Sexual Health Disorders

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The maintenance of good sexual health is very important for the general, as well as mental well being of an individual. Problems in a person’s health can often be source of great embarrassment, and constant discomfort. The important sexual health disorders can be divided into the following categories:

  • Infections of the reproductive system (STDs, Endogenous infections, Infections induced via medical procedures)
  • Congenital disorders of the reproductive system (Intersex, androgen insensitivity syndrome)
  • Functional sexual disorders (Impotence, Premature ejaculation, Hypoactive sexual desire disorder, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia)
  • Cancers of the reproductive system (prostate cancer, testicular cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer)


The cause of each sexual health disorder varies with the specific disorder.

  • Reproductive tract infections – sexual intercourse with multiple partners, unprotected sex.
  • Congenital disorders – problems in maternal health during pregnancy
  • Functional disorders – psychological, blood vessel disorders, hormonal imbalances
  • Cancers – genetic and environmental factors


The general symptoms that are associated with most sexual health disorders are:

  • Inability to have sexual intercourse
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Pain or discomfort in the genital region


The following tests are all helpful in diagnosing sexual health problems:

  • Pap smear
  • Semen analysis
  • CT scan pelvis
  • Ultrasound pelvis
  • Biopsy


Treatment depends on the specific disorder. Lifestyle alterations, medications, and surgery all play a role in one disease or the other.

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