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Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual Dysfunction

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The Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine
6550 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
713-441-9229
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"Sexuality influences thoughts, feelings, actions and interactions, and thereby our mental and physical health. Since health is a fundamental human right, so must sexual health also be a basic human right." This quote from the World Health Organization expresses the current sentiment of health care professionals regarding human sexuality.

The most contemporary and widely used classification system for defining female sexual dysfunction is that of Basson’s which, in simple terms, states that women have difficulty functioning sexually because they have difficulty experiencing sexual desire, sexual arousal, achieving orgasm, or because they experience pain with sex.

Studies have also shown that women usually experience more unhappiness than men with their level of sexual function, and that these same women believe that their physicians will dismiss their sexual complaints, or be too embarrassed to talk with them about their sexual problems.

Low Libido

Lack of interest in sexual activity is referred to as low libido in men and women. A temporary decline in sexual desire can occur due to life changes such as pregnancy and menopause in women. Low libido is often associated with women, but some men may also lose the desire for sex.

Alcohol or drug abuse is a common reason for low sex drive in men and women. Obesity is one of the physical causes that may be responsible. Besides obesity, conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol can also affect sexual desire.

Risk factors

Many physical and/or medical conditions can cause problems with sexual dysfunction. The most common risk factors in women include:

  • Increasing age
  • Menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Pelvic pain
  • Endocrine dysfunction
  • Use of medications, such as antidepressants
  • Relationship conflicts

Psychological Factors

  • Depression
  • Stress 
  • Anxiety 
  • Poor self image and/or low self-esteem 
  • History of sexual abuse 
  • Sexual identity crisis 

Treatment

The ideal approach in treating female sexual dysfunction involves a team effort between the woman, doctors and a trained therapist. Most types of sexual dysfunction problems can be resolved by treating the underlying physical or psychological problems, using:

  • Medications, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Providing couples education, through intimacy and sexuality counseling

Talk to our specialists

These issues can be embarrassing, but can be resolved. Your first step is to talk with one of our specialists. Call the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine at 713-441-9229 to find the right specialist and to schedule an appointment.

How to make an appointment

To schedule an appointment with a physician specializing in sexual dysfunction, please call the Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine at 713-441-9229.