Sex therapy can be used to treat many sexual disorders
Accurate statistics on the prevalence of sexual issues are hard to establish for numerous reasons. We know that:
- Some conditions remain under-reported (many people don’t seek treatment)
- Some data is based on self-reported, subjective findings making it hard to compare data because of the subjectivity
- For some conditions more research is still needed
- On occasion, the methodology instruments used and the participant group may alter the accuracy of the findings
None-the-less, taking all research into account, it would seem that sexual dysfunctions are highly prevalent in the community, perhaps affecting about 43% of women and 31% of men (Rosen,R.C.)
The full list of sexual dysfunctions is extensive however these are some of the more common conditions presenting in clinical practice:
- Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (low interest in sex, low libido, low sexual desire)
- Hyperactive sexual (high interest in sex, sexual addiction)
- Sexual arousal disorder (difficulty getting or maintaining adequate arousal)
- Erectile dysfunction (difficulty getting or maintaining an erection)
- Female orgasmic disorder (difficulty reaching orgasms)
- Premature ejaculation (PE). Also referred to as rapid ejaculation (RE) (ejaculating in under normal timeframe).
- Delayed ejaculation (DE) (difficulty reaching ejaculation)
- Sexual pain disorders (experiencing pain or discomfort during sex)
Sexual dysfunction may be categorised into disorders relating to difficulty managing: desire; arousal; erection; orgasm; or pain during sexual engagement.
They can be lifelong (have always presented) or acquired (it didn’t always present and has developed somewhere along the lifespan). The issue may also be generalised (occurring in all situations) or may be unique to only certain partners or situations.