Sexual disorder 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 parts of the excitement phase of the sexual response. While research suggests that sexual disorder is common, 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 healthcare provider.
A sexual disorder 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 ageing. A healthy sexual relationship can be an important part of someone’s life. When things go wrong, whether or not we have diabetes, many of us find it hard to accept that there might be a problem. It’s important to know support available. While most people with diabetes, both male and female, are able to lead completely normal sex lives, diabetes may contribute to sexual problems for some people.
The most common problem is erectile disorder in men (also known as impotence) which results in the inability to get or keep an erection long enough for intercourse. Ejaculation may or may not be affected. Fertility remains normal. Both men and women with diabetes may also lose their sexual desire when their blood glucose levels are high.
Sexual problems are the same as any other medical problem. One needs to talk to a doctor about the strategies that will be best for afflicted lifestyle. Accept that there is a problem. Thinking it might go away will only delay treatment. The sooner seek help the sooner the problem can be treated. If one has a partner, share the problems, only one of the partner or both are experiencing. Learn about the condition. Finding out as much as can and the treatments available will bring positive results and improve the sense of well-being. Sexual problems have the potential to cause a strain in the relationship. If sexual problems are not addressed, they can begin to erode the emotional connection between a couple. Some of them cope with or even ignore symptoms of sexual dysfunction despite the impact on their quality of life.
Sexuality is influenced by multiple physical, psychological and social factors. Physical changes during pregnancy, menopause, cancer and other illnesses can affect libido and enjoyment. External influences such as medications, alcohol and recreational drugs, inactivity, poor diet, tobacco and stress can also play a role. In most cases, the individual recognizes that there is a problem interfering with his or her enjoyment (or the partner’s enjoyment) of a sexual relationship. The clinician likely will begin with a complete history of symptoms and a physical. He or she may order diagnostic tests to rule out any medical problems that may be contributing to the disorder if needed.
Typically, lab testing plays a very limited role in the diagnosis of a sexual disorder. An evaluation of the person’s attitudes about sex, as well as other possible contributing factors (fear, anxiety, past sexual trauma/abuse, relationship concerns, medications, alcohol or drug abuse, etc.) will help the clinician understand the underlying cause of the problem, and will help him or her make recommendations for appropriate treatment. The outlook is good for a disorder that is related to a condition that can be treated or reversed.
A mild disorder that is related to stress, fear, or anxiety often can be successfully treated with counselling, education, and improved communication between partners. We offer a variety of therapies to help men and women overcome sexual disorder, including education and counselling, genital reconstructive techniques, medication and treatment of existing medical conditions. Our team of specialists is dedicated to conducting advanced research into the causes and cures for sexual disorder in both men and women. This research, combined with our extensive clinical experience, enables us to provide with the best possible medical care.