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Psychological factors of sexual disorders

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A large percentage of sexual disorders are rooted in psychological rather than organic/biological factors, especially when it comes to people under 50 years of age.

First of all, it is important to mention the types of sexual disorders in men and women. Sexual disorders of psychological origin can occur at the level of sexual desire. Sexual desire disorder is a reduced or complete absence of mental (for example, fantasies) and emotional moods (for example, passion) of a man or woman involved in any sexual act. In fact, sexual aversion can often occur when a person completely avoids any sexual “calls” or stimuli from his partner. Sexual disorder can occur at the level of arousal. This is due to the inability to get or maintain an erection, which is observed in men, and the lack of vaginal hydration in women. Finally, at the orgasmic level, a sexual disorder of psychological origin may develop.

An important psychological factor of sexual disorders is the family and the wider environment in which a man or woman grew up. Factors such as strict upbringing, i.e., “Sex is immoral and dangerous,” insufficient and false information about sex, i.e., “A man should always be ready for sex.” Disturbed parental relationships, such as lack of emotional and physical contact, and early traumatic experiences, such as sexual abuse of children, are important early psychological factors that seem to be blamed for the development of psychosexual problems in adulthood. , age.

Often sexual problems reflect deeper conflicts that exist in a relationship/marriage. That is, erectile dysfunction can be a consequence of a lack of communication and intense quarrels between a couple or a lack of sexual attraction between partners. In fact, in many cases, with the improvement of relations in a couple, normal sexual function is restored at the same time.

Stress is one of the most powerful factors causing and supporting psychosexual disorder. Stress produces substances in the blood (adrenaline, norepinephrine) that reach the penis in a few seconds and cause narrowing of the arteries and dilation of the veins, causing relaxation of the penis. For example, a single absence or retention of an erection can cause a man severe anxiety or fear of failure. Performance anxiety is associated with the agony of an erection, maintaining an erection, the ability to orgasm, and the satisfaction of your partner. However, stress brings even more stress, so a person cannot function sexually at the level of desire, arousal, or orgasm.

Depression is another important psychological factor of sexual dysfunction. When a person suffers from depression, he has a low level of energy, mood and pleasure. Depression is inextricably linked to the lack of sexual attraction due to the lack of pleasure and mood in a depressed person.

Finally, the media has played a key role in people’s sexual lives in recent decades. For example, the mass media (magazines, television) represent the “ideal woman” who is always provocative, feminine, beautiful, fit, and ready to respond to a challenge, creating a false role model.

Because of this, many women feel violated when they cannot meet this “ideal” standard, as a result of which they feel uncomfortable with their body and their partners. As a result, they cannot enjoy sexual intercourse and feel comfortable in their sexuality. Thus, they fall into a vicious circle of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, which can even create some kind of chronic sexual disorder.

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