A sexologist is a specialist who is trained to deal with various aspects of human sexual behaviours and sexual issues such as sexual development, sexual inclination, disorders of the sexual system such as premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunctions. A sexologist is trained to understand the cause behind the sexual problem and offers a treatment which can include both medication and psychological support.
Typically, sexual issues are not discussed by individuals because of the fear of social stigma. However, it is necessary to meet and discuss the issues with a sexologist and seek a remedy. A sexologist can be consulted for issue pertaining to a lack of sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, difficulty in orgasm, any sexual trauma, issues with sexual inclination, and any other issue related with abnormal sexual behaviour.
Several specializations in sexology deal with the study of sexual emotions and response, sexual functions, sexual pleasure and the study of love. Another specialization referred to as forensic sexology comprises legal aspects such as sexual crimes, treatment, and counselling of survivors of sexual assault, and reforms in the sex laws.
The consultation fee varies between INR 400 and INR 1,500 and may increase depending on the expertise. The cost of medication and other tests can vary significantly depending on the treatment.
Erectile dysfunction: Also called impotence, it is the inability to get or keep a firm erection required for sexual intercourse.
Inhibited sexual disorder: Also known as sexual apathy or sexual aversion, a condition in which a person disinclined towards sexual activity. It is one of the common problems that couples face.
Premature ejaculation: It is a relatively common sexual issue associated with men and affects around 1 in 3 men. This adversely affects the sexual life of an individual and causes anxiety and depression.
Sexual trauma and sexual abuse: Sexual abuse affects one in six women and it is saddening to know that one in four are sexually assaulted before the age of 18. In the affected women, anxiety, depression, and other psychological problems are commonly seen. A sexologist can help in alleviating the symptoms of these disorders.
Libido: Issue with lower, and excessive libido can be discussed and treated with the help of a sexologist.