Whether you’re a man suffering from erectile dysfunction or a woman experiencing pain during sex for a prolonged period, you likely feel frustrated. Many of our patients come to us searching for treatments for sexual dysfunction, saying that they’ve tried “everything” but are not experiencing the results they want.
Living with sexual dysfunction robs you of one of life’s great pleasures. Additionally, the benefits of sex go beyond just physical satisfaction: they create a connection with a partner, which has positive implications for long-term health. Further, sex lowers blood pressure, burns calories, increases muscle strength, and increases heart health. With all of this in mind, it’s understandable why anyone would want to free themselves of sexual dysfunction.
At Forum Health, we believe that hormone testing for sexual dysfunction is an essential component of any treatment. Here is what you need to know about hormone testing for sexual dysfunction and how you can enjoy life’s more intimate aspects!
What Is Sexual Dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction affects both men and women and manifests in different forms. There are various disorders, all of which impede the functionality of any phase of the sexual response cycle.
What Are Different Types Of Sexual Dysfunction?
There are four types of dysfunctions (not to be confused with sexual disorders, which fall under the types).
No matter how a patient experiences sexual dysfunction, the consequences can go beyond the sheets. Many sexual dysfunction patients report suffering from low self-esteem, increased frustration, and increased stress in their relationships.
Sexual Dysfunction In Males
Male sexual dysfunction is prevalent, with 31% of men affected. The most common sexual disorders for men include:
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Lack of arousal or arousal disorder
- Ejaculation disorders
- Low testosterone
Sexual Dysfunction In Females
Perhaps surprisingly to some, the frequency of female sexual dysfunction is higher than males, with 43% of women being affected. The most common sexual disorder for women include:
- Hypoactive sexual desire disorder
- Sexual aversion disorder
- Female arousal disorder
- Female orgasmic disorder
Hormone Testing For Sexual Dysfunction
At Forum Health, we’ve helped hundreds of patients overcome their sexual dysfunction. Through this experience, we know that hormone testing for sexual dysfunction is non-negotiable for determining the appropriate treatment to restore vitality, sensuality, and sex lives. Often hormonal imbalances are one of the underlying causes.
Our thorough hormone testing for sexual dysfunction helps us identify opportunities for hormone therapies that could restore a patient’s sexual health. Even if the hormone we test for doesn’t seem directly connected to sex, an imbalance in energy (thyroid) could easily cause a domino effect, resulting in sexual dysfunction.
We recommend undergoing the following hormone testing for sexual dysfunction (keeping in mind that some of these are gender specific):
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone
- Luteinizing Hormone
- Vitamin D
Getting Rid Of Sexual Dysfunction Once And For All
While Viagra and other popular medications can temporarily relieve the symptoms of sexual dysfunction, they don’t address the root cause. Discovering the root cause of any illness or health problem is key to experiencing long-lasting healing and escaping the trap of pharmacological dependency.
When you visit a traditional medicine doctor, they’re likely struggling to meet growing demand in a system that cannot support patients to live a fully healthy and vital life. Additionally, traditional medical schools do not train their students to consider factors such as emotional and spiritual health aside from western medicine when creating a treatment plan for their patients. Without a holistic picture of what a patient might be experiencing, the doctor doesn’t know how one problem could be a part of a network of multiple factors.
For example, if an erectile dysfunction patient comes in, a traditional doctor will likely prescribe Viagra. However, a functional medicine doctor will have a far more detailed approach.
The Functional Medicine And Forum Health Difference
A functional medicine doctor will ask the patient suffering from erectile dysfunction a whole battery of questions before suggesting tests or treatment. They’ll ask questions to uncover the following:
- Family history
- Current life satisfaction
- Current relationship satisfaction (especially important when it comes to sexual dysfunction)
- Stress levels
- Current medications
- Overall health
- Exercise and lifestyle regimen
As functional medicine practitioners, we at Forum Health know that our patients are complex beings juggling all life throws at them. Very often, sexual dysfunction is not caused by something physical alone. It usually comes down to hormones and psychological health, two components deeply entwined together.
That’s why we’ll always guide our patients to hormone testing for sexual dysfunction but always take their biological, spiritual, and psychological makeup into mind. If you want help getting to the root cause of your sexual dysfunction so you can enjoy one of the most enjoyable aspects of life, we invite you to contact us or schedule an appointment.