Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunctions: Introduction | Sexual Dysfunctions | Descriptions and Treatments of Sexual Dysfunctions | Key Points | Suggested Reading | References
Clinicians see patients who have a variety of
sexual dysfunctions. A woman who has previously been molested or sexually
assaulted may no longer be desirous of sex or may have difficulty
with arousal. A man who has recently been widowed may experience
difficulty achieving erections when he enters the dating scene.
A woman with multiple sclerosis may no longer have orgasms. A man
who is taking antihypertensive medication may have difficulty obtaining an
erection. Recently postmenopausal women may find intercourse painful.
Patients who are on antidepressants or antipsychotic medication
may report impairment in their sexual functioning. It is important
that clinicians be knowledgeable about human sexuality, the stages
of sexual arousal, and sexual dysfunctions so that they can appropriately
evaluate and provide treatment to their patients who present with