Women tend to have more problems with sexual desire because they are often raised with the impulse to repress, Atallah said. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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How do you deal with sexual dysfunction or safe sex when even the mention of it at home is enough to elicit gasps of embarrassment and shock?Atallah's clientele spans the age spectrum from late teens to old age, though she sees more men than women. Men, she said, speak more easily about sexual problems, probably because issues like erectile dysfunction, where a man is unable to maintain an erection during sex, can prevent them from having sex at all, whereas women who have trouble with arousal can still have intercourse, and therefore consult doctors less. Younger individuals who seek help, on the other hand, usually come with performance issues or misconceptions caused by pornography, she said.These are usually related to misconceptions about normal penis size, how long it takes to ejaculate during sex, quality of erections, and the reactions of their sexual partner – many young men think women are supposed to shout and scream during sex, just like in porn. When treating sexual disorders, Atallah said she first tries to eliminate all of the "organic" reasons.Most sexual dysfunctions do have a psychological element, Atallah said, because once a person has trouble having sex he becomes less at ease afterward.
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