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Sexual Dysfunction Causes

(Also Known As: Sexual Disorder Causes, Male Dysfunction Causes, Erectile Dysfunction Causes, Female Dysfunction Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Sexual Dysfunction?

The causes of sexual dysfunction may be due to the interplay of different factors that can variably affect the normal sexual function of those with sexual dysfunction. The following are the common causes of sexual dysfunction: 4

Psychological Causes

  • Concern about sexual performance
  • Stress or anxiety from work and or family responsibilities
  • Conflicts in relationship with your partner
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Unresolved sexual orientation issues
  • Previous traumatic sexual or physical experience
  • Body image and self-esteem problems

Physical Causes

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pelvic surgery
  • Pelvic injury or trauma
  • Neurological disorders
  • Medication side effects
  • Hormonal changes, including those related to pregnancy and menopause
  • Thyroid disease
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Fatigue

Interpersonal Causes

  • Partner performance and technique
  • Relationship quality and conflict
  • Lack of privacy
  • Lack of a partner
  • Relationship quality and conflict

Sociocultural Causes

  • Inadequate education
  • Societal taboos
  • Conflict with personal, religious and family values

Medical Conditions 5

  • Erectile impotence
  • Retarded ejaculation
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • Colostomy
  • Epilepsy
  • Mastectomy
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginismus
  • Depression
  • Anorgasmia
  • Autonomic neuropathy
  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypogonadism
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Neurosis

Could You Have Sexual Dysfunction?

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