(Sexual Aversion; Sexual Apathy; Hypoactive Sexual Desire)
Pronounced: si-co-sex-u-ull diss-funk-shun
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
With psychosexual dysfunction, you can’t become aroused or satisfied during sex. It can lead to major problems with your partner and self-esteem.
Mental health problems are the cause of psychosexual dysfunction.
These may be:
At some point, many adults have these problems. They’re very common in both women and men. Your risk is higher for:
Symptoms differ for men and women.
You will be asked about your symptoms and your health history. You may have:
How psychosexual dysfunction is treated depends on what's causing it. More than one method may be used:
There is no way to prevent psychosexual dysfunction since the cause is unknown. Try to be open with your partner. If you're still having problems with sex or your partner, talk to your doctor for help.
American Psychiatric Association
National Institute of Mental Health
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Psychiatric Association
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Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 8/31/2018
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