November 2, 2017

Women and men are not that different. Anything a man can do a woman can do. Women and men deserve equal pay. However, as much as we can take about equality, there are some underlying physical characteristics that separate the XX from the XY chromosomes.

And there are some underlying differences when it comes to both sex and sexual dysfunction. For example, women are capable of multiple orgasms, whereas this is largely unheard of in men.

The primary two sexual dysfunctions that occur in men are erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. These two conditions are opposites on the spectrum of physical response. Erectile dysfunction means the inability to either get an erection or maintain an erection long enough for intercourse to be satisfactory. On the other hand, premature ejaculation is uncontrolled ejaculation either before or shortly after sexual penetration without the intend of doing so. These issues can stem from physical conditions, such as MS or drug/medicine side effects; however, they often have psychological roots.

In women, this part is also often true – dysfunction as a product of psychological issues. However, the most common problem for women is failing to achieve orgasm, followed by dryness of the vagina (often a hormonal problem), and vaginismus, where a woman cannot unclench the vaginal muscles to achieve penetration.

Men seek treatment for sexual dysfunction far more regularly than women do. This may be to do with the fact that most women can still have intercourse, even though they have an underlying issue, whereas for men they may not be able to. Many women may just see sex as something to please their partner, whereas it doesn’t interest them particularly – because of the underlying dysfunction.

Sexual dysfunction in both men and women may be tended to with a range of different therapies, including medicines and counselling. Each case is different, so it is essential to ascertain the underlying cause of the dysfunction before a treatment plan can be set up.  Men and women may be similar in many ways, but due to our biological makeup, there will always be a difference between the sexes sexually – that’s just how we are built.

If you or your partner have concerns that you may have a sexual dysfunction, then the first part of untangling the issue and having great sex is touching base with a doctor to determine what’s going on.

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