Introduction to Sexual Dysfunctions

What you’ll learn to do: examine the characteristics, etiology, and treatments for sexual dysfunctions

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Sexual health is vital to human society as we have to produce healthy children if society is to survive. Human sexuality is a complicated topic that affects society as a whole. Most societies impose strict rules about who may do what with whom because those rules have helped those societies survive. These rules are not universal, but they are almost always very strongly enforced either by public authorities or informally through social ridicule or castigation.

In this section, you will learn that there are a number of problems that can arise in the act of sex, and these are known collectively as sexual dysfunctions. Sexual dysfunction is difficulty experienced by an individual or a couple during any stage of normal sexual activity, including physical pleasure, desire, preference, arousal, or orgasm.

In this section, we will examine the characteristics, etiology, and treatments of sexual dysfunction disorders, including sexual desire disorders, arousal disorders, orgasm disorders, and pain disorders.