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Causes of Sexual Disorders

Abstract: In most cases there is not just one cause for a sexual problem; there are often several causes. It is important to look at the problem from three different points of view, namely physical causes, psychological causes and social causes.

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Causes of Sexual Disorders

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, psychologist in charge of Emergis, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 24 Aug 2008.

What is the cause of sexual problems?

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In most cases there is not just one cause for a sexual problem; there are often several causes. It is important to look at the problem from three different points of view, namely physical causes, psychological causes and social causes.

Physical causes are anomalies of the body that cause sexual problems. Examples of this are disorders in hormonal regulation as a result of certain medicines that cause a reduced interest in making love, irritations of the vagina that cause pain when making love or certain operations on the genitals.

Psychological factors are feelings, thoughts and perceptions that cause sexual problems. This may be negative feelings for the partner or shame for one's own body, unpleasant events of the past, and also fears and restraints related to sex.

Social factors may be values and standards that you have received in your education, traumatic events or the behavior of the partner. Certain stress factors e.g.: unemployment, a bad financial situation, little knowledge of the body and family quarrels can influence the sexual perception.

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