Hypoactive Sexual Desire
Low sexual interest is sometimes called Inhibited Sexual Desire (ISD). A person with ISD rarely initiates or has the desire for sexual activity.
In primary ISD, the person has never felt much sexual desire or interest in his or her life. In secondary ISD, the person used to feel sexual desire but no longer does.
ISD can also relate to one partner in particular, or be generalized to many partners. Low sexual desire can happen in both men and women of any age and can impact a relationship significantly, causing many arguments between a couple. Therapy helps couples manage and improve their situation. It also helps prevent relationship deterioration, which can happen if the couple is chronically fighting about sex.
Male Erectile Disorder (ED)
The inability to maintain or attain an erection until the end of the sexual encounter is sometimes called Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Although medications like Viagra can sometimes be helpful, other non-physical issues may be the cause. Couples often can benefit from psychotherapy to help them deal with relationship dynamics, the fear of failure, and other issues that may be causing the erectile dysfunction.
Rapid Ejaculation (RE)
Rapid ejaculation (RE) is defined as a man’s inability to hold off the climax until the sexual act has reached its peak. Rapid ejaculation is often psychological in nature and can respond well to psychological interventions. Treatment for RE is usually done with the partner who can assist in the process and help build the person’s confidence.
Sexual addictions are becoming increasingly common. They can involve Internet porn or Internet interactions and/or other forms of sexual behaviour with or without a partner. Sexual addictions often require in depth-treatment and behavioural interventions to:
- Help the person understand the causes and consequences of the addiction
- Help the person put in place behavioural changes that will help him/her control the compulsive behaviour. Sexual addictions can also result in couples therapy to help the partner cope with the emotional effects of affairs or compulsive behaviour outside the relationship