Sunrise Sexual Dysfunction Clinic
What is Sexual Dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem occurring during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or
couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. The sexual response cycle traditionally includes excitement, plateau,
orgasm and resolution. Desire and arousal are both part of the excitement phase of the sexual response.
While research suggests that sexual dysfunction is common (43 percent of women and 31 percent of men report some degree of difficulty), it is
a topic that many people are hesitant to discuss. Because treatment options are available, it is important to share your concerns with your partner and health care provider.
What are the types of sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction generally is classified into four categories:
Desire disorders - lack of sexual desire or interest in sex
Arousal disorders - inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity
Orgasm disorders - delay or absence of orgasm (climax)
Pain disorders - pain during intercourse
Who is affected by sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction can affect any age, although it is more common in those over 40 because it is often related to a decline in health associated with aging.
What are the symptoms of sexual dysfunction?
- Inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse (erectile dysfunction)
- Absent or delayed ejaculation despite adequate sexual stimulation (retarded ejaculation)
- Inability to control the timing of ejaculation (early or premature ejaculation)
- Inability to achieve orgasm
- Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse
- Inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse
In men and women:
- Physical causes
- Psychological causes
How is Sexual Dysfunction Diagnosed?
You would need to be evaluated by a Qualified Specialist, who will evaluate you for
medical and psychological causes.
How is sexual dysfunction treated?
Most types of sexual dysfunction can be corrected by treating the underlying physical
or psychological problems. Other treatment strategies include;
- Mechanical aids
- Sex therapy
- Behavioral treatments
- Education and communication
Dr Hafeez Rahman MBBS, MD, DipNB, FCLS
Consultant Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon, Head of the Department
Dr Aby K Koshy MS, DNB, MRCOG, Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine (London),
Gynaecologist & Infertility Specialist
Dr Shobhana MBBS, DGO
Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
Dr Vinod P Abraham MCh DNB (Urology)
MS DNB (General Surgery)
Dr D Kamalesh Kumar, MBBS, DNB, M.ch (Urology)
Consultant Urologist & Andrologist
Dr Resmi Sudhir ( M.Phil & Ph.D)
Senior Consultant Psychologist