26. February 2014 · Comments Off on Sexual Dysfunction Treatments and Drugs · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Treatments and Drugs Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD)

In order to address FSD related to an underlying medical condition, your doctor may require you to:

Use techniques for treating pelvic pain or other pain issues
Treat your anxiety or depression
Treat a hormonal problem like a thyroid condition
Change or adjust medicines that cause sexual side effects

Addressing FSD associated to a hormonal problem can include:

Androgen therapy
Estrogen therapy
You need to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of these two therapies.

Potential treatments for FSD include

Tibolone – This drug is a synthetic steroid available in Australia and Europe used for addressing postmenopausal osteoporosis.  One study done showed postmenopausal women using Tibolone experienced betterment in overall sexual function and a lessening in personal distress as opposed to postmenopausal women taking estrogen. The problem with tibolone is that it heightens the risk of stroke and breast cancer in women. Tibolone is not yet approved for commercial use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Phosphodiesterase inhibitors – This type of medicines showed effectiveness in addressing erectile dysfunction (ED) in men; however they don’t work well in addressing FSD. Viagra (sildenafil) can provide some effectiveness for certain women suffering from sexual dysfunction due to intake of SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (that are considered antidepressants).  Sildenafil is contraindicated if one is using nitroglycerin to treat angina — a condition where pain in the chest is due to reduced circulation to the heart.

Alternative Treatments

Acupuncture – Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles that entails the insertion of said needles into certain parts in the body.  Acupuncture can provide benefits for women experiencing sexual pain disorders. Acupuncture has also been proven to enhance the libido of women which can effectively address their sexual dysfunction.
Yoga – A yoga activity involves a number of controlled breathing exercises and postures to generate a calm mind and a more flexible body.  Yoga possesses some subsets that enhance sexual functioning and channel the body’s sexual energy. Most people performing yoga have attested to its benefits in terms of better psychological well-being and overall health.

Treatments and Drugs for Male Sexual Dysfunction (MSD)

Treatment Options

Oral Agents – These can include Cialis, Levitra and Viagra. The selection of treatment options should come about from the interaction between the patient and his doctor; the choice might even be optimized when the partner of the patient participates. Oral agents like Viagra do not work for all patients. Sometimes though, the improper use of Viagra can be a reason for its ineffectiveness.  About half of the cases of Viagra ineffectiveness stems from inadequate training of its use. If a treatment does not work, the patient may feel a sense of failure; however, most of the time, it is not the patient that is to blame but the treatment itself which may be the wrong kind for the man’s specific sexual dysfunction. Therefore, the doctor needs to do a correct diagnosis of the patient to know exactly what treatment plan to implement.

Topical agents – These are substances applied to the penis itself with the purpose of achieving an erection. Newer and more potent agents are now available in the market that provides great results. These medicines are usually available online but many of them are still not US FDA approved.

MUSE – MUSE is an acronym meaning Medicated Urethral System for Erection. This is an FDA-approved treatment that uses a soft pellet of a substance placed into the tip of the penis using a plastic applicator. The substance causes the blood vessels in the penis to widen causing an erection. Sometimes a tourniquet and MUSE is applied to the base of the penis. This generates an erection that is sufficient enough for intercourse and is very helpful for a number of patients.

Penile devices – These devices are FDA approved and are considered effective and safe. They are especially useful for patients suffering from ED. The device is placed comfortably over the penis.  A vacuum then is used to draw blood into the penis. A tourniquet located in the base is used to trap blood within the device it and the cylinder is then removed.

Penile Implants –The components of these devices are surgically implanted in to the male’s genitals.  They are completely hidden within the body and help make the penis fully erect as long as needed. The person can easily manipulate his penis to make it hard or soft as he so desires.  After a short healing period, the patient and his partner can start to enjoy the benefits of this implant. In terms of rate of satisfaction, inflatable penile implants rate the highest among all treatment options for MSD with about a 95% rate of satisfaction.

Alternative Treatments


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can treat male sexual dysfunction such as low libido, ED and premature ejaculation.

Low libido – Sexual function depends on the balance and integrity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Acupuncture can directly stimulate the ANS and help release neurotransmitters responsible for better circulation and erection and help in the production of and release of testosterone into the blood stream.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) – ED can either come about due to an organic cause, psychogenic origin or both.  Organic causes involve substance use, prostate problem, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, medicines or cardiovascular disease.

