Sexual Dysfunction is difficulty with pleasure, arousal, orgasm or desire with sexual activity. Approximately one third of women experience sexual dysfunction. The guilt, anxiety, loss of confidence, and stress can lead to interpersonal relationship disturbances. Sexual activity with a partner becomes a burden without pleasure. Many socio-economic factors influence sexual dysfunction including race, ethnicity, finance, employment, education and religion. Pain from the loss of hormones due to menopause may be the cause of sexual dysfunction.
There are many factors which may lead to a person experiencing a sexual dysfunction. These may result from emotional or physical causes. Emotional factors include interpersonal or psychological problems, which can be the result of depression, sexual fears or guilt, past sexual trauma, and sexual disorders, among others.
Sexual dysfunction may also be caused by anxiety disorders. Ordinary anxiousness can cause erectile dysfunction in men without psychiatric problems, but clinically diagnosable disorders such as panic disorder commonly cause avoidance of intercourse and premature ejaculation. Pain during intercourse can be a problem among women with anxiety disorders.
You may be eligible to participate in a research study for sexual dysfunction if you:
- Sexual intercourse is painful.
- You lack any desire for sexual contact.
- Regular or repeated inability to obtain or maintain an erection.
- You are unable to have an orgasm.