Sexual Dysfunction: Diagnosis

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), classification of sexual dysfunctions includes male hypoactive sexual desire disorder, erectile disorder, premature (early) ejaculation (PE), delayed ejaculation, female sexual interest/arousal disorder, female orgasmic disorder, genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPD), substance/medication-induced sexual dysfunction, other specified sexual dysfunction, and unspecified sexual dysfunction. This entry examines the challenges involved in establishing the diagnostic criteria for the range of disorders included under the category of sexual dysfunctions.


The previous edition of the DSM based definitions of sexual dysfunctions on expert opinions that were not supported by sufficient clinical or epidemiological data. In addition, definitions included vague terms, such as satisfactory, rapid, short, minimal, recurrent, and persistent, that were not quantifiable. Some have argued that the diagnostic criteria ...

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