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Sexual Issues

Treatment for Sexual Issues in Melbourne

No longer a taboo topic

Sex. Just because some people shy away from the topic, doesn’t mean you should. The more open you are about sex, the healthier the relationship you can have with it and the better it can be. Our specialists have experience providing treatment for a range of issues, from erectile dysfunction to pain disorders. We are committed to creating a comfortable, caring environment where you will feel open to discuss your personal issues, needs and goals.

Sexual problems are defined as difficulty during any stage (desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution) of the sexual act, which prevents the individual or couple from being able to experience please during sexual activity. The causes of sexual difficulties can be physical, psychological, or both.

Sexual issues may begin early in a one's life, or they can develop after an individual has previously experienced enjoyable and satisfying sex. A problem may form gradually over time, or may occur suddenly and results in preventing the individual to participate in some or all forms of sexual activity.

Emotional factors affecting sex include both interpersonal problems and psychological problems within the individual. Interpersonal problems include relationship difficulties, differences in expectations, lack of trust and open communication between partners. Personal psychological problems include depression and anxiety, sexual fears or guilt, or past sexual trauma.

Physical factors that can contribute to sexual problems include:

  • drugs and alcohol
  • an enlarged prostate gland
  • disease
  • back injuries

Sexual dysfunction disorders are generally classified into four categories: sexual desire disorders, sexual arousal disorders, orgasm disorders, and sexual pain disorders.

Sexual desire disorders (decreased libido) may be caused by a decrease in the normal production of oestrogen (in women) or testosterone (in both men and women). Other causes may be due to: ageing, fatigue, pregnancy, and certain medications. Psychiatric conditions, such as depression and anxiety can also cause decreased libido.

Sexual arousal disorders are related to erectile dysfunction in men and problems associated with desire, arousal or anxiety in women. For both men and women, these conditions may appear as an aversion to, and avoidance of, sexual contact with a partner. In men, there may be partial or complete failure to attain or maintain an erection, or a lack of sexual excitement and pleasure in sexual activity.

Orgasm disorders are a persistent delay or absence of orgasm following a normal sexual excitement phase. The disorder occurs in both women and men, and can often be the result of medications (such as certain antidepressants).

Sexual pain disorders predominantly affect women almost exclusively, and are known as dyspareunia (painful intercourse) and vaginismus (an involuntary spasm of the muscles of the vaginal wall, which interferes with intercourse).

Sexual dysfunctions are most common in the early adult years. Ongoing sexual issues may result in difficulty maintaining relationships, as well as create a considerable amount of anxiety.

As the causes of sexual difficulties can be physical, psychological, or both, a treatment plan will need to consider previous medical history, sexual encounters, and lifestyle choices, in order to help deal with the presenting issues.

Therapy is an effective means of assisting individuals who are experiencing sexual difficulties. The practitioners at VCPS provide support, treatment and counselling in a caring and non judgemental manner.

The following practitioners at VCPS provide treatment to those experiencing sexual difficulties:

Ms Rosemary Grahame – Clinical Psychologist

Dr Philip Walsh - Clinical Psychologist

Dr Effie Frangoulis - General Practitioner (interest in Mental Health)

Dr Adam Becker - Consultant Psychologist

If you a’re struggling with sexual issues, click here or phone (03) 9419 7172 to make an appointment today with one of our experienced practitioners.