Sexual Dysfunction Treatments

(Also Known As: Sexual Disorder Treatments, Male Dysfunction Treatments, Erectile Dysfunction Treatments, Female Dysfunction Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Sexual Dysfunction Treatments are Available?

The determination of the patient’s history and what caused the sexual dysfunction are important guidelines for making the treatment plan. Treatment should focus primarily on the etiology of the dysfunction, which may involve medication treatment, and it should be incorporated with sex therapies and behavioral psychotherapy. There are basic guidelines commonly observed in the treatment of sexual dysfunction such as:

  • Providing information and patient education
  • Enhance stimulation and elimination of routine
  • Provide distraction techniques (Kegel exercise, background music)
  • Encourage noncoital behavior
  • Minimize dyspareunia (use of lidocaine, biofeedback, warm bath)

Behavioral Psychotherapy is one treatment advocated by the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as part of emphasizing the correction of sexual misinformation and stressing the importance of improved communication of partners with honesty, stress reduction, sensual experience and pleasure, and accepts with interpersonal tolerance.

Sex therapists also believe that many sexual disorders are caused by learned patterns and values which are coined as psychogenic. Short term outpatient sex therapy can alleviate the learned patterns and helps to restrict symptoms, allowing greater satisfaction with sexual experiences.

The only approved medical device for arousal and orgasm disorders is the vacuum device, which is designed to increase the blood flow to the clitoris and external genitalia. Treatment for women experiencing pain during intercourse involves the prescription of pain relievers or desensitizing agents. Hormonal therapy and lubricants are also prescribed. For men who feel that orgasm is imminent, they can be taught to withdraw from his partner and then squeeze the head of the penis to halt the orgasm. This is a method called squeeze technique to prevent premature ejaculation.

Common treatment for sexual dysfunction with associated emotional problems such as substance abuse and depression involves intensive psychotherapy and pharmaceutical intervention. Medical treatment involves:

  • Viagra for treating impotence
  • Papaverine and prostaglandin for erectile difficulties
  • Clomipramine and fluoxatine for premature ejaculation
  • Hormone replacement therapy for female sexual dysfunctions

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