Sexual dysfunction (or sexual malfunction or sexual disorder) is difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of sexual activity, including physical pleasure, desire, preference, arousal, or orgasm.
Sexual issues can occur at any time in a person's life, can because by many things, and can cause a great day of heartache and frustration.
Many people find talking about their sexual issues embarrassing, but research shows that 43% of women and 31% of men report some degree of difficulty. A trained professional will be completely comfortable talking about these issues and will have worked extensively with many types of sexual issues.
Sexual dysfunction is generally classified into four main categories:
In women, symptoms can include:
In men, symptoms can include:
Symptoms seen in both men and women:
Causes of sexual dysfunction can be either physical or psychological. Physical causes can include diabetes, heart and vascular disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse. Some medications including some anti-depressant drugs and blood pressure medications, can affect sexual function. Psychological causes can include work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, concerns about body image, and the effects of a past sexual trauma.
Hypnosis to increase sexual performance is two-pronged - designed to help in immediate term and also to offer long-term strategies for lasting pleasure and fulfillment.