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Sexual Health

What is Sexual Dysfunction?

Sexual health can play an important role in your relationships, confidence, and overall well-being. If your ability to embrace and enjoy sexuality is compromised — whether by difficulty having sex or lack of interest — Forum Health offers several therapies that can help. 

Sexual dysfunction refers to difficulties that occur during any stage of the sexual response cycle, preventing the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity. This can manifest as a variety of symptoms that can interfere with sexual intimacy. 


Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction can manifest in various ways, and the symptoms vary depending on the specific type of dysfunction and the individual’s gender. Here are some common symptoms associated with sexual dysfunction in both men and women: 

Male Sexual Dysfunction:

  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection or inability to orgasm. 
  • Premature Ejaculation: Ejaculation that occurs before or shortly after penetration, often before the individual desires it. 
  • Delayed Ejaculation: Difficulty reaching orgasm or delayed ejaculation, even with sufficient stimulation. 
  • Reduced Sexual Desire (Low Libido): Decreased interest in sexual activity. 
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm or experiencing orgasms that are less intense than desired. 

Female Sexual Dysfunction:

  • Reduced Sexual Desire (Low Libido): Decreased interest in sexual activity. 
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm or experiencing orgasms that are less intense than desired. 
  • Dyspareunia: Pain during sexual intercourse 
  • Vaginal dryness 

Causes of Sexual Dysfunction

Functional and integrative medicine views the body as an interconnected system, where imbalances in one area can affect overall health and function. When it comes to sexual dysfunction, there are several underlying factors that functional and integrative medicine considers: 

Hormonal Imbalance

Imbalances in hormones can contribute to sexual dysfunction including vaginal dryness, low libido and erectile dysfunction. Forum Health providers assess hormone levels and work to restore balance through hormone replacement therapy, diet, lifestyle changes, and targeted supplementation.


As women age and enter perimenopause and menopause, they often experience a decrease in estrogen levels and subsequently a loss of interest in sex or a low libido. Men, on the other hand, experience their own version of menopause called andropause when testosterone levels decline. This can cause men’s sexual health to take a hit with  low libido, poor concentration, lack of energy and motivation.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Poor nutrition can impact sexual health by affecting hormone production, circulation, and overall vitality. A whole foods diet including foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids is needed to support optimal sexual function.

Inflammation and Oxidative Stress

Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress can damage tissues and impair vascular function, leading to sexual dysfunction. Forum Health providers aims to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress through diet, stress management techniques, and targeted supplements.

Stress and Mental Health

Stress, anxiety, depression, and past trauma can significantly impact sexual function. Functional and integrative medicine takes a holistic approach by addressing underlying imbalances through stress reduction techniques, mindfulness practices, and, when necessary, targeted supplementation or medication.

Lifestyle Factors

Lifestyle habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, and poor sleep can contribute to sexual dysfunction. Functional medicine encourages positive lifestyle changes to support overall health and well-being, which can have a positive impact on sexual function. 


Environmental Toxins

Exposure to environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals can disrupt hormonal balance and contribute to sexual dysfunction. Forum Health providers work to reduce toxin exposure through detoxification protocols and lifestyle modifications.

Sexual Dysfunction Treatment

At Forum Health, we work to address the root cause of your sexual dysfunction.  Through a thorough discussion of your symptoms and a complete history combined with advanced testing, our practitioners take a multi-pronged approach to healing and balance, physically and psychologically, so you can have the full, joyous sex life you deserve. 


We offer a variety of non-invasive solutions that can restore your sexual vibrancy, giving you the satisfaction, and confidence you want. This includes male sexual dysfunction treatment solutions such as the Penile Enhancement Injection, GAINSWave and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). 


For women, we offer the Vaginal Rejuvenation Shot, Femiwave, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), and sexual health supplements. We are committed to helping you regain and maintain your sexual health, your wellbeing, and your edge. 

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