Chapter 4. Altered Sexual Interest and Response

  1. Robert Irwin BA(Hons), MSc, RGN

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470699225.ch4

Psychosexual Nursing

Psychosexual Nursing

How to Cite

Irwin, R. (2002) Altered Sexual Interest and Response, in Psychosexual Nursing, Whurr Publishers Ltd, Philadephia, PA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470699225.ch4

Author Information

  1. Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sexual Health Team, Kennet and North Wiltshire Primary Care Trust

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 15 JUL 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781861563415

Online ISBN: 9780470699225



  • sexual responses;
  • altered sexual interest;
  • genital response;
  • neuro-endocrine mechanisms;
  • myotonia


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Sexual response

  • Sexual desire

  • Limitations of the human sexual response cycle

  • III-Health, disability and sexual response

  • Medical and recreational drugs

  • Responses to illness and disability

  • The effects of ageing on sexual response

  • The menopause

  • A ‘male menopause’?

  • Health and psychosocial influences

  • Psychological and interpersonal aspects of sexual problems

  • Relationship difficulties and sexual problems

  • Implications for nursing practice

  • Key points of Chapter 4

  • Key Reading