Why Medications Are Not Always The ONLY Answer
While sexual dysfunction has a huge stigma associated with it, it is not to say that information isn’t out there. But, what do you do when only one side of the agenda is pushed forward? In our commercialised world, medications are just as part of a community's values, as is food. With pharmacies at every corner selling over-the-counter medications at discounted prices, it’s an easy win for individuals seeking easy and quick solutions.
Everyone deals with sexual dysfunction or difficulties at some point in their lives - whether mild or severe, short-term or long-term. The narrative of “medications are the answer” isn’t a wise one as per medical experts. A huge chunk of effective psychological counselling has taken a back seat. What if we told you that not all sexual disorders have ONLY a physical component - that it’s not always a ‘hardware’ issue?
Why Medications Isn't Always The Only Answer
Sexual Dysfunction Edition
The medication-only approach is only effective for physical causes of sexual dysfunction. The most common sexual disorders include Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, Performance Anxiety, Porn Addiction, Desire Concerns, and Vaginismus. All of these, albeit unknown, have a psychological component. This is not to say the medications don’t have an impact. They do, should the cause of the sexual disorder symptom be physical. In most cases where the cause is physical, there is a small but relevant psychological component as well.
Did you know that the cause of Vaginismus is purely psychological? Or that Performance Anxiety can be a result of an Anxiety disorder called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Or that Erectile Dysfunction can be induced by Porn Addiction, a condition that is heavily influenced by psychological aspects?
Medications, over-the-counter, or not have been pushed as a marketing gimmick for years. Of course, there are medications that work, and that work well, but have you ever wondered how a holistic approach with psychological support could yield effective results too?
Medications prescribed for sexual dysfunction are only done after thorough examination - the diagnosis is made through effective history taking along with symptoms/signs checks and diagnostic tests. Only then will an expert decide medications ONLY is the best option to choose. However, this aspect has been forgotten by many, since medications are easily accessible over the counter resulting in many indulging in them without a prescription.
Sexual health is highly influenced by both physical and psychological factors. Medications aren’t your only option, and in some cases, may not be needed at all.
It is important to note, however, that some psychological conditions may require medications along with therapy. Medications, for the purpose of this article, refer to the medications taken for physical concerns such as the inability to gain or sustain an erection.
If you have experienced any sexual dysfunction symptoms, and are wondering if therapy can help you, or have been taking medications without a suitable diagnosis - consult with an expert today. Personalised, discreet, and judgement-free treatment at your fingertips - book an online consultation with one of Allo’s leading experts.
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