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Sexual dysfunction is the same for men and women.

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Sexual dysfunction is the same for men and women.

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Some problems, such as pain during intercourse or lack of desire, may affect either sex, but many forms of sexual dysfunction are unique to men or women. For instance, men may be unable to become erect, or to ejaculate, or they may ejaculate prematurely. Women may have difficulty reaching orgasm, may have involuntary vaginal muscle contractions, or may lack adequate lubrication.

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Misinformation is one of the leading causes of sexual dysfunction going untreated.

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Misinformation is one of the leading causes of sexual dysfunction going untreated.

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One example of misinformation is that impotence is an unavoidable consequence of ageing. In reality, men can enjoy sexual intimacy well into their senior years.

Sexual dysfunction is a common problem for couples.

Sexual dysfunction is a common problem for couples.

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For couples of any age, sexual dysfunction is a common problem and affects many couples at some time. Statistics from the counselling group Relate show that around 1 in 4 women will have problems reaching an orgasm at some stage in their life. Erectile dysfunction is thought to affect half of all men aged between 40 and 70 to some extent.

Psychological problems are at the root of all sexual dysfunction.

Psychological problems are at the root of all sexual dysfunction.

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Many physical and psychological factors can affect sexual response and performance. Injuries, medical conditions and medications are among the physical influences. Among psychological factors, sexual dysfunction may be rooted in traumatic events, such as rape, guilt, poor self-image, depression, chronic fatigue, certain religious beliefs or relationship problems.

For women, one of the most common causes of arousal dysfunction is day-to-day conflict with their partners.

For women, one of the most common causes of arousal dysfunction is day-to-day conflict with their partners.

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Another common cause is inadequate stimulation by the partner. Sexual desire can also become less for women with age, although this varies greatly from person to person.

If you and your partner are experiencing sexual dysfunction

If you and your partner are experiencing sexual dysfunction

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Sexual dysfunction may not be an easy topic to broach, but talk to your GP about it. They may recommend a range of solutions that includes medication and counselling.

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