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Psychologic Causes of Sexual Dysfunction

Psychologic Causes of Sexual Dysfunction

  • Anger toward a partner

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Discord or boredom with a partner

  • Fear of pregnancy, dependence on another person, or losing control

  • Feelings of detachment from sexual activities or one’s partner

  • Guilt

  • Inhibitions or ignorance about sexual behavior

  • Performance anxiety (worrying about performance during intercourse)

  • Previous traumatic sexual experiences (for example, rape, incest, sexual abuse, or previous sexual dysfunction)