Sexual Health & Dysfunction

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Sex is often a fun and satisfying part of life, and it’s important to remember that a wide variety of sexual desires, preferences, and behaviors are considered normal and healthy.  

However, sex can also become stressful, confusing, or worrisome. Many people face challenges around sexual desire, arousal, satisfaction, and intimacy with partners. These struggles can come up for individuals of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

When difficulties like these become a recurring source of worry or interfere with day-to-day life, therapy – including, but not limited to, sex therapy – is one way to work toward resolving them.

Common mental health conditions that may relate to or arise from sexual concerns might include anxiety, depression, or trauma.  

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Because most challenges related to sex are not diagnosed mental health conditions, it’s difficult to know exactly how prevalent they are.

However, some sources suggest that sexual dissatisfaction is fairly common. For example, a large global survey found that only 44% of individuals reported being happy with their sex lives. Challenges around desire and arousal are also common, with the Cleveland Clinic reporting that 43% of women and 31% of men experiencing some kind of sexual dysfunction.

Sex therapists and therapists versed in sexual health and dysfunction can provide support around a wide variety of topics. Some of the most common scenarios include:

Mental health symptoms with roots in sex-related concerns vary widely, but a few of the most common ones include:

If you’re experiencing any variety of sexual issue, consider one or more of these options:

How to find a therapist for sexual health

Therapists differ in their approaches to treating sexual challenges. Some have training specifically in sex therapy, while others may use more general approaches to mental health concerns. Some popular options include:

Find the best sex therapists near you

Find therapists who specialize in sexual health and sexual dysfunction on Zencare, below. Search by insurance, fees, and location; watch therapist introductory videos; and book free initial calls to find the right therapist for you!

New to therapy? Learn about how to find a therapist here.