Diagnosing sexual dysfunction
can usually occur without any testing other than a physical exam. If you have
symptoms of sexual dysfunction, consider talking with your doctor. Once you have a diagnosis, your doctor will work with you to pinpoint the cause or causes of your condition so you can treat it properly.
The initial visit will likely include
gathering a health and sexual history
, performing a physical exam and discussing your symptoms and concerns. Your doctor may also recommend some diagnostic tests in order to find or rule out medical conditions that could be
causing or contributing to your sexual dysfunction.
Your doctor may also ask questions to evaluate things like your
thoughts and attitudes about sex and sexuality
and may ask you whether you have any fear, anxiety or past trauma that could lead to sexual dysfunction. Many people find it embarrassing to discuss their sex life and sexual history with anyone, let alone a doctor, and that's understandable. But there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Sexual dysfunction is a common problem, and with
treatment, most types of sexual dysfunction can be overcome.
If your doctor thinks you should see a specialist to help you
work through your dysfunction
, he or she will give you a referral. Specialists may include sex therapists and counselors who deal with sexual dysfunction every day.
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