Sexual dysfunction in the medically ill

Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2007 Jun;9(3):247-54. doi: 10.1007/s11920-007-0027-5.


Common in the medically ill, sexual dysfunction results from disruption of one or more stages of the sexual response cycle. Increased understanding of sexual pathophysiology and the psychosocial forces whereby diseases impede normal function promotes more informed treatment choices. This review focuses on the pathophysiology, impact, and treatment options of sexual dysfunction in men and women with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, dementia, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / therapy
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / therapy