(Sexual Aversion; Sexual Apathy; Hypoactive Sexual Desire)
DefinitionPsychosexual dysfunction is the inability to become sexually aroused or achieve sexual satisfaction in the appropriate situations because of mental or emotional reasons.Although psychosexual dysfunction is not life threatening, it can have a major effect on your relationships and self-esteem.
CausesPsychosexual dysfunction is a sexual dysfunction that is due to psychological causes rather than physical problems, medical illnesses, or the side effects of medication.Some of the psychological conditions include:
- Traumatic sexual experience, such as abuse or rape
- Guilty feelings
- Negative body image
|In psychosexual dysfunction physical problems have been ruled out. Mental or emotional problems are at the center of the dysfunction.|
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Risk FactorsReduced sexual desire or activity is common among women and men. Before treatment can begin, it is necessary to determine whether the dysfunction may be caused by physical causes like diabetes , heart disease , alcoholism , heavy smoking, side effects of medications, or hormonal problems. Only sexual dysfunction due to psychological factors is called psychosexual dysfunction. Factors that may increase your chances of developing psychosexual dysfunction include:
- Stress or anxiety from work or social situations
- Recent pregnancy—This can result from the changes in hormone levels that occur after pregnancy, from postpartum depression, or from stress and fatigue that follow pregnancy because of adjusting to a new baby.
- Uncertainty about your sexual orientation
- Worry about how you are able to perform sexually
- Fear due to previous disturbing or painful sexual experiences or encounters
- Conflict with your spouse
- Religious, social, or cultural restrictions
- Financial worries
- Family problems
- Abusive relationship with partner
- Negative body image
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