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Sexual Problems - How To Overcome Them?

Dr.Abid Jan 88% (89ratings)
MHM, Postgraduate Diploma in Sexology, Fellowship in Sexology
Sexologist, Srinagar
Sexual Problems - How To Overcome Them?

Sexual disorders are issues or complications which hamper your sex life. This can have unintended consequences such as depression and separation. Sexual disorders may be either physical or psychological; at present, there are treatments available for most sexual disorders.

Sexual disorders interfere with certain parts or the whole of the sexual response cycle (which consists of excitement, orgasm, plateau and resolution). This means that you will not be able to achieve satisfaction and contentment by engaging in sexual activity.

The types of sexual disorders are-

  1. Disorders related to orgasm: These disorders are related to the inability to orgasm or climax.
  2. Desire disorders: Lack of desire to engage in sexual intercourse
  3. Arousal disorders: If afflicted with these disorders, you will find it very difficult to be aroused during sexual activity.
  4. Pain related issues: These are disorders in which you experience pain during sexual intercourse.

The symptoms of sexual disorders are-

  1. You may be unable to orgasm.
  2. Tight muscles in the vagina, thus hampering sex.
  3. Dry vaginal tissues in the vagina leading to pain during sex.
  4. Inability to maintain or achieve an erection.
  5. Premature ejaculation.

There are various treatments which are available to rectify sexual disorders. They are-

  1. Sex Therapy: You may consult a sex therapist who can provide counselling on the psychological aspects of sex. They can help you resolve those psychological factors which can act as a deterrent.
  2. Hormone Therapy: Women can undergo hormone therapy if the cause of sexual disorders is an imbalance in the hormones.
  3. Mechanical Devices: Various devices such as penile implants and vacuum devices can help overcome sexual disorders.
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Sexual Problems - How Can Ayurveda Combat Them?

Dr.Gaurav Arun Shelke 89% (69ratings)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Indore
Sexual Problems - How Can Ayurveda Combat Them?

A healthy intimate life is very important for a person’s physical and emotional health. Sexual issues are very common, though they are not frankly discussed, given the cultural inhibitions that we are brought up with. Both men and women have specific issues, and it is often due to a combination of physical and psychological factors.

Some of the common physical factors that affect sex include normal aging, hormonal imbalances, chronic disease conditions like diabetes and heart disease, menopause, low libido, painful sex, smoking, alcohol abuse, etc. All these affect a person’s desire for sex, ability to perform, or a combination of both.

Psychological factors that affect sexual life include performance anxiety, work-related stress, strains in the relationship, family issues, financial issues, past sexual relationships, history of abuse, etc.

Sexual issues manifest slightly differently in men and women. Reduced sexual desire, painful intercourse, lack of orgasms, and inability to be aroused are commonly seen in women. On the other hand, men suffer from erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, low sperm count, reduced libido, etc.

One of the first step towards resolving sexual issues is to acknowledge that there is a problem and come to terms with it. In more than 50% of the cases, coming to terms with it and having a frank conversation with the partner can help solve the issue completely. Both the partners become comfortable discussing it and make an attempt to find ways to address it. In some cases, involving a counsellor also helps.

Ayurveda believes that the following ingredients have a strong role to play in resolving sexual issues in both men and women.

  1. Shilajit: Known for its potency inducing properties, it is believed to renew vitality and increase the core energy essential for sexual power.
  2. Safed musli: It is very useful as a reproductive tonic to rejuvenate and improve impotency, premature ejaculation, and low sperm count in men. It is known to enhance libido and cure involuntary ejaculations. It can be used by mixing it with honey, sugar, ghee, and long pepper.
  3. Ashwagandha: This is another wonder medicine with multiple uses. The roots are powdered and widely used in treating female sterility. It can also be mixed in milk and used, starting from 5 to 6 nights after menstruation.
  4. Drumstick: Flowers of this plant can be boiled in milk and used as a sexual tonic in both males and females. The bark can also be powdered and used in impotency and premature ejaculation.
  5. Garlic: A remarkable home remedy, it is a proven aphrodisiac, where it restores sexual power.
  6. Ginger: Another valuable aphrodisiac, ginger juice can be mixed with honey and egg and consumed daily for a month. It helps cure impotency, premature ejaculation, and improves sperm quality.
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Colposcopy - Know More About It!

Dr.Vibha Bansal 89% (52ratings)
MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, Certification in IVF & Infertility, Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy
Gynaecologist, Mohali
Colposcopy - Know More About It!

The physical constitution of a woman’s body is complex and must be subject to regular medical check-ups. The reproductive system in women is especially sensitive to many factors. Colposcopy is a surgical procedure that entails an examination of the vulva, vagina, and cervix by using a tool known as the colposcope. This process is performed if unusual results are detected in Pap smear test.

