Sexual Health

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships. Erectile dysfunction, vaginal laxity, and a general disinterest in sex are common problems among couples that affect their sexual health. We offer LGBTQ+-friendly sex therapy and other treatments for sexual dysfunction of various types. Our aim is to improve your physical, mental, and spiritual health simultaneously and give you the knowledge to maintain them in the long term. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

What is sexual dysfunction?

Sexual dysfunction is a problem that can happen during any phase of the sexual response cycle. It prevents you from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity. The sexual response cycle traditionally includes excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. Sexual dysfunction generally is classified into four categories:

  • Desire disorders: lack of sexual desire or interest in sex.
  • Arousal disorders: inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity.
  • Orgasm disorders: delay or absence of orgasm (climax).
  • Pain disorders: pain during intercourse.

While research suggests that sexual dysfunction is common, many people don’t like talking about it. As awkward as it may be, you should let your providers at iHealMed know about your symptoms so they can diagnose underlying causes and create an appropriate treatment plan. Sexual dysfunction can affect any age, although it is more common in those over 40 because it’s often related to a decline in health associated with aging.

Which treatments can improve my sexual health?

iHealMed offers several treatments that can improve your sexual health. The team applies an integrative approach and may recommend one or more of the following strategies:

  • Sex therapy: Sex therapy is a type of counseling for couples that allows them to work through relationship setbacks or other factors impacting their sexual relationship. Our therapists are good marital counselors. For the couple who wants to begin enjoying their sexual relationship, it’s well worth the time and effort to work with a trained iHealMed professional.
  • Coaching and wellness: Education about sex and sexual behaviors and responses may help you overcome anxieties about sexual function. Coaching and wellness services involve personalized, goal-based plans that help you improve your overall health and wellness—making changes like getting more exercise or stopping the use of drugs and alcohol can positively affect your sexual health.
  • Nutrition: Nutrition has an impact on your overall health – and more than you might think. By consuming nutrient-rich foods, you can improve your overall health, including your sexual health.
  • Hormones and Medication: When a medication is the cause of the dysfunction, a change in the medication may help. Men and women with hormone deficiencies may benefit from hormone shots, pills or creams. For men, drugs, including sildenafil (Viagra®), tadalafil (Cialis®), vardenafil (Levitra®, Staxyn®) and avanafil (Stendra®) may help improve sexual function by increasing blood flow to the penis. For women, hormonal options such as estrogen and testosterone can be used (although these medications are not approved for this purpose).
  • Psychotherapy: Our trained counselor can help you address sexual trauma from the past, feelings of anxiety, fear, guilt and poor body image.