Disorders of Sexual Interest

Desire and Arousal

Sexual Interest

The sexual response cycle consists of four phases: desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution(Montgomery, 2008). If one of the phases isn't part of the cycle or is lacking, sex will not be as pleasant as it could and should be. Everyone deserves to have good sex!

The sexual dysfunctions are a set of disorders in which people have difficulty responding sexually or experiencing sexual pleasure(Nolen-Hoeksema, Pg. 366, 2014). Males and females can both experience sexual interest and desire/arousal disorders.

Signs and Symptoms

In men:

  • Inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for intercourse (erectile dysfunction)
  • Absent or delayed ejaculation despite adequate sexual stimulation
  • Inability to control the timing of ejaculation (premature or retarded ejaculation)

In women:

  • Lack of interest in or desire for sex
  • Inability to achieve orgasm
  • Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse
  • Inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse

In men and women:

  • Lack of interest in or desire for sex
  • Inability to become aroused
  • Pain with intercourse

(Cleveland, 2014)


There are so many treatment options. There are many different medications, several different types of therapy, knowledge and communication, and behavioral treatments. Talk to your doctor to see which treatment option is best for you! What are you waiting for? Talk to your doctor today so you can start enjoying your sex life again!


Cleveland. (2014, January 1). Diseases & Conditions. Retrieved from http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_An_Overview_of_Sexual_Dysfunction

Montgomery, K. (2008, June 1). Sexual Desire Disorders. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695750/

Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2014). Abnormal psychology. (6th ed). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education.