Sex and Sexual Dysfunction

Let’s talk about sex… and sexual dysfunction

 

There is a well-known saying: “It takes two to tango”.

Usually the same applies for a sexual encounter and relationship. In a normal sexual encounter both parties need to be sexually healthy.  Normal sexual function/response consists in three phases: desire, arousal and orgasm.  So, when we talk about sexual dysfunction, we must take into consideration all three phases of the sexual response.

When sexual dysfunction is mentioned though, there is a common tendency to think that it is just about ED = erectile dysfunction.  It may be true that sexual dysfunction is more frequently discussed, complained about, assessed and treated for male patients.  And it may be true that ED component of the sexual dysfunction is the one mostly talked about.  That is because a difficult erection or the lack of it is much more important and easier to notice than the other phases of the sexual response.

Sexual dysfunction has many causes and multiple factors that can contribute to it.  For male patients with sexual dysfunction, there are various commercially available solutions for the majority of the cases, no matter the cause or factors contributing to it. Most known erectile dysfunction medication of all times is of course: Viagra. Beyond those commercially available solution options, there may several effective plant based supplements to support and/or boost the effects of the medications.

A caring man should know and take into consideration that his female partner may have sexual dysfunction as well.

Sexual problems are common in women too, but it is a topic seldom discussed openly with health care providers. In the U.S., 40 percent of women between the ages of 45-64 have sexual concerns, but only 12 percent of them actually report sexual dysfunction problems to their doctors.  Most women with sexual complaints have issues that impact more than one phase of the normal sexual response (desire, arousal and orgasm). There are not too many commercially available options to help women who encounter sexual dysfunction issues. Psychological component is a dominant one in female sexual dysfunction, probably followed by hormonal one. This means emotional health addressed through various methods (including a psychologist) as well as hormonal balance will be key tools resolving female sexual dysfunction. An understanding and cooperating partner added to these will definitely lead to great sex for both.

  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) – also called “the mother of all hormones”, is one of the easily accessible supplemental hormones for both men and women, particularly when the cause of sexual dysfunction is hormonal deficiency or hormonal imbalance.
  • Testosterone – the very well known major male sexual hormone, declines with age, leading to hormone deficiency or hormonal imbalance having as a potential consequence sexual dysfunction. It can also be used for female patients with hormone deficiency or hormonal imbalance. Obviously, the strength used will be gender appropriate and case specific.

Please talk to your health care provider and ask if you need Testosterone and/or DHEA added to your ED medication for better long-term results. You may also call our pharmacy at: 1-866-MYSWINK

 

Nurten Rasid, M.D.

Clinical Pharmacy Consultant

 

References

  • National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. 

                News release, FDA. Absorption Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

 

  • https://medlineplus.gov/sexualproblemsinmen.html

 

  • https://medlineplus.gov/sexualproblemsinwomen.html

 

 

 

  • https://weillcornell.org/news/5-facts-all-men-should-know-about-sexual-problems-and-dysfunction