Sexual Dysfunction

Feb 1, 2010 Issue
Management of Erectile Dysfunction [Article]

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common sexual problem in men. The incidence increases with age and affects up to one third of men throughout their lives. It causes a substantial negative impact on intimate relationships, quality of life, and self-esteem. History and physical examination are su...

Mar 1, 2008 Issue
Diagnosis and Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction [Article]

Female sexual complaints are common, occurring in approximately 40 percent of women. Decreased desire is the most common complaint. Normal versus abnormal sexual functioning in women is poorly understood, although the concept of normal female sexual function continues to develop. A complete history ...

Jan 15, 2003 Issue
Chronic Illness and Sexual Functioning [Article]

Chronic illness and its treatments can have a negative impact on sexual functioning. The mechanism of interference may be neurologic, vascular, endocrinologic, musculoskeletal, or psychologic. Patients may mistakenly perceive a medical prohibition to the resumption of sexual activity, or they may ne...

Nov 1, 2002 Issue
The Proactive Sexual Health History: Key to Effective Sexual Health Care [Article]

Family physicians must proactively address the sexual health of their patients. Effective sexual health care should address wellness considerations in addition to infections, contraception, and sexual dysfunction. However, physicians consistently underestimate the prevalence of sexual concerns in th...

Apr 15, 2001 Issue
Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis of Dyspareunia [Article]

Dyspareunia is genital pain associated with sexual intercourse. Although this condition has historically been defined by psychologic theories, the current treatment approach favors an integrated pain model. Identification of the initiating and promulgating factors is essential to reaching a successf...

Jul 1, 2000 Issue
Female Sexual Dysfunction: Evaluation and Treatment [Article]

Sexual dysfunction includes desire, arousal, orgasmic and sex pain disorders (dyspareunia and vaginismus). Primary care physicians must assume a proactive role in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Long-term medical diseases, minor ailments, medications and psychosocial difficulties, in...

Jan 1, 2000 Issue
Diagnostic Evaluation of Erectile Dysfunction [Article]

Erectile dysfunction, the persistent inability to attain or maintain penile erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, affects millions of men to various degrees. The majority of cases have an organic etiology, most commonly vascular disease that decreases blood flow into the penis. Regardless of t...

Sep 15, 1999 Issue
Newer Pharmacologic Alternatives for Erectile Dysfunction [Article]

With the introduction of effective pharmacologic therapies for erectile dysfunction, more men are seeking treatment. The underlying cause of erectile dysfunction is usually a chronic medical illness or a side effect of certain drugs. Less commonly, the problem is psychogenic. Even after optimal trea...

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