Many individuals with sexual dysfunction (ED, FSD) tend to wait months or even years before seeking a proper diagnosis and treatment. The embarrassment often associated with a sexual disorder makes it difficult to discuss sexual issues and to bring them to the attention of professionals working in the field of sexual medicine. In spite of the increasing prevalence of sexual difficulties, there is a often the hope that such problems will resolve themselves without medical attention. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case.
When a sexual difficulty has persisted for a period of months or years it has often taken a significant toll on both individuals in a relationship. For the individual with the difficulty, there may be feelings of embarrassment, shame, inadequacy and even failure. For the partner of a person with a sexual dysfunction, it is not uncommon to also see a variety of feelings and reactions to the problem. These may range from periods of sadness to more intense feelings of frustration and resentment. Other partners feel unattractive and undesirable. In times of such stress, it is not uncommon for communication to be at a minimum or even nonexistent.
Although new diagnostic procedures and medical advances insure a successful resolution to the vast majority of sexual dysfunctions, a resolution of the emotional consequences may be more gradual and difficult to achieve. Feelings of hurt, rejection or resentment may persist even after a medical solution has been achieved. In cases where the emotional stress and relationship issues have been more significant, talking about these areas may be helpful. Reestablishing healthy communication in a relationship is an essential step in regaining emotional closeness and trust.
At the Center for Sexual Medicine, we are aware that one’s sexuality is a complex interplay of medical, emotional and relationship issues. Thus, we are committed to assisting our patients in all of these important areas of positive sexual health. If you have concerns about your emotional wellbeing or the well being of your relationship, we encourage you to bring this to the attention of our doctors and professional staff.