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Diagnostic features

Sexual dysfunction may cause marked distress and interpersonal difficulty.

Common sexual disorders in men are as follows:

  • erectile dysfunction or impotence
  • premature ejaculation
  • retarded ejaculation or orgasmic dysfunction (intravaginal ejaculation is greatly delayed or absent but can often occur normally during masturbation)
  • lack or loss of sexual desire.

Distinguish between lifelong versus acquired, generalized versus situational, and sexual dysfunction caused by psychological versus combined factors.

Last edited: 4/2/2004


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