What is Sexual Function?
Let's start with a detailed explanation from Wikipedia: Sexual function is how the body reacts in different stages of the sexual response cycle, or as a result of sexual dysfunction. Relevant aspects of sexual function are defined on the basis of a modified version of Masters and Johnson's work. The aspects of sexual function defined as being relevant to the assessment include sexual desire, erection, orgasm and ejaculation. Guidelines for assessing sexual function are suggested and divided into four stages:
Stage 1 deals with the documentation of the defined aspects of sexual function. The main questions are:
- Is the function intact? For example: Have there been any occurrences of erections or orgasms during a given period of time?
- If the function is intact, what is the frequency and/or intensity of the function? For example: How often has the person had an orgasm or erections during the given period of time and how intense is the orgasmic pleasure and erection stiffness compared to youth or the best period in life. The suggested explanations for the absence or waning of functions at this stage are physiological and psychological.
Stage 2 deals with the assessment of the frequency of different sexual activities, such as intercourse, within a given time frame. The possible explanations for an absence or a decreased frequency of sexual activities may include physiological, psychological, social, religious and ethical reasons.
Stage 3 it is estimated if or to what extent waning sexual functions and/or activities cause distress.
The Effects of Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual function describes your ability to properly function throughout the sexual act. For men this includes getting a hard erection and maintaining it from start to finish. It also includes being in control of when he ejaculates, which is ideally at an agreeable time for both partners. Some men find it difficult to ejaculate due to loss of erection hardness while others struggle to prevent ejaculation from occurring well before it's desired by either partner. While these issues tend to occur during foreplay, penetration or intercourse, they can also happen during masturbation as well.
Women struggle with being able to get turned on, stay turned on and being able to reach orgasm. These problems can occur during foreplay as well as intercourse. Sometimes her issue is compounded by her partner's unfavourable technique or own sexual function issue. Sexual dysfunction in women also includes a lack of libido and loss of desire for sex which can negatively impact her relationship. As she ages, inner vaginal dryness can also become an additional challenge.
Whether the sexual dysfunction occurs occasionally or frequently, the effects can be devastating. Unfulfilling sex can seriously undermine an otherwise healthy relationship. The combined effects of sexual dysfunction in men and women include lowered self-esteem, loss of desire for sex, relationship breakdown and fear of entering new relationships.
Why You Should Take This Sexual Function Quiz
Having a problem and wondering if it will ever be solved leads to more questions than answers. Endless Google searches add to the confusion by supplying you with conflicting information.
In my experience, the vast majority of sexual function issues happen due to a combination of wrong sexual focus and mental contamination. Understanding where you are on this scale will give you a clear indication as to whether you would benefit from additional help in restoring a happy and satisfying sex life for you and your partner.