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Specific Sexuality Education to Prevent Sexual Dysfunction and Decline in Pleasure and Quality of Life

Specific Sexuality Education to Prevent Sexual Dysfunction and Decline in Pleasure and Quality of Life

Methods and Results: Based on studies and analysis of cases from our sex therapy clinic, important themes for sexuality education were found: (1) Gender effects: the correlation between male and female sexual function. E.g. male erectile function may negatively affect the partner’s sexual function; and female vaginal penetration difficulties (including tampon use, gynecological examination and penile penetration) may be associated with the male partner’s sexual dysfunction (erectile function, desire and premature ejaculation). (2) Sexual changes due to chronic disease or disability (effect of medications, medical treatments, limitations). (3) Unusual masturbatory practice in young men, which may have a deleterious effect on his sexual function (retarded ejaculation, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, erectile dysfunction). (4) Painful intercourse in young women, leading to hypoactive sexual desire disorder and orgasmic difficulties. Further complications may be couple relationship discord, fertility problems, decrease in the woman’s self esteem and confidence. (5) Frequent porno use resulting in the man’s lower desire, inability to orgasm during intercourse and decrease in both partners’ self esteem. (6) Positive association between exercise and sexual function, increasing the motivation for physical activity in order to maintain healthy life style.

Recommended Interventions: Providing information, reducing anxiety, lessening stress, relearning of inadequate sexual habits, increasing self esteem and confidence, and improving couple intimacy.

Conclusions: Healthcare professionals, sex therapists, counsellors and educators should proactively talk about these topics to improve sexual function and quality of life.

Speakers: Gila Bronner