Causes for Psychosexual Dysfunction

Psychosexual Dysfunction, as the title implies, refers to sexual problems due to psychological causes. It is not physical in most cases, and the good news is that most people who have psychosexual disorders can be helped.

This type of disorder is very common in both sexes. Many psychological sex problems start in early adult life, although some may start in early childhood due to a very unpleasant and frightening experience. Little girls and boys, before they are mature enough to become aware of their sexuality, can be deeply harmed if they have been exposed by some adult who have sexually molested them. This is a common reason for psychosexual dysfunction and it may be necessary to go through sex therapy in adult life.

Some problems can be caused by anxiety due to a strict upbringing. Parents, especially a mother, can cause guilty feelings in her child if the child shows sexual feelings in some way or another. Some children are constantly touching their genital area or constantly talking about sex. This type of mother may show such negative feelings that it can cause guilt in a child that can last into adult life.

Fortunately, counseling and sex therapy for those who have difficulties in their sex life during marriage can be of great assistance. Counseling and sex therapy can help by changing the attitude of one or both partners who are having difficulties. Psychological changes can take place by talking to a therapist about one’s problems that took place during early childhood or during adolescence. Unfortunately, if there has been a traumatic experience, and the patient repressed the feelings that she/he had from this experience, the psychological problems may be difficult to overcome.

During sex therapy, several techniques can be used. One technique used, is called the sensate focus technique. In this technique, the couple explores pleasurable, relaxed sensual rather than sexual, bodily sensations. The purpose of this technique is to reduce anxiety about sexual performance and increase individual awareness of how to give and receive pleasure for at least 15 minutes.

Women who have problems experiencing orgasms may be treated individually or along with her mate. A woman is taught exercises for relaxing and tightening the pelvic muscle and to stimulate herself in order to get an orgasm. This has proven to be successful when the time comes to have a relationship with a man.

Other psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, a conflict in a relationship, a fear of pregnancy, or a traumatic sexual relationship can all cause psychosexual dysfunction.

Something of importance to remember is to not get overly anxious about the lack of sexual performance. This can cause more anxiety.

Source: The American Medical Association, Encyclopedia of Medicine,
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