sexuality concerns for men

What does it look like to be sexually healthy?

What does it look like to be sexually healthy?

As sex therapists, we are actively involved in helping people develop an understanding of sexual health and foster their growth into implementing that understanding into their lives with themselves or their partners.

No matter if I am working with a new therapist in training to develop sex therapy skills or a patient who is searching for solutions to the breakdowns in their life, questions often directly or indirectly come up around what sexual health is.

So, what does it look like to be sexually healthy?

Erectile Dysfunction: The Importance of Sex Therapy In Treatment

The specific psychosocial therapy needed for erectile dysfunction (ED) is dependent on understanding all medical and non-medical contributions.

A thorough psychosexual evaluation is needed to determine the underlying psychological, relational, environmental and medical contributions. It is important to understanding:

  • How the symptoms evolved over time.

  • How the factors that predisposed the individual precipitated and maintain the symptoms.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to erectile dysfunction from an individual psychological perspective.

Erectile Dysfunction: What it Is and How to Start with Treatment

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs in 10% of men under 35 years old and 50% or more of men over 60 years old. There are many medical and psychological risk factors for ED and a complex and interactive set of variables can lead to ED.

ED is diagnosed based on self-report and is further classified as having organic causes (vascular, hormonal or neurogenic) or psychological. ED due to psychological reasons is usually made as a diagnosis of exclusion when no organic factors are present.