Sexual dysfunction in women includes several subcategories, which include sexual interest/arousal disorder, female orgasmic disorder, and genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder. Importantly, despite being classified as disorders, they are considered to be sexual concerns unless they cause distress; and if they do, only then they are seen as dysfunctions. About 12% of women in the United States report that these concerns are distressing, but as many as 40% of women report having these concerns. In men, the numbers fluctuate greatly, between about 9% and 68%, depending on the type of dysfunction. In both, men and women, causes of sexual dysfunction can be biological, psychological, sociocultural, or relational, and conventional treatments vary a lot, ranging from hormonal treatment to psychotherapy.
At the Advanced Holistic Center, we combine western treatment options with traditional Chinese methods. Variations in concrete treatment scenarios are great, and we select best-suited approach individually to each patient. Research in acupuncture for sexual dysfunction has shown high success rates in men and women, and combining acupuncture along with other modalities of traditional Chinese medicine with conventional therapies can increase success rates even more.