The Pap smear is a medical screening test that helps identify abnormal cervical cells. The doctor uses the bright light that emanates from the colposcope to see the cervix more clearly under optical magnification. In case irregular areas are spotted during the Pap smear test, a tissue sample is retrieved from the cervix and then sent for biopsy.

What is the purpose of colposcopy?
Colposcopy is performed if a woman starts bleeding profusely right after engaging in sexual intercourse. The medical procedure enables doctors to identify abnormal growth in the reproductive system of a woman; such growth may be visible in the vulva, vagina, or in the woman’s cervix.

Cervical cancer can be identified with the help of a surgical procedure like colposcopy. The procedure can be used to locate ailments in the uterine cervix. These abnormalities may include genital warts or excessive inflammation of the cervix. The latter is known as cervicitis.

How is Colposcopy Performed?
The first step of the colposcopy procedure requires the patient to lie down with the feet placed in stirrups, similar to how a patient would have to lie down when undergoing any Pap smear test or a pelvic exam. A speculum is placed on the patient’s vagina, and the colposcope shall be positioned some inches away from the vulva. The insertion of the speculum can generate some discomfort, but the pain does not last long.

The vagina and the cervix are swabbed with vinegar and cotton to clear any mucus and to highlight any abnormal cells. The colposcope does not physically touch the person. The doctor may proceed to take photographs of areas that might appear suspicious to him. He may also extract a tissue sample from the cervix and send this to a laboratory for biopsy.

The doctor applies a solution to the patient after the biopsy has been executed. This action helps to control the bleeding that may occur after the colposcopy. The solution is known as Monsel’s Solution, and it generates a dark discharge following the procedure. The discharge may occur for a few days.

Colposcopy is an effective procedure that identifies abnormal growth in cervical cells. While there are no risks associated with this procedure as such, it is common for patients to experience bleeding and even fever for a few days after the surgery.

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Female Sexual Dysfunction - Know More!

Dr.Mohd Tahir 91% (150ratings)
Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Sexologist, Meerut
Female Sexual Dysfunction - Know More!

Female sexual dysfunction. Sexual problem, or sexual dysfunction, refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.

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Female sexual dysfunction -
A sexual problem, or sexual dysfunction, refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity. The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.

While research suggests that sexual dysfunction is common (43% of women and 31% of men report some degree of difficulty), it is a topic that many people are hesitant or embarrassed to discuss. Fortunately, most cases of sexual dysfunction are treatable, so it is important to share your concerns with your partner and doctor.

What causes sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction can be a result of a physical or psychological problem.

Physical causes - Many physical and/or medical conditions can cause problems with sexual function. These conditions include diabetes, heart disease, neurological diseases, hormonal imbalances, menopause plus such chronic diseases as kidney disease or liver failure, and alcoholism or drug abuse. In addition, the side effects of certain medications, including some antidepressant drugs, can affect sexual desire and function.
Psychological causes - These include work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, or the effects of past sexual trauma.

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Female Orgasmic Disorders - Know Ways Of Tackling Them!

Dr.Abid Jan 88% (89ratings)
MHM, Postgraduate Diploma in Sexology, Fellowship in Sexology
Sexologist, Srinagar
Female Orgasmic Disorders - Know Ways Of Tackling Them!

A sexual disorder that is more common in women than men is the orgasmic disorder also called anorgasmia. When a woman is unable to achieve orgasm despite being sexually aroused and stimulated, either during intercourse or masturbation, the condition is known as female orgasmic dysfunction. Known to affect 11-41% of the sexually active women population, the disorder can occur due to several reasons.

The treatment of this disorder depends on its cause. The common tips to deal with female orgasmic disorders are as follows:

  1. Hormonal Therapy: Doctors often recommend hormonal therapy to women who are facing orgasmic disorders. The treatment in the form of a gel or pill might be effective in increasing sensitization in the female genitals. It improves the blood flow to the female genitals, thereby increasing sexual desire.
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: In this therapy, the psychologist focuses on bringing changes in the attitude and sexual thoughts of a woman suffering from anorgasmia. The orgasmic ability can be increased by alleviating anxiety associated with sex. Performance anxiety often interferes with orgasm as the person’s focus changes from erotic pleasure to anxiety, guilt or embarrassment.
  3. Sensate Focus Therapy: This therapy is primarily an anxiety reduction technique. It is a sequential set of focused and increased body-touching exercises. It moves from non-sexual to sexual touching of one’s own body and the partner’s body.
  4. Couples Therapy: If the woman does not share emotional closeness with her partner, she might not be able to achieve an orgasm during intercourse. Therefore, couples therapy is highly recommended to women who are suffering from female orgasmic disorders. Monotony and boredom in sexual activity can also result in anorgasmia. Many women feel shy to tell their partner what will satisfy them in bed. In this type of situation, couples sex therapy might be the best option. You may consult a gynaecologist and decide what works best for you. The partner of a woman can help her in achieving orgasm by clitoral stimulation.
  5. Behavioural Exercises: Exercises such as directed masturbation can also be effective in treating anorgasmia. Directed masturbation can benefit women who did not have a single orgasm in their lifetime. These women are often averse to touching their genital area.
  6. Treat other medical conditions: If there is a medical condition in a woman such as diabetes, she might suffer from an orgasmic disorder. Therefore, it is essential to diagnose and treat other medical conditions that are resulting in anorgasmia.
  7. Avoid antidepressants: If you are suffering from depression, stress, or anxiety and have been consuming antidepressants, it can result in female orgasmic disorders. Also, if antidepressants are the cause for your orgasmic disorder, you must discuss with your doctor other ways to cope with depression and anxiety.

