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IASH India: Institute of Andrology & Sexual Health India
7 main causes for any sexual problems in male and female


Sexual dysfunction occurs when you have a problem that prevents you from wanting or enjoying sexual activity and can happen anytime irrespective of all ages, although the chances increase as you age.

What are the symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction?

In men:
  • Inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse (Erectile dysfunction)
  • Absent or delayed ejaculation despite adequate sexual stimulation (Retarded ejaculation)
  • Inability to control the timing of ejaculation (Early or Premature ejaculation)
In women:
  • Inability to achieve orgasm
  • Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse
  • Inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse
In men and women:
  • Lack of interest in or desire for sex
  • Inability to become aroused
  • Pain with intercourse

What causes Sexual Dysfunction?

7 main physical causes of overall sexual dysfunction may be:
  • Low testosterone levels in men
  • Prescription drugs (antidepressants, high blood pressure medicine)
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke or nerve damage from diabetes or surgery
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • Other medical conditions like; diabetes, heart and vascular disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure etc.
6 main psychological causes might include:
  • Concern about sexual performance
  • Marital or relationship problems
  • Depression, feelings of guilt
  • Effects of past sexual trauma
  • Work-related stress and anxiety
  • Concerns with body image

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