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.
Sexual dysfunction generally is classified into four categories:
Often, the symptoms of sexual dysfunction can be the result of one or more underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, insomnia, or hormone imbalance. Many prescription and nonprescription drugs can also cause sexual side effects.
In women, painful intercourse can be caused by a variety of factors, from vaginal infections to life-threatening conditions such as ectopic pregnancy. If a woman has sudden, severe pelvic pain, she should see a doctor right away.
Since the symptoms of sexual dysfunction can be the result of one or more underlying conditions, it is important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Another good reason to see a doctor is that many sexual problems can be treated successfully.
The specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center carefully evaluate your medical history and current condition to offer the most appropriate and effective therapies available.
Factors our specialists take into account when designing a treatment plan: