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Sexual Dysfunctions

Premature / Delayed Ejaculation

Erectile Dysfunction
Hypoactive Sexual Desire

Female Sexual Interest
Female Orgasmic Disorder
Genito-Pelvic Pain / Vaginismus

A number of sexual dysfunctions for both men and women may be rooted and exacerbated psychologically.

Sexual Dysfunctions

Both men and women can suffer from a variety of sexual dysfunctions. These disorders can significantly interfere with an individual’s ability to enjoy or experience sex. Individuals who are affected may feel inadequate, depressed, frustrated, and often ashamed.


Sexual dysfunctions in men include

  • erectile disorder,

  • male hypoactive sexual desire disorder,

  • premature ejaculation, 

  • delayed ejaculation


Dysfunctions in women include

  • female sexual interest/arousal disorder,

  • female orgasmic disorder and

  • genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder is sometimes referred to as Vaginismus.

For individuals who suspect or have ruled out underlying medical conditions, sex therapy may be an appropriate treatment

Sexual problems are reported by approximately 40% of females worldwide. ED is less common but increasing in young men. A recent study showed that ED was prevalent in 26% of men younger than 40.

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Psychological and social factors can have a significant effect on our sex lives. For some individuals, earlier traumas including sexual abuse can provoke anxiety, fear, discomfort, and a number of mixed emotions preventing the pleasurable engagement of sexual activities. Underlying anxiety brought on by stress or depression highlighted by feelings of sadness, guilt, loss of interest, or loneliness or stress can also influence sex. Those in relationships may experience conflict which can inhibit sexual interest. Conflict may at times be direct, but may also build resentment over the course of years leading to a couple’s sexual disconnect. Feelings pertaining to one’s own self-worth, body, or comfort with touch may decrease our ability and interest to engage in sex. Religious beliefs and cultural messages may also deter our ability to embrace our own sexuality or welcome our partner in to share a healthy sexual connection. 


Sex is an experience that requires a hollistic embodiment of mind, body and spirit, not just the functionality of our sexual organs. Make an appointment with one of our psychotherapists today. Still unsure about how we can help? Call us at 305-605-LOVE for a free consultation. We are here to support you.

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