(Sexual Aversion; Sexual Apathy; Hypoactive Sexual Desire)
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by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A person with psychosexual dysfunction is not aroused or satisfied during sex. It can lead to relationship and self-esteem problems.
Psychosexual dysfunction is caused by mental health problems, such as:
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Symptoms differ for men and women.
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam may be done. A mental health exam may also be done. Blood tests may also be done.
Treatment depends on the cause. One or both of these methods may be used:
There are no known guidelines to prevent this health problem.
American Psychiatric Association
National Institute of Mental Health
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Psychiatric Association
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 4/16/2021
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