It has been seen that poor health and other illnesses are associated with decreased sexual activity and satisfaction at all ages resulting in marked distress or interpersonal problems.

Sexual function scores were significantly different between subjects with illnesses taking medication and those who not taking medication.

This goes to prove again that not only the disease but its treatment is also responsible for affecting sexual function both in a positive and negative way.

Therefore, it is our prime duty to get a sexual function check-up done by a sexual medicine expert and to get a proper treatment for both the diseases.

Notably, a sexual dysfunction diagnosis requires the treating clinician to rule out a multitude of problems that could be better explained by a nonsexual psychiatric disorder (e.g., depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety), by the direct and indirect effects of a specific substance (e.g., medication or drug), by a medical condition (e.g., diabetes mellitus), or by profound interpersonal and psychosocial stress.

Therefore, physicians should be aware of the association between illnesses and sexual dysfunction that exists but due to lack of time and reluctance of the patients to discuss their sexual problems this issue is neglected.

Sexual dysfunction complaints in male and female patients could provide an opportunity for early diagnosis of life-threatening conditions.

Common diseases associated with sexual problems are:

  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Dyslipidemia (Abnormal Lipid Profile)
  • Cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases)
  • Neurological and Spinal Cord Disorders – Head injury, Spinal cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinsonism, Epilepsy
  • Peyronie’s Disease
  • Prostate diseases