From a Chinese medicine point of view ED can be caused by a stagnant (blockage or weak flow) or excessive condition or by an underlying deficiency (i.e., inadequate energy).  By means of a specific and correct diagnosis, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can increase circulation into the genitals and treat any underlying energy inadequacy.

Premature ejaculation – Like ED, Chinese Medicine sees premature ejaculation as either a deficiency or excess of blood and energy. Factors like being emotionally stressed out; being overworked; dietary choices; or even too much sexual activity can cause the body to have poor control of ejaculation.  Herbs and acupuncture can strengthen the body’s ability to remove the excess factors contributing to PE.


Alida van Heerden is a licensed New York acupuncturist and a NADA certified acupuncture detoxification specialist.

19. January 2014 · Comments Off on Sexual Dysfunction Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

People suffering from sexual dysfunction that may seem chronic or long-lasting are highly susceptible to emotional problems like depression. The impact of the sexual problem for both the person and his/her partner needs to be known since if not properly addressed, the sexual dysfunction of one partner can result in arguments and conflicts that may end up in a relationship breakup.

Interestingly, when both partners are affected by low sexual desire, the problem of their sexual dysfunction may not strongly impact or be problematic in their relationship.  However, the poor sexual desire can be a gauge in measuring the emotional health of the couple’s relationship.  In certain instances where a loving and excellent relationship exists, the poor sexual desire of one partner may cause the other to feel unwanted and hurt. This may potentially lead to feelings of resentment and can cause the partner who’s been hurt to emotionally distance himself/herself to the other.

One thing that sex is capable of doing is to either bond the couple together or to become a factor that can slowly drive them apart. If one partner shows real disinterest in having sexual relations with the other partner and it becomes a cause for friction and conflict, the couple should seek counseling or advice from a doctor or a psychologist before the relationship becomes strained beyond help.

A couple should discuss all possible therapies with a qualified healthcare provider or read materials that will help understand each other’s problem, desires and needs.


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Bellingham, WA 98225
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29. December 2013 · Comments Off on Risk Factors Sexual Dysfunction · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sexual dysfunction in both men and women can entail certain biological, psychosocial and relationship risk factors.  Oftentimes this problem can be a combination of these risk factors.  The biological risk factors can be direct or indirect in nature.

Regarding direct biological risk factors, there are a lot of factors that affect the sexual health of the person. They can include:

Medications – The side effects of certain medicines can disrupt the normal sexual function of both sexes by affecting the desire, arousal, or orgasm in both women and men.
Alcohol – Medical experts have determined that heavy alcohol use is a risk factor for sexual dysfunction.
Hormone levels – The level of a woman’s or man’s hormone (estrogen in women and testosterone in men) can affect sexual function.
Diabetes – It’s been firmly established that diabetes severely impacts blood flow. Some diabetics even suffer from nerve damage because of their disease. The nerve damage and poor blood flow can result in erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness in women.
Vascular disease – A person with vascular condition usually experiences poor blood circulation. Since we are aware that for women and men to become sexually aroused more blood flow to the genital organs is needed. Furthermore, vascular disease can force the blood that has entered into the genital organs to slowly escape.

The indirect biological risk factors that lead to sexual dysfunction can involve certain lifestyle predilections and the natural aging process. Tobacco smoking, for example, can indirectly increase risk because it likewise ups the chances of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. which are deemed direct biologic risk factors.

In terms of psychosocial risk factors, they can involve psychological conditions like:

Negative perspective towards sex – Examples of these include viewing sex in marriage as exclusively for procreative purposes, premarital sex is immoral and so is masturbation.
Maladaptive thoughts – Being distracted during a sexual activity
Emotional problems – Anxiety, stress, depression
Poor lifestyle – Eating disorders, drug abuse

Religious, ethnic or racial background can also affect what we think and expect with regard to sex.  The risk factor will exist if these beliefs and expectations toward sex are negative. The state of relationship of the individual (whether it’s good or not) can also be a risk factor for either positively affecting or worsening sexual dysfunction. Lastly ignorance (lack of education) regarding normal sexual functioning can be considered a risk factor for having sexual dysfunction.

Each type of sexual dysfunction has its own specific symptoms. Sexual dysfunction can likewise be lifelong (the symptoms do not go away); can be acquired (symptoms have just recently arisen); generalized (which means the symptoms are experienced always not just during a sexual activity); meaning the symptoms occur in all situations); or situational (symptoms arise only in certain occasions).


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Miami, FL 33144
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