There are a wide variety of ways that sexual functioning can go awry. In men, these can include impotence and premature ejaculation, as well as perverse sexual predilections such as fetishism or exhibitionism. In women there may be vaginisimus where penetration becomes painful, anorgasmia where there is a lot of difficulty in attaining an orgasm and hypo or hyper sexual desire.
There can be many reasons behind sexual dysfunction including both psychological and physiological reasons. Many drugs have side-effects that impair sexual functioning including anti-depressants, blood pressure medicines and cholesterol medicines. Problems can be related to physical illnesses or advancing years creating impotence in men and loss of libido in women. Declining hormone levels may also be to blame and proper medical assessment may be vital in getting to the bottom of the cause of poor sexual functioning. In addition there may be emotional and psychological reasons that are creating issues.
A good sex life has been found to be very important in overall well-being, but the problem is our sex lives remain very private – it's very difficult to get a sense of what is normal and what isn't and therefore when you should go and discuss an issue with a specialist.
For men testosterone injections may be popular but there are side-effects and very rarely are they actually tackling the basic underlying issues that could be leading to male insecurity. Similar sex hormones, incidentally, have been shown to be helpful in low doses in female sexual functioning, but all this goes to show that a good in-depth knowledge of sex hormones and their impact on your biology and psychology is crucial to assistance in this area.
Sexual functioning is a combination of physical and psychological components. This means that any assessment and treatment plan should include proper specialist input.
Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who are experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of issues associated with Sexual Dysfunction and they will be able to offer full support and advice for you and your partner.
By calling our Clinical Team on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.