The Association between Stress and Sexual Dysfunctionality in Men and Women: A Systematic Review

Michael Galanakis, Maria-Despoina Kallianta, Chrysoula Katsira, Dimitra Liakopoulou, P. George Chrousos, Christina Darviri
2015 Psychology  
Purpose: Sexuality and sexual functionality are considered as an important factor of physical and psychological health. Over the years, problems with sexual functionality have been related to stress. A systematic review of the articles concerning sexual dysfunctionality is presented in this article, with emphasis in the past five years in order to highlight new aspects and implications. Method: The study was based on relevant articles from the PubMed and Wiley online library, using the
more » ... on of keywords stress and sexual dysfunctionality, while excluding articles prior to 2010. Results: The analysis shows that the phenomenon is complex and multifactorial. Variables such as depression, PTSD, lifestyle, gender, personality and positive coping play a crucial role. Research findings also indicate that sexual dysfunctionality is often misdiagnosed and not immediately taken care of. Conclusion: The severity of the pathology regarding sexual dysfunctionality calls for immediate planning and coping. Finally future research directions are discussed.
doi:10.4236/psych.2015.614186 fatcat:pi35b3qsrvelbgkbib2jlebdgi