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Sexual Arousal Disorder: 5 secrets everyone needs to know

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Written by shawnclark713

Sexual Arousal Disorder (SAD) is a condition characterized by the lack of desire for sexual activities. SAD is common for men and women, equally. It is an inability to have or maintain sexual arousal, desire or orgasm.

One of the biggest issues with Sexual Arousal Disorder is a sense of helplessness when it comes to sexual fulfillment. Sexual activity is one of the key parts of anyone’s adult life. As such, it’s also one of the key parts of anyone’s contentment and happiness.

SAD is much more common than many people think. It can be an inherent part of person’s life, or it can occur later, long after the first sexual experience. It, SAD can be classified into these four groups:

  • Sexual desire disorders
  • Sexual arousal disorders
  • Sexual pain disorders
  • Orgasm disorders

Like with any other disorder, it is imperative to figure out what causes it. Causes can be physical and psychological, Sometimes both. There are many factors to consider when we try to understand sexual arousal disorder, and what triggers it.

It’s pretty obvious that SAD can be attributed to a wide range of factors, and that our understanding of this sexual disorder should go further than we first assumed.

Secrets about sexual arousal disorder

Erectile Dysfunction

This is a very sensitive topic for every man. Many men with SAD feel sexually inadequate, and often have the need for male enhancement. It boosts their sense of dignity and brings back their confidence. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common symptom of sexual arousal disorder, and it affects deeply every man who suffers from it.

Luckily, impotence can be treated with pharmaceutical drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis. According to many male enhancement reviews, a success of those drugs show that sexual arousal disorders in men are mostly (but not exclusively) physical, not psychological.

Main causes of ED are:

  • Medical problems (high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity)
  • Drug addiction and alcohol abuse
  • Smoking
  • Relationship problems
  • Penile prostheses
  • Depression, stress
  • Psychological, neurological and physical trauma

Premature ejaculation (PE)

PE is an indicator and a symptom of sexual arousal disorder in men, and it shouldn’t be disregarded. It occurs when men uncontrollably eject semen soon after sexual activity, and it affects men of all ages.

A direct connection can be made, studies show, between men who suffer from PE and men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, because in many instances men who are nervous about obtaining erection rush to ejaculate, closing a vicious cycle of sexual anxiety.

These are some practical erectile dysfunction exercises that can also help with PE:

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Push-ups (20-50 per day)
  • Running (10-30 minutes daily)


Stress is a way body reacts to stressors, like work, relationship and existential problems. Basically, when under stress, body and mind fight off challenges. And because of it, body and mind suffer in more ways than one.

Stress is a condition that reflects negatively on a person’s psychological and bodily welfare, which includes sexual performance and libido. Stress affects men’s and women’s sexual drive, and undermines their confidence, thus causing impotence.

Usual stressors:

  • Marital problems
  • Feeling of guilt or depression
  • Work
  • Sexual trauma

Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD)

Sometimes called Female sexual interest disorder, FSAD is recurrent incapability for women to feel sexual satisfaction and sexual arousal. This condition can also be described as a loss of any kind of interest in sexual activity. These are the symptoms of FSAD:

  • Absence of sex thoughts
  • No interest in sex
  • No pleasure during sex
  • Inability to feel arousal or orgasm

Causes for female sexual arousal disorder can be psychological and physical:

  • Stress
  • Sexual trauma
  • Relationship problems
  • Neurological and heart diseases

Substance abuse

Decrease in libido in men and women can be caused by the influence of drugs, antidepressants and alcohol. Studies show a direct link between opiate/alcohol addiction and SAD.

Substance abuse can cause:

  • Inability of maintaining erection and arousal during intercourse
  • Problems in men and women with reaching orgasm
  • Sexual pain in women and aversion to sex


SAD is a very serious medical condition. As we mentioned, it can affect a person’s life in many negative ways, and can be caused by an even larger number of reasons, both psychological and physical. It is important for every man and every woman suffering from SAD to seek and embrace treatment, and not to regress in denial and seclusion.

If you would like any more information about Sexual Arousal Disorder then please visit the NHS website