Through these therapies and some changes in lifestyle, women can deal with female orgasmic disorders. If you are facing this disorder, you should immediately seek help and consult a gynaecologist.

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Sexual problems - Know More About It!

Dr.John Zachariah 88% (21ratings)
MPhil-Counselling Psychology, RMP, Master of Social Work
Psychologist, Kochi
Sexual problems - Know More About It!

There are people who come for consultation, even after two or more years of marriage. They can't make proper relationship with their partners, because of some physical or psychological issues. Some of them lack awareness.

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Symptoms And Risk Factors Of Uterine Prolapse!

MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Panchkula
Symptoms And Risk Factors Of Uterine Prolapse!

Uterine prolapse is a condition which occurs due to a weakness in the muscles and ligaments of the pelvic floor which are responsible for supporting the uterus. This condition results in the bulging out of the uterus from the vagina. The continuous stretching in the muscles of the pelvic floor due to the lifting of heavy things might initiate uterine prolapse. If you suffer from severe uterine prolapse, the doctors might suggest laparoscopic surgery to get rid of the pain. Lack of diagnosis might form infected ulcers in the pelvic regions.

Risk Factors
The risk factors that can trigger a uterine prolapse are as follows:

  1. You are more prone to suffering from uterine prolapse as you age because aging causes a significant reduction in the estrogen (the hormone responsible for the overall development of the pelvic muscles) levels of the body.
  2. If your pelvic muscles and the adjoined tissues have suffered sustained damage during pregnancy or childbirth, you have a higher risk of suffering from uterine prolapse.
  3. Obesity, sustained episodes of constipation or coughing make you more vulnerable to uterine prolapse.
  4. In women, estrogen levels reduce significantly after menopause.
  5. A woman who has undergone vaginal childbirth multiple times can suffer from uterine prolapse.
  6. Having undergone surgery in the pelvic region and experiencing severe pain during excretion raises the risk levels even more.

The symptoms of uterine prolapse vary with the severity of the condition. If the prolapse is a minor one, there will be no symptoms. But severe uterine prolapse might bring with it the following symptoms:

  1. Severe pain in the lower back region along with significant problems during urination such as leakage of urine.
  2. Bulging out of tissues from the vagina.
  3. Recurrent instances of constipation and abnormal discharges from the vagina.
  4. Infection in the bladder and experiencing severe problems during sex intercourse.


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Sexual Dysfunctions - Know Forms Of Them!

Dr.Prakash Phatnani 90% (29ratings)
Sexologist, Ajmer
Sexual Dysfunctions - Know Forms Of Them!

Most people think of sex as an enjoyable and pleasurable act. For many reasons, some physical and some psychological, sexual problems are very common, though not declared and discussed. More often than not, very close friends and the Internet could be the only ones who are reached out to for help. What is important to understand is that what works for one person may not work for another, and therefore treatment is best taken after talking to a professional. Sexual problems can be threatening to the health of the relationship and can break relationships too.

Read on to know the 3 most common sexual problems in males and females.

  1. Reduced libido: While men are perceived to have higher libido in general, due to various physical and psychological issues, libido can be affected. Performance anxiety, high blood pressure, strained relationships and hormonal imbalance are some common reasons for reduced libido.
  2. Impotence: The inability to attain and/or maintain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse is known as impotence. This is extremely common and again can be due to performance anxiety, strained relationships, and hormonal imbalance. Detecting the underlying cause through sexual counselling is the key to treatment.
  3. Ejaculation disorders: There are multiple ejaculation disorders including premature, retrograde, and inhibited – referring to an early release of sperms, release of sperms back into the bladder and delayed release of sperms respectively. These are due to physiological reasons and treatment would depend on identifying the underlying cause.

For most sexual problems in men, treatment in the form of medications and hormones are available. However, the most effective and important thing is to come to terms with it. Counselling and sex education play the most vital role. In most cases, a frank discussion with a counsellor involving the partner solves half the problem. The rest would be managed by hormone replacements, vacuum devices, penile implants, etc.

