oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Sexual dysfunction : clinical

Volume 73, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



As the causes and mechanisms of male erectile dysfunction (ED) were unravelled, it became more and more obvious that ED is an important marker of underlying physical or psychological pathology. The importance of sexual function as part of quality of life is reflected in the World Health Organisation's definition of health as not merely the absence of disease, but total physical, emotional and social wellbeing. <br>Research during the past two decades has uncovered much concerning sexual function. The impact of sexuality on any society is illustrated by the multitude of references to sexuality observed in everyday life. Because male sexual dysfunction is made more obvious by the absence of an erection and societies are usually male dominated, research was initially directed at male sexual dysfunction. The increased awareness of sexuality led to an increase in research on other aspects of sexuality, including female sexual function.

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