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Sexual Dysfunction Care

Sexual dysfunctions, sometimes called sexual disorders, are defined as difficulty having sex or enjoying sex, AND this bothers you. We are proud to offer care for various types of dysfunctions, including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD,) arousal disorder, and orgasm disorder, among other issues. If you or your partner struggle to enjoy your sex life, we’re here to help. 

If you're an existing patient of ours, you can book your appointment through MyChart.

 What is the definition of sexual dysfunction?  

Sex can be an important part of your health and quality of life, so having trouble having sex or enjoying sex can be challenging physically and emotionally. It can also be difficult or embarrassing to talk about impotence, desire, arousal, pain, or other sexual struggles with your partner.  

Many people will go through periods where sex is not enjoyable, which can strain your overall mental well-being or relationship. The good news is sexual disorders are very common, and most of the time, treatable. 

Sexual dysfunction types:

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) 

When you are not able to get an erection or stay erect.

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Premature Ejaculation (PE)

When you ejaculate too soon during sex and it bothers you.

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Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)

When you have no or very low sex drive and it bothers you. 

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Arousal Disorder

When you have trouble getting turned on or staying turned on.

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Orgasm Disorder

When you are not able to orgasm and it bothers you.  

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What are some of the symptoms of sexual dysfunction? 

There are different symptoms for different types of sexual dysfunction, but some of the most common signs of sexual dysfunction include: 

  • Pain during sex 

  • Not being able to get or stay erect 

  • Not being able to get or stay lubricated 

  • Decreased or low sex drive 

  • Decreased sensation or loss of penile or vaginal sensation 

  • Loss of arousal or ability to get aroused before sex 

  • Feeling uninterested in, dreading, or stressed about sex and this bothers you 

  • Reaching a point of climax but not being able to ejaculate or orgasm 

  • Getting an erection but not being able to ejaculate 

  • Ejaculating or having an orgasm too quickly  

  • Performance anxiety  

  • Not being able to perform as you would like sexually 

What causes sexual dysfunction?  

Some of the most common causes of sexual dysfunction include:  

  • Lifestyle choices like alcohol, tobacco, and drug use 

  • Certain medicines and treatments 

  • Health problems like cancer, diabetes, heart issues, multiple sclerosis, thyroid or bladder problems 

  • Hormone levels 

  • Stress 

  • Fear and anxiety about sex 

  • Mental health issues like depression 

  • Sexual assault or trauma in your past 

  • Problems in your relationship 

  • Recently being pregnant, giving birth, or breastfeeding 

  • Going through menopause 

  • Aging 

Aging is not the only cause. 

​​​​​​Many things can cause sexual dysfunction, and there can be more than one cause for many people. Also, contrary to popular belief, aging is not the only cause of sexual dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction affects people of all ages.  

Are there sexual dysfunction treatments? 

There are different treatments you can try for sexual dysfunction. The proper treatment will depend on your symptoms, cause, and diagnosis. Talking with one of our providers can help you understand your sexual dysfunction and get the help you need.  

What will a sexual dysfunction consultation look like?  

Our sexual dysfunction services are available via telehealth and in all our health centers. We can speak with you about the issues you are experiencing virtually from anywhere you have an internet connection or in one of our exam rooms.  

One of our clinicians will start by asking you questions about your medical history. They’ll then ask you questions about your symptoms to help figure out what’s causing your issue and find the right treatment. If necessary, they may order blood tests or a physical exam.  

If you feel a little awkward talking with your provider about your sex life, don’t worry — that’s totally normal. But know, we have seen and heard it all and are here to help, not judge. We encourage you to be open and honest with us about what’s going on so we can help you get the best treatment for you. 

Everyone deserves to have a sex life they enjoy. Book your appointment today to be seen for care shortly.