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Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction Information

Updated/Revised Date: 21st Sep 2022
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Synopsis: Information regarding sexual dysfunction, or sexual malfunction, the difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of a regular sexual activity.


Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction or sexual malfunction is difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of normal sexual activity, including physical pleasure, desire, preference, arousal, or orgasm. According to the DSM-5, sexual dysfunction requires a person to feel extreme distress and interpersonal strain for a minimum of 6 months (excluding substance or medication-induced sexual dysfunction). Sexual dysfunctions can profoundly impact an individual's perceived quality of sexual life.

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A sexual problem, or sexual dysfunction, refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.

Both men and women are affected by sexual dysfunction. Sexual problems occur in adults of all ages. Among those commonly affected are older adults, which may be related to a decline in health associated with aging. The prevalence of sexual dysfunction is 43% for women and 31% for men in a large American sample. Erectile dysfunction increases as men age, with 52% of men aged 40 - 70 having some degree of impotence. Sexual dysfunction can be a result of a physical or psychological problem:

Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction

In men:

In women:

In both men and women:

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The above information is from our reference library of material relating to Sexual Dysfunction that includes:

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Recent study reveals men who exercise more have better erectile and sexual function, regardless of race.
Publish Date: 29th Mar 2015 - Updated: 24th Oct 2022
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Those affected experience dryness of eyes and mouth, and a variety of other symptoms such as extreme fatigue and arthritis.
Publish Date: 8th Feb 2015
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