Sexual health is an important aspect of our lives that affects our emotional, physical, and social dynamics. It is integral to a healthy lifestyle, yet sexual dysfunction is more common than most people realize. As many as 40% of US adults struggle with sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives.
There are many causes of sexual dysfunction, and they are typically classified as organic or psychogenic in origin. Organic causes are things like decreased hormone levels or vascular issues. Psychogenic causes are things such as stress, anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Covid-19 has triggered incredible stress in people, so decreased sexual desire and intimacy are normal consequences.
In women, low sexual desire is most common, but women also suffer from vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, or vaginal atrophy. While these symptoms tend to occur in 40-50% of menopausal women, many younger women experience these same symptoms as well.
In men, sexual dysfunction typically increases with age. However erectile dysfunction can occur in younger men and be an early sign of diabetes or arterial disease. It is also more common in smokers, which is yet another reason to quit the cigarette habit!
At Companion Health we have several programs available to help identify the root causes of your sexual issues. A health coach and I will work with you to create a comprehensive plan to return you to sexual vitality.