Chapter 11

Gender & Sexual Problems

Set B

Early Ejaculation

The onset of orgasm with minimal sexual stimulation. Treatment for this disorder is typically sought by men under the age of 30 years.


Any of a group of steroid hormones which promote the development and maintenance of female characteristics of the body.

Erectile Disorder

The inability to maintain an adequate erection during sexual activity. Around 10% of males report erection problems, but this increases to 20% in the over 50s.

Female Sexual Interest/ Arousal Disorder

Characterized by combinations of: significantly reduced sexual interest or arousal related to lack of interest in sexual activity, absence of erotic thoughts, unreceptiveness to sexual approaches, reduced sexual excitement, and reduced sexual sensations during sexual activity.

Fetishistic Disorder

Recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies and urges involving non-animate objects, and this causes them personal distress or affects social and occupational functioning.


A genital pain that can occur during, before or after sexual intercourse. Some clinicians believe this is a pain disorder rather than a sexual dysfunction.

Exhibitionistic Disorder

Involves sexual fantasies about exposing the penis to a stranger.

Female Orgasmic Disorder

Marked absence, delay or infrequency orgasm and markedly reduced intensity of orgasmic sensations.