physical causes of sexual dysfunction:

Certain medications can also cause sexual dysfunction. Tell your provider about any medication that you’re taking. Don’t stop taking any medications that are prescribed to you without first discussing it with your health care provider.

Psychological causes of sexual dysfunction

Your thoughts and feelings can have a powerful impact on sexual function. Feelings of guilt, shame, stress, anxiety, and depression can negatively impact your sexual function. Low self-esteem, body image issues, and past sexual trauma can also be impactful.

Treating sexual dysfunction

First, your provider will discuss your symptoms and medical history. Then your provider may order certain tests to examine any potential causes and uncover potential medical conditions.

Then, depending on your diagnosis, you provider will design a treatment plant to help you get heathy and able to enjoy a fulfilling sex life. Treatment options may include any of the following:

Hormone replacement therapy

In both men and women, hormone deficiencies can cause and contribute to sexual dysfunction. If your hormones are out of whack, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can restore your hormone levels to normal, which then may be able to improve your sexual function. 

Medication

Medication is available for men and women with sexual dysfunction. For men, drugs like sildenafil and tadalafil can boost sexual function by increasing blood flow to the penis. For women, medications like flibanserin and bremelanotide can boost sexual function by increasing libido.

Behavioral therapy

Working with a trained professional can help you gain insight into thoughts and behaviors that could be negatively impacting your sexual function. Your therapist can help you address anxiety, relationship issues, sexual trauma, and any other concerns that may be related to your sexual function. 

Lifestyle changes

Your provider may recommend lifestyle changes. For example, if you have high blood pressure, your provider may suggest dietary changes and an exercise program to help you control your high blood pressure, which, in turn, may improve your sexual function. Addressing any underlying issues, such as diabetes and high cholesterol, is paramount.

Sexual dysfunction can significantly impact your life. If you’re struggling with sexual problems, we can help you reclaim a satisfying sex life. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with PharmXhealthOne today. We offer in-person and telehealth appointments.

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