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Sexual Health: For the Man And Woman


Sexual Health:

sexual healthSexual health has been one of the major beneficiaries of modern science and the medical profession in helping us to become aware of it's holistic nature. Optimal sexual health is now believed to be associated with many factors including psychological adjustment, physical functioning and social experience. Only through the development of a healthy lifestyle which incorporates these three factors are you able to have the highest level of sexual health possible.


Sexual Health : Lifestyle and Social Experience:

Our sexual health has a lot to do with out attitudes and habits. Only by incorporating healthy habits including to quit smoking, moderate alcohol consumption, exercise, weight loss, and dealing effectively with  psychological and social problems, are you able to optimize your sexual health and happiness. Without your health, little else matters. 

Obviously, you need to pay attention to and develop a healthy, positive attitude toward others in order to optimize your happiness and ultimately our relationships. Contemporary research continues to identify the importance of happy, supportive relationships in every aspect of our quality of life and sense of happiness.

Sexual Health: Psychological aspects of sex:

Optimal sexual health obviously requires addressing psychological concerns. Sexual problems and sexual impotence may be the unhealthy consequences of not paying attention to feelings of overwhelming stress or depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, psychological distress is at the root of approximately 10% to 20% of all cases of impotence. If an individual suffers from impotence but has erections in the morning or while they sleep, there’s a good chance that their problem is largely psychological. Factors that can lead to impotence include stress, fear, performance anxiety, guilt, depression, and low self-esteem.  Fortunately, medical professionals and mental health clinicians are now becoming very aware of impotence causes and their interrelationship with psychological factors. Psychological impotence is now very treatable.  

Sexual Health and Medical Concerns:.

Maximal sexual health includes a physical examination to rule out medical concerns. Physical factors such as the side effects of drugs, alcohol abuse, smoking and illnesses such as diabetes account for over 70% of all cases of impotence. Impotence is frequently a presenting feature of diabetes. It is estimated that approximately 50 % of individuals with diabetes suffer from impotence. Also, diseases affecting the nerves, such as multiple sclerosis or injury to the spinal cord or pelvis have a tremendous effect on lowering sexual functioning. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and the side effects of prescribed medications such as antihypertensive drugs (used to treat high blood pressure), antidepressants, anticonvulsants, as well as drugs for treating ulcers may be responsible for impotence. Hormonal abnormalities including a lack of testosterone or increased prolactin levels have also frequently been implicated.

All medical concerns and disease processes need to be identified and treated in conjunction with psychological, social and lifestyle considerations, in order to ensure the effectiveness of treating impotence and to optimize your sexual health and functioning.

By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

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