Chapter 5. Sexual Dysfunction

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

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470699225.ch5

Psychosexual Nursing

Psychosexual Nursing

How to Cite

Irwin, R. (2002) Sexual Dysfunction, in Psychosexual Nursing, Whurr Publishers Ltd, Philadephia, PA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470699225.ch5

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



  • premature ejaculation;
  • sexual dyshnction;
  • dyspareunia;
  • vaginismus;
  • sexual phobia


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • The limitations of conventional classification systems

  • The response of the nurse

  • Referral

  • Biomedical interventions in the management of sexual dysfunction

  • Psychosexual therapy

  • The efficacy of psychosexual therapy

  • Focus for intervention: the individual or the couple?

  • Psychosexual therapy or relationship counselling?

  • Providers of psychosexual therapy

  • Key points of Chapter 5

  • Key Reading