Talking about sex is taboo in many cultures, making it tough for people to openly share problems pertaining to sex.
Take India country for example. A recent study found that 81% of men in a rural area of North India experienced at least one sexual health disorder.
A vital part of improving your sexual health is knowing the facts, and no one knows it better than doctors who are trained in the workings of the human reproductive system.
In this article, we’ll go over which doctors you can consult for treating sex problems, the causes of sex-related problems, and more.
Which Doctors Can Treat Your Sexual Problems?
Doctors who can treat your sexual problems include sexologists, urologists, gynaecologists, andrologists, endocrinologists, and psychologists.
Let’s look at what these doctors specialize in and what sexual problems they can treat.
A sexologist is a doctor specializing in diagnosing and treating sexual dysfunctions and disorders.
Sexologists employ therapy methods like cognitive-behavioural therapy and sex therapy to help individuals and couples improve their sexual health and relationship satisfaction.
They can help treat problems like lack of desire, difficulty with orgasms, impotence, or pain during sex.
A urologist treats sexual problems related to the male reproductive system and urinary tract issues for both sexes.
Some sexual health issues urologists may address issues include erectile dysfunction, prostate disorders, and urinary incontinence.
They diagnose these problems with medications, surgical interventions, or advising lifestyle modifications.
A gynaecologist diagnoses and treats issues related to female reproductive and sexual organs (like the vagina, uterus, and ovaries).
They treat problems like vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and hormonal imbalances through medications, surgery, or other treatments. They also perform tests vital to women’s sexual health, like Pap smears and STI testing.
Andrologists are the male equivalents of gynaecologists. Like urologists, they specialize in male reproductive health and sexual dysfunction. The only difference is that andrologists focus only on male issues.
They can help treat sexual problems like erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels using medications, hormone replacement therapy, or surgical interventions.
An endocrinologist is a doctor who treats sexual problems that result from hormonal imbalances.
They treat sexual wellness by addressing issues like hypogonadism, thyroid disorders, and adrenal gland issues.
After asking questions about your sexual history and lifestyle, an endocrinologist will prescribe treatments like sex hormone therapy, which balances testosterone levels (for men) and oestrogen levels (for women).
Sexual problems needn’t always be physical; sometimes, they’re a result of stress, anxiety, lack of self-confidence, or other psychological issues.
A psychologist will treat sexual problems by addressing the emotional and psychological aspects of the issue.
They employ various therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, to help individuals and couples understand and resolve their sexual problems.
Causes of Sexual Problems
Sexual problems are caused by a number of factors, physical and psychological.
Physical causes may include the following:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chronic illnesses
- Medication side effects
- Nerve damage
Psychological factors of sexual problems include the following:
- Relationship issues
- Low self-esteem.
Other factors include:
- A history of sexual abuse or trauma can contribute to sexual dysfunction
- Environmental and lifestyle factors, such as excessive alcohol consumption, drug abuse, and smoking
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When Should You See a Doctor for Sex Problems?
You should see a doctor for sex problems if you’re unable to have proper physical and emotional intimacy with your partner.
Doctors are trained to understand the sensitivities and nuances behind sexual problems, so they can work closely with you and your partner to get to the root of the problem.
How to Choose the Right Doctor for Your Sexual Health Problems
Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a doctor for your sexual health problems:
- Experience: Choose a doctor who has more than seven years of experience treating sex-related problems. A doctor with more experience has a higher chance of treating your sex problem because he or she has most likely come across it before. This is why Ayu Health Network of Hospitals has doctors with more than 10 years of experience.
- Comfort: Your doctor should be able to set his or her patients at ease since sexual problems are a very sensitive subject.
- Reputation: Aside from the doctor’s personal reputation, his workplace should uphold high ethical and medical standards.
List of Sexology Doctors at Ayu Health
Here’s a list of our sexology specialists at Ayu Health Network of Hospitals:
- Dr A Vikram: Ayu Health Multi-Speciality Hospital, Gangaram, Chanda Nagar, Gangaram, Hyderabad
- Dr Sanjay Paruchuri: Ayu Health Multi-Speciality Hospital, Aswath Nagar, Marathahalli, Bangalore
Reclaim Your Sexual Well-Being at Ayu Health
There’s no shame in seeking help for sex problems. At the end of the day, it’s important to best honest and open with your doctor so you can get the best treatment.
At Ayu Health Network of Hospitals, we believe sexual wellness is part of your holistic wellness.
If you’d like to know more about our sexologist department, visit our website or give us a call at +91 6366-100-800.
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