  1. Reduced libido: More common in women, this can be due to hormonal (menopausal), unpleasant relationships, pelvic pain, painful sex, infections, etc.
  2. Dyspareunia: Painful sex, can be caused by vaginal dryness, pelvic area infections, urinary tract infections, etc. This again leads to decreased libido. The underlying reason needs to be addressed and lubricants can be used for relief.
  3. Anorgasmia: An inability to achieve orgasm, this also needs investigation, and most often, sex education and counselling helps.

Treatment: It involves a combination of medications, hormonal therapy, education, and counselling. Vaginal dryness can be treated using lubricants. Infections or inflammation in the pelvic tract needs to be treated with medications. Supplement hormones are also often useful. Sex counselling with the partner involved is the most effective method. Women would need more coaxing to come forth and discuss these topics.

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Sexual Problems in Women - Know The Most Common Ones!

Bachelor of Electro-homeopathy Medicine, Doctor Of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Sexologist, Aligarh
Sexual Problems in Women - Know The Most Common Ones!

A physical problem related to intimacy is something that keeps the patient from having a satisfactory intimate experience. Many women encounter many kinds of problems at various stages of their lives. In this article, we have listed the seven most common sex problems that women experience. Take a look to know more!

  1. Lack of sexual desire: A total lack of, or inhibited sexual desire is a problem that may be caused due to factors like age, menopause, stress, hormonal changes, pregnancy and child birth, depression, and even fatigue. Also, a work heavy lifestyle as well as too much focus on areas like children can lead to a situation where sex takes a backseat and after a while, lack of desire sets in.
  2. Anorgasmia: Not being able to orgasm during intercourse despite plenty of stimulations is a problem that some women face. This condition can be of various types including primary, secondary and others, to depict a range of orgasm related issues where a proper sexual release does not occur. This can happen due to causes like infections, past sex related trauma, pain during intercourse and other issues including anxiety and depression.
  3. Painful intercourse: This condition can also be called Vaginismus. A number of causes can trigger pain that women feel in the vaginal area during intercourse, which can lead to vaginal contractions or an involuntary spasm. The causes include endometriosis, STDs or sexually transmitted diseases, ovarian cysts, vaginititis, lack of proper lubrication during sex, and stress.
  4. Arousal problems: Lack of sexual arousal is another problem that can happen due to lack of sufficient stimulation and lubrication which affects the blood flow to the vagina, thus preventing an erection of the clitoris. This condition may also be caused due to stress and relationship problems.
  5. Related ailments: The presence of a chronic ailment can also lead to sexual problems for a member of either sex. When a woman is suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, drug abuse and other such ailments, then sex related activities tend to take a back seat and are often also hindered due to the symptoms of some of these conditions.
  6. Side effects: Taking medication that has to do with depression or menopause can also have a bearing on the kind of sex life that a woman enjoys as these medicines often create hormonal imbalances and numb certain neurotransmitters with the suppressants that they contain.
  7. Psychological factors: It has been proven medically that stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and other such factors play up on the sex life of a patient in a serious manner. Using frequent practice with proper lubrication and counselling as well, one can overcome such problems.
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Know About The Causes Of Sexual Problem In Women!

Dr.Vipin Kumar 88% (102ratings)
Sexologist, Delhi
Know About The Causes Of Sexual Problem In Women!

Sexual problems in women are neither new nor uncommon. There are many women who suffer from such problems. Sexual problems can trigger by either psychological or physical causes.  It is important for you to know that the term sexual problem means different types of conditions that interfere with the ability of a woman to enjoy normal sex life as well as intimate moments with the partner.  If you are also suffering from any condition which is affecting your sexual life then seeking the advice of the Sexologist who can help you overcome the problem and live a satisfying life.

Sexual problems and issues in women are also determined by illnesses and diseases along with emotional and psychological reasons.  The most common cause of most of the problems in women is a hormonal imbalance. Women who have reached menopause experience different types of sexual problems because the level of estrogen in their body decreases. Reduced libido and vaginal doyennes are two of the most common problems that women face around menopause. 

Problems which are related to lack of libido are often determined by psychological causes. It can be related to the fear of previous trauma or some kind of uncertainty. Lack of libido, usually, occurs because of changes in hormonal levels and by post-partum coolness and pregnancy. Vaginal infections, as well as pelvic pain, can also decrease libido as they are consequential to painful penetration and women evade going through this problem.

Also, any type of medical condition which makes sex painful should also be counted as a sexual problem. Not only does it make sex painful and uncomfortable, but also women start avoiding sexual activities because of the pain. Uterine fibroids, gynecological infections, cystitis, urinary tract infections, cysts on the ovaries and pelvic inflammatory, to name a few are some medical conditions which can cause trouble in sexual life. Irrespective of the type of problem you are in facing your sex life, consulting the Sexologist can be the key to get the most effective treatment.

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