Let’s talk about sex. This is not a topic to be avoided or shamed, it is one that should be discussed openly and freely, not only amongst couples but with your medical provider. Sex is an important part of life and well-being. It has physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, and social benefits, and orgasm plays a significant role in bonding. Sex extends beyond reproduction, including both intimacy and pleasure. Men can have a nearly 36% risk reduction of prostate cancer, while women may have protection against endometriosis, just from a healthy sex life. A research study found that individuals who have “frequent orgasms” have a 50% lower mortality risk, or risk of death.
Benefits of Sex
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Improved self esteem
- Decreased blood pressure
- Increased calorie burn
- Increased heart health
- Reduced risk of stroke
- Strengthening of muscles
- Increased libido
- Increased IgA levels, IgA plays a primary role in preventing illness
- Increased satisfaction with mental health
- Improved trust, intimacy and love in relationships
- Improved ability to perceive, identify, and express emotions
- Improved sleep
- Decreased use of your immune system as a psychological defense mechanism during stress
- Improved memory and mood
- Increased energy and vitality
- Younger appearance
Sexual dysfunction is reported to affect more than 40% of women and 30% of men, with those numbers on the rise. There are 4 phases of what is referred to as the sexual response cycle, and sexual dysfunction is defined as an issue during any of the phases that prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction. Sexual dysfunction extends far beyond just the ability to orgasm. The phases include excitement-both desire and arousal, plateau, orgasm and resolution. There are 4 categories of sexual dysfunction disorders- desire, arousal, orgasm and pain disorders. While these disorders are extremely common and can affect anyone of any age, there is often hesitancy to discuss, not only with significant others but with medical professionals also. Click below to learn more about sexual dysfunction and the treatment options available at Re-new Institute to restore your sexual vitality.
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Sexual Dysfunction for Women
For women, sexual dysfunction can be a result of a physical or psychological problem. These conditions can include diabetes, heart disease, neurological diseases, hormonal imbalances, menopause plus chronic diseases and or work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, or the effects of a past trauma.
Erectile and Sexual Dysfunction for Men
It is often thought that the only sexual dysfunction that plagues men is erectile dysfunction. However, there are others that may affect a male. While erectile dysfunction (ED) is by far the most common, affecting over 30 million men, it is not the only cause. If you are suffering from sexual dysfunction or erectile dysfunction it is important to know your treatment options.
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Causes of Sexual Dysfunction
- Work and life stress
- Concern about performance
- Martial or relationship issues
- Depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders
- Guilt or shame
- Poor body image
- Past sexual trauma or other trauma
- Previous surgeries or other medical treatments
- Chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, kidney disease or liver failure
- Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis
- Hormonal imbalance
- Alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse
- Some medications including those used to treat the chronic conditions listed above as well as anti-depressants
How is Sexual Dysfunction Diagnosed?
One of the key factors to treating sexual disorders is the awareness and admittance of a concern. The individual awareness of an issue will be key to proper treatment as well as the initiation of a conversation with your significant other. Once you have established what not only your concerns are, but your partner’s, you need to discuss those with your medical provider or one trained to treat sexual dysfunction. Commonly, a medical history including health conditions and medications, a physical and some lab work can assist in confirming a cause or diagnosis. At Re-new, our trained medical providers work with you and determine your goals to find the treatment option(s) that are best suited for you, while offering innovative therapies beyond “the norm.”
What treatments exist for sexual dysfunction disorders?
Believe it or not, the list is extensive and continually growing. For men, it is commonly thought that Cialis or Viagra are the only options to treat erectile dysfunction. And most women are at a loss knowing what their options even are. While there are treatments that are specific to men and those that are specific to women, others are safe for both and can increase passion and intimacy when utilized as a couple. There are medications that can be taken as needed prior to intercourse and those that are taken daily for those wanting more spontaneity or desire frequent intercourse with their partner. Treatments include oral medications, sublingual troches, and injectable peptide therapies. Sexual disorder treatments also extend beyond medications. There are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments for both men and women, commonly referred to as the O- or Orgasm Shot™ for women, and the P-, or Priapus Shot™, for men. Other treatments include ECSW or extra-corporeal shockwave therapy, commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction in men but has increasing data for improving orgasm in women. Sexual dysfunction therapies can incorporate vacuum devices (pumps), toys, dilators, sex therapy, behavioral treatments, and education. Click the appropriate gender tab below to learn more.
The Re-new Shot
This is a safe and effective method to not only treat but potentially reverse the cause of sexual dysfunction in men and women. The Re-new shot is a non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical procedure that utilizes platelet-rich plasma or PRP combined with powerful peptides. Platelets contain high levels of growth factors which stimulate the healthy activity of cells, promote the repair of damaged tissue as well as the growth of new blood vessels and nerves. PRP has long been utilized in sports medicine, wound care and healing, recovery from surgery, and aesthetically for facial rejuvenation and even hair loss. Over the last decade, that use has expanded to include urology and gynecology in procedures such as the Priapus Shot™ and Orgasm Shot™.