If you’re experiencing challenges with sexual satisfaction in your relationship, there’s a good chance you’re keeping quiet about it. And you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, researchers have found that sexual dysfunction in the U.S. is mostly a mystery. JAMA has reported there is relatively little data on incidence, distribution, and control of sexual dysfunction for both men and women.
What researchers have discovered about Americans’ sex lives is eye-opening. An estimated 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men admitted to experiencing some form of sexual dysfunction. The exact number of individuals dissatisfied with their sex life remains unknown.
Because very few people are willing to talk about problems in the bedroom — even to a trusted doctor.
Why Our Culture Doesn't Talk About Sexual Dysfunction
The topic of sex has historically been considered a taboo subject, and historical social culture remains a strong influence on how we view and react to certain topics today. To put it a different way, our culture has taught us that some things are better left unsaid. Suffering from an unhappy sex life in silence is just how it’s always been. And many continue to reinforce this trend to this day.
But this “no one needs to know” mentality has been challenged by recent medical studies demonstrating that sexual dysfunction can have a very real impact on physical, mental, and social health.
That changes things. This is no longer simply a subject that social culture might find uncomfortable. It’s not only about our right to a vibrant and healthy sex life. Now, it’s about understanding sexual dysfunction as a real problem outside the privacy of our bedrooms. The repercussions of ignoring this issue illustrate just how important it is for men and women to start a conversation with their partners and doctors today.
The impact of sexual dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction can be caused by underlying health issues. It can also be the cause of health issues. There are thousands of resources outlining physical and mental health and its influence on, or result in, experiences with sexual challenges such as erectile dysfunction (ED) or female sexual dysfunction (FSD).
In men, sexual dysfunctions such as ED, hypogonadism, and premature ejaculation has been linked to health concerns including:
- Cardiovascular disease (derivative)
- Metabolic syndrome (causative and derivative)
- A decrease in quality of life (causative and derivative)
- Depression (causative and derivative)
Over the last few decades, the taboo around men’s sexual dysfunction has been slowly decreasing. This is evident in the number of ED medications and treatments that have been introduced to the market over the past twenty years.
Women, on the other hand, have lived much longer in the shadow of social constructs that govern taboo subjects such as sexual health and satisfaction. This is reflected in the large gap in between men (31 percent) and women (43 percent) who were surveyed regarding potential sexual dysfunctions.
Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) encompasses a wide range of problems including:
- Inhibited sexual desire/drive
- Difficulty or inability to become aroused
- Difficulty or inability to achieve orgasm
- Painful intercourse
These problems can be caused by a number of things, most commonly hormonal fluctuations, changes in the body due to childbirth, and menopause.
In addition to the physical repercussions these issues have on a woman’s sexual health, women also carry the added burden of an increase in psychological effects (depression and anxiety) tied into these very same physical changes in their bodies. These can adversely affect their sexual satisfaction.
The good news is this: Most of these problems and barriers are treatable!
Unfortunately, the social and cultural constructs applied to women have kept them in the dark regarding treatments that can help address FSD and offer the same opportunity to access a healthy, satisfying sex life as their male counterparts.
There’s no argument that changes in sexual satisfaction or performance can be the result of (or cause of) a physical or mental health issue. But it can also have a dramatic effect on our desire to interact in social situations (with our partner, or on our own).
So what’s the bottom line? Our sexual health directly affects our physical and mental health. It’s all tied together. And it isn’t something you should be embarrassed about.
Starting a conversation About sexual health
There is a lot of research that outlines sexual health and its effect on our physical, mental, and social well-being. But all the research in the world won’t help if those suffering aren’t willing to open up and acknowledge the problem in their sex life.
You have a right to a vibrant, healthy, active, and satisfying sex life.
Whether you’re struggling with sexual dysfunction or just want to increase your sexual enjoyment, your first step is to speak with your partner and then your healthcare professional to discuss the options you have to put sexual dysfunction to rest.
Sexual dysfunction treatment options for men and women
If you’re struggling with ED, FSD, or an unsatisfying sex life, the professionals at Matrix Age Management can help.
Don’t let age, hormonal changes, or uncertainty keep you frustrated and insecure. We offer treatments for both men and women that will amp up your sex life today.
Sexual Vitality Treatments For Men
GAINSWave - This non-surgical procedure applies high-frequency, low-intensity pulsed waves to the penis in order to improve blood flow. The treatment helps repair aged blood vessels, stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, and remove decades of micro-plaques that could be interfering with the ability to get, and maintain, an erection.
GAINSWave helps men enjoy:
- Longer lasting erections
- Improved sensitivity
- Enhanced Sexual Stamina
- Better sexual performance
- Increased confidence
P-Shot - The P-Shot is a long-lasting, non-surgical technique that isolates and injects a patient’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into precise areas of the penis. The procedure delivers the naturally occurring growth factors and stems cells found in PRP right where they are needed.
The P-shot has been shown to help men:
- Increase libido
- Increase sensitivity
- Increase girth and length
Because these treatments use no medications, there are little to no side-effects or allergic reactions. The procedures are safe, quick, and can be used in conjunction of one another!
Sexual Vitality Treatments For Women
diVa - This is a state-of-the-art laser therapy that utilizes a combination of ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to cleanse and stimulate vaginal tissues. Some benefits reported from the diVa treatment include:
- Increased vaginal lubrication
- Increased vaginal tissue elasticity
- Increased quality and frequency of orgasms
A safe and effective treatment, the diVa takes on average only five to ten minutes to complete.
O-Shot - This non-surgical treatment that uses platelets rich plasma (PRP) to stimulate stem cell growth in vaginal tissue. The resulting cell growth can regenerate healthier, better lubricated, and more flexible tissue.
The O-Shot can help women:
- Increase their sex drive
- Increase the ability to reach orgasm
- Increase vaginal lubrication
- Decrease pain associated with childbirth traumas (scarring)
- And much more
The procedure is quick, safe, and can be completed in as little as 10 minutes when handled by a trained professional.
You can enjoy sex again. You deserve to! If you’re ready to start the conversation, we're ready to help. Contact one of our professionals today and schedule a consultation.